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Why Warehouse 13 shouldn't be called (just) fun: or Race is procrastinating. Again.
So after reading yet another review of Warehouse 13 that called the season finale “fun” I got to thinking.
First off, I thought that I would hate to see the above reviewer’s idea of an “unfun” show. I mean, come on. Four characters died in the finale. God only knows what the body count would have to be for him to consider it “drama.”
More importantly, however, I got to thinking about how there seems to be an unfortunate tendency even in entertainment media to dismiss nearly any television show smacking of “Sci fi” or “fantasy” as “fun” or a “guilty pleasure,” while yet another show about doctors is hailed as “heart-pounding drama” and “groundbreaking.” (Seriously, did Battlestar Galactica ever get a single emmy for acting or writing?)
Now Race, you might say, a lot of sci-fi shows are fun, Warehouse 13 included. You are darn right they are. And yes, I truly enjoy that Warehouse is, indeed, a fun show. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the show is its ability to mix and balance humor and drama.
It’s just that Warehouse 13 is also more than a “fun” show.
And because no one is around to take my keyboard from me, I’m going to put forth a few reasons I think Warehouse should be considered more than “just” fun.
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