In preparation for tonight’s season premiere of Warehouse 13 (which is amazing!), I spoke with star Eddie McClintock (Pete Lattimer) not long ago over the phone about the tone of last season’s finale & the season premiere as well as how that will affect the rest of the season.
If you remember at the end of last season, the bad guy, Sykes, planted a bomb in the warehouse. Trying to protect the others, H.G. sacrificed herself. While Artie, Claudia, and Pete were fine, H.G. died in the explosion, and when the warehouse was destroyed, so was Mrs. Frederic.
So how does the show come back from that…when so many major players are gone or forever changed because of it? The guys talked about that plus more, so jump with me to check out my question-and-answer with Eddie.
Jenny: How long after filming the season finale did you read the script for and film the premiere? With everything that happened, to keep the dark, heavy emotional aspect of it, it would seem like you’d want to keep up that mindset and film right away, rather than take a break for a few months.
Eddie McClintock: Actually, after we shot that, we went away. You know, that’s…the production schedule is what it is, so we really don’t have control over that. Luckily, what we do have is a showrunner that is insanely meticulous. Jack Kenny, my boss, who’s on the set almost every day…he reminds us, “Okay, this is what happened, this is where you are…this is where tonally you should be. Find a way to get back to that. So with that in mind, we’re able to get back there relatively easy. Again, I just gotta hand it to [Jack] and his writers. They’ve done such a great job. This season is really gonna be a lot of fun.
Jenny: The premiere is really dark compared to a lot of Warehouse 13 episodes. Pete was a source of comic relief through most of the episode. Was it hard injecting that lightness, that comedy into such a dark, heavy episode, or was it a relief for you & for the others to have that to counteract it all?
Eddie: I live for those moments. I love the show’s ability to be able to turn on a dime and go from being really serious to be able to… You know, they say the sense of humor that GIs have on the battlefield. It’s dark times out there, right, but you have to find a way to make sense of it and a lot of guys, they do that by having a sense of humor. So to me, it’s Pete’s way of dealing with what’s going on around him.
Eddie: Yeah, I mean, that’s what my basic plan when I go to work is just have fun. You know there’s…it’s long hours, and it’s hard, and it’s stressful. The only way that I can get through it is just have fun with it. Obviously there’s time when…you know, I have to change my brain and allow it to go to a more emotional place, but it’s not a long journey for me to then get back to Pete being silly.
Jenny: That’s the great thing about the character. He’s not serious all the time. So it plays off the other characters well. Like Myka is more serious a lot.
Eddie: She is the Abbott to my Costello.
There’s a bit of a spoiler here for the premiere, so if you really don’t want to spoiled at all, skip it and come back after the episode. His answer is quite interesting.
[spoiler]Jenny: The start of the show talks about a financial crash, loss of hope, that type of thing due to the the destruction of Pandora’s Box. Did the writers worry about hitting a bit too close to home with that aspect?
Eddie: I think that’s kind of the point. We’re in tough times, but as you see, the warehouse gives people hope back. I think the message being there’s always a way around futility. It’s just…the road, it’s not easy. Again, like…no one said to me ‘This is the message,’ but I’m just supposing. For me…cause I know that we would never…the writers are smart enough to never just go ‘Oh, we’re doomed! We’re all doomed. We might as well just give up.’ The point of the show, and the point of the Warehouse 13 agents themselves has always been under all and any circumstances, we fight for each other and for humanity. Which is just pretty cool. Again, I just love the fact that we inject artificial history in with things that happen to be true, so it’s not just a brain drain. You’re actually learning stuff about history and true historical facts.
Jenny: Right. It’s not all made up, but it’s not all factual, either, so you get the fantasy with the true.
Eddie: It’s up to you maybe to find out what is… The kids can go on Google and look it up and then try and learn something.[/spoiler]
Jenny: Overall, the episode is darker, and it sets up a dark season. Is that the case?
Eddie: I don’t think so. No, I mean, I think it’s just natural that we come… I really don’t think there was anywhere else for us to go here in the first episode because of what had happened in the last episode. I mean, Mrs. Frederic died, Jinks had died, H.G. was gone, the warehouse itself was gone… I mean, it looked like, truly, the end of the world for us, so then to come back and be…to crack jokes, just tonally just would have been too soon. I think as soon as we figure out how to get things back on track, things get back to… I would say normal, but things are never really normal at Warehouse 13. But I don’t think, in regards to a tonal shift as a throughline for the show, I would say no.
Jenny: Good. I know there will be reprecussions to everything story line-wise, but I wanted to make sure the Warehouse 13 we all know and love is still there.
Eddie: Oh, [yeah], if not better. I just…the head of the network, Mark Stern, had dinner with Jack [Kenny] a few weeks ago, and he said ‘I’m so thrilled with the show this year. I truly believe this is the best season so far.’ And you know, for a show that’s in its fourth season, to have the network head saying that… A lot of time by year four, a show’s on its…it’s jumping the shark. It’s kind of on its way down, but we still seem to be on our way up.
Jenny: And you have 20 episodes this season, right? Split into two 10-episode parts?
Eddie: I don’t think Syfy has officially announced…I can’t really comment on how they’re going to do it because what I was told and what may be the reality of the situation…but they will definitely not be 20 episodes run concurrently. They’ll be broken up. Now whether they’ll be 10 this summer and 10 in the winter or 10 this summer and 10 next summer…
Jenny: I read the 2nd set of 10 starts in March or April, I think. It was really strange.
Eddie: I just show up on time. I [step] on my mark, and I say what they tell me, and I go home. I try not to get into those matters. They run the network and obviously they know best.
Thanks so much to Eddie for taking time out of his Saturday to speak with me. Don’t miss the season premiere of Warehouse 13 tonight on Syfy at 9/8c. Plus, check out a Q&A with Eddie & fellow star Saul Rubinek that will post on the site in a few minutes.