I’m not a gamer, but the gaming plot of the latest episode of “Warehouse 13” makes it my favorite of the season by far.
“Don’t Hate the Player” (8 p.m. Aug. 15, Syfy; 3.5 stars) was written by Ian Stokes, who proves himself a worthy addition to Jack Kenny’s writing team.
In the episode, Claudia (Allison Scagliotti), Myka (Joanne Kelly) and Pete (Eddie McClintock) rush to aid “Eureka’s” Dr. Douglas Fargo (guest star Neil Grayston) after receiving a call from a gamer (guest star Steven Yeun) who partnered with Fargo on a prototype video game, “Fortress 13.” Fargo and another gamer, Jerry (Mark O’Brien), are trapped in the Warehouse 13-inspired game’s virtual world.
In the B plot, Artie (Saul Rubinek) and Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) begrudgingly enlist the aid of dirty FBI Agent Sally Stukowski (Ashley Williams) to snag, bag and tag a killer Van Gogh painting.
But the gaming story provides most of the wacky fun. Fargo’s trippy, fantasy version of the Warehouse and its agents is off-kilter, comical and laugh-out-loud funny. Stokes keeps the laughs coming with smartly written nods to many classic fantasy stories, Warehouse history and subtle “Star Trek” reference that many viewers may not even catch.
I’ll give no details because I don’t want to spoil, but expect some wild surprises as well.
“Don’t Hate the Player” is one of the most special effects heavy episodes of the season. Once in the game, the characters are rendered with a cool color effect that makes them look like video game characters. Director Chris Fisher uses the effects for maximum visual punch, and keeps the action moving at a frenetic pace.
Finally, what can I say about the "schmators" (that's what the cast calls acting in front of green screen) that I haven't said before. McClintock always is hilarious, and the chemistry between Scagliotti and Grayston is wonderful.
"Warehouse 13" always uses its guest stars wisely. This has been billed as another “Warehouse 13”-“Eureka” crossover episode, but it’s a bit different in that Fargo appears without a Eureka-based reason, which gives me hope that we might see more of Grayston on “Warehouse 13,” even after “Eureka” ends its run next year.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun