I am a Netflix/Amazon video streaming junkie. There, I’ve admitted it. (The first step in getting help is admitting you’ve got a problem). I don’t watch a lot of movies on either service; but I DO watch a good many of my favorite TV shows. And since I’m on summer vacation from the Day Job, I get some extra time to revisit some of my old favorites.
(I also have wi-fi at the gym, so I stream stuff on my Kindle while I’m pumping away at the cardio machine.)
One of my favorite shows is SyFy’s (Sorry, can’t get over that weird spelling) Warehouse 13. I have loved this show since the pilot, for several reasons. The cast has great chemistry (and Eddie McClintock isn’t bad to look at either. I must put him in a book someday), and it’s written by one of the great SF TV writers out there, Jane Espenson. If you don’t know who she is, you should. She’s been involved in several other shows you might have heard of– Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Torchwood, and ABC’s hit from last season, Once Upon A Time. Yeah, I am pretty much on Team Jane.
But this show really hits me where I live as a genre writer. Well done, quirky, great dialogue, and it has two things that I hold dear to my writer’s heart — Steampunk elements and Artifacts That Do Weird Things. The Library of Athena series is based on mythological Artifacts That Can Destroy the World, and this is very much like that. And the mashup of modern and Victorian-era stuff is just too cool for school. A computer with antique typewriter keys? A stun gun called a Tesla? I’m in Heaven! So much inspiration for writing, just lying around waiting to be picked up.
I have to find out when the new season starts.