I finally talked my brother into watching Warehouse 13, a fantastic series that was on Scyfy from 2009-2014. It’s available free on the new IMDB Freedive app, which is awesome. Mostly because I like watching old movies that you can’t find on most streaming services.

The premise is deceptively simple: the US government has a warehouse to keep all the dangerously magical items away from the public, and two secret service agents are retained to “snag it, bag it, and tag it.” Though the show does start out very MacGuffin of the week, there’s a lot more going on in this show than just magically charged historical allusions.

Artie, Pete, Myka and Claudia

First and foremost, this show is about the characters, and they are great, interesting, deep characters. The main pair of agents, Pete (Eddie McClintock, you know, that guy from Bones) and Myka (Joanne Kelly, who I know as the vampire from the Dresden Files), have great chemistry. And it’s not the forced kind of erotic tension chemistry we get from every other TV show ever. They both have things in their past they are ashamed of, understand that about each other, as well as their dedication to the job, and respect each other’s strengths.

Then there’s Artie (Saul Rubinek), the manager at the warehouse. He plays his position so straight, like a jaded old boss who’s seen all the magic before and doesn’t think much of it, now. He’s also a great curmudgeon, with his own past and a nemesis that comes to haunt the group later. He’s set off by Claudia (Allison Scagliotti), the young computer savvy former aquaintence of Artie’s who manages to hack into the warehouse.

Add to all these lovely characters the vast amount of only-geeks-will-get-them jokes, and the respect that the female characters are shown, and you have an all around amazing show. If you’ve never watching this gem, and you enjoy history, geekery, or witty banter, you’re missing out.