Wow, it’s great to finally see Rockne O’Bannon back on the air. If you don’t know the name, then you’re just not a fan of sci-fi TV, because O’Bannon was responsible for, bar none, one of the best science fiction TV series to ever hit the airwaves in Farscape. Now he’s back with an original series called Warehouse 13 for the Sci Fi Channel. The cable network has already ordered a two-hour pilot (with an eye toward turning it into a series, probably if the ratings are good), that will be written by O’Bannon and “Battlestar Galactica’s” Jane Espenson and D. Brent Mote. The premise sounds very X-Files-ish, but with a sense of humor, something that Mulder and Scully sometimes didn’t have very much of — or at least, Scully.
“Warehouse 13,” from Universal Media Studios, revolves around two FBI agents who, after saving the life of the U.S. president, are abruptly “promoted” and relocated to Warehouse 13, a top-secret location in South Dakota that houses artifacts, relics and supernatural objects the U.S. government has collected over the centuries. The duo’s assignment is to retrieve missing objects and investigate reports of new ones.
The Sci Fi Channel is eying a Summer 2008 premiere for the TV movie/potential series. Add this to the upcoming Revolution, and the Sci Fi Channel looks like a place to camp out for good sci-fi in 2008.
Also, since no one has been cast yet, can I recommend two actors for the main roles — Ben Browder and Claudia Black? Talk about a dream cast for all the Farscape fans out there!