The Syfy series “Warehouse 13” kicks off its fourth season July 23 and there’s plenty of change in the air … as well as the smoke and ash from the show’s namesake structure. Brent Spiner of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame will be seen in a half-dozen episodes this season, too, which is music to the ears of star Eddie McClintock. We caught up with McClintock at Comic-Con International as he was preparing for the Friday panel devoted to the show where magical history is natural resource and compelling hazard.
HC: That Season 3 finale really took the show to some intense places. What was it like for you filming it and then watching it? You guys think a lot about tone and balancing the light and the dark — do you think that makes the heavy stuff even more jolting by juxtaposition?
EM: I think it was important for us to end Season 3 on an impactful note. It gave us all an opportunity to really dig our heels into our acting. As far as tonality is concerned, in regards to balancing the light and the dark, to me that’s what makes Warehouse 13 special. Jack Kenny and the people at Syfy have surrounded me with a group of actors that are incredibly capable of giving performances that are at times hilarious and poignant. When I finally got to see the end product, I was really proud of it. It moved me emotionally and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the whole purpose of me as an actor — to give the viewer an opportunity to have an emotional response, whatever that emotion may be.
HC: There’s such a sense of place and personality with the Warehouse at this point — was it a little unsettling to contemplate that anchor going up in smoke?
EM: Indeed the Warehouse itself has become a character. It is proven to have many quirks and also a mind of its own. The realization that the Warehouse along with Mrs. Frederic, Jinks and H.G. Wells were no longer part of the story was slightly intimidating because it meant that the microscope was to be focused more intensely upon myself and the remaining characters. But as the saying goes, and as I have learned in the last three years, you are never really dead in sci-fi … unless you can’t come to a contractual agreement with the network.
HC: Brent Spiner is coming up as a guest — can you talk a bit about the energy you get when there’s an outside addition to the ensemble? And it must be invigorating when the guest is someone whose name/credits alone will stir up fans?
EM: Brent Spiner is an icon. He also happens to be an insanely funny man who is great to work with. I was at first a bit intimidated because he is such a legend in the world of sci-fi. But as I immediately found out, he is totally accessible and carries no ego — unless you say you can do more one-arm push-ups than he can. When an energy like Brent’s is brought to the show, it creates new avenues for the regular cast members to work in and makes the show more dynamic. And, because he has almost 1.5 million Twitter followers, it certainly couldn’t hurt the expansion of my Twitter account. Because let’s face it, in the end, what’s really important is … Twitter.
HC: This is new territory for you in your career — the fourth season and the audience loyalty must make you proud (and rightly so), but what do you see as the new challenge that’s arrived at this juncture?
EM: When we moved into Season 2, it became new territory for my career. Of the four previous network shows I had been in, none had gone past the first season. This is all just whipped cream on top of a giant warehouse-shaped piece of strawberry cheese cake. I love going to conventions. I am always blown away by the fact that rocket scientists, chemists and doctors are thrilled to meet me. When in reality, I am just as honored to meet them.
HC: Pete is not the same guy we met when he first threw that football back in Season 1. What has surprised you as you and Pete take turns living in each other’s head?
EM: Pete is not the same guy. Just as I’m not the same guy. As Pete has changed over the years as a warehouse agent, so have I. I think that this is reflected in the writing; for example, at the beginning of the series Pete thought the world maybe revolved around him. But as his relationships with the agents have grown, he realizes what’s truly important are the relationships with the other warehouse agents that he now calls family. The parallel for me is the marriage to my wife and the birth of my two sons. They put the world in perspective.
– Geoff Boucher
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