SDCC 2013: Roundtable Interview With Warehouse 13’s Allison Scagliotti

Allison Scagliotti is so wonderful, we just couldn’t get enough!  Even though we had a video interview with this lovely lady, we still sat down at the roundtables to check in with the snarkiest of Warehouse agents.

Claudia Donovan is slated to be the Warehouse’s next caretaker, but she’s got a few problems to take care of first. With Paracelsus attempting to reclaim his former place as Warehouse controller, Mrs. Frederick is fading away, the Agents have been ejected from the Warehouse, and Claudia is left behind to take on the immortal. Things at the Warehouse aren’t super great.

What’s in store for Claudia in these final episodes? Read on!


Allison Scagliotti: So, what do you guys want to talk about? Warehouse 13 season 5?

What can you tease about your confrontation with Paracelsus?

AS: Oh, it’s my Buffy moment! It’s great! Claudia really gets to come into her own in that moment, and realizes that no, the WH is going to protect me, I belong here and you don’t, get out of my warehouse. It feels very dangerous, the first one back in season 5, and maybe this is a spoiler but I don’t even care anymore. We get to see what an alternative Warehouse reality would be if certain things transpired and how terrifying that is. But the main thing with these last 6 episodes is I think the fans are all going to be so satisfied – it’s a season that totally honors what we’ve all grown to love about the show – it’s fun, and we’re a family, and we’ve pulled out all the stops. We get to go to a Renaissance fair, there’s a telenovella episode that’s half in Spanish, I sing and tap dance at one point. It’s nuts and it’s great. I’ve been saying, I cried when I read the finale, I think everyone has, and it might be my favorite script of the entire show. It’s just – oh – so celebratory of the whole life of the series

Do you think the fans are going to be really emotional?

AS: Yes, but I think they’ll really like it. I don’t there’s any reason to be sad, especially because the finale just preserves the mythology and the legacy of the warehouse and make sit feel eternal. It doesn’t feel like something’s ending. It feels like your imagination could run wild.

Hit the jump for the full interview with Allison Scagliotti!

SDCC 2013: Roundtable Interview with Warehouse 13’s Aaron Ashmore

We’re Warehouse 13-ing it up yet again! At Comic-Con, after our video interviews with Joanne Kelly and Allison Scagliotti, team OTF channeled our inner Barry Allen to get to the roundtable interviews to speak with the rest of the cast.

Human lie detector and former ATF agent Steve Jinks has had the shortest tenure as a Warehouse agent, but he’s arguably had the hardest time. Introduced just two seasons ago, the man called “Jinksy” was “fired” from the Warehouse, went undercover in a major operation, died, was revived, was pain-connected to Claudia, and became Regent liasion… and that’s only for about 30 episodes.

Smallville alumnus Aaron Ashmore is the one talented enough to bring Steve to life, and graciously sat down to talk about the upcoming conclusion of the series and where that leaves Steve in the world of the Warehouse 13.


So, your bestie is stuck in the Warehouse while you’re outside – what can you tell us?

Aaron Ashmore: It’s like we always have these cliffhangers, and then we just jump right back in and we gotta fix it. So yeah, we jump right back in, and it’s very intense b/c its Claud and Paracelsus and we have to help them – we may or may not get back in to try and help them in some way resolve issues at a certain point. Is that a spoiler?

She [Allison] spoiled! She spoiled all over!

AA: You guys just say that so I’m like, telling you all these things!

Any singing in an episode this season? Some of the other actors teased that for their characters.

AA: Singing no, but maybe some dancing! I’m not much of a dancer, though. You’ll see!

Any romance for Steve?

AA: No – maybe if there were more time, if we had a longer season. But we gotta solve this Paracelsus thing and we gotta wrap it up. Maybe if there had been more time. I would love to pursue that more, and maybe someone will in some fanfic. But I don’t think we’ll see that in this season.


Hit the jump for the full transcript of the chat with Aaron Ashmore!

Back Of The Fridge: Warehouse Inventory #2

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Warehouse Inventory,” Tek joins up with the Secret Service to “snag it, bag it, and tag it” with Warehouse 13.


Season 1 (Part 2)

Implosion

We have a villain! And, it’s none other than the Sheriff of Rottingham, himself, Roger Rees! I would also like to point out that I absolutely love Pete. From the Kermit the Frog voice while wearing the goggles, to making the Red Shirt reference, and getting just as happy as I did when Myka knew what he meant. I would love to know how much of Pete is the writers and how much is Eddie McClintock.

I know Pete and Myka are the main characters, but Artie steals the show. Myka may have her “Denver thing”, but Artie has a much darker and older past full of secrets, shady dealings, and who knows what else. This glimpse of his old partnership can open the door to some pretty great stories.

It’s also gotten to the point where if I see CCH Pounder’s name in the opening credits, I know things are going to get interesting.

Duped

Oh my, Joanne Kelly… I don’t care if it was an imposter.

We also got a bit of the Artie/Claudia father/daughter relationship that has been hinted at ever since she first arrived. Their dynamic is a potential gold mine for comedy, especially if Claudia continues to augment Artie’s old-school tech, much to his chagrin.

I had originally figured Lewis Carroll’s mirror was a throwaway gag in “Resonance”, especially when it was just Pete playing ping-pong with himself, but bringing it back with a dark twist was a nice surprise, and definitely gave it the reason for being in the Warehouse.

Lastly, I was beyond intrigued when Artie mentioned the mirror was going to the Dark Vault. I cannot wait to find out what horrors await us in there.

Review: Star Wars #8

“Antilles.” “A family name foul with rebel ties.“ I guess that’s an easy generalization to make when it’s practically the “Smith” of the Star Wars universe. August brings us issue #8 of Dark Horse’s Star Wars series, and tension rises as the paths of the heroes and villains begin to

SDCC 2013: “I Know That Voice” Panel

I can’t quite pinpoint when I first heard about I Know That Voice, the upcoming documentary about the voice over industry. It was definitely over a year ago because I remember seeing posters for it at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. One year later, at SDCC 2013, IKTV held a Q&A with some of the talented folks featured in the film, and as an enormous fan of the voice actors who give life to our favorite cartoon and video game characters, I knew that if there was one panel I was going to be at this year, it was going to be that one.

To wrap up the first day of Comic-Con in the late afternoon on Thursday, Room 6BCF was taken over by none other than John DiMaggio, Executive Producer of IKTV and the voice behind such memorable characters as Bender (Futurama), Jake the Dog (Adventure Time), and Marcus Fenix (Gears of War). The immensely talented Johnny D took the podium to raucous applause and before the fan noise could even die down, he treated the hall of 2500+ people to a preview of the finished documentary. The clip showcased interviews with such folks as Billy West, Jess Harnell, Jason Marsden, and others, all of whom received applause when they appeared on screen.

When the lights came back up, John brought out his fellow panelists. Voice over all-star Billy West was unable to make the panel, but in his stead, James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clone Wars) took the stage. He was followed by Rob Paulsen, the voice behind Yakko Warner and Pinky from Animaniacs, as well as the host of the Talkin’ Toons Live podcast. Filling out the rest of the panel were Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), voice director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series), Larry Shapiro (director, IKTV), Tommy Reid (producer, IKTV), Fred Tatasciore (Gears of War), and Pendleton Ward (creator, Adventure Time).

After introducing the panel of all-stars to deafening applause, John DiMaggio immediately opened the up the floor to questions about the film. Naturally, the first question shouted out was “When does it come out?” and according to John, the filmmakers are in the process of finding a distributor for the documentary. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a release on iTunes, Amazon, VOD (Video on Demand), and maybe have a really short release in theaters.”

Once the fans found the microphone in the center aisle, more questions followed, and the panelists made it clear what we were in store for in the next 45 minutes. What followed was a hilarious, sincere, and all-out awesome panel with some folks who have had a hand in just about every piece of animation you have watched and loved in the past 20+ years.

Hit the jump to read our full IKTV panel report!

Back Of The Fridge: Warehouse Inventory #1

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Warehouse Inventory,” Tek joins up with the Secret Service to “snag it, bag it, and tag it” with Warehouse 13.


Season 1 (Part 1)

I wanted to watch Warehouse 13 when it first came to Sci-Fi back in July 2009. I honestly can’t remember what prevented me from doing so, though. As each season came and went, catching up became a more daunting task as each year yielded a new slew of episodes. Two trips to San Diego Comic-Con later, which yielded Open the Fridge interviews with the cast each time, I finally found the motivation to sit down and plow through the series. So, join me as we head to South Dakota where mysteries, dangers, and some really cool stuff awaits in “America’s Attic.”

Pilot

First impression: I’m definitely getting an immediate Fringe vibe, making several comparisons between the two shows. The Warehouse is Walter’s lab, Myka, Pete, Artie, Leena, and Mrs. Frederic are Olivia, Peter (same name even), Walter, Astrid, and Broyles, respectively, and instead of the FBI, our parent government agency is the Secret Service. But I’m not saying this is a bad thing. Artie is a mad scientist of a different breed, echoing Walter’s unbridled enthusiasm, but countering it with his own manic approach to the Warehouse cases.

I get a big kick out of Pete’s kid-like, wide-eyed awe of the world he’s been drawn into. Everything’s cool. Myka, however, is the other side of the coin, being drawn in just the same, but looking at it with a more analytical mind. As Artie demonstrated, Myka looks and Pete leaps.

I’ve seen enough TV to know that the “Freak-o’-the-Week”, or in this case, “Artifact-o’-the-Week” format, while fun and entertaining, usually gives way to the grand story somewhere around the end of the first season (Fringe, I’m still looking in your direction). Knowing next to nothing about what awaits me in the depths of the Warehouse, this is purely an assumption, but I look forward diving in blind with Pete and Myka all the same. Will Houdini’s wallet have a lasting effect on Myka? When will we get more info on what happened in Denver? What gives Pete is “vibes”? Above all, I’m eager to learn more about Mrs. Frederic’s and Artie’s history along with the other original agents from the early days of the Warehouse. Onward!

Resonance

More questions! This show is definitely going to string me along with all these mysteries. The artifact story (a) is all well and good, but the intriguing story (b) is the enigma of Artie’s hacker. I smell an arc!

We also get more on how Pete and Myka are the yin and yang; Pete having the knowledge of music and Myka having the book smarts, yet both of them being sharp and observant. The best example of this was their individual observations in the record company lobby to determine the business has fallen on hard times.

And, of course, we get some Tricia Helfer. What sci-fi property has she NOT been a part of?

SDCC 2013: Roundtable Interview with Warehouse 13’s Saul Rubinek!

More Warehouse 13 coverage from Comic-Con! After our video interviews with Joanne Kelly and Allison Scagliotti, team OTF channeled our inner Barry Allen to get to the roundtable interviews to speak with the rest of the cast.

Grumpy ol’ Arthur “Artie” Nielsen has had a lot to deal with in the past season of Warehouse 13. After turning back the clock to save the world using Magellan’s Astrolabe, the dark side of Artie came forward — and he was none the wiser until it was too late to stop him from committing a horrible crime.  Dealing with the consequences of that – even knowing he was under the influence of an artifact’s downside – has been a challenge for Artie, especially since he is so used to dealing with things on his own.

But none of that would be as compelling if it were not for the actor portraying him. Saul Rubinek sat down, and, without prompt (as if he couldn’t help but spill out his feelings for the show), immediately started talking about his experience with Artie and where they’re going as Warehouse 13 comes to a close.


Saul Rubinek: What a trip! Don’t be bummed that it’s ending – 64 hours and it’ll be on reruns forever. Like a lot of shows, it will start to get discovered like two years now. People will say, what was that show opposite Revolution that we never got a chance to see? What was that show on opposite all those network shows that we never got to watch? It was on late – and suddenly we’ll start to see it again. And it’s very hard to complain – my son was about to go into high school, my daughter was about to go into college – paid for all that! That was nice, I wasn’t expecting that. I was expecting to continue to do a little writing, a little directing, a movie here, a movie there – I was not expecting to get one of the best roles I’ve ever played. I was not expecting to run into this extraordinary family of actors. What I’m going to miss most is not playing Artie. Artie is in me.  It’s my group. It’s my family, it’s the crew, it’s Jack Kenny, who I’m dying to work with again, who I am already looking to work with again – there are plans! We have plans! It’s Alison, who is like a second daughter to me. That’s what you miss – you miss that. When you’re a young actor and starting out, in theater, you’re working for nothing. But what happens is a family is created. I don’t care who you are – Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp – biggest stars in the world. What they’re gonna look to do is recapitulate that family feeling. Why? In a healthy family you support what’s great about each other and you try to get rid of the bullshit. When you’re with people for a while, all your bad habits, they won’t let you get away with them. The bar keeps getting raised. And you know, if you work with the same people, or you have a good marriage, or great friends, they won’t put up with your shit. What happens is after five years, we’re on each other. We have to put out good work. The camaraderie. Did we always get along? No. But is the chemistry awesome? You can see it on screen. That is what I’m really proud of.

Seeing the genuineness of everyone come through – you guys are not phoning it in.

SR: I’ve said this before – you guys, the audience, is very sophisticated about the art of making television and movies. But in tv series, we are fairly unique. We are not absolutely unique but we are one of the very few where the shows get written early enough that our show runner, our head writer is on set with us. He’s not 3000 miles away that you have to phone through five executives to be able to change a comma. He’s right there. If it’s not working, he hears it. If it needs a funny moment because it’s too serious, it gets changed, he’s there. It’s like doing a half-hour sitcom in an hour-long format. On a sitcom they change it on the fly, what works based on audience reaction. That is a lot of Jack’s experience. And Jack won’t talk about himself this way, but he is certainly the biggest secret weapon we have on the show. He wasn’t there on the pilot, yes it was a brilliantly designed show by a group of executives looking to rebrand their network – different people all creating one idea, which is rare, with executives – that they get together and take a show created by three or four different people and make it work. He is the glue and the inspiration. He was the one who said Artie doesn’t have anyone to talk to, is he going to talk to himself? And he came up with the concept of Claudia. Pushing that envelope of making sure the humor would follow the seriousness constantly. That is Jack and the great good fortune of having him on the set with us. He used to be an actor, studied acting at Julliard, he is something else. Whenever I talk to other actors they just look at me with envy that we have that experience on the set.


Hit the jump for the full roundtable transcript of the chat with Saul Rubinek!

SDCC 2013: Touring Sideshow Collectibles!

The artists at Sideshow Collectibles have been responsible for bringing icons from the worlds of comics, films, and television into fans’ hands for over 15 years. From sixth-scale figures to life-sized (!) busts, Sideshow is known for their extraordinary attention to detail and nearly lifelike creations. At Comic-Con, Sideshow Collectibles’

Shut Up and Take My $5: Red Lanterns #22

This was an interesting week, to say the least. DC pushed out some fun annuals, while Marvel further explored the broken time stream. The Indestructible Hulk came oh-so-very-close to earning this week’s top spot: they made Hulk a time cop! (I immediately started daydreaming of The Hulk running into The