Last year I was expressing my disappointment about the loss of Warehouse 13 (although it was, thankfully, allowed a proper ending, rather than just having the plug pulled), but SyFy was clearing listening to the wailing and lamenting of Warehouse fans when it brought on board its new show: The Librarians.
Spinning out of the The Librarian TV movie series - starring ER's Noah Wyle, who also appears in several episodes of the ongoing show - this show about artifact corralling adventurers is essentially a reskinned version of Warehouse 13, but with 'magical artifacts' replacing 'weird science'.
As yet, unfortunately, the core cast of The Librarians lack the chemistry and charisma of the old Warehouse 13 crew, but the presence of Angel/Leverage stalwart Christian Kane and solid character actor John Larroquette gives me hope that the 'click' moment (when everything suddenly falls into place) isn't too far away.
Kane is Jake Stone, a reluctant genius, one of three people chosen as possible replacements for 'The Librarian' (Noah Wyle's character, Flynn Carsen), who is charged with retrieving stray magical artifacts from around the globe to keep them out of harm's way in 'The Library' (an inter-dimensional, TARDIS-like storage facility).
The other new recruits are: Lindy Booth's mathematician Cassandra Cillian (who suffers auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval) and John Kim's amoral thief Ezekiel Jones (who, to be honest, is a bit of a dick and can be quite irritating. I have to say he's, really, my only real issue with the show - because he's not even a likeable rogue ).
Former NATO operative Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) has been assigned to keep them out of trouble, while caretaker Jenkins (Larroquette) maintains The Library annex for the team (The Library, itself, was 'lost' in the pilot episode and Flynn is generally absent because he is trying to restore it).
In their magic-hunting quest, the heroes are frequently confronted by members of the wicked Serpent Society, headed up by Matt Frewer's immortal Dulaque (who I think might turn out to be Jenkins' brother; there's definitely some connection there) and his right-hand hottie, the deadly Lamia (Lesley-Ann Brandt).
From the brain of John Rogers (who also gave us Leverage and wrote the recent Dungeons & Dragons comic for IDW, among his many geeky credits), The Librarians is pure pulp, adventure-comedy and makes for some brilliant, easy viewing and great gaming inspiration (from the plots and conspiracies the heroes get tangled up in to the artifacts themselves).
The show has only been going for a few weeks and already the team have been on adventures involving Santa Claus (Bruce Campbell), dragons, minotaurs and fairy tale characters while hunting for King Arthur's crown, the Golden Apple of Eris and magical books.
It airs on SyFy in the UK on Mondays, the day after it airs in the States (which means we're never really that far behind plot-wise).