Myka BeringThis week’s Danger Gal Friday profiles Myka Bering from SyFy’s new series Warehouse 13 portrayed by Canadian actress Joanne Kelly. Warehouse 13 is already getting pegged as “X Files Lite” with many comparisons between Bering and Scully. There are similarities of the good kind, but the show also has a Steampunk feel to many of its gadgets as well as a bit of a history lesson, in the pilot at least. The SyFy web site describes Bering as:

A woman born to be an agent. Organized and focused, Myka believes in hard work, solid planning, and steadfast execution. She never met a meticulously detailed mission outline she didn’t like, and her attention top minutiae has led her to status as a rising star in the Secret Service despite a “classified” situation in Denver, Colorado.

Pilots for series are often a little rocky as the writers and the actors are just getting to know the story world and the characters, but I thought Warehouse 13 came off mostly solid. I was never tempted to turn the channel and am intrigued by the hints at the character’s back stories.

In keeping with many a Danger Gal, Bering saved her male counterpart and twice to boot — once by pulling him from a wrecked car (and coming too first after being thrown) and in the end. Bering and Latimer saved each other on a few occasions, so I thought that aspect of the pilot was well-balanced. I don’t want to pay undo attention to Bering’s attire, but I always pay attention to see if a female character is costumed similarly to a male character — such as in Star Trek Uhura wears a capped sleeved mini-dress while the male characters are all in long sleeves and long pants. Someone on the Enterprise is either very chilled or sweating.

Bering and Latimer were both dressed appropriately and in fact Latimer showed off more skin than Bering did. I did think it odd that Bering would wear a skin-tight cocktail dress and heels to protect the President, but at least they made a point of showing her taking off those heels when she had to kick some ass. Later we see Bering wearing much more appropriate shoes with actual treads.

From a story development standpoint, Bering contributed just as much to solving the story problem as her partner did. Overall, a good start to a fun show, one not quite so deep as Fringe that I appreciate, and I’m looking forward to more.

4 Responses to “Danger Gal Friday: Myka Bering”

  1. Yeah, I just discovered Myka Bering last weekend but she gets lots of points for . . . Well, never mind. She just gets lots of points.
    (Hi, Lisa!)

  2. I suspect the reason Myka was in a cocktail dress protecting the President in the Pilot was because it was a social event and Secret Service needs to blend in some what. Had she been in her usual pantsuit, it might have sent a message to anyone who might attempt to off the President.

    Don’t mind me, Myka’s my fav character. 😀

  3. Just wait until Claudia Donovan and Mrs Fredericks show up. Two more strong, intelligent women with mad skills. I would love for you to do a Danger Gal about Mrs Fredericks.

  4. Odette: I’ve been stewing on a post reviewing all of the great female characters in Warehouse 13, including Mrs. Fredericks and now Jane Lattimer.

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