A new kind of maintext: Are WAREHOUSE 13′s Bering and Wells the new Mulder and Scully?

 
 

Warehouses 13′s writers have offered up some mesmerizing, heart-wrenching, layered storytelling for the two women — HG refusing to destroy the world because she cared too much for Myka’s life, Myka refusing to destroy HG’s life even though it would have meant saving the world — but have often danced around defining their attachment to one another. So when Syfy announced that it was only bringing back the show for a six-episode final season, I asked showrunner Jack Kenny to be straight up with me about the nature of Myka and HG’s relationship. I asked if he considered the characters just pals, or if he, like us, sees them as a modern-day Mulder and Scully trapped in a delicious tug-of-war.

“The HG/Myka relationship is absolutely a will they/won’t they tug-of-war,” he told me. “We have definitely leaned into the playfulness of that since the beginning. But theirs is a relationship that goes beyond physical or sexual attraction.”

But sexual attraction is part of it, right? We’re not imagining that they want to rip off each other’s clothes, are we? HG self-identifies as bisexual. “Many of my lovers were men,” she says early in season two. And Kenny told me he thinks Myka “falls somewhere in the middle of the Kinsey Scale.” When I asked him if Myka is uncomfortable with the idea of being bisexual or sexually fluid, if that’s what’s keeping her from pursuing something romantic or sexual with HG, he said: “I definitely do not think it’s discomfort. I think it’s an unusual feeling for Myka, but she knows what it is, and isn’t afraid of it.”

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When I was chatting with Kenny, who, by the way, was very gracious with me as I peppered him with question after question about our beloved Bering and Wells, I was struck by the oddest thought: I never read an interview where someone asked The X-Files showrunner Vince Gilligan to please specifically define Mulder and Scully’s relationship in black and white. I never read an interview with The Office showrunner Greg Daniels where someone asked him if Pam and Jim wanted to have sex. Mulder and Scully were in love, but they were so much more than in love. Pam and Jim wanted to do it, but they were so much more than their desire to see each other naked. Why is it so much harder to relax into that story when the characters are two women?

Why, when Jack Kenny told me “HG and Myka’s feelings about each other play out on a higher plane than [just sex]” did I feel the urge to say, “But sex, too, right? I’m not imagining their attraction, am I? It’s for real, isn’t it?”

I mean, I have eyeballs. I can see for myself that, yes, HG and Myka’s relationship is absolutely fraught with sexual tension. Jo Kelly said HG and Myka have a “definitely scissoring” kind of love on the Comic-Con red carpet for heaven’s sake. You can’t spell it out much more clearly than that.

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