Would you turn down the chance to play a character named Benedict Valda? Didn't think so. And genre favorite Mark Sheppard isn't one to pass up the opportunity either. So Valda is on tonight's episode of Warehouse 13, entitled "Breakdown," airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy.
"Great name, right?" Sheppard (Battlestar Galactica's Romo Lampkin) said, laughing during an exclusive telephone interview late last month. "If you know the premise of the show, the warehouse is the repository, the storage facility for all of this supernatural and scary stuff that the prevailing government finds. Somebody has to run it for the dominant superpower controlling the warehouse over the ages. It's appeared so far throughout the season that Mrs. Frederic [CCH Pounder] is running it, when in fact there is a group behind her called the Regents, and I am one of said Regents."
Sheppard added, "Valda is extremely concerned as to what's happening with the shadowy figure of MacPherson [Roger Rees], who is Artie's [Saul Rubinek] nemesis. I've finally emerged and revealed the Regents in order to start to deal with the problem that MacPherson is posing. So I think this is an ongoing situation."
An ongoing situation? That sure sounds to us like code for a recurring role.
"I hope so," Sheppard said. "This first time it was my friends at Syfy probably saying, 'Hmm, nine and a half pages, do it in a day ... Let's get Mark.' It was one of those, and it's a beautifully written show. I've been a fan of it. I worked with [co-creator] Jane Espenson from Firefly to Battlestar. I think it's fantastic. And the opportunity to go work with Saul and CC, I don't think anybody would turn that down. We had a wonderful time, and I think Mr. Valda is an interesting development in the Warehouse 13 story."
Sheppard added, "The chances of me coming back are, I think, pretty good. You can decide when you see the episode [if it's possible]. I'd love to come back. My wife and kids, we actually watch the show. So I'd be excited."