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I saw the pilot episode of Warehouse 13 when it originally aired on Syfy in 2009. There is a scene where Myka is driving in her car to Warehouse 13 for the first time. She is on a paved road and drives past a dirt road intersection. Myka then backs her car up, realizing that she missed her turn to the Warehouse, and goes down that dirt road. She is a bit miffed that the Warehouse is in such a remote location.

When I rewatched the episode recently on DVD, there was an instrumental soundtrack playing during this scene. But in my memory of the pilot, Rhianna's "Disturbia" song was playing. Specifically, these lyrics:

Throw on your brake lights
We're in the city of wonder
Ain't gonna play nice
Watch out, you might just go under
Better think twice
Your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

The reason I remember this was because I thought it clever that the lyric "We're in the city of wonder" was connecting with Mrs. Fredrick's "invitation to endless wonder" (which Myka said was creepy). I also remember hearing the catchy "bum-bum-be-dum" part of the song being played.

I know that TV shows sometimes have to replace soundtracks for home release due to licensing issues (WKRP in Cincinnati notably ran into this with its DVD release), so it's not out of the realm of possibility that Warehouse 13 changed the music during this scene.

Did the original airing of Warehouse 13's pilot include the song "Disturbia"? Or did I just make up this memory?

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YES!

Apparently some of your memory is fine.

Mrs Fredericks refers to "endless wonder" when speaking to Pete who thinks it's creepy.

This site confirms that Disturbia did, in fact, feature on some version of the show.

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I've...ahem...checked with an acquired version of the broadcast version and it does indeed play with Pete's approach to the Warehouse.

  • Funny that I remembered a background detail like the soundtrack, but misremembered the character who was in the scene! I guess since it was early in the first episode, and they weren't doing anything distinctive of their characters, I swapped them. Thanks for tracking this down and acquiring the broadcast version to confirm! – Thunderforge Nov 18 '17 at 2:54

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