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Warehouse 13: Elements

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2009 8:30AM
Allison Scagliotti-Smith(S01E05) Last week, we finally met the hacker who managed to infiltrate the Warehouse's defenses. This week, she joined the team. I know, no spoiler warning, but that wasn't the point of the episode.

You probably wouldn't even care if I did spoil the ending, because despite a decent set-up and the potential for a pretty intriguing payoff, the ending was crap. Part of the problem was the hamming it up for the camera by James Naughton as Gilbert Radburn. At least he embraced his limited acting range and just said screw it. "I'm not very good so I'm going to go for gusto! And enthusiasm!"

And the big fight scene itself was lame as well. What wasn't lame was the artifact itself. A cloak that allows the wearer to walk through walls. Add in an invisibility element and I could have made a fortune renting it out in my high school. Until I got arrested when some nerd caved after getting caught in the girl's locker room.

But that fight scene? Radburn blows Myka and Pete against the wall with an arrow. Yes, wind came out of the arrow; now granted it was an artifact, but still. Then, he monologues to his arch-nemesis Jeff Weaver. Actually, Jeff's father was his arch-nemesis, but I guess it passes on from one generation to the next or something.

Blah, blah, blah. Oh, you talked long enough for Pete to recover. Good job. Then Pete picked up the arrow Radburn laid down, but Pete doesn't bother to blow him with it. He just stabs that arrow right into his heart. And just after Radburn had acquired fire and "completed the transformation." PS: I guess the transformation was internal, because on the outside he looked like the same old actor. Then he blew up. Into the sky.


And, yes. I know James Naughton has been around forever and ever. He's been in all kinds of television shows and movies and he's your favorite actor. Hell, he's the voice of Audi. And that's something. Maybe he was amazing in Gossip Girl, but he was also in Planet of the Apes: We Made A TV Series Out Of This Because There Weren't Enough Movies, and that was terrible. So he's done terrible before. And now he's done it again. Full circle.

Thank goodness for Artie and Claudia Donovan back at the warehouse. Allison Scagliotti-Smith brings a youthful rebelliousness and energy to the show as Claudia that I hadn't even realized it was needing. But it was. And she's a great foil for Artie's scatterbrained stodginess. I also like her against the ethereal Leena.

By next week's promos, it looks like she'll be helping Artie out at the base, while Myka and Pete continue as field agents. I can handle that, but I think I'd like to see her out in the field. She's clearly very sharp, brilliant and resourceful enough to break into Warehouse 13. She'd probably be pretty handy in the field as well. Maybe it's a trust issue. Did Artie clear hiring her with Mrs. Frederick?

Speaking of which, when are we going to learn more about Leena? I connect the two because we don't now anything about Mrs. Frederick either. But whereas I like that aspect of Mrs. Frederick, I do want to delve deeper into the beauty that is Leena. We know she's more than just the owner of the quaint little bed and breakfast everyone stays at. Speaking of which, does she have other guests? If so, what the hell are they doing in the middle of nowhere?

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You can't blame the actors for the crap that was written by the writers who were probably paid so little for the scrip by Skiffy that it didn't pay for the paper it was written on! You get what you pay for and Skiffy (excuse me, SyFy) bless their cheap little old hearts, are not interested in quality, just cheap (Pain Killer Jane, Flush Gordon anyone!). “Garbage in garbage out” Joe Flanigan and James Naughton did the best they could with what they had (acting was good; script was so, so bad). The story would have been great if they hadn't spent so much time on the B plot, they might have had time not to leave so many holes in the main part of the story. I’d still like to know why nobody missed the guy that disappeared through a wall, or why they had no follow-up at the end with Jeff Weaver. What about the weirdness with the sky? How do you explain that to the public? Or are you supposed to add suspension of belief? Millionaire blows up, film at 11? Or the how do you explain to the people that work for him that he just isn’t coming back your all fired! Too many plot holes!

August 06 2009 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The banter between all the characters has improved and is by far the best thing about the show, but the main part of the episodes, finding the artifact, is still very, very, very, weak. I have a full review of the episode on my blog.


August 05 2009 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I want to like this show, I really do. Every week I come back and every week I spend the entire episode wondering if my dog needs a Snuggie.

August 05 2009 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R. Allen

Have you ever taken a moment to consider, before you go on a tirade about an actor like Naughton, that the director of an episode influences the performances? Don't always blame the actors for their performances. It's part them, part the director.

August 05 2009 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Silly summer show and easy to watch, but the best part of last nite's ep was Joe Flanigan! I love watching him, he's terrific looking and a terrific actor.
He really needs his own show soon!

August 05 2009 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to serenitycat45's comment

I think you mean they need to give him his show back! Well, at least Stargate Universe does look pretty awesome...

August 05 2009 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alicia R.

I think every week this show gets better. Oh of course it was lame and hooky, and that is what it was supposed to be.

No comment on Joe Flanigan's performance though.

August 05 2009 at 9:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Then Pete picked up the arrow Radburn laid down, but Pete doesn't bother to blow him with it."

LMAO - Kind of says it all!

August 05 2009 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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