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Warehouse 13: Duped

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 26th 2009 2:42AM
warehouse 13 duped(S01E08) Warehouse 13 finally delivered an insane episode worthy of the show's strange and ridiculous premise. Steve Rubel's bewitched disco ball mated with Lewis Carroll's magic mirror to make Myka switch places with Carol's "Alice," who turned out to be a really creepy serial killer. Now this is the kind of stuff I wanna see.

If you ask Syfy's marketing folks, tonight's ep was all about the guest stars, Eureka's Erica Cerra and Niall Matter. They were serviceable as married grifters addicted to a cool little artifact, but they were pushed to the background just like Tricia Helfer and Joe Flanigan before them. "Duped" was really all about watching the Warehouse team do some much-needed bonding (and bringing the weirdness and the screwball comedy elements to the forefront, of course).

Artie and Myka resolved some heavy tension left over from last week's ep. Call me a softy, but I actually sort of loved watching Myka get all emotional with Artie on the other end of the mirror. I also loved watching Pete pal around with Claudia in the opening scenes. The team is really starting to feel like a family now, and the actors are great together -- even when the exposition scenes tend to get a little too chaotic.

And who didn't love seeing Myka morph into a double-dealing bad girl in a tiny black dress? Like I've said before, Joanne Kelly is a fine actress, and I had a blast watching her cut loose in this ep. Eddie McClintock looked like he was having more fun than ever as Pete. Saul Rubinek's Artie might be Warehouse's showiest character, but Pete gets the best lines ("Kirk out!"), and McClintock really knows how to sell 'em. Pete's the kid who grew up watching Star Trek and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and joined law enforcement just because he thought it would be "awesome." It's hard not to like the guy.

From the direction, to the acting, to the jokes and swift pacing, this was probably the best episode of Warehouse 13 yet. Now I'm actually looking forward to watching next week's ep with guest star Joe Morton.

Other observations:

- So Artie's still obsessed with finding MacPherson; I guess that means we'll be seeing Roger Rees again soon, which is cool.

- It definitely looked like Leena was trying to communicate with Myka using telepathy. I hope someone starts to explain her abilities soon.

- That Claudia really comes in handy in a pinch. And she gives the show a spark that was missing before she signed on.

- Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" – a little obvious but still pretty awesome. I liked that the Studio 54 disco ball blasts Gloria Gayner whenever somebody drops it. Maybe next time it'll play some Bee Gees.

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The version of "Duped" on Hulu does not include either the Gloria Gaynor tunes associated with the Studio 54 disco ball or "White Rabbit" when Myka was freed from the mirror. The former replaced with generic disco instrumental and the latter with non-descript suspense music. The music subs RUINED both scenes, imho. I hope they paid for DVD rights for both songs for when the season set comes out. Just in case tho, I'm going to be sure to record the Tuesday 8PM repeat.

August 30 2009 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can someone explain the exchange over the "dark vault"? When Myka asks about it, Pete says it's better than the "lega volt" or something like that, and he and Artie crack up.

August 26 2009 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I think Pete said, "It's better than the oy gevalt..." "Oy gevalt" is a Yiddish phrase which roughly translates as "woe is me."

August 26 2009 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nothing made sense again, but by now I don't really care. The show is all about fun and it certainly delivers. Full review on my blog.


August 26 2009 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rees is scheduled for two more returns, one being the season finale. Rumors are latter is a cliffhanger.

August 26 2009 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

really great director on this episode, i thought it had the best feel and was the most polished of the series so far.

August 26 2009 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When they played 'white rabbit,' was when I truly loved that episode. I'm impressed with the actress' ability to seamlessly shift between 'Bad Alice.' On a fan-girl note, I loved Pete's emotional scene 'Myka would never kiss me, never,' - which got the sexual tension out and then negated it.

But, one thing, why is it that Mirror Doubles are always able to easily meld to whatever area/body they possess? Would 1 Victorian little girl really easily shift from petticoats and handholding to black dresses and making out in hallways? Especially since Artie claimed the Doubles don't hold the memories of their victims.

Overall, I do like that the addition of Claudia adds to the team, which I was afraid it wouldn't. Also, I like seeing how easily they fit together through jokes, etc.

August 26 2009 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I totally laughed out loud when 'White Rabbit" started playing. My musically challenged boyfriend didn't get it.

August 26 2009 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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