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Warehouse 13: Regrets

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 2nd 2009 2:45AM
Joe Morton(S01E09) At first, it looked like Joe Morton was going to be more integral to the plot than Erica Cerra and Niall Matter. Alas, he was just an aside. In fact, he was almost inconsequential completely to the artifact quest in the prison, though he did help Pete and Myka at a key moment.

There was a nice balance in the episode between a surprisingly emotional situation at the prison with Pete and Myka, and the comical situation that Claudia found herself in back at the warehouse. I'm learning that I may be even more interested in the artifacts already at the warehouse than in the collecting of new ones.

Which gets me way excited about next week's episode, which is all about things going wrong at the warehouse. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

It was nice getting more into the psyches of both Pete and Myka. Who knew the hallucinogenic properties of the prison would be so healing? Pete was able to absolve himself of responsibility in his father's death; come on, he was a kid and all he had was a feeling? That's too much to put on yourself.

Myka's was a little more recent, if equally haunting. I'm pleased that she decided she didn't need to even see the contents of that report. As Pete said, she knows she did everything right, and her partner's death was based on his own mistakes, not hers.

I'm less pleased at how distracting her lips are at times. Is it possible to get collagen removed; I refuse to believe that is her natural top lip. There are two lumps hanging down on each side, while the middle is much thinner. It looks a little ridiculous. Sorry, Joanne Kelly, otherwise you are very pretty.

As for Claudia, she was on basic inventory, which I would guess is an endless job. So, since this is Claudia who looks for a shortcut to accomplish anything, we got to interact with another artifact. I like that Warehouse 13 ties the artifacts with real or real imagined people. It means I got to look up and learn about Alessandro Volta, as it was his lab coat that got Claudia into trouble.

Luckily for her, Artie is just as clever as she is and is able to get her out of the jam. She promises to be good, and he even makes her write "I will not disobey Artie" on an old chalkboard. Artie's cool, but way old school. That song he's composing for his father really is beautiful. In fact, the music used in this episode was very powerful.

Since this is Warehouse 13, I find myself suspecting that something hinky happened to Artie's father. He's not dead, but Artie hopes finishing the song will help them find one another. Fodder for a future episode, perhaps? We do need to delve more into Artie's past.

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Watcher691

The beautiful song that Artie is composing sounds an awful lot like Crazier by Taylor Swift! I didn't see any mention in the credits.

September 02 2009 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loudalmaso

Or just maybe they don't need to dwell on the past because they've got a whole bunch of new stories in mind...

I for one enjoy the fact that they are not going to drag out what Myka's issues with her partner were for the whole season. It seemed a simple solution for a not so complicated problem. Her partner went in to early and got killed for his impatience. Myka was in love with him and therefore couldn't face the fact he was in error until she got some perspective.

Please tell me how many series you've been the showrunner on, since you seem to know all about how shows should be structured.

September 02 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mike Rogus

Man, I sure hate that argument. It's a fallacy. "If you have no direct experience doing this thing that .000001% of people have experience in, you obviously have no right to state your opinion."

Of course he's not a showrunner, but he is a writer. He watches TV and writes about it for a living. I'm quite sure he has seen enough shows unfold over time to know what works and what is less successful. Certainly enough to base an opinion on.

Since you seem confident in stating your own opinion would you mind telling me which show you showrun? I would love to check it out. ;)

September 02 2009 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The1337

There are serious flaw in the character development by the writers. They introduced a range of huge problems in the pilot and subsequent episodes that we expected to last for quite a long time. Instead, the issues are rarely brought up and when they are in the case of Myka's partner being killed, it is resolved almost instantaneously. The writers seem to have no clue how to construct a character arc and that worries me. Full review of the episode on my blog.

http://th3tvobsessed.blogspot.com/2009/09/review-warehouse-13-s01e09-regrets.html

September 02 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loudalmaso

I agree on Ms. Kelly's loveliness, but I'm not so quick to jump on the collegen train.

A couple of years ago she appeared in a movie (National Lampoon's Going all the Way) - I saw it on Comedy Central a couple of months ago - actually before WH13 started - and I thought she just had a bit of a sexy overbite.

September 02 2009 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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