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Warehouse 13: Nevermore

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 16th 2009 3:20AM
Warehouse 13: Nevermore(S01E12) Look at that, Myka's dad is Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan). And like most of the high caliber sci-fi guest stars so far this season, he's relegated to a bit role. Not to say that he isn't front-and-center to the action, because he is. But as much as he's at the center of the activity, he spends most of the episode inactive.

As you may have guessed by the title, this episode dealt with artifacts relating to Edgar Allan Poe, and there was some clever trickery utilizing Poe's most iconic visions. But the title might allude to something greater: the impending and climactic battle with MacPherson set to take place in next week's finale (is it here already?).

Interestingly enough, even though this was the big episode leading into the finale, it turned out to be little more than a generic bag-it-and-tag-it kind of mission, albeit with a very personal touch. I enjoyed seeing Myka's family and her father's bookstore. We learned a lot about her character and personality just from this short time with her family.

Even better, the writers worked a way to get Claudia out of the warehouse and into the action. In fact, due to Myka's staying behind to care for her father, it was Claudia that went on the hunt for the artifact at the school. And she proved fairly effective in the field. Mostly by talking to people and soothing them, but that's important, too.

With Pete and Myka as effective and well-trained government agents, it would be fun if we could watch Claudia grow into a great Warehouse agent in her own right. I stand by my belief that Allison Scagliotti added an element of youth and unpredictability to the show that it desperately needed. I hope she gets upgraded to series regular for next season.

I'd say I wish the same thing for CCH Pounder, though I do hope FOX's Brothers dies soon so we can all forget that she was ever a part of it. But I think I prefer Mrs. Frederic popping in and out randomly, and not appearing in every episode. It keeps the mystery going.

What is the deal with Mrs. Frederic anyway? She seems to be able to appear and disappear at will, and may share some likewise mysterious connection with Leena. I think Mrs. Frederic is an artifact. Who's with me?

Artifacts on the Loose

  • Tiny cymbals - super-sonic super destructive soundwaves
  • Edgar Allan Poe's pen & notebook - bifurcated artifact; allows the controller of the pen to create and alter reality
  • Jack the Ripper's lantern - those who stare into it are rendered immobile, and remember nothing afterward

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This show is getting better. Still not BSG caliber, but it is headed in the right direction.

September 17 2009 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shawn Jones

I thought in the beginning that Leena could be the daughter of Arty and Mrs. Frederic. She definitely has a connection to the Warehouse (knows a little to much) and Arty.

September 16 2009 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone else not think about what the number 13 actually meant? I think that it is completely interesting that there were 12 other warehouses which means that there could be even more artifacts that were let loose or lost when they burnt down. Also there is what actually happened to those warehouses.

September 16 2009 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hmm, I thought I liked CCH Pounder as a mysterious figure, but even when she appears in each episode she's still creepy. But, is it just me or does it look like she lightened her hair? Anyways, this was another one of my favorite episodes. I tend to prefer the character development offered by the 2nd ep and 'White Rabbit,' as opposed to the more CGI oriented ones. I agree that Claudia was on point this week, although I still enjoy Pete and Myka's connection and loved Pete's rushing to Myka's defense.

September 16 2009 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This has been a wonderful and delightful series. I am looking forward to the finale, but wish it were staying. I will anxiously be awaiting the next season! Which may be more about Mrs. Frederic's past and present participation.

September 16 2009 at 11:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After Artie asks Mrs. Frederick "What did you do with Leena?" in the beginning, I started speculating whether Mrs. Frederick and Leena are in fact the same person. Have they ever appeared in the same scene? I loved the artifact in this episode and Claudia going into the field. Full review of the episode on my blog.


September 16 2009 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Mrs Fredrick and Leena are the same person, but some artifact timewarp or something causes them to exist simultaneously.

September 16 2009 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

no mention of mrs frederic's line "i swear on the ashes of the 12 previous warehouses"?

that, combined with the conversation of the Regents last week about having "a very special relationship with the US Government", makes me excited by the obviously huge backstory we haven't seen yet.

September 16 2009 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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