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Warehouse 13: Macpherson (season finale)

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 23rd 2009 10:21AM
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(S01E13) It took a while, but Warehouse 13 finally broke away from the stale case-of-the-week episodes (and the stale dialogue) to become the summer's most amusing slice of sci-fi TV. The shift happened a few weeks ago when Roger Rees' smug and sadistic baddie, Macpherson, showed up to make trouble for the team.

Macpherson turned out to be the big bad Warehouse 13 was missing all along. He was an ex-Warehouse agent with a vendetta against Artie and the regents. His evil plots forced Artie and the agents to bond and trust each other, and they also gave the show a real sense of danger and purpose. Oh, and Macpherson also gave us Claudia and Leena, apparently.

Macpherson returned to twist the knife one more time in a season finale packed with surprises, red herrings, and a few insane artifacts (Timothy Leary's psychedelic glasses? That was a good one.)

That Mrs. Frederic is right about everything, isn't she? She wasn't kidding when she talked about Macpherson throwing his enemies off their game and striking just when they thought they had the upper hand. It was obvious from the start that Macpherson was manipulating Artie and the agents, but I didn't see that final twist coming, even though I never really trusted Leena.

Making Claudia the red herring was a good move. Before the final act, I kept trying to accept the apparent fact that Claudia was in league with Macpherson. Luckily, good ol' Clauds was innocent and Macpherson's spy turned out to be Leena (did I mention I never really trusted her?).

I still don't get Macpherson's plan. He went through all of that trouble just to blow up Artie in the tunnel? Before, it seemed like he had this crazy idea that all the Warehouse artifacts belonged out in the world, and that he was just the man to release them. But I didn't see him take anything from the Warehouse when he escaped the Bronze Sector. Maybe all he really wanted was vengeance on Artie, who never really hurt Macpherson in the first place. I'm sure he'll be back in season two to make use of his new "unfettered access" to the Warehouse.

Myka seemed to hover in the background for most of this ep, but Pete was funnier than ever, especially when he undercut Macpherson's dramatic speech by dubbing him "McNuttypants." (Sometimes, it's the simple things that make life worth it.)

So McNuttypants escaped and is riding the highest high he's ever had before. Leena betrayed the team and left at the big bad's side. Claudia, convinced she's Macpherson's sleeper agent, ran away from home, and Artie apparently got blown up in the tunnel (but I'm sure he'll get better). Oh, and we learned the Warehouse stores the most evil people on Earth in its Bronze sector which, if you ask me, is just waiting to malfunction.

Season two of Warehouse 13 can't come soon enough.

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Oh my gosh! I guess I am just a sucker for a plot or something... I knew that MacPherson was trying to manipulate the team, and I never really understood who Leena was (Missed the 1st few eps). I was shocked when Claudia "turned out to be the bad guy", but happy when it was Leena.

Ok, so what I want to know, is about Artie. I just thought of this (I JUST saw the last ep on Hulu). Does anyone else think that by some chance, since he had a sort of emotional connection to it, that maybe he had the Phoenix? 'Cause they can't be rid of Artie!!

September 27 2009 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The show had a bad start, but the writers finally started getting it together near the end. The finale had some nice elements previously unseen which can be improved on dramatically for next season. I had a whole lot of complaints about the show, but now I take it for what it is: a fun show. I'll live with the inconsistencies and plotholes. Full review of the episode.


September 24 2009 at 12:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Artie apparently got blown up in the tunnel (but I'm sure he'll get better)"

Artie touched the Phoenix and therefore cannot burn to death or be blown up.

September 23 2009 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Preach's comment

I think McNutty was trying to get the Crystals from Mrs. Frederic the whole time so he wouldn't die when he came close to the Warehouse that's why he was apprehended so easily.. Now he can take as many artifacts as he wants with his vast knowledge of the place no more sleeper agents for him!..

I Trusted Leena! she helped Artie and the team alot throughout the season with her mystical mojo.. I liked her! It sucks that she is a baddie I'm hoping that its some kind of mind control.. I was hoping she was a younger Mrs. Frederic via some time thingamajiggy or an artifact..


September 23 2009 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I never really trusted Leena, mostly because they never really delved into her character at all (is she actually psychic? what is the source of her power? if she IS psychic, is it derived from an artifact? is that why she's being kept in the warehouse? is she even human?)

September 23 2009 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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