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'Warehouse 13' - 'Age Before Beauty' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 28th 2010 11:00AM
warehouse 13 season 2 episode 4(S01E04) After a spirited start, 'Warehouse 13' is showing no signs of slowing down this season.

The show quickly settled back into its "case of the week" routine after introducing a new villain and the makings of an intriguing season arc in the premiere, but the past four episodes have offered hours of lightning-paced action and clever writing.

Season 2 is also all about character growth and bonding. The idea of the main characters becoming a "family" instead of just co-workers sounds a little tired on paper, but 'Warehouse 13' is making it work!

Somehow, Pete's admission that Myka is a "stunningly beautiful woman" who has no business feeling insecure about her looks came off as sweet and emotional instead of corny and calculated. And it was definitely not a "shipper" moment; it was more than that.

Over the past several episodes, Pete and Myka have learned to love and respect each other. They've become a close-knit, ass-kicking, artifact-hunting brother-sister team. That feels less tired and way more interesting than forcing them to become another super-spy romantic duo a la Chuck and Sarah (or Jonathan and Jennifer Hart!). The concept leaves room for the show to explore other aspects of the characters' lives and personalities instead of focusing solely on romantic tension.

Artie and Claudia also took steps to further define their relationship. Artie has always felt like a parent to almost everyone on the show despite his loner tendencies and his somewhat misanthropic attitude. Casting him as Claudia's stammering father figure makes perfect sense. I winced a bit when Claudia actually called him her "father figure" -- no need to get so literal, show -- but watching these two solidify that strong parent-child bond still made me go all gooey inside.

So, yeah, there was an artifact plot in this episode too. It mostly involved Myka going undercover as a fashion model and looking super hot in sexy outfits -- again! Hey, I'm not complaining. The camera loves Joanne Kelly and the writers seem to love giving her the opportunity to strut her stuff in almost every episode.

The age/soul-sucking artifact plot was a little ridiculous (as usual), but the writers pulled tons of great gags from the Fashion Week setting. It's easy to make cracks about how superficial and ridiculous that world can be, but Pete's "gay Clue" remark and the running joke about Myka being a fatty were hilarious.

So what do you say, folks? Are you digging this season's family vibe? Are you nervous about H.G. Wells showing up to break the family apart? Excited about next week's 'Eureka' crossover? Let's hear it.

Other thoughts:

- Loved how Claudia's meet-up with geek-boy Todd was used to further her relationship with Artie instead of just giving her a boyfriend to add some potential smoochie scenes to the show.

- Is it me or is Myka acting way more "girliy" this season? I remember her being more of a solemn Scully type last year.

- Man Ray's camera? That was pretty awesome and obscure -- well, maybe more obscure than Jack Kirby's belt or Timothy Leary's glasses.

- The picture of Dorian Gray, the original Original Ray's pizza, and Excalibur are all in the Warehouse. That's a dangerous place.

- Eddie McClintock is the funniest man on Syfy (sorry, Tracy Morgan!).

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wasnt this an exact copy of pain killer jane - portraits of lauren gray episode.

Are they using the same sci fi writers ? I guess its easier to rehash identical plot lines for new shows then come up with new and entertaining stories.

July 28 2010 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to kunal's comment

Except no one watched that show except you.

July 28 2010 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

true not sure how many people watched sci fi a year ago

July 28 2010 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love watching Joanne Kelly and Allison Scagliotti. This shows a keeper.

July 28 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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