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'Warehouse 13' - '13.1' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 4th 2010 11:40AM
warehouse 13 crossover eurekaRobot spiders! Lightsabers! Leisure suits!

I haven't had this much fun with 'Warehouse 13' since last month's season premiere. This week's engaging episode was loaded with humor, heart and, of course, geeky goodness from start to finish.

We were supposed to be excited about 'Eureka' vet Neil Grayston's guest spot as Fargo (part one of a two-part Syfy crossover event that concludes this Friday on 'Eureka'), but I was more thrilled about the prospect of seeing the great Rene Auberjonois back on TV.

Auberjonois is an institution as far as I'm concerned, and he's easily one of the best character actors to ever grace the tube. 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' is one of my favorite shows, and his amazing portrayal of the shape shifter Odo really helped convey that series' themes of loss, sacrifice and identity.

Auberjonois played a much less ... complicated character in this ep. Actually, he played a character who was split into two halves: one half was trapped inside the Warehouse and functioned as its persnickety fail-safe security system, and the other half was living in a sanitarium and babbling about spinning wheels and koala bears. Somehow, he made it work. Auberjonois made me care about both versions of Hugo Miller, to the point that I started feeling bummed about Artie's plan to trap his brain inside the Warehouse and essentially kill the man in favor of the machine.

Thankfully, Artie had a much more agreeable plan in mind for Hugo in the end, and both halves of his personality were patched back together where they belonged: inside of his balding head.

But that's how the episode ended. Let's talk about some of the crazy stuff that happened before the Hugos had their restorative mind meld.

So Fargo was Fargo. He was clumsy and nerdy and underconfident and a little annoying. No surprise there. But he also got to do a lot of cool stuff in this ep, like slice and dice some creepy robot spiders with a light saber (A lightsaber!) and kiss Warehouse cutie Claudia.

Of course, we know that the budding relationship between Claudia and Fargo can't really go anywhere. It'll continue on Friday's episode of 'Eureka,' and then it'll be over. That's probably for the best. I'm not interested in watching these two "relationship Skyping" in every episode, and I'm actually starting to like Townie Todd.

And speaking of Todd -- something strange is going on with that boy. Why did he break up with Clauds? Don't tell me it's because she was too preoccupied with her job or because she missed their lunch date. This is 'Warehouse 13!' There's gotta be some freaky deaky stuff going on with Todd that we don't know about yet. Maybe he's a robot (his aversion to technology is pretty suspicious)! It could be anything, really. Got any guesses?

Pete and Myka are gelling more than ever now, and that's a lot of fun to watch. This ep brought up the fact every Warehouse agent they've ever met is "crazy, evil, or dead." Kinda makes you wonder what Pete and Myka's retirement is gonna look like. The plot's fast pace didn't really give our dynamic duo much time to ponder their futures, but something tells me the whole "crazy, evil, or dead" thing will creep up again this season.

Other thoughts:

- I half-expected Claudia to say something like, "You're from an alternate timeline!" after she saw Fargo's life flash before her eyes in the Zoetrope. Maybe that'll come up on Friday.

- I love how Caluds carries around Ben Franklin's ring the way you or I would carry around a pen or a pair of reading glasses.

- Seeing Auberjonois in that mustache and wig reminded me of his character from 'Benson.'

- Thank you, writers, for not giving us another "Leena gets a headache" scene!

- How is it that everything Eddie McClintock says is hilarious? I nearly spit out my coffee every time he opened his mouth.

- This was the first episode of the season that I wouldn't mind watching over and over again.

- Nice to see ya, Zack Ward. Here's hoping you find a steady gig soon.

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You left out Claudia's reference to the classic scifi movie "Colossus: The Forbin Project."

August 04 2010 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Fragos

This was yet another great episode. I never miss this show and I love Eureka as well.

August 04 2010 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh Allison Scagliotti, if only I could enter your warehouse...sigh

August 04 2010 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked this episode a lot. It looks like they are sending Hugo to Eureka. I wonder if we will see that character on Eureka. I hope so because I'd like to learn more about him. I am so sad that Claudia's boyfriend broke up with her. That is sad.

August 04 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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