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'Warehouse 13' - 'Around The Bend' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 11th 2010 12:50PM
pete warehosue 13 recap(S01E05) It was only a matter of time until an artifact melted Pete's brain on 'Warehouse 13.'

He might not be the youngest agent on the team, but he's easily the most immature relic hunter of the bunch. He's the guy who plays ping-pong with Lewis Carroll's mirror and sometimes treats the Warehouse like it's his own personal Toys"R"Us. So, yeah, sorry Pete, but sometimes the artifacts bite back ... hard.

It was strange to see so much division in the Warehouse. The team has grown closer than ever before this season, and it almost seemed like all that trust-building and bonding between Artie, Myka, Claudia and Pete was gonna get flushed down the toilet thanks to the betrayal of one of those sneaky Regents.

But the conspiracy plot that was tearing the Warehouse apart was all part of Pete's elaborate hallucination. A little disappointing? Maybe. I'm still trying to sort out my feelings about that big reveal.

I was enjoying Pete's solo action-movie posturing -- he geared up, went out for justice, and got the girl -- until Kate (Tia Carrere) got killed and things started to get a little darker than usual. Then came the reveal. It was all about containing crazy Pete (who makes out with himself in public and does a lot of yelling and squinting) after that.

I was happy to learn that Mark Sheppard wasn't playing yet another rogue sci-fi villain. The man gives great bad guy, but I'm actually more interested in seeing him play a fussy bureaucrat than another slimy, two-faced evil-doer. The show did a great job of subverting my expectations about Valda, who I pegged as the double-crossing serial killer type the moment he showed up last season.

Of course, there's still a pretty sharp edge to Valda. He's one of the Regents who can decide whether or not to execute the contingency plans (i.e. death warrants) set up for our huggable heroes. It must feel pretty creepy to know that you might get killed if you screw up on the job. It's kinda like writing on deadline, I guess.

Besides the hallucination twist, I anticipate that most of the talk about this ep will be about Eddie McClintock's wild performance. Like I wrote last week, I love the guy. He's hilarious, and he's got what it takes to play a solid action hero. But even I had to cringe a little while watching him act like a sugared-up Dana Carvey during the opening scene in the museum. I get it; Pete's wacky. But does he have to be that wacky?

McClintock made up for that later by really committing to Pete's emotional ups and downs, and by re-establishing the fact that he'd do anything to protect his team. The importance of family is still a strong theme on 'Warehouse 13.' It works for the show, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Other thoughts:

- Let's see more of Valda sticking his nose in the Warehouse day-to-day. I love how he's able to put everyone on edge.

- "Oye Como Va" is magic, huh? At least we got a David Bowie reference later.

- So Mrs. Frederick is corporeal after all. Still doesn't mean she's human.

- We got a quick throwaway reference to Claudia's breakup with Townie Todd, but something tells me we haven't heard the last of him.

- Watching Pete go all 'Manchurian Candidate' was fun, and so was last week's 'Eureka' crossover, but I'm still itching to see H.G. Wells return to give the agents a real challenge.

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billyadams

Don't know if anyone else watches Eureka as well, but I'd like to see if they do anything with Fargo again as a result of last week's Eureka with Claudia showing up and their interactions.

August 12 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kaycee

That would be AMAZING! Claudia and Fargo were such an amazing pair and I already love Fargo and Artie's interactions, so I'd love to see how he'd meld with the other members of the team.

August 14 2010 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
timelord626

I thought the opening scene was a little OTT, too. Couldn't wait for it to be over. And I generally don't care for episodes which turn out to be some great big hallucination, though I liked the way subtle clues to this revelation were woven into the first half of the show.

H.G. Wells is back next week, yay!

August 11 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
miles

Pete is too much of a child. He hasn't learned yet that "Don't Touch" means "DON'T TOUCH!!!!".

August 11 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M-D

I'm really digging this season of WH13, but the thing that bugs me week after week is that...and there's no KIND way to put this...Mika & Pete really aren't that good at their job. I could understand that last season, when they were adjusting to life at the Warehouse, but shouldn't they be able to roll with the crazy by now?

Surprised they went with "Oye Como Va" and not the more obvious "Black Magic Woman", but I guess "Oye" works better since it's mostly instrumental.

I keep hoping the reference to Claudia's 'preferred method' was actually a shout out to The Venture Brothers (David Bowie = The Sovereign FTW!), but I'm probably overthinking it.

+1 to wanting to see HG Wells already.

August 11 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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