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'Warehouse 13' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 1st 2010 9:30AM
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H.G. Wells saved the day (again!) and was reinstated as a Warehouse agent. I guess it's time to start the death clock.

Seriously, there's no way she's gonna survive the season now. 'Warehouse 13' is an ensemble show, but that ensemble consists of Pete, Myka, Artie, and Claudia (and sometimes Leena!).

I'm not sayin' I object to Wells' new Warehouse role. Adding a smokin' hot time traveling literary figure to the team is actually a pretty cool idea. I just don't think it's gonna last.

Artie was the first to object to Wells' reinstatement. Was he right? Is he a paranoid bastard? I'm guessing both are true. There's still a lot we don't know about Wells and the circumstances surrounding her bronzing. Sure, she had a pretty good explanation for it all, but I'm not ready to trust her just yet. And what's with the Super Regent (Adwin Kosan) showing up and reinstating her instead of Mrs. Frederick? Was she opposed to deputizing Wells too? Does she not get to make the "big decisions" anymore? So. Many. Questions.

Let's talk about Artie. We were supposed to learn a lot about him in this episode, but mostly the ep just confirmed what we already knew – he's a pretty good guy, and he's not afraid to break the rules to do what he thinks is right. His past came back to haunt him (and kidnap him and rough him up a little) this week. Of course, Artie didn't really do anything to deserve all the guilt and pain he suffered through in this ep. His crime? Trading artifacts to the Russians to get his family members out of the Gulag. Oh, and he didn't even know the artifacts were supernatural; he thought they were historical "trinkets."

Like I said, we didn't really learn anything new about Artie's character, but I like how this ep filled in little details about his time in Russia with the NSA and how he risked his life and reputation to protect his family members. 'Warehouse 13' is a rare kind of show that offers hours of goofy fun and also finds time to flesh out its characters in rich and interesting ways.

Claudia's B story kept things light while Artie's A story got darker and more dangerous by the minute. The nerd love plot was a little silly and disappointing. So Todd is in the witness protection program? And he had to split the minute after he and Clauds got back together? Bummer. At least it was fun watching Claudia get her stalker on and pulling a Tesla on Todd in the park. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long until we get an episode with Clauds and crew saving Todd from the big bad mobsters. I'm looking forward to their reunion and Todd's return as a recurring character.

This was a fun and engaging episode that gave two of my favorite characters – Artie and Claudia – the spotlight and gave us a lot to chew on concerning H.G. Wells. I'm not sure exactly where the Wells arc is going, and that's exciting.

Other thoughts:


- We got some pretty brutal artifacts in this ep. I can't decide which one was worse, Torquemada's chain, the Titanic driftwood or the croquet balls.

- So Leena gave Claudia some pretty good advice about her relationship with Todd. I had almost forgotten how insightful she could be.

- Hi, I'm Tia Carrere, and I like to exit the scene every time something interesting is about to happen.

- Pete and Myka's old boss Dickinson is dead. Do you care?

- The tension is back between Myka and Artie. Looks like Wells is already causing a rift in the team's family dynamic.

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Val

I would really like to know who or what Leena is. They add a new character without telling us anything about an original one.

September 01 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna

I like HG added to the cast. Refreshing idea with and great historical character. Makes it fun. Maybe even teach kids something about history in the process.

September 01 2010 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George

"Hi, I'm Tia Carrere, and I like to exit the scene every time something interesting is about to happen."

Based upon Ms Carrere's uninspired performance in this role, I think it's more a case of nothing interesting being able to happen *until* she exits the scene. The piece of driftwood from the Titanic was more invested in the story than she was.

September 01 2010 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alex99

"H.G. Wells saved the day (again!) and was reinstated as a Warehouse agent. I guess it's time to start the death clock. "

Why in God's name do you have to put stuff like that right as the first line of the article instead of after the break? I'm cool with not reading a recap until after I watch the episode to avoid spoilers, but I should not have to avoid reading the TVS frontpage totally. Bad, bad move.

September 01 2010 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jigsaw hc

I liked the episode and I'm interested to see where the Wells story line goes. If she was bad wouldn't Pete have a feeling about it in his get?

September 01 2010 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

I thought it was hypocritical of Artie, when he told Myka that she would have to accept the ruling of Regent. But when the decision didn't go his way he threw a hissy fit!

September 01 2010 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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