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'Warehouse 13' Season 2, Episode 11 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 15th 2010 11:40AM
warehouse 13 buried['Warehouse 13' – 'Buried']

There's a reason 'Warehouse 13' star Allison Scagliotti called 'Buried' "the Indiana Jones episode," and it wasn't because Pete and Myka were attacked by a group of vicious CGI monkeys (thanks for that, TV gods!). The final ep before the season finale took the team to Egypt, where they ventured down the dangerous trail of terrors that was Warehouse 2.

Pete, Myka, H.G., and a surprisingly even-tempered Valda (guest star Mark Sheppard) teamed up to shut down the ancient Egyptian Warehouse and save Mrs. Frederic's life in the process. They faced a string of deadly traps and challenges right out of an Indiana Jones flick (or the final act of 'Galaxy Quest,' your pick).

Thankfully, we didn't learn everything there is to know about Mrs. Frederic last night (a little mystery is a good thing), but we did learn a whole lot about the Warehouse and the bond it shares with her, its caretaker. It seems the Warehouse and the caretaker have a symbiotic relationship, and some great force chooses every caretaker and somehow draws them to the Warehouse at some point in their life. This, presumably, is what happened to Mrs. Frederic, but several questions about the character remain: Is that why she probably hasn't aged in more than 40 years? How does she sneak up on people like that and disappear so fast? And what's with the beehive?

So Claudia is the next Warehouse caretaker? That was a pretty big reveal. It almost seemed like Dr. Calder (guest star Lindsay Wagner) and Mrs. Frederick choose Claudia for the bond transfer because she was the only person around at the time. But that was cleared up later when she was told that her fate of becoming a Warehouse caretaker was all part of the design. I wonder if Artie will be jealous.

And speaking of Artie, where on Earth did he disappear to for the last half of the ep? Something tells me he discovered H.G.'s betrayal before it was revealed to us and he's working on a plan to save the day.

So I guess reinstating H.G. as a full agent was a bad idea after all, but I don't think she's the diabolical villain we once thought she was. She probably set up this elaborate plan, which presumably included hiring the three students who got grossly mummified in the first half of the ep, to somehow save her daughter's life. I don't think she's out to kill everybody and rule the world like a crazy Bond baddie or anything. Still, her actions almost killed Mrs. Frederic, and they led to Valda's death. She's gonna have to pay for her sins.

This ep was loaded with twists and turns and reveals, but what really stood out for me was Eddie McClintock's amazing comedic performance as Pete, brilliant solver of Egyptian death puzzles! From start to finish, McClintock landed every single joke and one-liner, and he even showed some honest regret and despair when Valda got gobbled up by flames. Pete is the most likable character on the show. I don't even mind his so-sweet-it's-bordering-on-sick relationship with Dr. Kelly.

Anyone have any ideas about H.G. Wells' ultimate plan? Judging by the Medusa fantasy scenarios, we know that Pete is in love with Kelly, Myka is in love with coffee and H.G. desperately wants to have her daughter back. I don't think it's a stretch to say that H.G. would kill to make her dream come true.

Other thoughts:

- Anyone else half-expect Pete to pull out a whip and brown fedora after the reveal of H.G.'s sexy Lara Croft-inspired outfit?

- Myka's bland fantasy was pretty hilarious.

- Leena was MIA again. Makes you wonder if she'll turn up as a major player next week.

- So "many" of H.G.'s lovers were men, huh? Lines like that make me wish this character would stick around with the good guys a little longer.

- Valda's death didn't come as a shock. He was expendable. Hopefully H.G. won't bite it in the finale. A better idea would be to keep the character around as a bonafide bad guy or a full-fledged agent.

'Warehouse 13' airs Tuesdays at 9PM ET on Syfy.

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Maybe Warehouse 13 relies on pseudo - science, improbable situations ( H.G. Wells being female ? How unusual ! ), a bit of mysticism, etc., but damned if I haven't become interested in the dynamics between the characters, their pasts, their various coping mechanisms, & the " weird stuff " that happens with seemingly innocuous artifacts.
It's kind of a counter - point to the glossy, fancy high - tech world of Eureka, especially with the " steam - punk " Tesla guns, Farnsworths, etc. Reminds me of " The Wild, Wild West ".

October 03 2010 at 6:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have to disagree with most commenters -- I thought this episode was just bad. This show is based on "pseudoscience," and while its always been thin-premised, they never took it too far down the "mysticism" lane. Until this episode. The Warehouses are "alive"? Please. And the bits about Mrs. Frederick chanting nonsense were clearly just added to amp up the sense of portending danger ("one must die!" "Three survived, but two will be lost!") -- ugh. It was ham-handed at best.

Also, WTF kind of booby traps were these? The agents of the day would have known how to disarm them. Okay -- so, the agents of the day would have known that one of them would have to bite it if they forgot their keys? Really? And that's all it takes to get through the deadly fire and knives trap? Let the first guy buy it, and the rest of you can go? (And then there is the completely out of character sacrifice of a Regent over an Agent -- because those guys clearly value the Agents more than themselves...) And let's not forget the Medusa thing -- so, the basis of the trap is that you have to break the trap in order to escape? How creative -- a one-time use elaborate security system. Better not hope the next group of invaders brought along a sacrificial lamb...

The whole thing was thin, thin, thin. And as for HG's "shenanigans," that was a great big "duh." Micah's hook-line-and-sinker enthrallment with HG, though well-sold by the story-tellers, is still completely implausible and out of character for her. No way that she would have just "forgotten" that Mr. Big Nasty McPherson let out HG so she could do something nefarious that he couldn't accomplish alone -- and then she murdered him before her very eyes.

This was a good show last season. It's still entertaining, but the writers really, really need to stop relying on schlock to get by. The remainder of the season like this will probably be about all I can take before I'm filled to schlock capacity.

September 16 2010 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Warehouse13 is a great show full of mystery and comedy and wonderful 1_liners.The actors are a wonderful cast of great characters.Unique and cleaver writing!!

September 15 2010 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of the best episodes of Warehouse 13 so far. Hilarious, emotional... just a thrill to watch. I loved HG's Lara Croft outfit... that whole scene was hilarious, especially Myka's reaction.

Oh and HG's relationships have not all been with men? Iiiiinnneresting. No wonder she's got such mad chemistry with Myka.

I'm a sucker for a good Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones type story and this was a good one.

And I love that the writers keep us guessing as to HG's true motives and agenda. I'm really hoping she's gonna stick around. She's turning out to be one of my favorite characters on the show along with Myka and Artie.

Warehouse 13 has become a must-see for me. This season's been a blast to watch!

September 15 2010 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved the Lara Croft bit...things like that make H.G. Wells very endearing

September 15 2010 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen K

I think the actress who plays Leena is pregnant. Go back a couple of episodes and you'll see it.

September 15 2010 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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