Back Of The Fridge: Warehouse Inventory #2

Sometimes, life takes over. We get it. Even though everyone is telling you that [insert movie/tv show/comic book/video game/other] is amazing and you’d love it, sometimes it just doesn’t make it on your plate at the time. It happens to us, too. Now we’re trying to fix that. “Back of the Fridge” is our occasionally-updated look back at the things we should have experienced when they first appeared, but missed along the way.

In “Warehouse Inventory,” Tek enters a world of Endless Wonder with Warehouse 13.


Season 1 (Part 2)

Implosion

We have a villain! And, it’s none other than the Sheriff of Rottingham, himself, Roger Rees! I would also like to point out that I absolutely love Pete. From the Kermit the Frog voice while wearing the goggles, to making the Red Shirt reference, and getting just as happy as I did when Myka knew what he meant. I would love to know how much of Pete is the writers and how much is Eddie McClintock.

I know Pete and Myka are the main characters, but Artie steals the show. Myka may have her “Denver thing”, but Artie has a much darker and older past full of secrets, shady dealings, and who knows what else. This glimpse of his old partnership can open the door to some pretty great stories.

It’s also gotten to the point where if I see CCH Pounder’s name in the opening credits, I know things are going to get interesting.

Duped

Oh my, Joanne Kelly… I don’t care if it was an imposter.

We also got a bit of the Artie/Claudia father/daughter relationship that has been hinted at ever since she first arrived. Their dynamic is a potential gold mine for comedy, especially if Claudia continues to augment Artie’s old-school tech, much to his chagrin.

I had originally figured Lewis Carroll’s mirror was a throwaway gag in “Resonance”, especially when it was just Pete playing ping-pong with himself, but bringing it back with a dark twist was a nice surprise, and definitely gave it the reason for being in the Warehouse.

Lastly, I was beyond intrigued when Artie mentioned the mirror was going to the Dark Vault. I cannot wait to find out what horrors await us in there.

Regrets

The episode that finally addresses the unanswered questions about Myka much-talked-about assignment in Denver. Plus, since we’re exploring backstory, we get more about Pete and his dad too. What struck me the most in this episode was Pete’s ability to come to terms with what happened to his father on his own, overcome the hallucination, and help Myka conquer her own regret. If Pete had any more willpower, a green ring would’ve appeared.

I’m also glad to see the writers capitalizing on Artie and Claudia’s misadventures inside the Warehouse while Pete and Myka are out doing the dirty work. Although, I’m pretty sure they never quite explained how Artie got Claudia un-magnetized.

One last thing: Having been made aware that Warehouse 13 and Eureka take place in the same universe, it was pretty funny seeing Joe Morton in this one as someone other than his Eureka character.

Breakdown

Now THAT was a fun episode. Bottle episodes inside the Warehouse have great potential. I’m also glad they switched it up and had Claudia with Pete and Myka this time around. I was also surprised we dipped into the ominous sounding Dark Vault this quickly. It was also a little underwhelming. I expected something far more sinister. While it was fun, I’m hoping we’re not developing a pattern of “what mess will Claudia get into this week?”

Meanwhile, while all hell breaks loose in the Warehouse, Artie (and the audience) gets to meet the Regents, the unnecessarily mysterious Warehouse bosses. This entire sequence reminded me of the episode “Threads” from Stargate SG-1 where Daniel Jackson spent the entire episode in a diner populated with silent patrons who were actually Ascended Ancients.

And Mark Sheppard pops up. Forget Tricia Helfer, what geek-aimed show has he NOT been on. Firefly, BSG, Doctor Who, Chuck, Supernatural, and now Warehouse 13. That dude gets around.

Nevermore

This one was great! Michael Hogan makes everything better. As soon as the exterior of the bookstore was shown, signaling we were going to meet Myka’s parents, the thought of “who did they get to play Myka’s dad?!” shot across my mind (just like when the same question came up for Chuck Bartwoski).

I take back what I said about the lack of “celebrity history” with regard to the artifacts because this one delivered with interest. Not only did the writers go nuts with Edgar Allan Poe references, but they even threw in a great bonus artifact at the end, even though it was used against our intrepid duo. It’s scary to think that MacPherson has his own arsenal of artifacts with which to counter the team.

I was also glad to see Claudia finally get out of the Warehouse and get some field work done (and not cause trouble in the process). Maybe this is a tease of things to come. Which reminds me – the Warehouse team must employ some means of teleportation because it seems awfully easy for them to travel from South Dakota to Colorado City, CO to Portland, OR and back again, to say nothing about their near-instantaneous travel from Berlin and Toronto. I think they’re getting travel tips from Jack Bauer and the Fringe team.

Oh, and Mrs. Frederic is Batman.

MacPherson (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

Season finale already?! Man, 12-episode season go quick! So much for a resolution for our villain. Truth be told, I’m glad Roger Rees will be sticking around. I love the whole “former agent/partner as the nemesis” concept. Reminds me of GoldenEye. And, we have a mole in the Warehouse. I can honestly say I didn’t see that one coming, but looking back, the clues were there.

As with any good finale, there’s despair, unanswered questions, and a great cliffhanger. I do have my theory about Artie, though. I think it’s pretty obvious he had the Phoenix in his pocket, but who dies as a result?

So, to recap: Pete and Myka are trapped in the Warehouse, Artie isn’t dead, Claudia has taken off under the false belief of being a liability, Leena is the Warehouse mole, and MacPherson has once again escaped, but without his toys, so we’ll see what he has planned next.


The best way to end your season is with a cliffhanger. With everything gone to s**t pretty darn quick, I’m glad I have season 2 at the ready. Check back soon as we continue to delve into the depths of the Warehouse!

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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