Back Of The Fridge: Warehouse Inventory #3

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 2 (Part 1)

Don’t let the time between posts fool you. I blew through season 1 pretty quick and dove headlong into season 2. Needless to say, the “cliffhanger” with which we were left at the close of the season had a pretty obvious resolution waiting for us, especially if you’d been paying attention. But, let’s not waste time talking about it in the intro. Onward to season 2!

Time Will Tell

Hold on… They blew up the access tunnel. How did everyone get out? Wasn’t the whole point of putting explosives in the umbilicus a security measure to seal off the Warehouse? AND there’s a back door? I’m so confused…

Anyway, we have a new character (and potential villain) in the form of famous author HG Wells, who, for the sake of shock value, turns out to be a woman!

At least Leena was only under mind control and not an actual baddie. Although, I fell like her character could have been utilized more if she had been MacPherson’s henchwoman. Let’s be honest Leena if a pretty underused character, but since MacPherson didn’t make it out of this one anyway, the route they went worked.

Claudia, however, definitely got the short end of all this since she was not only framed as the mole, but also convinced that she actually was! When Artie tracks her down in Switzerland, it’s the beginning of something wonderful. The two of them together out in the field takes the surrogate father/daughter relationship to a whole new level, but also creates great moments, both humorous and dramatic, for the pair.

With HG out in the world, developing a mysterious plan, there’s more than just artifact hunting to worry about now. I’m predicting that she’s finalizing the plans for an unfinished time machine.

Ok, I’m implementing a new feature for the Warehouse Inventory. Since I absolutely adore Eddie McClintock’s portrayal of Pete Lattimer, his hilarious lines and antics deserve some recognition. “Time Will Tell” kicks off Pete-isms!

Pete-ism: Pete’s “C is for Cookie” ringtone.

Mild Mannered

As a comic fan, this episode was extremely enjoyable. AND it was a mini-Firefly reunion, pairing Jewel Staite and Sean Maher (aka Kaylee and Simon) together once again. A win-win. Plus, we get to see that Pete is a total comic fanboy, We truly are kindred spirits. On top of that, the episode has more comic references than you can shake an Infinity Gauntlet at. At the forefront, The Iron Shadow, the identity adopted by Sheldon (Maher), has a costume very similar to The Phantom, the pulp hero from the 1930s. However, the biggest comic nod comes at the end of the episode when we see a shelf in the Warehouse containing several comic-based artifacts, such as Mjolnir, Green Arrow’s bow, the Lasso of Truth, and the Penguin’s umbrella. Yes, that scene got paused and rolled back a few times.

Meanwhile, back at the Warehouse, we are not quite done with MacPherson as he haunts Artie. Our lovable curmudgeon comes away from the ordeal with a watch with an unknown significance. We’ll keep an eye on that one.

Pete-ism: “Ophelia. That’s kind of…beautiful. Can Ophelia boobies? OH SNAP!”

Beyond Our Control

Not much time has been spent on Univille, the town in South Dakota where the Warehouse is located. As it turns out, it’s a good source of humor for this particular episode, mainly because we learn that the team’s cover in town is that of IRS agents. No wonder everyone hates them. Setting the entire episode in town was also a different change of pace. No need for the team to travel ridiculous distances in a matter of minutes (still WTFing over that one), and some potential love interests appear out of the chaos resulting from this week’s artifact. It’s about time Claudia got to hook up with a fellow techy teen, even if he is a mini version Daniel Jackson, and Pete annoys the town vet enough to get her interested. Only Pete…

The artifact itself was pretty intriguing, and not even because of what it did. Getting some extended history of Philo Farnsworth and his work with image projection was interesting, and I’m hoping it leads to more explorations of his story within this universe.

Lastly, it appears we’re still not quite done with MacPherson. The only major thing to come of this storyline is the image Mrs. Frederic managed to pull from Leena’s subconscious. I have no idea what it is, but it looks like headphones.

Pete-ism: “Maybe his eyebrows are finally eating his face.”

Age Before Beauty

This one kept me guessing for most of it. It was pretty hard to figure out what the artifact was and what was it doing. I even thought the old lady was the villain since she pretty much targeted Myka. A good piece of misdirection on the part of the writers.

We are also treated to another episode where the makeup and wardrobe department has fun with Joanne Kelly, making her enough of a knockout to even catch Pete’s attention.

Pete-ism: “It’s like a game of gay Clue.”

13.1

I have not [yet] watched Eureka, but I know a crossover episode when I see one. With the reputation of Global Dynamics accompanying Douglas Fargo to the Warehouse, something was bound to go wrong, and it was only a matter of time before we had a “computer takes over” episode. And to make it even better, we get a dose of DS9 veteran Rene Auberjonois in the dual role of computer hologram and crazy old man.

I’ve also noticed that every couple of episodes we get to see a new section of the Warehouse. We’ve seen the Dark Vault and the Escher Vault, and today we saw the Warehouse computer lab.

Pete-ism: “I knew this was going to happen someday. The computers have taken over! Step one: Kill Pete and Myka. Step Two: Unleash the nuclear arsenal. Step Three: We’re all in breeding camps and wearing fur bikinis.”

Around the Bend

The best way to describe this episode is “a roller coaster of Pete Lattimer.” Even the funniest, most positive character isn’t safe from the darkness that surrounds the Warehouse. We begin with regular, wacky Pete (a smidge wackier than usual), then he’s thrust into a situation that really makes you feel for him. When all goes to hell, Pete starts to get a little scary, especially when he goes off on his own to hunt down Valda. While it was all a deep hallucination caused by the artifact, there is clearly some root to what Pete’s subconscious came up with. He has his own dark past with his drinking, but I don’t know if that will be a subject that is tapped in the future. How I felt for Pete in this one is yet another shining example of how invested I’ve become in these characters and this show as a whole.

Pete-ism: “You know, they called me Gene Simmons in high school.” [even after all he went through, he still manages to crack wise]


Artifacts are getting more dangerous, threats are becoming more serious, and HG Wells is still out there. Check back soon for Part 2 of Season 2!

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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