Back Of The Fridge: Warehouse Inventory #4

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 2)

For the Team

The adventures of Pete and Artie! I love the different team-ups. This time around we get the Artie/Pete and Myka/Claudia pairings. Pete gets to have some fun with his constant prodding of Artie to ask out bionic doctor, Vanessa (Lindsay Wagner), but the two also share a great moment that prompts both of them to act on their romantic impulses. Similarly, Claudia experiences some personal growth from some “big sisterly” advice as she takes on her first official assignment with Myka.

Meanwhile, HG Wells was placed in the Bronze Sector, a space reserved for, as Artie described, “Not Hitlers or evil dictators; they were on their way to being them, or much worse.” That being the case, coupled with her actions in “Time Will Tell”, Wells embodies a very unlikely poster child for trust, let alone Warehouse agent. I was a little put off by how quickly Myka trusted her. She clearly has her own agenda since she was drawing up her plans earlier this season and disappears at the end of this episode.

When all is said and done, everyone moves ahead a little. Pete and Artie go on their respective dates, Claudia looks to further her education, and Myka has the mystery of HG Wells to keep her occupied. By the way, where has Leena been?

Pete-ism:Myka! Myka, guess how many croissants I shoved into my mouth at once!”

Merge With Caution

I love body swapping episodes. My favorite episode of Farscape involves the very same premise…but with many more characters. It’s always to fun to watch actors do their best impression of their co-stars. In this case, Eddie nailed Joanne’s mannerisms and Joanne was just flat out hilarious as drunk Pete.

The Artie/Claudia adventure was great. The ongoing father/daughter dynamic continues to be sweet and hilarious, and Claudia is a character that can clearly be paired with anyone on the show and yield great results. And Artie as a love-sick schoolboy definitely let Saul cut loose and be a little silly too.

Pete-ism: “Let’s bag ol’ Cathy Griffin there, shall we?”

Vendetta

I still don’t trust HG Wells. She won over Myka, who in turn, helped convince the Regents that Wells could be reinstated as an agent, but I still hear the voice of MacPherson as he was just about to spill the details of HG’s plan, details that never made it to anyone’s ears because she..y’know…KILLED HIM! There’s a much bigger plan at work here and Artie is the only one who seems to know it. I’m with Artie.

The Claudia b-story with Todd was a little underwhelming. I was actually hoping that he was more than just a guy put in witness protection. I’m sure we’ll see him again, especially when Claudia makes the promise to find him.

We keep getting bursts of Artie’s backstory, slowly filling in the gaps. This one gave some more insight into his history as an NSA agent/spy, but I feel it only scratched the surface. More to come on this one too, I assume.

Pete-ism: “And now I want borscht!”

Where and When

Finally, the time travel episode! You knew it was coming. Tying in the established story with Rebecca and Jack was a great idea, and using an atypical time travel method was a good move to make the episode stand out. I would also like to point out the Y-shaped component in HG’s time machine that appears to have energy “fluxing” through it. Well played.

I have been proven wrong, though. I thought that the plan HG was drawing at the end of “Time Will Tell” was for her time machine. It was, after all, “something [she’d] been working on for a long time.” Even Artie has started to trust HG, which is going to make the inevitable betrayal all the more painful for the team.

And Armin Shimmerman shows up! The cranky boss was pretty much the same character he played in the DS9 episode “Far Beyond the Stars.” Love it.

Pete-ism: [as Jack] “Get your ass to Mars!”

Buried

At this point I shouldn’t be surprised, but…A PYRAMID IN THE WAREHOUSE?!

We’ve had indications of the Warehouse’s “personality”, if you want to call it that, as Artie has yelled at it many times from the office, but we’re still left guessing about the organic nature of the Warehouse, namely how it bonds with an individual (i.e., Mrs. Frederic). And since Warehouse 2 is still around, does that mean Warehouses 1 or 3-12 are somewhere? And what’s still in 12? There have to be some pretty sweet trinkets there. TOO MANY QUESTIONS!

My watching of this episode was very well-timed, by the way. Not only had I recently finished the latest Tomb Raider game (This episode featured HG Wells sporting a very Croftian ensemble), but I was listening to the Raiders of the Lost Ark score the day I watched. Adventurous archaeology FTW.

And I’m not entire sure why Valda had to die. Just because it was inscribed on the wall doesn’t mean he couldn’t have continued the rest of the way with the team.

Oh, and with regards to HG Wells’s ulterior motive: Told ya so.

Pete-ism: “She’s a tech nerd, she’s 150, and you’re…Myka. Not exactly relationship success stories.”

Reset

The villain comes forth, and not a moment too soon. Not to sound immodest, but it was pretty obvious that HG had her devious plan in the works all along. It was a little extreme, though, right? I mean, the obliteration of all life on Earth through a second ice age? Yikes. That’s Hugo Drax territory right there. It was fitting to have Myka, the one who essentially vetted HG be the one to take her down, though. Now she’s in some super-secret place that outranks even the Bronze Sector. When do we get to see that?!

I know Warehouse 2 got filled with sand, but there was some pretty cool stuff in there. At least the Wings of Daedalus made it out. I REALLY hope we get more Warehouse series history. There’s so much potential.

We have however, come to the end of season 2, and to signify that, Artie receives another shoulder wound (right side this time). So, with our villain foiled, we are left with the cliffhanger of Myka resigning from the Warehouse. Let’s see how the team convinces her to come back! On to seas… Wait…there’s another episode?

Pete-ism: “Artie, who are you, Jerusalem Jones?”

Secret Santa

Ok, I guess one downside to a summer season that only lasts 13 episodes is that your Christmas episode won’t air at Christmas unless you tack it on the end. Fair enough. And what better way to celebrate Christmas than by bringing in the greatest personification of Judaism: Judd Hirsch. But seriously, filling in another page of Artie’s history by bringing in his estranged father was a nice move, especially for an episode like this one.  Of course, even the Warehouse team isn’t safe at Christmas. An artifact is wreaking havoc, but the one they went with was pretty great. The Christmas Truce of 1914 was a great origin for the artifact, and even Pete’s telling of the story was a nice touch.

It’s still odd knowing that season 3 is about to begin and we left off on a dismal note as Myka walked away. I’ll just have to mentally insert this episode somewhere between “Vendetta” and “Buried.”

Pete-ism: [making grabby hands and kissing sounds under the original Mistletoe] “Tetons.”


So, as we look at the season 2 timeline from afar, we are officially left off with Myka resigning from the Warehouse. I’m sure we’ll rejoin Pete either alone on assignment, or paired with Claudia (hoping for the latter, obviously), but the real fun will be in finding out what brings Myka back. Let’s be realistic, it’s going to happen, and not just because I’ve seen screen shots from future episodes. No, not at all…

Check the Back of the Fridge soon as we dive back into the Warehouse stacks for season 3!

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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