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 4 (Part 2)
The Living and the Dead
Time to save the world…again. When the stakes are this high, you have to bring in some of your heavy hitters. Dr. Vanessa, James MacPherson, and Mrs. Frederic are all on hand, and no sooner do I say, “We haven’t seen Kate Mulgrew in a while”, viola, there she is. All we were missing was Hugo, Mr. Kosan, and H.G.
I must say, after all the buildup, the astrolabe/great evil arc wrapped up rather abruptly. I say that with hesitation, though, because at the same time, I don’t really know how else they would have resolved it all. At the very least, I expected it to go to the end of the season, but since season 4 is 20 episodes as opposed to the 12, 13, and 13 of seasons 1, 2, and 3, the arc did last as long as the previous ones. Even though the immediate crisis is over, we have a pair of new characters (villains?) on our doorstep. Looks like James Marsters’s Count is immortal after all, and even more mysterious is his rival, Charlotte Dupres. Well, with Brent Spiner’s role done, we need someone to carry us through the next 9 episodes. Actually…H.G. is still out there with the astrolabe. Maybe that story isn’t quite over.
And why are “inside the mind” episodes always on the regular set? It’s so convenient that mental pathways always resemble where you work. That’s kind of sad when you think about it…
Pete-ism: “It’s always ‘ultimately death.’ I mean, artifacts never release a plague of tickles or an epidemic of kittens.”
Parks and Rehabilitation
The healing process is in full swing as the team tries to help Artie get back to his life. He spends so much time sulking by himself, doing no good, but when he, Myka, and Steve have to do what they do best and wrangle an artifact, it’s a great moment that reminds both Artie and the viewer that this is his purpose, even though s**t happens in the process.
Once again, Pete and Claudia out in the field together provides a fun pairing. Pete’s ideas about park rangers and hippies keep him right on point.
Also, for someone who died, Leena still keeps making a decent amount of appearances.
Pete-ism: “He lied! He knows who Yogi Bear is! He’s a liar!”
The Big Snag
With all the bad stuff that’s gone down this season, we needed a light-hearted romp like this one…and the writers saw me coming. Putting Pete and Myka in a 1940s crime novel was a stroke of genius – peppering the dialogue with 40s slang and even giving the episode a noir-ish opening, complete with a sultry sax version of the theme. (Even the bumpers kept with the theme!) This was my kind of episode. Plus, Joanne Kelly as a gorgeous 40s gal friday was also a great treat. She was clearly enjoying this particular snag just as much as Myka was.
And while the pair was in the 40s, Artie gets a fantastic dose of the 70s with his car chase and game of chicken. I laughed out loud when the “wakka-ja-wakka” started playing. Sadly, the reckless behavior that Artie is exhibiting brought us right back to inescapable fact that he is still in a very bad place. Enjoy this episode while you can, I imagine it’s back to business soon.
Pete-ism: Pete: “The dame said, the last place she saw her husband was his office. She may have said more, but I was too busy staring at her gams. The only thing stopping them from going on forever was the floor. Myka: “Pete, are you narrating?”
The Sky’s the Limit
We’re getting into the habit of letting an episode play out, almost to the point where it feels like filler, and then at the last second, they toss in the over-arching story. In this case, we have Pete and Myka having a magical time in Vegas, Artie begins the healing process with the new owner of the B&B (played by the alarmingly beautiful Kelly Hu), and Steve and Claudia are off to the races in England. Which one gets a dose of new villain? If you guessed Steve and Claudia, you’d be right! As we saw at the end of “The Living and the Dead”. Charlotte Dupres (Polly Walker) is our new nemesis, and she has targeted Claudia first. New villain coming atcha!
Pete-ism: “Tonight’s forecast: could with a 40% chance of Pete!”
Ok, it’s always great to see H.G. Wells, but the true gem of this episode was the B-story at the Warehouse. Not only do we FINALLY learn what Artie was doing when he first welcomed Pete and Myka to the Warehouse, but we a great “crisis in the Warehouse” story that acts as an unofficial initiation for Abigail Cho (Kelly Hu). Artie is returning to his lovable curmudgeon ways, line after line of hilarious dialogue is fired back and forth between Artie, Claudia, and Steve, and Claudia revels in both a moment of badassery as well as the Warehouse’s acceptance of her, signified by Claudia’s catching a whiff of the aroma of apples.
Only five more episodes of season 4. If Charlotte Dupres is going to make her move, it better be soon.
Pete-ism: “Transforming? Transforming how? Like, dangerous? Jekyll and Hyde? Werewolf? Roseanne Barr?”
Ok, I guess we’re not done with filler. The Pete and Myka story is pretty forgettable. The only thing to come of it is a little more info about Steve’s past since we get to meet his ex. Meanwhile, with Artie and Claudia, Artie is back to the Artie we fell in love with when the series began. Gone is any trace of the darkness of the astrolabe. That being the case, we get a fun romp with Artie and Claudia, harkening back to the early days of their pairings. The old jokes know no limit.
You know what else apparently knows no limits? These freaking Prius ads stuck into the show. We get it. The Toyota Prius is a car that has stuff. There have been several of these not-so-subtle plugs in many episodes, but this one reached the boiling point when a shot literally lingered on nothing but the car after Steve parked it. We get it!
Pete-ism: “The gay me is as much of a player as straight me!”
What Matters Most
With Kelly Hu comes a new pairing option! This week she gets to hang out with Steve and share some bonding time in the Gooery. Yum. While having a heart-to-heart with Steve, I almost thought Abigail might be a mole placed by the lingering-yet-inactive Charlotte Durpes, but the reveal at the end of the episode dash that theory. Good, I’m glad Abigail is on her way to becoming a member of the team. Meanwhile, we have an ACTUAL mole in our midst, so we’ll have to keep an eye on this guy.
Also, while Pete and Myka were busy combing suburbia and Claudia and Artie were hunting down whatever it was that was making Nick (the new new guy) zone out and do good math. The artifact was identified, but they never explained how the user came across it. I’m guessing it was planted by Miss Dupres as part of her master plan. Three episodes left, so let’s get moving on that.
Lastly, Myka has cancer?! Am I the only one completely thrown by this particular bomb that was dropped on us at, literally, the last minute? Sudden and unexpected don’t quite sum it up.
Pete-ism: Pete: “Pete: Grip strength is the first muscle to go.” Myka: “Oh, I know how important that is to you.”
Lost & Found
Warehouse 13 does National Treasure! Clues! Double crosses!! Pirate smoke ghosts!!!
Charlotte finally steps out of the shadows to enact her plan, but it appears to be not as nefarious as one would think. Her son, however, the slimy little mole who was welcomed into the B&B, has taken it upon himself to move ahead with his own plan. Now, with an artifact as legendary as the Philosopher’s Stone in play, as well as a newly de-bronzed alchemist (Buffy’s Anthony Head), things are heating up just in time for the season finale which is still 2 episodes away!
Pete-ism: “Are you crazy? I mean, who wouldn’t want to live forever? You get to see the Browns win a Super Bowl.”
All the Time in the World
Well, that was a convenient way to make the villain speak English.
Pete and Myka are off with Charlotte and Sutton to recover the first Harry Potter MacGuffin, and Steve keeps Claudia company while she suffers from bronzing disease, but the standout portion of this episode is the exploration of the Warehouse’s inner workings. As we learn, it does connect to the goings on with the team, but the effect it has on Mrs. Frederic and the concern expressed by Kosan makes it the gravest of threats.
So…in addition to the Warehouse team of agents and regents, we have the Caretaker (Mrs. Frederic), the Guardian (Jane Lattimer), and now we have the Keeper (Abigail Cho). The list of employees continues to expand.
Pete-ism: “I told you we should’ve worn mustaches.”
The Truth Hurts
We’ve come now to the end of the season. Paracelsus is playing around with the Philosopher’s Stone, making immortals mortal, healing cancer patients, and ultimately making himself immortal. This, of course, is all juxtaposed alongside Myka’s battle with cancer and Mrs. Frederic’s deterioration as Paracelsus’s role as Caretaker of Warehouse 9 combats Mrs. F’s status as current Caretaker. Whew! Enough going on? No?! Fine! Artie decides to drop a bomb on Claudia (and the audience) by revealing that Claudia’s sister Claire is not just alive, but also extremely dangerous. Setup for season 5 villain ahoy!
With all of this going on, there are still moments that remind you why you care about these characters and a fictional building. Pete and Myka, who have been to Hell and back together, are still brought to their emotional knees by her cancer. Also, Artie and Claudia, who have always been the father/daughter dynamic, find yet another subject to butt heads over (Claudia’s sister), but as the episode, and the season, come to a close, even that cannot prevent Claudia’s heroic step-up as Caretaker-elect.
So, as we dangle off yet another cliff, we are left wondering about a great many things. 1) Will Myka recover after cancer surgery, 2) what can Pete, Steve, Artie, and Mrs. Frederic do to combat Paracelsus from outside the Warehouse, and 3) how will Claudia fare as she squares off against an immortal alchemist who has total control over the Warehouse? With season 5 now airing on Syfy, you don’t have to go far to find out!
Pete-ism: “So, I asked myself, ‘what could possibly make a creepy basement even creepier?’ I know. It could also be a morgue. Yippee…”
Season 4 definitely felt like two separate seasons, especially since it dealt with two arcs. I guess that’s what happens when you double your episode total. However, we’re not done yet. In classic W13 fashion, we are left with our cliffhanger and the aforementioned questions. The fifth and final (sniffle) season is currently airing on SyFy with only one episode left. Go figure, season 4 doubles the typical number and season 5 cuts it in half. Be sure to catch it Monday night at 10:00pm and show your love by sending out some tweets with the gut-wrenching hashtag #ByeWH13.
Back of the Fridge: Warehouse Inventory will be back with one final entry following the series finale of Warehouse 13. Until then, enjoy the final days of Endless Wonder!