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.
The 5th and final season of our beloved Warehouse 13 has begun airing on SyFy. It’s a bitter-sweet moment for fans of the show and a stark reminder to us at Open the Fridge that we left our readers hanging with our recaps of past seasons. So, as we get ready to dive back into the world of Endless Wonder one last time, come join us as we revist seasons 3 and 4.
Season 3 (Part 1)
The New Guy
New season! New character! Shawn…no…wait….AARON Ashmore joins up, even receiving a greeting from Claudia that mirror’s Artie’s welcome to Pete and Myka from the pilot. (What the hell does that electronic rod do anyway?!) The show has officially reached “break the fourth wall” status after Artie presents the Warehouse to Jinks. The grand, sweeping pullout shot begins, only to be interrupted and reversed, complete with the sound of rewinding tape, as Artie states, “Ok, that’s all we got time for!” Brilliant. I’m also glad my question about Warehouse 2 got answered as we leaned that the inventory has made its way to South Dakota. New toys to play with and threats to dodge!
And don’t forget, we have the Myka situation to resolve. You knew she couldn’t stay away. Just introduce a literary-based artifact and she’ll come-a-runnin’. When she finally did return, Artie’s simple reaction of “Good” was the perfect line for Saul to deliver. Short, sweet, to the point, and pure Artie.
Lastly, we have a delightful cliche of the shrouded villain who will doubtlessly be plaguing the team this season. Looking forward to that reveal.
Pete-ism: “I put on Abe Lincoln’s hat once and had an urge to free Mrs. Frederic. Don’t think that didn’t get me into trouble.”
The main story is about Myka’s readjustment to being a Warehouse agent, which begs the question: how long was she away? In real time between seasons it was 14 months, so if that’s the show’s timetable as well, it makes sense.
Claudia and Steve go through their own adjustment period as Claudia takes on the role of “Senior Agent” and Steve is partnered with her. I was worried Steve was going to develop into a love interest, which leaves poor Todd in the lurch, but the revelation that Jinks is gay to shoot that down was hilariously awkward.
While everyone is chasing cufflinks and knives, the standout moment of this episode was Eddie’s portrayal of 12-year-old Pete as he re-experiences the days following his father’s death and his fear that everyone around him is leaving. I’m so used to laughing at Eddie’s/Pete’s silly antics that this amazing moment caught me completely by surprise and truly emphasized how invested I’ve become in the Warehouse team – especially Pete as a kindred spirit. I hope Eddie’s at a con in the near future. I want to give him a high-five.
Pete-ism: “Myks, we’re double rainbow all the way.”
It’s always good to see Rene and I’m happy to see Artie and Vanessa becoming a thing, but the best part about this episode was definitely Pete and Myka solving the mystery of their drunken evening in the Warehouse. Paging Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis…
Our villain appears to be very interested in this week’s artifact possessor. I’m going to make my prediction right now that the mystery antagonist is the missing agent from the group photo in the pilot. Logged.
Pete-ism: “How come every other artifact makes me have to call my sponsor?”
Queen for a Day
So Pete was once married to Seven of Nine. Well done, Agent Lattimer. Well done. Pete’s past is dotted with more difficulty than you’d expect. His father died when he was 12, he was an alcoholic, and he’s also divorced. It’s amazing he maintained his child-like enthusiasm.
Now that’s Steve’s around, it looks like he will be Claudia’s new counterpart, leaving me to wonder if Artie will once again be stuck in the Warehouse and not seeing as much field time. The new duo is shaping up to be the new Myka and Pete, though.
Pete-ism: Amanda: “You were kicked out of the scouts…” Pete: “I didn’t start that fire!”
The best part of this episode was the inclusion of three generations of Warehouse agents (from 12 & 13) investigating the same artifact. H.G. and Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood’s Ianto Jones) get it going in Victorian London, Jack and Rebecca pick it up in 1960s Ohio, and Pete and Myka reign it in in present-day Pittsburgh. Excellent tie-in! I did have some issues, though. If H.G. Wells was so dead set on destroying the world, why is she now so willing to help the team protect it again? Something doesn’t add up. Also, Warehouse 13 is in the ass-end of South Dakota, a fairly secluded place, with the exception of Univille. How is it that Warehouse 12 was located just outside London, a highly populated area? No wonder they moved it.
Lastly, I’m very good at suspending my disbelief, especially with sci-fi shows. I rolled with the horn that could obliterate stuff, and the crazy astronomer using it to broadcast high-powered signals to space, but why and how did he have an impenetrable force field around his little setup? No explanation, no rationalization, and certainly no need for it when all he’s doing is just “broadcasting.”
Pete-ism: “I love Pittsburgh. They put fries on nachos here.”
Don’t Hate the Player
Where do I even begin?
Not only do we get another Eureka crossover episode, but follow that up with an entire video game adventure throwing Pete, Myka, and Claudia into a Dungeons & Dragons-style rescue mission. Video game gags and boob jokes abound, but the shining gem of this romp was the brilliant Star Trek nod by using the famous “Amok Time” fight music when Pete takes on the game’s boss. That got some enthusiastic applause from this Trekkie.
Meanwhile, season 3’s mysterious villain continues to enact his nefarious plan as his henchman plays both Artie and Steve during their latest recovery mission. Side note: Artie and Steve are just as much fun as Artie and Claudia when paired together on assignment.
Pete-ism: “You went with dominatrix? Good choice!”
We’re back on track and have a lot more ground to cover, so stay tuned as we plow through more adventures with the Warehouse team!
Check back soon! Season 3 Part 2 is coming at you!