WAREHOUSE 13 Recap & Revew : Give Me My Remote

WAREHOUSE 13: It’s All About ‘Magnetism’

July 22, 2009 by  

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

Do you smell fudge? Is your gall bladder feeling numb? If so, you might be affected by one of the artifacts in WAREHOUSE 13! Or… you might just be watching the show. I hope you were. And I hope you liked it as much as I did. I thought, with the exception of a couple of botched scenes, that this was the best episode of the season (and not just because Pete was shirtless in the first 10 minutes). Counting the two hour pilot, we’re four episodes into it with 9 more. Yay!

In this episode, Pete and Myka are sent to Colorado where people are acting strangely. A kind nun jumps off a roof, a young music protégé destroys his violin, an elderly widow smashes a pot against a wall and a man’s face against a pastry display case, and it’s up to M & P to figure out exactly WHAT the artifact even is and then retrieve it. Meanwhile Artie tries to figure out who has breached the warehouse.

Pete and Myka don’t fight, they bicker! I thought their timing was very good and fun in this episode. Them getting slimed was dope in a Double Dare kind of way, but the subsequent laughing and wrestling felt a little forced. I guess they…like each other. I’m not talking about love or UST or anything like that, just genuine affection. And, like I said last week, it’s one of the things I love about the show, that Pete and Myka have accepted the importance of their partnership and mission and are really trying to make it work. I think their strength is in the bicker though, and not so much in the collaborating against Artie for tricking them kind of thing (which was a pretty funny trick). What do you think? Are you feeling Pete and Myka as friends? Something more?

One thing I find very interesting is that for all of Myka’s rough edges, she’s actually better with people than Pete is. She is more sympathetic; He says the wrong thing a lot. And why would Pete, super Secret Agent and king of vibes bust into a high risk situation while shouting? That part, and their bickering over who would deal with the chair felt out of character. They are both pros at their job, so I was surprised by that. But when I really thought about it, I decided it’s a good thing that it felt off to me. If the actions feel OUT of character, then that means that the characters have been well established, right? Tell me I’m right!

This show is excellent at creating memorable one off episodic characters, something that is not always prevalent in procedurals. The characters aren’t just a means to an end. On the other side, though, Artie, and Leena, two recurring characters, are hard pressed to be relevant as the season continues. I hope that changes because there is potential there.

And it continues to intrigue me with the way it has managed to not have any ‘bad guys’. Each week features regular people who are affected by the artifact, combined with personal experience. This allows for very creative writing as far as the characters go, and I think presents an interesting dynamic for Pete and Myka, especially Pete, who would like things to be a little more open and shut. But what they are learning, and so are we from week to week, is that the artifacts don’t need evil to take effect. It can be Sister Grace’s need to escape, Dave’s constant struggle against the hold of alcohol (side note: Do you think Pete was at the meeting for research or for real? We know he’s a milk guy now. Regardless, I liked that look into his life), or Myka’s desire to process her relationship with her father (and punch Pete in the face). Either way, it’s those internal issues we all have that pull us between good and evil. The issues themselves aren’t inherently one way or the other; rather, our reactions to them mold us into the kind of people we are, the kind of character we’ll have.

And so far, Pete and Myka are people, and ‘characters’ that I want to be around. I hope you feel the same.

Line of the night…
Pete: “Covers are like the definition of stealth. Plus I’m really good at them!”

THOUGHTS FROM YOU? Has the show made its way into your must see summer Tuesday night TV schedule?


7 Responses to “WAREHOUSE 13: It’s All About ‘Magnetism’”

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  2. Becky on July 22nd, 2009 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the recap! I really enjoyed this episode. I like this show. It’s fun and interesting and also – I can watch it with my kids. It’s not too far out there or anything.

    I thought that Pete was definitely there as an alcoholic. I dont’ think it was research. I definitely think he needed a meeting. I thought that was very interesting for him.

    I’m wondering who the paramedic was. He looked so familiar to me but I haven’t been able to figure it out.

  3. Patty on July 23rd, 2009 1:03 am

    Didn’t the paramedic used to be on ER? Ivan something Russian.

    I really like this show. I didn’t get to see the last maybe 10 minutes because it ran over because wrestling ran over but I still like it. Is it available on demand? I need to check that.

    I loved this episode because Myka got to keep punching Pete right in the nose! I want to do that! One time! Bam! Right in the nose! (not Pete but someone, anyone, who is annoying)

  4. Kerry on July 23rd, 2009 2:26 am

    [Becky, he was played by Ivan Sergei: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001720/
    Patty, you can watch the show on Hulu — it’s normally up the next day]

    I liked this episode, but agree with some reviews that the pace of the show isn’t always even. For instance, showing Pete’s attendance at the meeting contributed to the story, but why did we see them both at the ice skating rink?
    I am perfectly happy with Pete and Myka as bickering but friends, nothing more.

    Anyway, I will definitely keep watching. Hopefully, as the relationships strengthen among the characters, the show will really hit its stride, and only get better. Thanks for the review!

  5. shirley on July 23rd, 2009 9:29 am

    I’ve seen all of the eps so far and think that the series has potential. IMO, the show is currently working an ‘X-Files’ meets Noah Wylie’s ‘The Librarian’ vibe. I’m waiting (and hoping) for the show to find it’s legs and distinguish itself.

  6. Michele on July 23rd, 2009 9:57 am

    Yeah, I lost my last 10 minutes also. Boo to the SciFi network for that happening two weeks ina row (and boo on me for not making my DVR record later after the first time…). But what I saw I liked. Fun show – I hope it keeps going!

  7. Stuart on August 1st, 2009 8:06 pm

    I think the paramedic was Tom Brady, QB for the New England Patriots.