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WAREHOUSE 13: Breakdown

September 9, 2009 by  

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

Beggars can’t be choosers, Warehouse 13 watchers, you know? And while I have been waiting all season for a ‘warehouse-centric’ episode, this one was also heavy on the Claudia, which is just not my cup of Leena’s Bed and Breakfast tea. I’m not complaining; I’m just saying that this episode was a like, not love for me.

General Premise: Artie is away dealing with top secret issues, and Pete and Myka get the day off, while Claudia has chores.

Of course, it doesn’t work out that way, when Claudia accidentally sets off a Rube Goldberg-esque series of hazardous events (who has a release button on a zip line? And if you DO, why isn’t it guarded by glass, at least?).

But it’s up to our two top secret agents to find her and then get themselves out of the mess she created. One very interesting part of the warehouse was the replica of Leena’s B & B, from which they at first could not escape. I laughed a lot at Pete’s attempts, especially him jumping out one window only to fall into the one right next to it. Many months ago, I read the pilot script, and there was this great thread where Pete and Myka show up at Leena’s for the first time, and it is nothing special. But once they have solved the first case and agreed to stick around, they go back to the B and B for the night and each of their bedrooms has become the perfect bedroom. I missed that in the pilot, and when I saw ‘Bizarro-Leena’s’, I thought maybe that would happen. Alas, no.

I liked the teamwork between the three of them, AND I liked that each one of them, at one point, needed saved by the others, and each one pulled through.

Meanwhile, Artie is brought in to a ‘lunch meeting’ with Mrs. F, and then, in a wild twist, it becomes a meeting of ‘The Regents’, the group of people who are responsible for the Warehouse and all of its rules. That was awesome. I didn’t love that Artie came out on top, as I think The Regents should be feared. I hope we see more of them in Season Two. Were you as surprised about the Regents as I was?

There was this underlying ‘afterschool special’ feel throughout the entire episode, complete with crazy hijinks from the ‘kids’ while ‘Dad’ was away at work. But don’t worry…everything was cleaned up by the end! But Dad still found out, and they all had a laugh. SYFY is owned by NBC Universal, and I thought there might be a “The more you know…” ad at the end of the show. That would have been kind of funny.

But there was one thing that saved this entire episode. And that is ‘Irene’. Mrs. Frederic’s first name is IRENE!!!??! If we’d had a contest for people to guess her name, would ANY of us guessed that? I think not. I loved it.

And oh, my literary heart beats fast to think of a Poe centric episode next week in “Nevermore”. Hopefully there won’t be any Tell-Tale Hearts in the floorboards, though! EEK!

Thoughts from you? Can you believe we only have two more weeks left?


4 Responses to “WAREHOUSE 13: Breakdown”

  1. Kerry on September 9th, 2009 10:19 am

    I’m hoping every week won’t have some “Claudia’s major hijinks in the warehouse” plotline — it was a bit too much, especially after her near destruction of the building last week. Nice to see further character development from most of the other characters, though. The dodge ball incident was fun, and Pete and Myka’s partnership certainly seems to be settling into something better (and she actually genuinely smiled multiple times this episode).
    I never would have guessed Mrs. Frederic’s name (or that it would be so casually revealed!).
    I missed the preview, but will definitely be looking forward to a Poe-centric episode.

  2. Fred is My Homegirl on September 9th, 2009 11:55 am

    When Claudia biffed it from the zipline I was hoping for only one thing:
    That when Pete and Myka finally found her, she’d have already bled out.

    Dream #1: Shattered

    At the end of the ep, when Myka gave Claudia the go ahead to fix the neutralizer while she stayed behind with Pete, I thought, Okay, this is it….
    Myka’s going to wander up Claudia jammed up in the gears, Sticky String wrapped all around her lifeless ground round.

    Dream #2: Crushed

    BTW, did Pete yell out, “Chicks!” when he showed up to save them?

    I understand Claudia’s purpose for the show. They need someone to constantly jack everything up Someone who can get away with it, week after week, because she’s so lovable, and she’s the little sister they can’t get rid of, because she’s family after all.

    So, she’s Urkel.

    Only this ISN’T a half our comedy. Oh, and I DON’T love her.

    This is nothing against the actress, mind you. I think she is doing a fantastic job of doing what is written for her character. But man, her character needs some work. Seriously, how many times does she need to almost destroy the warehouse before they throw her out on her arse? Her character is too stereotypical – too brash, too headstrong, too annoying, etc. They need to tone her down. A LOT. Personally, I would love to see more Leena.

    Now there was more to the show than just her (barely). I loved Artie facing off with the Regents. And I was totally thinking that Mrs. F was an ‘Irene’ *cough*cough*, though I do wish now that the SyFy Network WOULD have held some contest to guess her name – prize: trip to the set? Come on, SyFy, let us play next time…

    I thought the gang being trapped in Bizarro Leena’s was a riot. Pete jumping through the window was one of my fave parts too. And the dodgeball scene was cute – loved seeing Pete and Myka’s teamwork on that one 🙂

    My favorite quote from this ep was actually by one of the Regents: ‘To equate judgment and wisdom with occupation, is at best, insulting.’

    I can’t believe there are only two episodes left! AHHHHH!

    See you all next week, and remember, kids, don’t leave home without your purple gloves. You never know when you’re going to need them.


    P.S. Was anyone ELSE completely freaked out by that porcelain doll????

  3. Agent52 on September 9th, 2009 10:00 pm

    I don’t find Claudia all that annoying. As mentioned above, her character is there to serve a purpose. I’ve been looking for an all warehouse ep and this is as close as we’re likely to get. Any chance that the Regents are really members of ‘The Ring’?’ I assume this show has done well enough for a season 2 pick up? Anyone know? It is one of the best premises on tv. Irene?

  4. Gum on September 9th, 2009 11:31 pm

    Hmm, this wasn’t a fave, but it wasn’t a total waste.
    The Artie/Regents/IRENE?!?!? was my fave of the two plots. I personally thought it was great that he called them out on their fears. And the fact that they were just normal people was something I never would’ve guessed in a million years.

    As for the rest, I found the bumbling tour of the Warehouse to be kinda funny once I just kind of accepted the goofiness. This show is my summer escape, so I’m not too stringent on what I expect from a show’s character; though if they make Claudia slip on a banana peel or play with a “no no” artifact again next week, I might scream…

    The crazy B&B scene was well-acted(thnx, Eddie) and WOW! very well-shot. I was thinking they’d be stuck in there longer, though.

    Like you, though, Seels, I can’t WAIT to see the Poe ep! Bring on the ravens and a juicy, pumping, thump-thump tell-tale heart! 🙂