Episode: ‘Time Will Tell’ (Season 2, Episode 1)
Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm
Episode synopsis: Following the events of the season one finale, the Warehouse team heads to London to stop MacPherson and H. G. Wells from getting into the most volatile safe in the Warehouse.
Major developments: The first major development is that Leena was in fact not acting on her own free will and isn’t a mole after all. Which is good, because if she was, then Warehouse 13 would of gone the 24 mole route which would of ended very badly. We also learn an interesting fact about the bronzing process introduced last year, when your bronzed, your alive just immobile. That is a really cool concept that I hope is explored more in what it does to a persons psyche.
What worked: The first thing I really liked was finally seeing Mrs. Frederic get her hands dirty. For to long she has sat one the sidelines as an overseer. I just hope this wasn’t a one time thing and she begins appearing much more often. I also really dig it when Warehouse puts its own spin on history, in this case turning H. G. Wells into a crazy (and smokin’ hot) British chick. It also makes me happy that she is going to be this season’s baddy. She reminds me of a Carla (Burn Notice) or a Miniature Killer (CSI). The baddy that won’t be in every episode but she’ll be popping from time to time to cause a ruckus. It’s also great to see the show go worldwide. Last season was very much about mysteries around the USA. But this episode took us out to jolly good London. A great location for the show, and a much appreciated change of pace.
What didn’t: Something I was always afraid of is starting to happen, Pete is starting to devolve. When playing a character like Pete, the charming screw-ball who knows a thing or two, you walk a very fine line. But in this episodes his antics ended up putting him up against the barrel of a Tesla. I was willing to accept some of his gags from last season, but it’s starting to get boring. He needs to be much, much more grounded as a character. I also love it when a show puts two of its main characters up against each other (in this case, Arty vs Claudia) so imagine my disappointment when all it took for that conflict to end was a blow to the back of the head. So underwhelming.
Final thoughts: This episode definitely had it’s ups and downs (quite literally thanks to a magnetic ceiling). But overall, it was a nice return for one of SyFy’s most original programs in recent memory. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has to offer.
What’s next: Pete goes up against a real life superhero.
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