Review: Warehouse 13 – 13.1

The warehouse is in need a desperate computer upgrade. So Mrs. Frederick sends Eureka resident Douglas Fargo to handle it. But things go horribly wrong when the warehouse computer goes into fail safe mode and locks Fargo, Claudia, and Arty in the warehouse for extermination. Now it’s up to Myka and Pete to find the man who built the warehouse computer system before everyone in it dies a very cold death.

Major developments: Todd breaks up with Claudia, another old Warehouse agent is identified. O, and as far as the shows are concerned, Eureka and Warehouse 13 exist in the same fictional universe.

What worked: This episode is a rarity in television, a crossover between two shows that were created and are produced by two completely different production teams. The only commonality between the two, is the fact that they are both on SyFy. So did it work? You bet your ass it did. I have not watched Eureka since season one but wanted to get back to it once I saw Fargo on screen. The chemistry between him and Claudia was hysterical. I then remembered how funny all the characters on Eureka are and I was questioning why I stopped watching.

As for the episode, another comedic gem for Warehouse 13 as far as I’m concerned. The reason I probably thought it was funny is because I, like Claudia and Fargo, am a computer nerd. So all the jokes they are making about the Warehouse using “archaic 8 bit software” was brilliant. But, I can also see those jokes working for the non-techie once Claudia says that Arty would of rejected fire if he was born a few years earlier.

I also like the idea of the Warehouse having a computer lab. I’m not saying I am expecting the room to be utilized in the show, but it would be a nice touch. Maybe Claudia gets her own office? I wouldn’t mind seeing what would happen to a room if she had her own space to work in. I’m picturing a Garcia (Criminal Minds) type take over.

I also dug the old Warehouse agent that was introduced. It’s unfortunate that the likely scenario is that this is the only time we’ll ever see him. He seems like a really funny guy. It also would’ve been a cool dynamic to have someone working in the Warehouse who missed the last thirty years of technical advancement.

As for some of the geek out moments, most notably the light saber moment, I was laughing my ass off. As I said before, this was one of the funniest episodes of Warehouse 13 yet. Yes, it did have a lot to do with Fargo’s presence, but still, another fine, fine episode for Warehouse.

What didn’t: This episode saw Todd break up with Claudia. I’ve stated before, she is a character that needs to have some form of a relationship, and her father-daughter relationship with Arty isn’t going to cut it forever. Now, I would not be opposed to a Caludia-Fargo long distance relationship, we are going to have to wait till this week’s Eureka to see how that one pans out.

While I did enjoy this episodes situation, I didn’t dig the villain. Of course it was the same guy playing the agent with half a brain in the computer and half in his body, but the body portion was really funny. The A.I. part of his brain was a giant douche bag. I don’t have much more to say on that.

Again, Myka and Pete’s relationship is straining. Granted, this episode was about Cluadia and Fargo, but that doesn’t mean EVERY joke between Myka and Pete has to fall flat, like it always does. The closest they came to a funny joke was the rock, paper, scissors gag, but that died fast.

Final thoughts: A great start to what I hope will end up being an epic cross over when all is said and done.

Episode: “’13.1” (Season 2, Episode 5)

Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm

What’s next: A old flame from Pete’s past returns, and she could threaten everything.

This week’s Eureka: Claudia is invited to Eureka, where she hopes to find all the coolest new technology. But as strange things begin happening during her visit, she starts to suspect an Artifact is responsible.

To read more of Merrill’s television reviews and to listen to his Idiot Boxers podcast with Kevin Carr, head over to Fat Guys at the Movies.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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