Review: Warehouse 13 – Around the Bend

After the recovery of an artifact goes wrong in Illinois, Mrs. Frederick informs Pete that there’s a criminal leak in the warehouse. Now it’s up to Pete and Pete alone to track down the leak. But things go wrong again when he learns the true source of the leak is much worse than he could have ever anticipated.

Major developments: As a result of all the recent screw ups, The Regents have decided to take a more hands on approach to Warehouse 13.

What worked: I’m a fan of the idea of the “all seeing eyes” The Regents, taking a more active role in the series. Hopefully with will lead to some much more seriously toned story lines.

When this episode started I was dreading it because it looked like it was just going to be all about Pete’s antics. And as it progressed I was getting happier and happier because Pete was being more and more of a bad ass, which as I stated two weeks ago, I’m a big fan of serious Pete and not silly Pete. But it was all set up for the show to just stab me in the back.

What didn’t: I really liked having a serious Pete doing the lone ranger act. I felt it was really adding to his character. And even when the twist was initially revealed, I was still with it. But once we know the truth, the episode went on a major downward spiral. The reason is because the production team decided to show how Pete was acting in real life vs how he is acting in his fantasy. The reason that’s a problem is because the way Pete was acting in the real world was even goofier than usual, and that killed it for me.

This episode was also lacking in the Arty-Claudia department, which is a shame because the bit the writers came up with was really, really funny. A list of ways to take out Claudia? Her reaction the finding it was priceless. It’s clear by now that the writers have figured out how to handle their supporting characters. It’s the two leads that they need to work on.

This episode also gives no mention of what became of Claudia and Fargo’s relationship. Will they pursue a long distance relationship? Did they decide to go there separate ways? Really, I want to know.

Final thoughts: This episode shows both the good and the bad sides of the show. On the one hand, it proved to me that the writers can do serious tone, on the other hand, it also showed that they just choose not to.

Episode: “Around The Bend” (Season 2, Episode 6)

Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm

What’s next: I don’t know what’s next, but I do now that it involves the guest appearance of The Bionic Woman herself, Lindsey Wagner.

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