When Mrs. Frederic starts speaking a dead language, the team discovers that the remnants of Warehouse 2 have been discovered during an archeological dig in Egypt. Pete, Myka, H.G. and Valda are sent to shut down Warehouse 2 for good before it kills Mrs. Frederic. Pete is also asked to make a choice between the warehouse and the love of his life. And H.G.’s true intentions will finally be revealed. But not before Claudia might have to make the ultimate sacrifice to keep Warehouse 13 alive.
And so begins part 1 of the season finale of Warehouse 13.
What worked: Mrs. Frederic to Pete: “Agent Lattimer, this will be unlike anything you have ever faced.”
Pete: “So, like everything else.”
That was the beauty of tonight’s episode. Because, while it may just be another day in the office… it’s also one of the toughest challenges the Warehouse 13 crew has ever faced. And I will say this much, introducing the idea of an ancient warehouse is really cool. Warehouse 2? That just made me all sorts of giddy.
I also like all the background we got on the nature of the warehouse in this episode. The concept of the warehouse having a mind-melded caretaker really changes one’s entire outlook on the massive structure itself. I always thought the whole “the warehouse is a living thing” stuff was just kind of saying that there’s a lot of freaky s**t in this place. But no, the warehouse is literally a living thing that needs a host. That’s just classic Sci-Fi to the max.
On the front of the host, hinting at the idea that Claudia will be Mrs. Frederic’s successor is freaking cool. Imagine a character with the creepiness of Mrs. Frederic (which only C.C.H Pounder can really pull off) and the hotness/awesomeness of Claudia Donovan. I can see all your nerd brains exploding at the mere thought.
I even got behind Lindsey Wagner in this episode. The first time her character was introduced a few weeks ago she served no purpose… at all! But in this episode not only did she play a key role, but we now know that she has a lot of power that was not previously revealed.
As for the Indian Jones/Tomb Raider story line, it was really cool. Despite the really poor, yet charming CG (a staple of Warehouse 13 at this point), the stuff in Warehouse 2 was really tight and very trippy. I really felt bad for Valda when he was forced to kill himself (thought I really don’t see the reason why. I mean, it’s written on a wall, so what?). But lets be honest, it’s Warehouse 13. I’m sure the writers will find a way to bring him back.
What didn’t: For the record, I have been calling the H.G. Well betrayal for weeks. This is just the way TV goes. The enemy becomes an ally but not for long. It’s been done to death. So no, I wasn’t surprised in the least to see H.G. betray the team at the end of the episode. But I would like to know where Arty went.
I really could care less about Pete’s love life right now. And the whole idea that Warehouse agents are allowed to tell one person who they really are just seems a little to convenient for me. You know who could have used that piece of knowledge about 3 weeks ago? Claudia god dammit! Let that girl be happy!
Final thoughts: A solid episode of Warehouse 13.
Episode: “Buried” (Season 2, Episode 11)
Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm
What’s next: The team tries to track down their rogue member and discover the artifact they have is unexpectedly powerful. Meanwhile, Claudia wonders about her future with the Warehouse team and Pete must choose between Kelly and the mission.
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