Review: Warehouse 13 – Vendetta

It’s a sad day for the crew of Warehouse 13. For Myka and Pete’s former boss at the Secret Service, Daniel Dickinson has been murdered in cold blood, and the team is convinced his death was caused by an artifact.

But the trouble only beings with Dickinson’s murder when H.G. Wells pops back up on Arty’s radar. Someone is attempting to use Arty’s past life as a Russian spy against him, and the team just can’t have that.

While at the same time, Claudia tries to make sense of Todd’s suspicious behavior, but what she learns may lead her to lose faith in everything she knows and loves.

What worked: This might have bee the most well-written episode of the season. It was completely perfect.

First of all, I like that we’re getting more back story on Arty, but what’s nice about his back story is that it isn’t changing the way we see his character in present day. He’s still the lovable goofball that can play tough guy. Despite his history with the U.S.S.R.

I also liked the major role that H.G. Wells played in this episode. What makes it work is that I’m now unsure what her motives are. While I want to stick to my guns and say that she is playing the good guy to gain access to something in the warehouse, she’s really playing it genuine. Just add that to my long list of positive comments for actress Jaime Murray. I’ll be very interested to see what her being a full time agent does to the shows dynamic.

I was also very impressed with Claudia’s story line in this episode. I was all set to put it in the “what didn’t work” section of this review, until it was revealed that Todd is actually in the witness protection program. So his character doesn’t change at all, in fact it becomes much more clear. And the pouty face Claudia made when he left was just so freaking adorable.

This episode also featured a multitude of just awesome, and deadly artifacts. I know I’m not the only one who was just praying that it was Nicolas Cage holding that Ghost Rider chain. This might have been the biggest artifact:episode ratio of the series.

I didn’t even mind the goofy Regents guy at the end. All he did was add to the show’s comedic and absurdest sensibility to the overbearing, all-seeing eyes of the Regents.

And what makes all of it perfect is that none of it felt forced. The entire episode flowed with a real sense of a goal and purpose. That’s all I ever ask from a TV series above everything else.

What didn’t: As I said in the previous segment, this episode was completely perfect and there is nothing bad I can say about it. And believe me, I tried really hard to find even the littlest thing I didn’t like.

Final thoughts: The best episode of the season by a long shot.

Episode: “Vendetta” (Season 2, Episode 9)

Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm

What’s next: The agents must use Helena’s time machine to travel to 1961 to solve a case.

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