Review: Warehouse 13 – Where and When

H.G. Wells is now working as a Warehouse agent full time, much to the disdain of Arty. But everyone shuts up for a moment when former agent, Rebecca Sinclair returns to ask for help from the current crew. Upon investigation the team discovers that Myka and Pete went back in time with the help of a time machine invented by H.G. Wells herself. So of course they do as is written, and get their butts to 1961. But that’s only where the fun begins.

And so begins another adventure through the halls of Warehouse 13.

What worked: This was one heck of an elaborate episode. Between the time shifts, getting characters to match up to their own statements, and the handling of the various time paradoxes, it was really cool.

The idea of a period piece episode seems a bit out of left field, but a really intriguing idea. I have one gripe that I will get into in a bit, but the tenacity of the shows production team really shined through here.

H.G. Wells I know is a bad guy, but after this episode I really don’t want her to be. She’s just such a great character with a heart of fools gold. I know her intentions aren’t what they appear to be, that’s just how TV works. But the act she’s putting on is really working on me. The tortured soul thing gets me every time.

This is also one of the only Warehouse 13 episodes that didn’t use Claudia as a crutch. She was actually kind of off to the side in this one. Don’t get me wrong, the more Claudia the better I say, but that doesn’t mean taking a risk by putting her aside for an episode isn’t welcomed.

What didn’t: There really should of been a commitment to the mind switch. Remember the body switching episode? Remember how the actors had to play each other? Why couldn’t we do that here? Just have the two actors playing the old agents play Pete and Myka. Having Pete and Myka play the mirror game in the 60’s annoyed the hell out of me.

Also, Arty coming to terms with Wells seems too easy. Arty is supposed to be a paranoid SOB. That’s part of his charm. So to have him warm up to Wells just because she saved Myka and Pete seems like lazy writing to me.

Final thoughts: An interesting concept for a Warehouse 13 episode.

Episode: “Where and When” (Season 2, Episode 10)

Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm

What’s next: When Mrs. Frederic is stricken ill, the agents must search for a cure before it’s too late.

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