Review: Warehouse 13 – ‘Mild Mannered’

Warehouse 13: Mild ManneredFollowing the events of the season premiere, the entire Warehouse team is on edge. But that isn’t gonna stop Pete and Myka from heading to Detroit to stop a real life super-hero. But the Warehouse has it’s own problems. Arty is being haunted by the psychic spirit of MacPherson while at the same time Leena and Claudia are at odds after the formerly hypnotized Leena impersonated Claudia, putting her in serious danger.

Major developments: Despite the fact that this episode had may moments that rocked, there are very few character or story developments to speak of. Wells is absent from this episodes (as I suspected she would be), as was Mrs. Frederic. The only development is that Leena seems to be feeling the after effects of the crystal.

What worked: I really enjoyed the haunting of the Warehouse story line in this episode. Despite Arty’s constant lecture of how ghosts don’t exist, it was nice to see him absolutely frightened. Which we never see, he is sometimes confused, but he usually has a grasp on things (which he eventually got back). Then, when he goes into MacPherson personal effects and says that he wanted his old partner back, it was a rare personal moment for him that I really enjoyed. I also liked the drama that took place between Claudia and Leena. The two of them really didn’t get enough story time last season and it feels like the writers are trying to make up for that by putting them at odds. I am really hoping they play this relationship much more as the season goes on. Now, this show is a procedural which means there are some episode by episode stories so, as for this episode’s real life super hero story, I really like it. I was wondering last season if the writers were ever going to do one like this. Someone who finds an artifact and uses it with completely good intentions. Very nice to see my wishes be answered. O, and Myka in a full leather super hero costume… Let me speak for everyone when I say… HELL YES!

What didn’t: The biggest problems of this episode (except for the aforementioned leather costume) came from Myka. I really didn’t like the opening when she was acting “girly” after getting her personal effects from D.C. Seeing her prance around with fuzzy slippers and giant teddy bears was really out of character for her and I didn’t appreciate it. Then there was the whole gag of her middle name. At first I liked it, but once we find out what it is and Pete does that really, really lame boob joke, I got annoyed.

Final thoughts: This would be defined as a bottle episode for the series. Nothing major happens, so in that respect, the episode worked well. Despite the problems with Myka. A strong episode and good sign of things to come for the season.

Episode: “Mild Mannered’” (Season 2, Episode 2)

Airs: SyFy, Tuesdays, 9pm

What’s next: An artifact is effecting the town that the Warehouse is in.

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