Thursday, May 23, 2013

Warehouse 13 Wednesday

Hello welcome to what might become a regular feature. I'm not sure it will but if it happens it happens. One of my favorite television shows is Warehouse 13 which airs Monday Evenings on the cable SyFy Channel. That channel recently announced that they have partially renewed the show for next season, Season 5 but only for Six episodes and then they will cancell the show. If I continue with this feature I will try to post a review or mini review of the previous Monday's episode, sadly until the final episode sometime next year. :(

For sometime now I have been thinking about doing some reviews or mini-reviews of the Episodes of this show. I was going to start from the beginning while I watched the DVDs but with this cancellation revelation and the second part of season 4 already in full swing I might as well start with this past episode and then I'll play catch-up later and when all is said and done I can make a list of my reviews with links to the posts so they can be viewed in the proper order.

On Monday 20 May 2013 SyFy Channel aired
Episode 4.14 "The Sky's The Limit":
PETE: "Come on 'coach' it's the fourth quarter, don't bench me."
MYKA: "Pete (sigh)... I left cookies in the glove compartment"

Warning this review may contain spoilers.
In a nutshell the main plot (with 2 subplots or more) was that in Las Vegas people were falling from the sky. Witnesses said they appeared out of nowhere and were glowing orange. Artie sends Pete and Myka to Las Vegas to investigate. After a few exhausted leads they discover that a magician named Val Preston (Steve Valentine) has been gaining attention with his act that involves levitating people. BINGO he's using an artifact, they search his back stage area and he catches them. He gets angry and begins to toss them out when he himself suddenly starts levitating and disappears in the clouds.
Meanwhile at a horse racetrack in London the winning jockeys have been falling from their horses and dying. Claudia and Steve are dispatched pronto Tonto to figure out what is up with that. Turns out that a stable boy had discovered a swatch of an American Indian's saddle blanket (Sitting Bull) and he has been using it to get revenge on the jockeys who have been mistreating the animals.

Back in Vegas Pete and Myka learn that Val was trying to recreate the act of an old magician Monty The Magnificent (Broadway legend Joel Grey) who along with his granddaughter Rose (Nora Zehetner) were planning a big comeback for him before he makes his big finale. Rose acquired a necklace/pendent that a magician had used long ago.

As part of the ongoing season story arc of Artie dealing with the consequences of using Ferdinand Magellan's Astrolabe and his subsequent murdering of Leena, Mrs. Frederic introduces the new Bread & Breakfast owner Abigail Cho (Kelly Hu) who happens to be a psychotherapist that Mrs. F brought in to try to help Artie cope with his problems. Artie fights tooth and nail against being psychoanalyzed, but of course in the end gives in.
On a mysterious note a semi familiar looking woman* is shadowing members of the team. My memory is fuzzy as to who she really is, but I think it is a return character that obviously is up to no good.

All in all I enjoyed this episode (as I do all the episodes) it receives on a scale of one to five 3.5 Warehouse Artifacts ***.5 (sorry I don't have a cute little avatar for that I suppose asterisks will have to do)

In an effort to save the show I will be launching a new feature on Mondays I call "Myka Monday". It will be a visual reminder of the show but primarily just a way to show pictures of the character Myka Bering played by Joanne Kelly.

Due to a few different factors this first installment wasn't actually posted on Wednesday even though it was first drafted Wednesday evening.

*EDIT for update: Ah in a recent "Previously  on Warehouse 13" episode prologue (for Episode 4.17 "What Matters Most") they showed her again and named her in dialogue. Charlotte Dupres (Polly Walker) who first appeared in Episode 4.11 "The Living and The Dead" she was bad news in that episode and will be bad news in later episodes leading up to and probably including the End of Season 4 Cliffhanger.

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