Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Warehouse 13 Wednesday: What Matters Most

EPISODE 4.17 "What Matters Most"
Original Air Date: 17 June 2013
Claudia: "All right, Bilbo Baggins, you're on!"

 Warning: this review may contain spoilers

Once again, in my opinion, we have an episode where the B plot is more interesting than the A plot. It concerns a more exciting artifact with effects that are more apparent when first discovered. Finding the artifact though is potentially more difficult but fortunately, Team Warehouse finds it, maybe too fortunately but I'm getting ahead of things.

Things start off in a posh gated community suburb in Ohio where the area District Attorney goes out to get his morning paper, screams about burning up and dies, the initial report Artie receives is he died of several symptoms and suspected poisoning. Myka and Pete are sent to the picture perfect "1950s" suburbia to investigate. Meanwhile in New York there is a report of a teenager writing graffiti in the form of advanced mathematical and physics formulas instead of the usual gang tagging. After some minor bickering at the B&B, partly because of some breakfast scones Abigail made/bought, Artie and Claudia go to the big apple, while Steve remains behind with the excuse that the rest of his stuff finally arrived and he needs to "unpack". He and Abigail will be the subject of Plot C cleaning out the Warehouse neutralizer/Gooery and Steve getting his chance to be analyzed by Abigail and follow her advice.

Myka and Pete have little time to figure out what the artifact is that they are looking for and who has it. They are eventually led to the neighborhood gossip who turns out to have been widowed and took her revenge on neighbors who had "sinned". The artifact is a salt mask form the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, made from the impression of Lot's wife who was turned into salt for disobeying God's order to not look back at the city of Sodom while he was destroying it. Of course the show doesn't specifically say it was Lot's wife they just said it was made from someone who was "encased" in salt (slightly inaccurate Biblical references). The housewife baked some of the salt into some cookies and whoever ate the cookies were punished by their greatest unconfessed sin.

Artie and Claudia find the boy who is suffering from seizures caused by is young developing mind being tapped by Orville Wright's aviator goggles. The goggles allow the wearer to psychically tap into someone's mind and sending them into a trance to use their brainpower to perform a mental task and mirror it. The boy claims to be an orphan who has been in the foster system and doesn't want to return to anymore bad foster parents. Claudia having "been there, done that" takes pity on him and invites him back to the B&B for a while until he can decide where he wants to go.

Overall I enjoyed the episode, but as I said the A plot was not as exciting as the B plot. There were a few very strong emotional moments near the end that I won't spoil. Also the mysterious lady from a few episodes ago, who was named in this episode's "Previously  on Warehouse 13" prologue, Charlotte Dupres (Polly Walker) looks to be returning next episode. I have a feeling that she will be involved in Season Ending Cliffhanger as she is part of an ongoing season arc.

I give this episode 3 Warehouse artifacts ***

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