This review may contain spoilers.
In the season finale, Warehouse 13ended with a literal bang, and Arties (Saul Rubinek) future in the show became fodder for blogs. The writers quickly satisfied any questions of Arties return with the use of the Phoenix pin. However, what James MacPherson (Roger Rees) truly wanted remained the mystery and impetus for the second season opener.
Both Agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) picked up right where they left off in helping to solve the unsolved questions. This time, they had to figure out why Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) freed MacPherson and then left the Warehouse. With the help of Leena (Genelle Williams) while Mrs. Frederic (CC Pounder) remained in a coma, they made the connection that someone else was de-bronzed after MacPherson.
After a quick recovery, Artie, Pete, and Myka parted ways as Artie left to find Claudia. MacPherson, with the continued help of Harriet Tubmans thimble, managed to dupe Claudias brother Joshua (Tyler Hynes) into getting him something from CERN. Artie convinced Claudia that he knew she was no double agent, and they teamed up again.
Pete and Myka put together enough to send them to London to H.G. Wellshouse. Of course, all was not what it seemed, and Wells turned out to be a woman played by Jaime Murray. Admittedly a former agent for Warehouse 12, Wells showed her skills in manipulation and intelligence in escaping with her Victorian Imperceptor vest that could now be energized with the anti-matter stolen from CERN.
Mrs. Frederic wasnt completely out of the picture as her subconscious told her that MacPherson had used Leena. Choking Leena, she dislodged a pearl of wisdom that allowed MacPherson to control her.
Now with the team complete, they all returned to Warehouse 13 where Wells entered the Escher vault, designed like M.C. Eschers impossible construction drawings come to life, to steal back her locket, her compact, and her ring. Before she left the Warehouse, she killed MacPherson by cutting off the diamonds allowing the Warehouses defenses to kill him.
This episode offered more artifacts, comedy, and fun action that proves it has a winning formula. Although their immediate problem was solved, the fact that Wells is a genius with ill intentions gives us viewers something to look forward to in this season.
Having everyone on the team return makes us more excited to come back for more adventure this season. Although there was speculation that someone as pivotal as Artie wouldnt be back, it was pretty satisfying to see them all together. Also this season, it looks like many special guest stars who are well known in the sci-fi world will be stopping by as well.
The quirkiness and comedy of the show makes it more fun to watch and a great summer show for Syfy. Eddie McClintock continues to be charming in his ability to be an idiot and at the same time someone you want to come rescue you. The writers must have loads of fun coming up with new artifacts, and hopefully they will never run out of ideas.
What Didnt Work
Although Jaime Murray is beautiful to watch as an actor, it was incredibly hard to buy her as H.G. Wells. There was some essential exposition to explain why her brother Charles was the writer but she was the brains behind the popular fiction that was actually based on her reality and genius. The plot point seemed too contrived.
Yes, there were Victorian women writers who took on male names, but by the time Wells was actually publishing, women writers were very prolific in the literature world. It may take other episodes to convince us that casting Wells as a female was necessary.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Warehouse 13 stars Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, and CCH Pounder. Time Will Tell was directed by Stephen Surjik and written by Jack Kenny.
Warehouse 13 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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