Warehouse 13 "Endless Wonder" Review: Yo Adrian!

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Sep 11, 2012

Warehouse 13 S04E07: “Endless Wonder”

A bunch of people taking the same heartburn prescription started literally coming apart at the seams and Claudia confronted Artie about those pesky black diamonds popping up all over the warehouse. After last week’s Labor Day hiatus, the warehouse team jumped right back into business as usual and the chronic idiocy that's been seemingly plaguing Pete’s character all season long may have inadvertently recruited a new regent in the form of pharma executive Deb Stanley.

Yawn.

I feel like the Brother Adrian storyline is so much more exciting than everything else that's going on, and after this week’s face-off between Adrian and Artie, the dullness of the weekly missions seems to be exacerbated. While Deb was interesting, initially giving off a bit of a Sally Stukowski vibe with her ruthless determination to learn the artifacts’ secrets, her “breakthrough” in putting all the pieces together and knocking on Leena’s door was almost entirely due to Pete being a moron during their one-night stand. I mean for goodness sake, he’s a SECRET SERVICE AGENT.

Pete’s sudden bumbling idiot status has come up quite often in discussion down in the comments the past few weeks. While Pete has always been the laid back side of the Myka/Pete Dynamic Duo, he’s still shown himself to be a capable, intelligent, thoughtful, and professional agent... until recently. While it’s true that Artie’s secrecy surrounding the astrolabe shouldn’t have gone on as long as it has, and that many of his peers have been inexplicably written “dumber” than usual to justify stringing along this storyline week in and week out, no one seems to suffer as much as Pete, who in this week's “Endless Wonder” served as little more than (annoying) comic relief. How many things did he randomly knock over and/or break during his random fits of previously unseen klutziness? What about his admittedly unintentional loose lips with Deb, based on having a “good feeling,” and since when does anyone ask Pete about his “good vibes” anyway?

At least we got some Regent action. If Faran Tahir could somehow be on my television ALL the time, that would be A-OK.

While Pete and Myka tracked down the bowl of Colossus that was turning all those unknowing foodies into unfortunate Stretch Armstrong stand-ins, Claudia and Zombie Jinks teamed up with Artie to take on Brother Adrian. Artie didn’t want them to because of that whole clause in the astrolabe user manual about how if he tells anyone what he did, that person would be in grave danger. If I were Artie I’d check on the specifics of that clause, since he hasn’t TECHNICALLY told anyone about how he saved the world, he mostly just listened to them spitball ideas until he peed his pants when they got too close to the truth. Technicalities are important.

Unsurprisingly, Yo Adrian was using an artifact to slip in and out of the warehouse undetected—the Threshold of Limentas. Paired with the recently stolen thimble of Harriet Tubman, which allows the user to take on any other person’s physical features, Adrian had quite a nifty warehouse B & E kit at his disposal. At least this week’s case of mistaken identity wasn’t as disastrous as Alice Leddell’s outing in “Fractures,” mostly because Claudia and her zombie BFF spotted the thimble on “Artie’s” finger before he had the chance to unleash any real chaos. While those two went after the Threshold, Artie and his evil twin had a little chat about the astrolabe. Artie tried to play the mortal peril card, pointing out that if he did go ahead and restore the original timeline, Brother Adrian would be dead. Adrian was okay with that. He was very zen about the natural order of things and all that blah blah. That’s probably how he got to be the leader of the pack and all.

Speaking of his pack, he’s part of a Brotherhood, right? Right. Doesn’t he have any help? If he’s been able to cause so much trouble at the warehouse all by himself, wouldn’t this whole assualt go a great deal faster if he had some backup? I’m just saying.

And then he got away. But hey, H.G Wells is back! She was off searching for the knife that haunts Artie’s dreams. Way to call it, you guys! Though she returned empty-handed, she did a lot of thinking during her time abroad, mostly about Artie’s actions in the warehouse back when Sykes was invading, and how he seemed to know every detail of their plight, right down to the bomb in Sykes’ wheelchair. It smacked of time-travel to her, and she would know. She also let Mrs. Frederic know because, well, time travel is kind of a big deal. Poor Artie needed a new pair of paints for about the third time this episode.

But, like I said, TECHNICALLY, Artie didn’t say anything. H.G. guessed well and Artie’s poker face sucked. What do you think, does that still count?


Additional Notes from the “Library of Crazy”


– We haven’t seen Pete’s Regent mom all season. Kate Mulgrew, where are you?

– As “SERIOUSLY?” as the whole Deb-Becomes-a-Regent-Because-Pete-is-a-Moron storyline was, I liked his admittance that “Artie does it a lot better” when it comes to the grand tour.

– “Science isn’t science until it is.” Fair point, Deb! Which brings us back to the old, “What IS an artifact” debate. Magic or science?

– With all the artifact details being teased this season (birth of an artifact, science vs. magic, practical use vs. abuse, Jinks and Claudia’s auras being mixed up) I’m wondering if we’ll eventually get that answer, but I’m not sure that I want it. What if it ends up being disappointing and lame, like The Force?

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  • charence1 Sep 18, 2012

    I liked the Deb Stanley character and hope that she becomes a regular. Quite frankly I do not like Claudia and find her hipness annoying. Everyone watching the show is not a teen and since when do computer techs like Claudia go out in the field ? Since they marginalize Leena so that she hardly ever appears, perhaps Deb Stanley will have a more active role

  • Cranky_Old_Batt Sep 13, 2012

    That one night stand was a new low for Pete. The chick was dressed like a tart with a weird bug face. Seriously? That's all it takes for a secret service agent to spill? Agree, agree, agree, the Pete character has become a joke - in a bad way. At least they tried to do something with Myka's hair.



    1. I hope Pete's mom does show up and slap some sense into him. (Oh and she was here earlier to create the zombie agent. I wonder if she got in trouble for that.)



    2. Hated that chick. I wanted to like her and the actress did nail a couple of her scenes, but the Erin Brockovich thing need to die a swift death. Come on - women don't have to look so sleazy to get attention.



    3. Good question. I am leaning toward TV make believe.



    4. I thought we got the answer to that when Mrs. Fredrick and Claudia went to lunch.



    (They broke one of their own rules about not using an artifact to counteract another artifact this ep. And artifact is a stupid name for these objects.)

  • JustinJohnson9 Sep 13, 2012

    I was actually entertained by Pete's mishaps in this episode, mostly because I don't take his character nearly as serious as you are. I think you're being way too harsh with him. He's had his clumsy missteps here and there, and Deb simply put the pieces together. However, you're right about the Brother Adrian storyline overshadowing the rest of the show. Honestly, it should!! Artie changed the past to benefit the future, and everybody knows there's always repercussions to doing that. Big ones!!! Loved HG figuring out Artie. Well done!!



    Good question about the rest of this "Brotherhood" being incognito. Where are they? This looks like a one-man show. He's good at it, but geez, where's the backup?

  • JT_Kirk Sep 13, 2012

    Poor Pete, I think he's getting a slightly rough deal in this article. I say "slightly" because there is more than a grain of truth too, but Pete's always been a bit goofy and clumsy and hungry, and I don't think what he did in this episode caused what's-her-face to find out about him - he didn't give anything away beyond his name and government agency, it was Myka's loose lips that really set things off.





    The one thing I can't get over about the Brother Adrian storyline is how Artie hasn't laid bare the fact that when he didn't act, it wasn't just Adrian who died, the world came apart at the friggin' seams. I doubt Adrian would be down with the nature of the beast if the entirety of the world was destroyed.





    So now Pete's got relations to 2 Regents? That's pretty convenient, even if I did like Deb. Plus, a Regent that's banged an agent?

  • shocker713 Sep 13, 2012

    In Deb's defense, since she wasn't yet a Regent at the time, the banging was perfectly fine.

  • Ratty11 Sep 12, 2012

    For some reason I thought this episode was a lot more entertaining than most of the previous episodes this season. The artifact mystery du jour was better. I liked the victim with OCD and the fact that Myka remembered that and used his obsessive record-keeping to track down more clues. Loved horn-dog Pete and showing us he's more than just bark when it comes to the ladies. Also REALLY liked the brief philosophizing on the nature of the artifacts - I hope that's a theme that reappears.



    Deb was a yawner and I hope we don't have to put up with her for too many more episodes. Hopefully the regents will assign her to a desk job in Warehouse 4 or something. I have this terrible feeling she's being groomed to replace Jinx when the shoe on that story finally drops.



    And that final scene with HG? YES!

  • Ratty11 Sep 12, 2012

    For some reason I thought this episode was a lot more entertaining than most of the previous episodes this season. The artifact mystery du jour was better. I liked the victim with OCD and the fact that Myka remembered that and used his obsessive record-keeping to track down more clues. Loved horn-dog Pete and showing us he's more than just bark when it comes to the ladies. Also REALLY liked the brief philosophizing on the nature of the artifacts - I hope that's a theme that reappears.



    Deb was a yawner and I hope we don't have to put up with her for too many more episodes. Hopefully the regents will assign her to a desk job in Warehouse 4 or something. I have this terrible feeling she's being groomed to replace Jinx when the shoe on that story finally drops.



    And that final scene with HG? YES!

  • Cranky_Old_Batt Sep 13, 2012

    Man, if you are right and Debbie Double D's, that would be a new low for this show.

  • Writerpatrick Sep 12, 2012

    Brother Adrian doesn't act much like a man of the cloth. He's too vengeful.



    It would be interesting if there was someone actually researching how and why the artifacts actually worked. Without a solid scientific explanation the show is really more fantasy than sci-fi.

  • Cranky_Old_Batt Sep 13, 2012

    Wait - what? You mean religious people aren't fighting all the holy wars on this planet?



    Brother Adrian just seems like any other zealot to me.

  • shocker713 Sep 13, 2012

    People do terrible things in the name of religion all the time...like the Crusades.



    Brother Adrian sees nothing wrong with his vengeance because in his mind, he's justified. The sign of a good villain.

  • Akyriel Sep 12, 2012

    Don't think the ratings for this and Alphas are doing well for them. They both got beat by Switched at Birth, Perception, and Major Crimes plus the reality shows of Real Housewives, Basketball Wives, Fast n Loud, not to mention football and wrestling. They came in 17th and 18th with 18-49 year-olds out of 25 shows then 14th and 18th overall. That's has to be pushing cancellation territory.



    I think SyFy needs to go back to putting them on Friday, though it sounds counter-intuitive, or really rethink their schedule across the board. Maybe Sunday nights?



    Lost Girl is another with even lower ratings for Friday, but that show was never a real hit to begin with.

  • safibwana Sep 12, 2012

    Sundays is a blood bath when that gets going. Fridays are good for sci-fi fans because sci-fi fans dont like to go out. Tuesdays maybe, or double down on the stereotype and go with Saturdays.

  • Akyriel Sep 13, 2012

    I thought Saturdays too. Maybe air two shows then their dopey movie of the week. Don't think they would do worse there, but ya never know.

  • fzlmcq Sep 12, 2012

    I found Myka calling Pete a slut a little odd/harsh. I don't recall him sleeping around or having one night stands before this. He was interested in the vet, but that was a long term relationship.

  • Cranky_Old_Batt Sep 13, 2012

    I get the impression that Pete would be more of a player if he could. He has alluded to being this chick magnet many times, but it was always a joke.



    Myka calling him a slut after he confessed he loved her and then hoped in bed with someone he just met feels about right. Except Myka didn't seem angry or all that disappointed. That part felt off.

  • safibwana Sep 12, 2012

    Didn't he have a casual thing with The Relic Hunter? Or am I misremembering a dream I had.

  • Starwarder Sep 12, 2012

    Pete calling the first victim "Commander Data" --perhaps a bit too meta for an episode actually featuring Brent Spiner?

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