Warehouse 13 "Secret Services" Review: The Revisionists
What an improvement over last week's snoozefest of a season premiere! Maybe it was the abundance of Claudia, maybe it was the adorableness of Pete and Myka, or maybe it was Artie just caving to Claudia's demands to see her sister because he's been on this show long enough to know that if he tries to screw around and keep secrets, it's just going to bite everyone in the ass two episodes from now, but it doesn't even matter—I just really liked "Secret Services."
Fresh off of the Paracelsus debacle, Warehouse 13 reassured us that it didn't forgot about that nugget it dangled in front of us at the end of last season: Claudia's thought-to-be-dead sister Claire is alive and... well, she's alive. As far as forgetting about other plot points, I guess Mark Sheppard was just wandering around the bowels of the Warehouse unnoticed this week, but, eh, considering the facility's long and storied history of secret-keeping and other fun surprises, I guess Benedict Valda on the prowl is just one more boogieman waiting to jump out of the stacks.
Warehouse 13 has routinely shown us that terror and chaos can lurk in the most innocuous of places. It's also hinted at Claudia's esteemed destiny almost since her first appearance; plus, the revelation that Claudia's family was torn apart by a seemingly harmless artifact picked up at a local rummage sale, and that even at the wee age of seven, Claudia was attuned to the artifact wavelength with a naturalism that could make any regent green with envy, indicates that as we continue through Warehouse 13's final season, the series is prepared to bring things full circle. Everything is coming together, except for where it isn't: There are just enough holes in Claudia's revised family history to betray that this probably wasn't a storyline planned from the very beginning, and the sudden obsession with Myka's uterus comes across as a blatant manipulation for the writers to justify smooshing her and Pete together after dragging their feet for five seasons on the relationship front.
And yet... it's fine. Claudia's future has been hinted at enough that a little tweaking of her past to guarantee that she gets to where she's supposed to be seems like a minor flaw, especially when Allison Scagliotti and Saul Rubinek insist on acting the hell out of every scene they're in. Pete and Myka have been endgame since the very first time they bickered their way through a case, and the depths of their dedication to one another, whether it's romantic or platonic, has never been in question.
To its credit, Warehouse 13 itself is fully aware that the eviction notice suddenly pinned to the front door has necessitated a speedy courtship for Myka and Pete, and the show has done its best to highlight what we've always seen from our outsider perspective. When former peers Alyse and Ted got secret-married during a case, Pete and Myka openly wondered how they missed all the signs that, in retrospect, were pretty obvious. "Good partners are good partners," Pete said, which is true, and if he and Myka were so blind to that reality in another couple, the idea that they can't quite see it in themselves (yet) is believable—though I think Pete is starting to come on strong enough that it would seem he's at least begun to entertain the possibility of a relationship with Myka. And she's getting there, with help from a little WTF INTRUSIVE chit-chatting with Mrs. Frederic about the current state of her baby-making abilities. Srsly. NOSY.
Despite Valda still running around (I guess?) in the Warehouse's dark corners, Operation Save Claire Donovan has been unveiled as the primary mission for Warehouse 13's swan song, and with that eventual victory, I'm assuming, will come Claudia's proper acceptance of her place as Mrs. Frederic's successor. You have my attention now, Warehouse 13.
– How do we feel about Pete's bangs?
– "It's all done with ice cube trays and turkey basters." —Pete
– Do you think there's anything deeper to Mrs. Frederic's interest in Myka's potential future children, or was that just an awkwardly written attempt to justify Myka getting all maternal on us?
– I can't with Claudia's never-ending sad life story. No wonder the woman has so much baggage.
– No but really, where was her brother while all of this was going on? Did she really not recognize Artie, or at least Mrs. Frederic even a little after encountering them so many times throughout her life? (Ok, like three, but that's still a lot of random encounters with the same total strangers under strange circumstances.)
What'd you think of "Secret Services"?
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