Warehouse 13 Series Finale Review: The Clip Show That Wasn't

By MaryAnn Sleasman

May 20, 2014

Warehouse 13 S05E06: "Endless"

Not gonna lie—it was odd and a little off-putting for Warehouse 13 to do a flashback-filled finale in which the flashbacks were actually newly filmed scenes (what is this, Community?). I find it especially questionable that the flashbacks in question were supposed to be the most important moments in the Warehouse agents' professional lives; if they were so "defining," why didn't we see them during the series' actual run? I'm sure we can all think of truly revolutionary moments for each character—moments that we actually witnessed, that actually held meaning because of the context of their execution, and not because it was decreed from the writers' room that Artie has a son and the relationship was so important that it framed his tenure with the Warehouse... and yet we never heard about it until the series finale. Yeah, okay. 

So "Endless" fumbled in a few places. Claudia's big moment, a tap-dancing spectacle that screamed "Hey, it's the series finale and we still have some cash in the budget" appeared to exist solely to resurrect the old destiny debate. Claudia is one of the most complex and well-developed characters on the show and that's what we get for her setpiece? It's not even like the caretaker question was subsequently dealt with in a successful way. Warehouse 13's final scene revealed Claudia in the caretaker role at some point in a future far enough removed from our own to look a little space-age-y, with agents who are not Myka, Pete, Jinks, or Artie. For the record, I loved the scene and the ending, but the build-up, with its haphazard approach to Claudia's story, left a lot to be desired—and a few lingering questions remained. 

Claudia's defining moment saw her seriously questioning her willingness to assume the role of caretaker following Mrs. Frederic's exit. It's now clear that Claudia eventually becomes the caretaker anyway, so we know that she makes peace with her feelings at some point. Not to mention the fact that it must happen rather soon after the events of this episode, because Future Caretaker Claudia didn't look a day past her current age of 22—meaning that, like Mrs. F, she stopped aging after taking over as caretaker of the Warehouse.  


Maybe I'd feel better if Warehouse 13 had aged Allison Scagliotti up a little bit for the finale scene. Claudia voiced some serious misgivings about her destiny with the Warehouse, and while we did get to see her in the caretaker gig before the credits rolled for the last time, we missed a lot in between. Of course, it's true that just because Claudia didn't want to be the caretaker the last time we saw her with Artie and the others doesn't mean that she couldn't change her mind—but that's where some older-lady makeup magic might've come in handy. Claudia has struggled with the question of whether or not she should take the job for a few seasons now, and she still wasn't sure of what she wanted to do when Mrs. Frederic had everyone drop their memories into the pensieve—err, I mean round table. Given time, Claudia's opinion could have—and clearly did—change, but by showing us a Future Caretaker Claudia who didn't look any older than Present-Day Agent Claudia suggests that she came to decision fairly quickly. So what happened? Was there a crisis that left her with no choice? Was she obligated by a sense of duty? 

Idk, it just bothered me, even though I'm so delighted that Warehouse 13 ended with Claudia as the caretaker. It brought the series full circle. 


Of course, there were other odd details that detracted from the overall feel-good nature of "Endless." Artie's surprise son was random and, despite the quickie throwaway line about how Artie fought for agents to have a "one" because of his son's existence, it was a little pointless this late in the game. 

Jinks' Fantastic Voyage moment was so awe-inspiring as to bring him to tears, yet he claimed to have forgotten all about it. 

And Pete and Myka's big romantic realization was underwhelming, practically reduced to a footnote in the grand scheme of the series. 

When it came down to the details, "Endless" was far from perfect. However, the broad strokes were painted in the right places. The "vibes" were good. There were callbacks to the highest—and lowest—points in the Warehouse's history. Artie's rant against the cruel whimsy of the Warehouse, how it could so casually throw away those who gave so much of their lives to its care, was flawless, and it came in direct contrast to the series' more immature moments. Such is the nature of the Warehouse. And so its keepers and agents reflected on the past while looking toward the future with optimism, but the tempered sort of optimism that comes with growth and experience—the understanding that while there will be bad days and worse days, the world is not an inherently dark place, and that the good, once found, can last forever in one form or another, if not always (or often) the form we'd find most ideal. 


Consider Claudia's closing scene at the round table, the wistful look on her face. We don't know how long she'd been the caretaker at that point, but we know it was long enough that her generation of agents had moved on. We don't know what happened to them. They could be dead. Some could have even died young; after all, for all its lighthearted moments, their job was a dangerous one. At best, they're old and will be gone in time, whereas Claudia is frozen in eternal(ish) youth. For all intents and purposes, Claudia doesn't have any friends and family left, and yet Warehouse 13 didn't give us any reason to believe she's unhappy. A little lonely, maybe, but that's the nature of the caretaker's role. Mrs. Frederic seemed similarly lonely from time to time—and as we heard in "Endless," Mrs. F's own memories are contained within the round table: her family, her joys, her victories. They brought her comfort in the way Claudia's own visitation with the past appears to make her smile, and they'll be stored there forever.

All told, Warehouse 13's series finale was bittersweet, and a lot was left unsaid. But for a series that specialized in the unknown, the obscure, the odd, and the eternal exploration of the wonderful and the weird, "Endless" was an appropriate ending. It was a little bumpy in places, but sometimes the bumps are just part of the journey. 



EXTRA ARTIFACTS

– Pete and Myka's relationship never got the attention it deserved. The fact that "Savage Seduction" should've been shelved in favor of a more "relevant" episode is still abundantly clear. Think about what Warehouse 13 could have done with one more hour of actual plot!

– How do we feel about the fact that decades after Pete, Myka, and the gang prepared for the inevitable migration, Warehouse 14 has yet to materialize, meaning that the ol' U.S. of A. is still a dominant superpower. USA! USA! USA!

– I appreciated the HG Wells cameo and the shout-out to HG having a girlfriend. 

– I also enjoyed how we never learned more about Mrs. Frederic. 

– Did you agree with the "defining moments" in "Endless," or would you have chosen different ones? 


What'd you think of the series finale? Are you satisfied with how Warehouse 13 signed off?


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  • AmandaFlute Jul 24, 2015

    Agree wtih the article - last episode a bit disappointing - in fact the last season was one too many unfortunatley. I have absolutely loved the whole series - brilliant. Smacks of similarities to how Fringe ended - one season too long and a deflated final episode.

  • AngelaShields Jun 24, 2015

    I would've liked to see the agents become regents, demystify the regents a bit.

  • TeabaggingBigfoot May 16, 2015

    Who gives a fuck how Warehouse 13 ended? It was at best a mediocre show, but vaguely watchable (in that disengage-the-brain-and-zone-out kinda way) until the appearance of the intensely annoying prick, Claudia Donovan. Jesus, what an utterly irredeemable cunt of a character! How is it that this fuck-tard with a mile-wide streak of immature, pissy selfishness and chronic verbal diarrhoea is somehow considered cute? What is wrong with people?

  • JohnBonner May 11, 2015

    Why not show them during the actual run? Because then the finale would have been a clip show with goodbyes surrounded by stuff we had already seen.

    Why didn't Pete and Myka get together earlier in the season or last season? Because then the show would be about their relationship instead of their partnership. How many Pete and Myca relationship centered stories did we need to feel closure? The show worked with the tension and awkwardness between them, and screwing with that to throw in some relationship episodes in a six episode final season would have been a waste of perfectly good tension and awkwardness.

    There were odd things that seemed contrived, like the son and Claudias doubts, but they were trying to cram a lot into the finale so these contrivances were there to make it interesting, have fun, and push the story along.

    The worst things about this episode? HG is now dating some girl somewhere else. Why? This is a quick line just to add a "where is HG now" update, yet it added nothing to her character except to re-iterate her bisexuality from her "many of my lovers were men" comment ages ago. She had grown, matured, and had seen that culminate in her wanting a normal life with a family with these two people she loved. Now we regress with "That's over, she's in a new relationship now." And who cares that it is a woman? That has to be the only reason that was put in there, for the shock value or giggles, but, really, who cares now-a-days? If it was put in for shock value then it undermines the character development, and if it was not put in for shock value then what is the point? If you are going to have an important character in a lesbian relationship then maybe take the time to make it an actual relationship instead of reducing it to a "giggle giggle, she sleeps with women" followed by Pete saying something like "giggle giggle, she sleeps with women."

    Claudia as caretaker was HORRIBLE. Don't get me wrong, I am totally happy that it ended showing Claudia as the caretaker, but she should have been Claudia, not a young looking white Mrs. Fredrick. The whole affect to her voice and Fredrickesque eyebrow raises and looking over glasses that were not there was just annoying. So what I am I supposed to take away from that, that when someone takes over as caretaker they are imbued with a personality that is not their own? I am sure that the actresses Mrs Fredrick impression is hilarious behind the scenes on set, but for the purposes of the show it would have been really nice to see Claudia act a bit more like Claudia in her role as caretaker, just more mature, not with an affect and accent that never existed before outside of Mrs Fredrick. . . . and then have her disappear in a Caretaker way as a not to Mrs. Fredrick followed by the "I hate it when she does that."

  • andrewjohnwallace Oct 23, 2014

    //"if they were so "defining," why didn't we see them during the series' actual run?"//

    Because throughout the series what we were really watching was Pete's highlight reel... the moments that were most important to HIM.

  • Runzing Jul 12, 2014

    Let me put it this way, I just googled to see when the season was finishing up..... I either had no clue that was the season finale or it wasn't memorable enough to stick my head as such. What a terrible way to send off this show!

  • Charlotte026781 Jun 30, 2014

    I love warehouse13, but don't understand why they had to cram everything at the last minute, Would of been great if they finished the season properly. Pete and Myka should of got together ages ago. LOVE Artie, How come it carried on without them? I don't understand any of that?? They should of kept them all. Or at least finish it. Wish the show didn't have to end. I cried when it finished, It just seemed to have messed up towards the end. why did it stop????? loved this show :( x

  • Placebo_obecalP Jun 27, 2014

    Awful, awful finale to a woeful season, never should have bothered with the final season because it was terrible, stupid plots, terrible writing, Pete's wig. I'm basically left wondering was the show really this bad? Why the hell did I ever start watching it? Something somewhere went wrong as I seem to remember the first couple of season being far better in terms of writing and acting. The final season just got so silly.

  • AmandaFlute Jul 24, 2015

    Totally agree - I have absolutely loved the series and think it should have stopped at Season 4 - I agree with this article on the final episode - things were just 'thrown in the mix' and almost seemed to be the hint of storylines the producers couldnt be bothered to go into

  • nomnoms16 Jun 30, 2014

    Completely agree. They should of done the last two episodes last season and saved us the trouble of this one. It was more or less just a slap in the face and never should of been made.

  • e313 Jun 21, 2014

    i loved it

  • ErikaNoebel Jun 10, 2014

    I liked it. They did a good job. In this last season I could have done without the telenovela, but other than that, a fine job. Again, SyFy cancels a classic, thought-provoking series.

  • alcalde Oct 29, 2014

    Average ratings fell about 33% between seasons 3 and 4. Don't blame SyFy.

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