Warehouse 13 "Endless Wonder" Review: Yo Adrian!

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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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
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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.)
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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?
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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?
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In Deb's defense, since she wasn't yet a Regent at the time, the banging was perfectly fine.
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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!
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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!
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Man, if you are right and Debbie Double D's, that would be a new low for this show.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Didn't he have a casual thing with The Relic Hunter? Or am I misremembering a dream I had.
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Pete calling the first victim "Commander Data" --perhaps a bit too meta for an episode actually featuring Brent Spiner?
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I thought it was cool that this season we got to witness the birth of an artifact and the birth of a regent! I will admit Pete is dumb this season. I'm getting a bit sick of him and his inappropriate jokes. Of course that is part of his character, but it's all he does anymore.
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Kate Mulgrew is having much more fun in her other role as "Kove" from "NTSF:SD:SUV" which she is so awesome on. The Artie story has been the only thing saving this season. Hopefully things pick up. At least the ads for the return of "Haven" were a good thing about this episode.
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Summary of the end of the episode:



"Time travel? That's MY thing! I'm telling! WAAAAAAH!"
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I'm not saying secret service agents are glorified bodyguards who have indiscriminate sex at the risk of national security all the time, but google secret service hooker.
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I thought it was a decent episode. But then again I am a sucker for the show. But I agree with all of your points MaryAnn. The greatness of Adrian's plot line is seriously overshadowing the rest of the show. I almost don't want Adrian to lose at the end of the season. Because he is the best written bad guy they have ever had. And the writing of the group that has been slightly dumber is embarrassing.



Pete needs an episode entirely for himself. The writers need to redeem what they have done to his character and he needs to save the day. Hopefully it will be up to him to save them all at the end of the season. But with the way he is currently being written, I doubt that.



The new regent in training is kind of welcome. I did kind of get a future villain vibe out of her. Though that might have been a ruse due to her reaction to the Caduceus staff. But she needed to happen. We kind of got to see how Regents are recruited, like we got to see how artifacts come into being. And they needed some more Regents after last season, because they lost a lot. Plus, Pete was smarter when he had a love interest in the Veterinarian. So there is that. But how weird would that be if the women you are dating works with your mom.



The case as a whole was interesting. It was also interesting to see that it isn't just evil they are protecting the Warehouse from. It is also opportunistic capitalists and their bought and paid for Government officials.



The only other issue I have is the chat between Adrian and Artie. The bad guy is supposed to have the bad guy speech and then the good guy is supposed to get away. (Or did that actually happen and the roles are reversed). I like the balance of good and bad this season in the Artie vs Adrian aspect. I think it is a real step up for the plot of the show. It all depends on your perspective as to whom you think is doing the right thing. But now that Mrs. Frederick knows, we are going to find out.



And HG is back, hopefully for the rest of the season. My guess is she finds the knife while it is over Artie and she sacrifices her self to save Artie.



And now that I think about it. In a round about way, it was a fantastic episode.
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1 - Technically we DID see Kate this season... she helped Claudia save Steve (for some reason). And walked her through using the metronome.

2 - Deb == regent is REALLY dumb. She acted like a *itch when she realized Pete was lying and very determined. Seriously, did you see her villain face? So because she decided not to tell her greedy boss, she's now Regent Material? Seriously?

I'm not saying Deb is a villain, but she didn't seem that pure-of-heart to me.

3+4 - The show is inconsistent
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Who says the regents have to be pure-of-heart?
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1. True. I guess I just thought after seeing her so much in S3, and the fact that she helped out with the metronome, we'd see more of her. The fact that she was the one to show Claudia how to use the metronome would, to me, make her the very first person I'd call about the "complications" if I was Steve or Claudia.



2. Soooo not a Deb fan. I agree with the villain face observation. Totally. She was real inconsistent through the entire episode.



3 + 4. Yeeeeah.



Also, now that you've mentioned Artie hallucinating himself and acting out as Adrian, that would make A LOT of sense. Steve and Claudia didn't see them at the same time and it would definitely explain why Adrian seems to be flying solo, despite having a whole organization being him.
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Can you use the thimble and pretend you are not you?

If so, then Artie has completely lost it. He shot at S & C.
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*BACKING him.



Whoo typing fail.
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I still have to wonder if Artie himself is on full hallucination mode and acting as Adrian himself, and the thimble was letting him appear to be Adrian. After all, I don't recall Steve and Claudia seeing the two of them at the same time. Artie saw "Adrian" but that's standard hallucination fare.



But, it's possible I'm over-thinking this.
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Adrian did say that it would create an evil of your own making. Could be it's Artie. Seems like a bit of a cop-out though
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