Warehouse 13 "Fractures" Review: Psycho Date Night

Warehouse 13 S04E06: "Fractures"

If Season 3’s theme was “No Friends for Claudia,” then the apparent sequel to that sad epic is this season’s “Lets Alienate Artie!” Brutal, man. Remind me again why anyone would want to aspire to work at the warehouse? It doesn’t even seem particularly fun anymore. For the characters, I mean. I’m actually having loads of fun waiting for the figurative other shoe to drop.

Despite last week’s field trip to go watch an artifact be born and despite all of the fun questions that little incident raised about the true nature of artifacts, especially their supposed evilness, the status quo was very much reinstated this week. Artie proclaimed, “Artifacts are not fair” when Zombie Jinks lamented his current situation with being all tangled up in Claudia’s soul and an artifact once thought to be locked safely away came back to ruin the day for all. But especially for Artie, since that’s the theme and all. Who doesn’t love a theme?

Way way back in Season 1, there was "Duped," our first tangle with crazy Alice Liddell, who inconveniently possessed Myka during a trip to Las Vegas. The artifact at hand was Lewis Carroll’s mirror, which spewed forth the homicidal maniac he supposedly based Alice in Wonderland on, possessing unsuspecting schmucks before being locked back inside the mirror and exiled to the warehouse’s Dark Vault.

Despite supposedly being locked up in the warehouse, the mirror turned up at a thrift shop in Rapid City, Iowa where awkward girl-for-God Kristin accidentally broke it and psycho Alice learned a new trick—rather than restrict herself to one body, she realized that she could jump from body to body if she carried around a shard of the broken mirror. Armed with her shard, she took to the streets of Rapid City to find L’Etoile... the restaurant one Artie Nielsen just so happened to be enjoying his monthly date night with Dr. Vanessa.

And so began the worst date night ever.

But first, awkward misinformed scavenger-hunting with Claudia and Zombie Jinks! When Myka and Pete figured out that the artifact they were hunting was an artifact thought to have been good and hunted before, Steve and Claudia checked the Dark Vault to make sure the mirror was still there. Not only was it NOT there, but one of those pesky black diamonds had been left in its place. Artie’s reluctance to involve Possibly-Eventually-Evil Claudia in the ongoing theft of artifacts came spilling out because Jinks assumed that she was already aware of the situation, what with being in charge of warehouse security and all. Oops.

Next, Jinks and Claudia had to track down a magic hookah to suck Alice’s soul out of her current body and give the agents a place to stash her since her original prison was in pieces. When Claudia initiated an artifact avalanche during her ascent of Mount Donovan, Jinks was electrocuted by a javelin (I think it was a javelin? Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m going with javelin until further notice) and Claudia felt the effects. Leena, along for the hunt, spied with her magic eyes, and their auras did a little bit of trading places during all the soul confusion while Jinks got zapped. She ominously pointed out that she had only seen something similar once before and that it had ended badly.

Who here thinks Zombie Jinks will be a goner by the end of the season?

I kind of do. Look at it this way: The writers aren't going to kill Claudia.

Armed with the soul-sucking hookah, the gang met up to save Artie and Vanessa. In a dizzying display of meatsuit leapfrog, Alice went from the nameless sap in a suit, to the bellboy, to Vanessa, to Claudia. She revealed that she was given a mission by Brother Adrian to kill Vanessa and further the Brotherhood’s mission to destroy his life’s work. Man, Adrian went from awesome dork to raging dick in record time.

Under Alice’s influence, Claudia smashed the hookah and changed her mind about killing Vanessa, turning her sights on Artie instead. Jinks took one for the team (again) and saved Artie. He also incapacitated the possessed Claudia long enough to neutralize the chunk of mirror Alice had been carrying around.

With the obvious danger gone, it was time to talk about feelings. Jinks came clean to Claudia about their unfortunate connection. She took it like a champ. Also being rather mature about her situation was Dr. Vanessa, who despite being unhappy with Artie’s decision to end their relationship on grounds of mortal peril, told him to look her up again if he ever got over his big mysterious drama.

And Artie’s big mysterious drama, his secrecy, and the black diamonds littering the empty places in the warehouse’s inventory were the topic of conversation for a very concerned Myka, Pete, Jinks, and Claudia. I’m sure Leena will be included in that brain trust once she lets them in on the ominous threats Artie threw at Brother Adrian when he thought he was alone with the astrolabe in the Dark Vault.

THEY’RE ON TO YOU, ARTIE.

Let’s be real, though—he wasn’t exactly excelling at keeping his secret anyway.



Additional Notes from the “Library of Crazy”


– Raise your hand if you were delighted to see Claudia and Zombie Jinks being their awesome bromantic selves. (You can totally have a bromance where one half of the team is female. Yes you can. I refuse to believe otherwise.) Claudia: “Who died and made you boss of me?” Jinks: “Uh...I did.”

– What would Claudia’s little conqueror flag look like for the claiming of Mount Donovan? I mean, she has to have a flag, otherwise it doesn’t count.

– No really, what’s our Zombie Jinks end-of-season status prediction?

– So let me get this straight, Artie. Security has been compromised, even in the super-secret, ultra-locked-down Dark Vault...and you’re going to continue to stash your Precious there? Okay.

– I feel like Myka and Pete have done a lot of standing around all season, participating in standard artifact hunts, but not really being included in the main season-long arc...yet. Thoughts?

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Jinx: either

- sacrifices himself to save Claudia's soul/personality/etc

- sacrifices himself to save the team and/or Claudia

- amnesia and a normal life, after either sacrifice or separation from metronome
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Great episode. It was fun seeing Jinks and Claudia interacting with one another. I wouldn't call it a bromance between them, but just a fun relationship. I think Jinks will be killed off at some point, just not sure when.



I definitely like this Brotherhood angle the show has thrown in. I'm constantly on Artie death watch every episode. I love it!!
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A great episode but I felt Pete and Myka reacted too slow or didn't think ahead enough, perhaps dumbed down a little which was disappointing. I loved every thing else though, and it was spooky and awesome when Alice said "We're All Mad Here".
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Aren't there other resurrection artifacts? What about Marie Laveaux's crucifix? That could be fun.
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I think it'd be a total waste of time to have Claudia go through all that trouble to bring Jinks back only to kill him off again. This IS the warehouse after all, there should be more possibilities than jerking the audience around for no reason. So how about kill nobody, and our heroes get to work with a real life zombie from time to time?



I was glad that all the secrets started coming into the light finally with our heroes, but as an audience member I still feel like they need to advance the issues in both Jinks' and Artie's storylines more than just hint at them and have our heroes catch up to the audience.



That said, the ending with Artie tossing out his relationship was understandable yet disappointingly pedestrian, and even Lindsay Wagner wasn't having it. When Claudia can accept her role in the Jinks metronome / mystery pains situation, that's the sort of twist on generic writing that I love Warehouse 13 for, so when Artie takes it the opposite way and goes down Obvious Lane, that's a disappointment.



YES! You are so right that Myka and Pete have on the back burner this whole season! I hadn't noticed before, but you're totally right, that's what it's felt like to me too. I guess we should be thankful for enough secondary characters that can carry the story arc, but lately our main characters have been relegated to "antics" and it's frustrating.
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I absolutely loved this episode of Warehouse 13, especially because of Lewis Carroll's mirror. It was one of the creepiest artifacts so far, and it was really nice to bring it back. I have been watching the show since season 1 and I am always recommending it to my friends and coworkers at Dish and they always seem to love it. I decided to record all of the episodes on my Hopper this season, so that I can re-watch the whole season while I wait for the next season in a year! I have high hopes for this season and great expectations; there is a great possibility that this will be the best season so far!
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Yeah, Artie left the astrolabe where Adrian could easily find it... but Adrian doesn't want to steal it back, he wants Artie to use it again to reverse the rollback.
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I thinkn Jinks will be gone as a permanent member of the case -- I mean, he doesn't appear in the opening credit sequence with the four main characters (agents) standing on the balcony overlooking the warehouse for one. I think it's possible he'll 'appear' in later stories, occasionally, and in some capacity, but not like now.



It's an amusing show -- definitely a lot of Canadian humour thrown in -- but there's some sloppiness and unbelievable actions by the characters sometimes. For example, Artie checking in the darkroom on the 'stolen' artifact seemed to me an invitation to steal it by someone, especially since he believed that someone was in the room and was shouting at them. Anyway, we'll see.
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Many ways to look at that.

(A) Artie has snapped; perhaps due to the side effect of the artifact

(B) He's trying to be clever. If someone WAS watching + listening, then there's no way they'd think he was really doing anything important if he "knew" they were watching + listening.
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I just thought of something:



If Artie dies, that undoes what he did with the astrolabe? Cos the plan seems to be Kill Artie but I thought Data, I mean brother religious nut guy said Artie has to use it undo what he did. I don't remember his demise having the same effect.
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The plan wasn't to kill him, but to cause him pain. Alice wasn't really the stick to the plan type. I wonder how they told her what the plan was when she was stuck in the mirror though. If it was just empty, dark, and cold then how did she know what to do once she got out?
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Well, we've seen people outside the mirror interacting with people inside the mirror. Trapped-Myka talked to Artie. Pete's doppleganger played ping-pong with him. etc.

Whoever snuck out the mirror could have had a little chat with Alice. Be-it the priest OR crazy-Artie
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Also, the intro card said Rapid City, South Dakota. Not Rapid City, Iowa.
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1. Hand raised over here.

2. Jolly Roger, duh.

3. Honestly, it will depend on the ratings, me thinks. I am starting to warm up to him. (He reminds me less and less of Jimmy Olsen and that is a good thing.)

4. Word. Plus you are acting like you are on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

5. What the hell is up with Myka's rat's nest of a hair don't? That's what I want to know.

And for the record, I rather miss 5 going on 35 Pete. He used to deliver the one-liners that would make me laugh so hard my sides hurt.
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I'm just hoping they don't swap Jinx's soul into the dog. That would be the ultimate shark jump.
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My theory is that Warehouse is going all Dexter on us. Priest Data is not real, he is part of Arties psyche or something, an effect of the astrolabe. Artie is sending out the artifacts himself trying to kill himself, punish himself or make himself reuse the astrolabe.
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The claiming of Mount Donavan sounds like the title to a dream I had once. Yes, my dreams have title cards as far as you know.
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This is Warehouse 13...for all we know, the "figurative other shoe" might literally be a shoe.
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Very appropriate given the ruby slippers in this episode... speaking of which, I really want to know what they do.
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I thought that was a great episode. There seems to be a more every one in the pool kind of motif in the whole season thus far. They have all been there to share screen time. And they all work off of each other very well. So in that it was a good episode. And Alice is one of the more interesting bad guys that they have. It was nice to have that character back in all her incarnations.



But I think Artie's problems are interesting but it is done oddly. Mostly because they are really having to force the secrecy. It is a very tight nit group and all of them, even though they have increasingly dumbed down Pete, are professionals and they should have figured it out by now. But things have conveniently have come up. Claudia was going to go to the tape (which really should have been Artie's first thing) and something came up. And why hasn't he just gone back to their secret base and unleash some artie whupass.



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Yes Claudia and Jinks are hilarious. Mostly Claudia but Jinks had a few great lines this week as well.



It would probably have her with her rocking sign that she does so well. Or an embarrassing picture of Artie.



I don't think he is going to make it. I imagine something is going to have to happen to Claudia through him and he is going to have to stop the metronome in order to save her. Also is this too much? Should they have easily been able to fix this. If it is just their aura's have switched and that is what is causing the pain, shouldn't their been something to switch that.



Yes I thought that was weird. Especially when they have the Escher vault based on one of M.C. Escher's lithograph. With the stairs and everything. That was supposedly the most secure place in the Warehouse, why not there.



Well they did have basically two seasons. It can't be all about them. But Myka was pregnant last episode and kissed a hockey player. So there is that. I am more concerned with Pete being written as basically a moron.
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I agree that everyone seems substantially dumbed down this season to keep Artie's secret going...especially Pete. OMG ESPECIALLY PETE. Poor Pete.



That and the vault and, even to an extent, the metronome, seem really forced. I'm curious about the possibility that maybe something went wrong when Claudia brought Pete back? Didn't they say, when Claudia first took the metronome away from whatsisname, Sykes henchman, that Sykes had been the one to use it on him? If so, why didn't it affect him? Maybe they had a hostage stashed somewhere that they tied whatsisname to, but THEY DIDN'T SAY THAT. So. Until further notice, I'm just going to be confused. Or contemplative. I prefer contemplative.



LOVE the Claudia flag ideas!
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Wow, epic fail on the reviewer mixing up two Myka centric episodes. The one with the Lewis Carrol's mirror and the one with Man Ray's camera. Myka acting crazy and seductive was "Duped," while possessed by Alice Lidell and working a mission in Vegas. Myka acting like a super model was "Age Before Beauty" where the camera aged her.
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Oh. My. God. I can't believe I got those mixed up. Thanks for the correction! We're fixing it.
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No prob, just wasn't expecting it from you guys :-)

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The beauty pageant episode was season 2, "Age Before Beauty" and had nothing to do with Alice or the mirror.
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There is, in fact, a rule, a chick can be a bro's bro if a chick has been a bro to that bro under one or more of the clauses of the bro code.
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