Warehouse 13 "Parks and Rehabilitation" Review: Forgiveness and Stuff

Warehouse 13 S04E12: "Parks and Rehabilitation"


Last week's mid-season premiere didn't have much time to fully explore the ramifications of Artie's acts while under the influence of the evil-doing astrolabe, but it's okay because that's what this week's episode was for. While it was nice to seemingly close the door on Leena's loss sooner rather than later, I think my propensity be touched by Jinks picking up the mantle and performing Leena's old job with Artie's blessing was inhibited by how badly I want Leena to return in some form. (Please oh please oh please oh please.)

Still, it was back to basics this week for the Warehouse 13 crew, or at least an attempt to return to the norm. Artie found himself exonerated by the Regents for his role in Leena's death, and reinstated as the custodian of the warehouse. He wasn't happy about this, and argued that it wasn't a harsh-enough punishment. Head Regent Adwin Kosan (Faran Tahir) assured Artie that living with the knowledge of what he did to Leena would be a far worse punishment than anything the Regents could come up with. Yay for emotional turmoil.

Unfortunately, Artie's angst translated into antagonistic exchanges with Jinks and Myka—who  put on their finest we're-only-trying-to-help-by-being-kind-of-overbearing-and-dominating-your-personal-space pants—as well as a small snafu when Artie attempted to diagnose the dominant emotion that powered a porthole from the Norge and accidentally read his own feelings instead. This led to the incorrect storage of the artifact, which led to it interacting with nearby artifacts, and as is the case in so many of these incidents, that led to it almost destroying the warehouse—or at least that particular corner of it. 

While Myka, Steve, and Artie hunted Da Vinci's gargoyle in the stacks, in Oregon, Pete and Claudia teamed up to hunt down an artifact that seemed to be killing the last surviving members of a former eco-terrorist club called the Last People on Earth—the LPE. The case was notable for the return of Hacker Action Claudia and Not a Complete Moron Pete, the latter of whom was sorely missed throughout many of the early episodes this season. 

Hacker Claudia split her time with Guilty Claudia and spent most of her guilt-trip time bonding with the poor innocent target of the week, Autumn. The best part about Autumn, however, was that in all honesty, she wasn't all that innocent. Sure, she didn't deserve to be framed for mass-burying some construction workers alive and then forced to watch her friends get picked off one by one, but she had participated in some unsavory activities in the past, and when her former friend's brother targeted her for revenge, he maybe wasn't justified, but he also wasn't wrong. Autumn did betray Ryan by revealing his location and his role in the LPE to the government, which in turn led to his death. However, once she explained her reasoning, we saw a little bit of Claudia's own struggle in Autumn's decision, and so did Claudia. 

Autumn betrayed Ryan when his anger drove him to do terrible things under the LPE banner. She betrayed Ryan in order to save future lives. Claudia struggled with her feelings of horror over what she was forced to do to Artie in order to stop his evil side from further compromising the world. It seems that she's finally on her way toward accepting her actions and forgiving herself for hurting her friend, even it ultimately saved him. 

While Artie seems to have an (understandably) longer way to go, after spending the entire episode resisting his peers' urging him to watch the video of Leena's entry interview from when she joined the Warehouse 13 team, once Da Vinci's gargoyle was put down and the always-zen Jinks was successfully sorting artifacts in Leena's old digs, Artie gave in and pulled up the footage. 

The revelation that Leena was aware of the dangers of the warehouse, and that she more than understood that she could potentially be killed in its service, is probably of little comfort to Artie with her loss still so fresh in his mind, but a little comfort is better than none and it's a good start. For the first time since Warehouse 13's return, we saw an Artie who seemed to be on the mend, and more importantly, appeared willing to let himself forgive himself. 


What did you think of "Parks and Rehabilitation"?



NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CRAZY


– Pete had some really great one-liners. "Pepper is so good in burritos; so bad in the eyes." Also, his utter delight each time he knew anything about Henry David Thoreau was precious. Also, "See! I know things!" cracked me up after I spent most of the first half of the season complaining about how badly Pete's character had been dumbed down for laughs. THANK YOU FOR FIXING HIM, WH13, KISSES!

– Fine Young Cannabis FTW. 

– The monologue gets them every time. Bad guys should really just eliminate the "let me tell you my nefarious plan" part of the plan, don't you think?

– Was Pete's encounter with Ghost Leena just a one time thing? Did she move on?

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I have to say, I always get a little frustrated when they introduce a cool new artifact, but don't take the time to explain its significance, or why it does what it does (or vice versa). I was able to find this on the W13 wiki:

"Courrieres Mine Miner's Lantern - Once belonging to the survivors of the Courrieres Mine Disaster of 1906 where thirteen miners made it twenty days underground as they tried to tunnel out. They were so singularly focused on their goal, that the lantern was imbued with the ability to move and control the earth."

Part of what makes the whole artifact model so compelling and keeps it away from near-constant MacGuffin territory is that we are able to connect these items and their unique abilities to specific moments in human history, and if you take the time to do a little research, you can actually learn something. It's a unique way to keep a very far-fetched show grounded in reality. The English Sweating Sickness, for instance, is an amazing tie-in, because it really happened. There really were deadly outbreaks of a mysterious disease no one knows much about that vanished just as quickly as they appeared.
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Hack Claudia and Guilty Claudia were nice, but my favorite was Business Suit Claudia. If Business Suit Claudia ran for public office, I'd vote for her. And if I wasn't one of her constituents, I'd move just so I could vote for her. And I don't even know where she stands on the important issues.
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Very good episode. This one, like you said, focused more on Artie and Claudia's guilt, which made for a very emotional episode. Also, like everyone else, loved the return of competent Pete. His line about how an artifact led him to believe he slept with Myka had me rollin LOL!!! Love this show!
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The big theme in this ep. I didn't like translates into the real world and that's the "environmental deal." While it's 100% true there are Eco-Terrorists and their acts shouldn't be tolerated, shouldn't the deforestation corporate types be the evil ones? It's like a GE corporate staff member wrote this ep. haha. I mean we all know what's going on nowadays and just surprised they took this angle.

Otherwise I was pretty much pleased with the whole Artie thing and him hopefully coming to grips with Leena. Maybe in a way stop showing Leena since I always cry then. Too bad we never saw Leena in that wonderful room they were in.

It's good to shuffle stuff around but I'd rather have had the usual Pete and Myka, then Claudia and Steve since that's just the way it's done. Made sense for Claudia with how things correlated between the issue with Artie and then with Autumn and Ryan.

I'm waiting for more James Marsters and that angle. But looks like we're into a fluff ep. next week but that can always be really good.

So an important ep. concerning Artie this week but ultimately so-so for me.

I think they'll be letting go of Leena since they just can't hold on anymore. Sad but true I think.
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I think the whole point of the episode is to show that you can't always reduce complicated social (and moral) issues to "I'm right, you're wrong/I'm good, you're evil."
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Yes, they are bringing back Pete slowly but surely and it is so very welcome. Pete nearly turned into a cartoon character at the start of this season and it is nice to know that he is there for a reason.

I liked the episode. But I tend to like all episodes that explain more of the mystery that is the Warehouse. The Zen inventory placing room was cool and fun. And Myka and Steve and Artie's little side mission was fun. But mostly I like learning the little tidbits about the Warehouse.

Lena dying is her dying. I don't think anyone is going to get their wish in getting her back. which means that she is going to be replaced at some point and I wonder who it is going to be.

Overall a fun episode. i liked it.
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This show has always put "suspension of disbelief" through the wringer. But we like it because the characters are all wonderful and despite some of the ridiculous artifacts (The Pearl of Wisdom, The Original Can of Worms, to name two) the writers do a pretty good job of making it fun and, more often than not, even make sense. I find it ironic that they created such a wonderful character in H.G. Wells but chose the wrong actress, but who knew Jaime Murray would be so much in demand - we all miss her, and of course Leena too. It's really hard not to like this show and I hope it lasts forever...
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I think what you mean, MaryAnn, is that last week's episode didn't TAKE the time to fully explore the ramifications -- it had the time, but it spent that on pointless mindgames instead.

What's the need for Leena to return, what did she bring to your table? I don't see it, they never really made the character feel integral to me, her role and abilities were vaguely defined, she wasn't anywhere near as mysterious as Mrs. Fredric, she was just... there, and now that she's not it doesn't really bother me.

I actually liked this episode and consider it a better wrapping-up of issues than last week's episode, THAT one felt like a return to norm. Here we have Artie trying to find his way, people caring for him but making things look worse than they were, Artie's pain affecting his job and finally showing that to him in a tangible way, Jinks finding a new role (obvious though it may have been, what with him being a superzen buddhist stud), Pete leading an investigation without Myka, and Claudia choking on the trigger (and as you said, "hacker Clauds and not a complete moron Pete"). The one thing this episode lost me on was how the artifact came to be in possession of the bad guy, and it didn't really drag my enjoyment down because, to be honest, I didn't care too much about that storyline at all.

It must be said, the reason Pete seems like a moron so much is that Myka demands to do the majority of the thinking when they're together. He must have been smart enough to be a successful Secret Service agent, yet once he and Myka became a team he started acting dumber and dumber, and the only variables there are the warehouse and Myka.
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I guess for me, the shame about Leena being seemingly perma-dead is that while her lack of development makes her a prime candidate for never coming back, it bothers me because of the lost potential. Everyone else has been fleshed out really well. Everyone else has very specific and well-defined reasons for joining the warehouse, for thinking and acting the ways that they do and in the very beginning of the series, it seemed like there was an effort to start Leena on that same trajectory but it just STOPPED. So...idk, it kind of sucks. I agree though, that this was a huge improvement over the premiere. Definitely.

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I see what you mean, but Leena's potential was squandered a few times too many to care about, there was a chance to make her more mysterious a la Mrs. Fredric but that went nowhere, there was a chance to explore her abilities more a la Claudia but again that went nowhere, and there were chances to explore her role in the organization a la... everybody else really, and you know what happened with that. The irony is that in this week's episode, we get a better look at Leena's role than when she was alive. They needed to make her more of a "Fargo" character from Eureka and instead she remained "Vincent" most days and "Zoe" at best.

In a way, it almost feels too easy to kill her off completely now, but after all the work of bringing Jinks back to life and the Warehouse gang back to life, it'd be pretty cheap to bring Leena back to life too.
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I was sorta bored but it was a really good episode- and fun with Pete and Yoggy
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It was great to see competent Pete again. It's something we don't see enough of on this show.

Too often they portray him as the fool, when other times he seems quite competent. Heck, in one episode they made him have a childish breakdown at a museum and followed it up with him becoming a Rambo/McClane style action hero.

So, competent Pete is always a good bit on the show in my opinion.
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I second the greatness of competent Pete. I missed him. He's always been kind of silly at times, and I get that between he and Myka, he's the comedic relief one, but he's still a secret service agent, so there's still some level of common sense he should have. The balance was just really lacking in the first half and I am sooooo happy it was apparently found in this episode. Hoping it sticks around!
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Gotta love ya some Pete...
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How sad is it, that it took Leena's DEATH for us to actually have some scenes dedicated to her and what she did around the warehouse.

I liked her, but after the first season she barely appeared anymore. I hate to say it but she was little more than a token on the show after a while. Which stunk because as a character she showed a lot of promise.

And that it wasn't until after we died that we saw how much she did.
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I was a little confused about one part. Claudia was surprised the Regents didn't mention anything about her stabbing Artie with the artifact. And included the flashback.

Is this important? Like "uh oh, the dagger is going to bite them in the butt?"

It just seemed like a random thing to both point out AND show a flashback for unless there are future implications.
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Perhaps it was only there to play into the theme of characters feeling guilty, Claudia feels guilty for stabbing her friend not consciously realizing she was actually saving him by doing so. But, this show isn't really that subtle usually, so you're probably right.
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There are some nuances in this show that are pretty insightful, but subtle and some of the silliness hides it, but it's there...
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That's true, and you know how they say that every artifact has a downside...have we seen the downside to using the dagger? Was it knocking Artie into a coma? If the dagger separates the good from the bad (I don't think they said it "destroyed" the bad at any point), then where did the bad in Artie go?
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The "where did it go" bit was also concerning me. I was watching Claudia VERY carefully this episode to see if she was going to start acting strange and/or crazy.

A few of her comments to the mosquitoes had me concerned... quite intense (I will kill your FAMILY). But mosquito bites tend to do that to people.
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Eh. I didn't mind the Leena character, but she always seemed like one of those "heart of the team" characters who doesn't do much. Until they get killed.

Was that Mark A. Sheppard as Valda doing the voiceover on Leena's signature tape?
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Pretty sure that was him. Unless there are Mark Sheppard impersonators out there. I don't think it would pay very much.
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I went back and checked the credits and I didn't see him listed, but it certainly sounded like it could be him!
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Ooooooooooooooooooooh....someone is watching The Big Bang Theory:P...Pete said Bazinga,right? It's no shock,that they would watch TBBT,but it's first time I think,they used current shows as cannon.
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Hmm... a Warehouse artifact would certainly explain a lot of things about Sheldon...
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"Sometimes artifacts do terrible and unspeakable things. Heck, one time an artifact made me believe I had slept with Myka." ---- Pete Latimer

I laught hard at that.
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Not so subtle, but really cool and funny - Gotta love ya some Pete...
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I thought he was going to go in the direction of "One time an artifact made me kidnap one of you Regent guys and threaten to kill him." and then realize he wasn't winning any favors.

But the sleeping-with bit worked too.
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I laughed even more,when Myka said "Pete!?!?!?" and his reply was "Exactly!" ;D
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Pete's character is so cringe worthy!
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But you would definitely hang with him - admit it...
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Myka and Claudia's hairstyles in the pic at the top of the page are bad enough (can you say "matronly"?), but the wardrobe throughout this episode was just... weird. Who thought it made sense to dress Pete like a 12-year-old preppy?

It's like whoever is clothing and coiffing these actors knows nothing about their characters.
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Well, it was a pretty important event. An up-do is probably a bit better than spiky punk hair with a colorful stripe through it... when you're attending a meeting deciding whether your father-figure is going to either get fired, go to jail, or be bronzed for all eternity.

Besides, the actress has been wearing more adult-styled hair in more and more episodes. I guess she doesn't want to be permanently labeled as only playing hot punk-rock chicks once the show is over.
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This. Myka and Claudia's hair and business-y clothes didn't bother me. Pete's Lacoste polo kind of did me though.
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My wife was an assistant director into the 90's and she comments on everything about how characters are dressed and hair styles - me, I'm sort of oblivious, unless it's flagrant...
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Gargoyle scar would definitely be my favorite too Jinxy and did anyone immediately expect the ranger because he acted like he didn't know who Yogi Bear was? Also, I want my work space to be exactly like Leena's.
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