Warehouse 13 "Second Chance" Review: Mind Over Matter

Warehouse 13 S04E08: “Second Chance”

While Pete and Myka were sent to West Virginia to investigate some rusting steel workers and Claudia and Zombie Jinks headed off to Jinks’ childhood home in New Jersey to work on making him a real boy again, Mrs. Frederic stopped by the warehouse to talk some sense into Artie and confirmed a whole lot of what we’ve already been thinking:

1. The Astrolabe was the only hope to save the warehouse (and the world) after Sykes blew it up at the end of last season. Caving to Adrian’s demands that Artie undo what he did isn’t really an option.

2. She wouldn’t have done anything different herself.

3. The “evil” that Brother Adrian keeps going on about is PROBABLY Brother Adrian.

4. Oh please, Claudia is not evil. The suggestion was probably planted in an attempt to isolate Artie from his nearest and dearest allies.

At first, I thought Mrs. Frederic’s adamant defense of Claudia was practically confirmation of her eventual evil-doer status, since that’s how Warehouse 13 rolls (see: Wells, H.G., Season 2) but now that Zombie Jinks is, well, no longer a zombie but a flesh and blood human being with a pulse and everything, I don’t know what could possibly push Claudia over the edge at this point. She won her own self-appointed quest. She said she would save Jinks and she did. Everybody’s happy.

Except Artie. One would have hoped that Mrs. Frederic’s affirmation that he did the right thing—and her assurances that none of his agents, let alone his protege Claudia, would turn against him as a result of using the astrolabe—would have assuaged some of his fears, but mostly, Artie was annoyed that H.G. figured out his time-travel shenanigans and blabbed to Mrs. Frederic about them behind his back. If I were in Artie’s position, I’d be thrilled to have the backup, especially considering the fact that he wasn’t really doing such a great job of holding down the fort on his own. If Mrs. Frederic wasn’t worried, I wouldn’t be worried. Then again, slipping into the warehouse when Artie wasn’t looking to smuggle the astrolabe to a super-secret location that he is unaware of might just signify her own insecurities about the artifact’s repercussions. Thoughts?

The theory that Artie and Brother Adrian are possibly the same person, or that the Adrian we keep running into is a figment of Artie’s imagination was floated in the comments section last week. Do Mrs. Frederic’s actions, particularly her decision to support Artie, but at the same time keep him out of the loop, lend credence to this? I think you guys might be onto something. I’m getting weird vibes off of Artie these days. Maybe someone should call in Pete, you know, if that whole bad vibes thing is still part of his skill set. It seems to fluctuate.

At least Jinks is whole again. Score one (admittedly big) victory for the warehouse. A rhyme associated with the metronome sent Claudia and Jinks to New Jersey, assuming that the references to home and birth were just that. Oh, they were, but finding the cure for Jinks’ metronome dependency was a little more complicated than just sitting in his childhood living room and trying real hard.

As we know, Jinks’ sister, Olivia, was murdered... and it was her death that inspired Jinks to join the ATF and eventually, the warehouse team. What we didn’t know was that her death also served to estrange Jinks and his mother when he sought the death penalty for his sister’s killer and his mother campaigned to let the killer live in order to spare another family the pain of losing a child. That’s some pretty selfless thinking there, and it was reconciling with his mother, understanding her decision, and forgiving her that was ultimately the key to unlocking the mystery of the metronome. Also, smashing it to bits when it locked on to Jinks’ mom, an equally selfless action since Jinks’ didn’t know if destroying the artifact would kill him as well. It was a moment of pure love between a mother and her child—which, honestly, makes me wonder about the specifics of when Sykes was using it to keep his righthand henchman alive indefinitely. I mean, can you imagine those two running on pure love and forgiveness? The whole point of Sykes’ character was that he was a bitter, angry, psycho, too hung up on the past to move forward. I doubt his temporarily immortal sidekick was much better. So did they keep a soul-bonded hostage locked in a broom closet somewhere? Details details details!

Which brings us to Pete and Myka’s adventures in West Virginia and the detailed snafu behind the neutralization of some Spartan armor that kept inconveniently turning steel workers with a boxing hobby into rusting human hulks. (Gross.) Once Pete and Myka identified the artifact and determined who was using it, the usually simple matter of acquiring and deactivating the artifact was complicated by the tiny detail that it was embedded in the user’s chest. Steelworker Cody did two tours of duty in Iraq and during one of them, was present for the bombing of a museum in Baghdad where bits of the Spartan armor were reduced to shrapnel. A heightened emotional response at the steel mill, where Cody had to save his father during an equipment malfunction, activated the armor and led to Cody inadvertently making his fellow boxing-club members sick. Removing the shrapnel wasn’t an option since it was too close to Cody’s heart, so Myka just jammed a hypo of the purple neutralizing goo in his chest and hoped for the best.

It worked. Huzzah. But—details!— I thought the canon had established that the neutralizing goo is a sort of temporary solution. Artifacts can be doused and turned off, but very easily reactivated, hence the goo stations situated throughout the warehouse. So what happened there? Did Myka just leave Cody with a bunch of hypos full of goo for the next time he has an emotional outburst? I’m not advocating that we kill Cody or anything, I’m just saying that Myka’s solution wasn’t exactly a guaranteed fix and I overthink things and the devil is in the details and all that. This hasn’t been a great season for the detail-oriented among us, has it?


Additional Notes from the “Library of Crazy”


– I think I was supposed to swoon over Boxing Action Pete Lattimer, but mostly I just yawned. Can we get a meaningful job for Pete again? Remember how much awesome he brought to this season’s premiere? Can we have that back? Please?

– Okay, we get it. Claudia reminds Jinks of his dead sister. Claudia reminds Jinks’ mom of the mythical dead sister. We saw photographic evidence that she physically resembled the dead sister. Stop hitting me on the head with it, Warehouse 13, I get it! I also thought Claudia fawning over Dead Sister’s bedroom was kind of creepy.

– Mrs. Frederic’s decision to stash the astrolabe with H.G: good call or bad call? Should she keep Artie out of the loop? Admittedly, his hiding place was impressively sucky and his headspace is kind of a disaster right now. Does Mrs. F know something that we don’t? Probably.

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Oh MaryAnn... You like details so I'll give you another one: If Claudia feels everything Jinks does, and he's afraid for her in case something bad happens to him, then what was Sykes' parallel? Did the actual bonded person die whenever the right-hand man did? It surely wasn't Sykes... Did he have a closet of henchmen ready to soulbond when his man died in the field to replace the previous one? To make it have some kind of sense, it has to be NUTS!



Still loved it... Although I initially thought Jinks should never be resurrected (come on, that scene last year was so strong and poignant that it must have been left untouched, it was brilliant), I see now the Claudia/Jinks bromance as the heart of the show so I'm not complaining about it further. I'd have like if they kept the link between them a little longer though...
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I think Warehouse 13's writers are still in vacation mode. Its already 9 episodes into the season and I still haven't seen an episode worth re-watching. Time to break a leg, guys! This is one of my fave shows! Come on!
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Giving HG the astrolabe only confirms that they'll need to track down HG later IMO.
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I think there's a lot of story that could be developed with Claudia and Jink's family. Claudia is orphaned and alone, so there would be a part of her that would be attracted to a surrogate family.



I think H.G. is greatly underused this year. She's appearing only for the occasional cameo even though she's suppose to be a part of the team. One starts to wonder if she's not working with Brother Adrian.

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Did Mrs Frederic have an evil glint as HG was leaving with the Astrolabe, like she pulled a sneaky?
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Only one thing I didn't get. Why was the dad of Cody wounded and with a neck brace? I mean we got to see how Cody saved him. Did I miss a bit and something different happened to him?
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I don't understand how Brother Adrian can be imaginary, he was seen before the astrolabe was used, and Claudia and Zombie Jinks saw him wearing the thimble, or are we supposed to believe that it was Artie wearing the thimble pretending to be Artie.
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Awesome Episode!

Yes Pete's character needs a little more

Claudia was awesome

Mrs. Frederic knows more than we know
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The evil that Artie will unleash will take the form of an evil, paranoid Artie, which Claudia will defeat with a dagger that dispels evil paranoia.
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Didn't hate the episode but didn't love it either - like most of season 4. It feels like the writers have written themselves into a corner with the whole Brother Adrian plotline and they cannot find a way out of it. Where the other seasons so much better or is it nostalgia? Anyway, I join all the people who hope to see a glimpse of the old Pete again. Pete and Myka's relationship seems to have lost its spark, which is really sad.
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The first three seasons where definitely better because the big arc of it all had that ability to be in the background and still be important. The whole mcpherson thing, hg wells, and even sykes were puzzles to be solved. With season 4 its kind of seems to be a let brother adrian undo the astrolabe to prevent evil but bring about the end of the world, or keep this timeline but have to deal with this unforseen evil. I mean is there an option 3? and as for the pete and myka thing, i can't explain it either but they seem kinda bleh to me too.
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Perhaps the evil of Artie's making is zombie-zombie-jinks-sister, and that is who is attacking him in his vision.
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I like this theory. Of course, we'll have to have some way to tell them when zombie-no-longer-zombie-Jink's-sister shows up. Maybe she's left-handed?
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This show is fading fast for me. Why Jinks still exists is beyond me, Pete keeps being written sillier and sillier, what's with Artie - he's a nut job now, the multitude of sub-plots lose direction and rationality, Myka barely looks like Myka anymore - those lips killed the whole gig quite awhile ago, among other none improvements-, Claudia appears as the focal character too often, HG is HG and if she and Myka keep going gaga over each other, as I am sure they will, I am outa here. I guess you could say I am disappointed......... but for all that, its just my opinion - 'but I'm stickin to it!' Chuckles) - Oh yeah. (PS - it seems the show is going for a niche of an already niche audience.)
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For all my love of this show it always has a problem with its plotting. First off the character of Jinx still annoys the living daylights out of me and the solution to removing him of the Metronome seemed too inorganic, more like trying to create a special moment.



As for the Artie problems, I really dont see the point to Brother Adrian's fight, a world without hope is almost the very embodiment of evil itself, its like he wants to replace a lesser evil with an even greater one that affects the entire world, than an evil created by artie which thus far seems localised to artie or atleast with the warehouse people.



Mrs Fredric and HG's decision of hiding the Astrolabe is valid but it seems to obviously forshadow something going wrong.



Finally, I know Pete is a comic relief guy but for a government trained SS agent and a former marin he seems to loose way too many fights. The level of investigation is becoming laughable as its always about guessing who the suspect is until they reach the correct one. I hope they can do something that has to be investigated, something that invokes history, heritage and a connection the warehouse. Something that is grand and will have all the team out there in different places searching for clues acting like spies they are
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Please, spell out Secret Service (one wouldn't want to mix them up with those sharing the initials).
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Sorry I even thought of it after i posted
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That was a pretty lame solution to the metronome problem. I don't think there should have been one at all, but I would have forgiven them if it had actually killed his mom. Since when can you just throw an artifact to protect someone from it?
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Its like when it comes to our agents the artifects always works, when it comes to everbody else, there is always a catch. Artifects with the power of life and death should have a nusty kick back tht is not so easily solved otherwise whenever someone you love dies you just keep resurecting them with no ill effects
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As for the goo being temporary. Maybe it is an every living fluid. So injecting him with it might continue to circulate within his body forever. No idea.
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They didn't need a permanent solution, they needed a temporary solution that would kick in before the iron men died. Mission Accomplished. In the 61st minute, they used some kind of super-surgeon artifact to permanently remove the artifact fragment from the guy's chest, and then they used their MIB-style neuralyzer to make him forget all about it.
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I kind of figured that he would be given a purple goo kit and have to inject regularly like a diabetic. Probably be required to take regular blood tests to ensure he was actually taking his goo medicine. I would have enjoyed a scene with someone on the team making a note to extract the artifact after his death.
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Sounds iffy. I, for one, AM advocating that we kill Cody. Or at least spring for a risky surgery that might kill him. What are secret government agencies for if not to protect us from walking supernatural death traps?
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You do have a point.



If the pharmacy rep was taken into the fold because she knew too much. Why wasn't Cody who actually had a artifact inside of him. Why wasn't he bronzed? How has this not come up before?



How about some good ol' rendition.
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Hmm, yes, bronzed seems like it would be the protocol.
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This was a pretty good episode. However it did have some issues. Of which I agree with you on. More from me however is. Whomever the writers are. Don't make Jinks' character ever cry again. I am going to repeat that. Don't make Jinks' character ever cry again. The actor can not cry. And I mean he really can't cry. I know crying on cue for actors is a difficult part of their art to master. But he can't do it. It looked like he was part constipated and part trying not to smell something terrible. It was bad, lets accept that and move on. Just as long as we come to the conclusion to never make him cry again. I almost changed the channel. And I love this show.



As for the theory of Adrian being a figment of Artie's imagination. Maybe. But we saw him in the pilot. He did battle with Pete and stabbed him (seriously writers, you should interview some ex marines and secret service agents, because most of them are badass) So I am not sure Adrian is a figment. However it would explain Artie not shooting him and letting him get away. It could be a cost of using the astrolabe. It would be kind of cool. I just don't think that is what it is.



As for Claudia being evil or not. I think because Mrs. Frederick is grooming her to be the next arbiter of the Warehouse. She might have a link to her, like she has a link to the Warehouse as she is grooming her.



Again, the writers need to give Pete something better. He was the man when Myka went back home. They need to write him as competent again. Because it is getting kind of ridiculous.



The story of the week. Was interesting. I liked that it was in Cody and not just something that he was using. That is a cool aspect of artifacts that I think they need to expand upon.



Overall good episode. Just don't make Jinks cry again. Ever.
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To me, he looked like either he was trying to pass wind, pop his ears on an airplane, or really high on X.
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while guys crying does elicit some sort of sympathy from me, i gotta agree with you on this one. For some reason aaron ashmore can't cry. hmmm... it does make me wonder if his twin brother can cry. His twin brother did the xmen movies and im sure they might have had a seen where he did. but i could be wrong.
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Haha, I was totally thinking the same thing about the crying.
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