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Warehouse 13 "The Ones You Love" Review: Another One Bites the Dust

Warehouse 13 S04E09: “The Ones You Love”

Way to call it, you guys! In the penultimate episode of the first half of Warehouse 13’s current season (after next week’s mid-season finale, the warehouse gang won’t be back until April), we finally learned the truth behind behind Brother Adrian’s seemingly unlimited access to the warehouse.

It was Artie all along.

Now, before we judge him too harshly, Warehouse 13 has made it very clear that Artie had, for all intents and purposes, experienced some sort of psychotic break after using the astrolabe to turn back time and save the day back in the Season 4 premiere. Artie hasn’t gone darkside, he just isn’t mentally home right now, and hasn’t been for apparently the entire season. But while it’s essential that we and Artie’s fellow agents understand that aspect of Artie’s current thought process, it doesn’t excuse the fact that Leena has apparently died as a result of his instability. It certainly isn’t going to make Artie feel any better when he inevitably comes back to himself.

Leena! We hardly knew you! That’s not even a joke. Despite Gennelle Williams being a main cast member from the very beginning of the series, the proprietor of the local bed and breakfast has largely remained a mysterious figure among the warehouse regulars. She had her occasional moments in the spotlight, particularly during the MacPherson storyline in Season 1, but unlike the detailed histories accompanying Artie, Claudia, Myka, Pete, and even Jinks, Leena’s past remains an unknown.

That didn’t make her demise any easier to witness. With her aura-reading abilities and various caretaker duties at the bed and breakfast, Leena’s fellow agents thought of her as a sort of mother figure. She took care of the details back home so that the others could run off and save the world every other week, and though we have never seen nor heard anything of Leena’s “real” family over the course of the series, it’s hard not to feel like she considered her peers at the warehouse to fill that vacuum nicely—and vice versa. “The Ones You Love” ended with a shot of Pete fruitlessly trying to contact Leena on her Farnsworth, the communicator laying uselessly just a few inches from her most likely dead body.

Ow. Warehouse 13 brings a lot of death scenes to television. Almost every warehouse affiliate has died, with most of them being resurrected eventually, and even though the Warehouse 13 death toll has grown to rival that of Misfits or Supernatural in recent seasons, Warehouse 13’s writing team still manages to make each and every one of them a powerful sucker punch, right to the gut. I can appreciate that. I love a good death scene.

But I also love Leena and while she makes a good candidate for a permanent warehouse death, a part of me kind of hopes she joins the ranks of dead warehouse personnel who eventually come back to life. Leena’s is the sort of demise that has the potential to change the very fabric of the series itself. On one hand, that screams, “YAY CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!” but on the other hand, Artie will not take Leena’s death, or his role in it, lightly. If done right, this experience will permanently change Artie. But are we prepared for that level of darkness to take up permanent residence on Warehouse 13?

Or are we fairly certain that Leena will be alive and well by the end of this season? The root of all current warehouse troubles is time travel, after all.

“The Ones You Love” went a long way toward reinvesting us in the story arc for Season 4, with high stakes throughout the entire episode and the payoff with Brother Adrian’s real identity being a very good reveal, despite the fact that we all pretty much saw it coming. Can we just take a moment to bask in the glow of Saul Rubinek’s awesomeness? He acted the hell out of Artie’s final breakdown, when he realized that in fighting Brother Adrian, he had been battling himself all along... and lost. Whatever or whoever Artie currently is, it/he is absolutely chilling. You the man, Mr. Rubinek. You the man.


Additional Notes from the “Library of Crazy”


– So, Brother Adrian is real, but the evil Adrian who wreaked havoc on the warehouse all season long is just a figment of Artie’s imagination or some sentient “evil” unleashed by the astrolabe? What do you think? Is Artie just lost in his imagination or is he possessed by something?

– Should Jinks and Mrs. Frederic go on more sassy adventures together? (Yes.)

– Who else wants a pair of Claudia’s fabulous work goggles?

– I think Pete’s solo adventure with ex-wife Amanda was supposed to remind us that he’s actually an intelligent and accomplished Secret Service agent, but I thought the whole solution of transferring the tattoo artifact to the leather box that it came in because leather is technically skin was a little too “no duh,” to reverse an entire season's worth of being a dumbass. Not to mention the fact that it was Myka’s idea anyway. Nice effort, though, and “Tell them to name something after me... not a mall,” made me giggle.



– I couldn’t get into Myka and her sister’s artifact-driven brawl. I have to admit, though, that curly OR straight, I’m super jealous of Joanne Kelly’s hair.

– Where to next? Is Leena a goner for good?

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Sad about Leena. But she kind of deserved it. Artie was in full metal psycho melt down mode, she was warned to get the hell out NOW and what does she do? The equivalent of going down in the basement at midnight alone where all the other kids have died.

Pete needs to keep his shirt on. Seriously. Yuck.

Thought Amy Acker was completely believable as Joanne Kelly's sister. The rest of their story was cringe-worthy, however. Windstorm inside you house? Jeez.

Artie is both: I think something flipped the evil switch and is fueling his imagination. It seemed like a different person inside him that shot Leena. Saul pwned Artie going snap, crackle, nuts.
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While I did like the episode, Leena's death is a deal breaker for me, if she stays dead. If she doesn't come back, I will stop watching Warehouse 13. They can bring Jinx back, they sure as hell can bring back Leena, damn it!
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Great twist by the writers for the whole Artie becoming the great evil he thought he was trying to stop. Oh Leena...wait what I am I saying? If I know my Warehouse 13 Leena isn't going to die or isn't going to stay dead for long. How much you wanna bet someone will be doing some time traveling again.
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NO, NO, NO... By using Artie to kill off Leena is wrong! Artie will end up Bronzed or killing him self which is unacceptable.. you can not write him off... and the writes can not continue to use the astrolight or HG Wells time travel machine to fix things... Lets just hope that for Artie's sake she is just badly wounded....
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I've never been shy about the fact that Leena is my least favorite character on the show, but there are better ways to kill her off. Ways, for example, that are not by Artie.
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A Great episode and I liked how it all played out, how dark it's going. I hope Leena will be ok thought. Mrs. Frederic is badass!
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I like this show -- not as a favourite that stands out as an obvious favourite, but a charming show I like to watch, with some amazing acting. I find, though, that it's either on or off, and while this story had some good points, I didn't find it a particularly great episode. I look forward to next week's to see how the half-season ties up.
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Great episode. Can't wait to see what happens next.
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Leena is/was the worst character on the show. Worse than Claudia was for the first season or so. I hope she doesn't come back, although I think they will find some way to turn back time to before the season started.
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Leena is/was the worst character on the show. Worse than Claudia was for the first season or so. I hope she doesn't come back, although I think they will find some way to turn back time to before the season started.
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Okay, so she's dead, but I don't really think it's in this shows character to kill her off. Therefore, I'm expecting some random ass-pullery. In either case, she deserved it for ignoring Mrs. Frederick's instructions to get out of the warehouse now.
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So sad to hear about Leena but I was just in shock when she was lying there on the floor dead but in turn it was her fault i mean i understand she wanted to help Artie b/c that is the type of person she is but if Mrs.Fredrick tells u to get the hell out of the warehouse I would get the hell out!!! And it totally blew my mind when it was all Artie and not brother Adrian did not see that one coming can't wait for the mid-season finale next week.
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Pete is just annoying me the whole season so far.Grow up for gods sake! It's alright to be the comedy sidekick but only up to a point. He is just being silly. He wasn't always this bad was he? Come on writers do Pete some justice. Other than that this season is so intreaging. I hope Leena is going to be OK but you just never know with the warehouse.
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Artie will be tempted to use the astrolabe again to undo Leena's death. But... it's not there anymore.
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I stopped watching this season around episode 3, even though I still consider it one of my favorite shows. I just couldn't see an end point for the Adrian storyarc, so I figured I should let it play out and resolve itself so I can watch and enjoy again. Now that I know where it ends, I'll happily watch all the way through. The one and only time I'll say this: Yay spoilers!
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thanks for the spoilery picture of leena on the main page! i was about to start watching the episode so nbd
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My question is, how long should a website about television shows wait to show things about television shows, just because some people may not watch them right away?
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This episode was a total Mind-Frack, especially when Adrian emerged from the Painting and I learned that it was Artie the whole time. The Warehouse has a tendency to turn people bad but unlike Macpherson he isn't a willing participant.
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Leena's aura-reading power, I totally forgot about that one. I had been wondering when she'd be killed off, every week it seems like they have to kill someone important to remind us that heavy stuff is at stake, and every week despite not really having anything to do she had survived... until now.



Anyway, I quite enjoyed this episode, a lot of characters got to do a lot of interesting, fun, scary, and grand stuff. The story moved along. There were a ton of artifacts, one of which Pete got to catch as a mega-badass (that was the real moment where they reversed him being a dumbass IMO, he's just like... BAM! No-look catch, here's that boomarang you asked about), and everybody got to look dumb before figuring out what was right.
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Such a great episode. I for one don't mind if it goes dark for half a season or so. They could use it.



Library of Crazy.



Let say the astrolabe somehow caused a split personality in Artie. One diametrically opposed to the reason why Artie used the astrolabe to begin with. Which was to save the people that he cares so much for. So with that, His split personality is bent on destroying them or killing them again. Because of the connection between them all. In order to set something right. Maybe that is the Astrolabes power, to create something within the person that used it to compel them to set it back to the way it was. That is my theory at least and I am sticking to it.



Jinx and Mrs Frederick should. That was fun.



I think they are just welding goggles, try ebay.



I think that was a lame attempt to make Pete serious. It almost pulled it off until he tried to place the box on his back and said. "I do too many pull ups." Use your other hand genius. And stretch. i can crank out sets of 50 pull ups (rock climber) and can reach that area of my back. But it was nice to see him be a bit more serious. Because he has been close to being a cartoon the whole season.



I could get into Myka and her sisters brawl. I like Amy Acker, I can't wait to see what her role is going to be in Person of Interest.



My guess about Leena is maybe she is gone for good. I applaud the writers for killing off a beloved character. It is ballsy. However, in the world of Warehouse 13 no one stays dead for that long. However Jinx did destroy the metronome, so who knows what could bring her back. I for one though I did like Leena. Think that there is a lot of room for new characters and they have been flirting with that all season. So lets see what they can come up with. And if it doesn't work out, then they can bring her back with some type of artifact.
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Data too?!?



I saw two screen grabs from an episode review (I don't know when) and it was Captain Janeway and Seven of Nine. And apparently they're not even regulars.

And now you're telling me Data is on the show too? I haven't seen this many Star Trek characters together since Gargoyles (seriously, it was weird how everyone from TNG like went there to die).



What's it on in Canada? Showcase? Gonna track this show down.
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if you want your brain to melt even more, Pete made a reference to "Data" either last episode or the episode before.

Also, the actor that plays Artie on WH13 played in an episode of ST: TNG as an enemy of Data's.

Also... "Odo" from ST: Deep Space Nine guest stars every now and then.

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Obviously, when this show ends, the last words in the last script will be "holodeck off".
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