Warehouse 13 "The Sky's the Limit" Review: Up Up and Away

Warehouse 13 S04E14: "The Sky's the Limit"


After a string of legitimately great episodes following the six-month mid-season hiatus, it was inevitable that Warehouse 13 would eventually hit a snag. The worst part about "The Sky's the Limit" is that I can't even specifically define the source of my apathy for the episode. I was generally bored by both artifact hunts. Dumb Pete made an unwelcome return ("I left some cookies in the glove compartment"? Really? What is he, five?). And the big cliffhanger from last week's awesome ode to noir ended up being resolved not with brainwashing or bronzing or any other Regent-y things that would have been exciting and that probably would've required the team to work together or something, but with a shrink brought in by the Regents to take care of Leena's bed and breakfast and talk about feelings and stuff... almost like a replacement Leena. 

It's been discussed in the comments here how it's hard to really miss Leena as a character when she was easily the most underdeveloped of the main warehouse gang as far as character history and motivation are concerned. I lamented that her loss sucked more when you consider how much unused potential she had, which makes the arrival of Abigail Chow a bit of an unwelcome one for me—especially since she's written to fill many of the roles Leena once did, right down to watering the frigging plants. 

If we must get to know a new character, at least make her new.

Also: sneak attack psychoanalysis? That's the best the Regents have? Disappointing. I almost would've rather had them get everyone together to organize an intervention. Actually, I would have totally rather had that. 


However, at least Artie decided to take Abigail up on her offer to talk it out and help him process what happened with the astrolabe—which is a total win and one of two big ones present in "The Sky's the Limit" (three if we're counting Claudia's amazing hat).

The other awesome aspect of a somewhat dull episode was the return of Polly Walker as Charlotte Dupres, who apparently had some sort of vendetta against... someone. She targeted Claudia for death or torture despite never having actually met her until orchestrating that run-in at the racetrack. Charlotte was also seen creeping around the warehouse itself and stating that she knew where "he" was, but who "he" is remains elusive. My first thought was the Count of St. Germain, but then why would he be in the warehouse, and more importantly, how? Is the "he" Artie, Pete, or Jinks? If so, why? Why target Claudia? WTF is happening? 

I'm so confused and it's so awesome. 

We've got six episodes left in Season 4, and the show still haven't given us much of an overarching plot for them. With that in mind, the return of Charlotte and possibly the Count is a welcome connection to the first episode of the second half of the season. Charlotte's return paired with Artie's progress in dealing with the astrolabe fallout make a solid foundation to build on for the next set of episodes, and maybe possibly Warehouse 13's final mini-season of six episodes as well... though that's kind of a depressing realization, that there are essentially just over ten episodes left of the entire series. Way to kill my Warehouse 13 buzz, Syfy, but thanks for giving everyone fair warning. At least we'll end, in theory, with a complete story.


NOTES FROM THE LIBRARY OF CRAZY

– I like Monty. I wouldn't mind having him back in some small capacity.

– However, even though Monty can totally keep a secret, I question the decision to show him into the warehouse. I assumed there were protocols and security clearances and stuff. 

– Then again, Mrs. Frederic and Artie gave Abigail free reign in the stacks, so I guess we just show all the cool toys to anybody

– Dumb Pete. Ugh. I'm not saying the cookies line and the thing with the lei weren't funny, but why must Pete be reduced to a dumbass just to get the humor going?

– Just in case you forgot Pete is supposed to be a recovering alcoholic, here's a friendly reminder, "I remember that feeling. I was fuzzy for about twelve years." ACTUALLY, after not touching on the issue for so long that I actually forgot about it, it now seems like every other episode is making a point of having Pete remind us that he used to have a drinking problem, to the extent that I wonder if it isn't going to be a bigger deal later on. 

– STFU, Snooty Dude, Claudia Donovan is the most fashionable lady and her hat was the best hat. 

– What's Abigail's story and do we care? 

– What's Charlotte's deal? Why target Clauds?

– Warehouse 13's next season will be its last. Too soon or time to go? Personally, I'm bummed, but I'd rather the show end deliberately than leave us with a cliffhanger if it just wasn't renewed, you know?

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In the picture above "notes from the library of crazy", what's up with the extra in the background with the red shoes? Thought that was a film makers "no no" to have an extra with red shoes as it draw the attention away from the main characters in the scene?

As for Ms Chow being dropped in, get ready for another poorly developed character, as the show is ending in Season 5, I don't see much character development happening there either. That's ok. She's fun to look at....She's kinda hot :)
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I like the episode, entertaining as usual, awesome to see Polly Walker she is awesome
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Polly Walker is the WORST. She makes me lose interest in any show she's ever in
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you couldn't be more wrong
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Really? Because I think what I stated there was a subjective opinion. She really DOES make ME lose interest, so I think, maybe, I was correct?
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First, Claudia can spot artifacts being created. Second Kelly Hu is SMOKIN'! She stays!
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The horse racing people were surprisingly forthcoming. They could have avoided Claudia and Jinx's questions and made Jinx's lie detecting ability useless.

"The US Secret Service has no jurisdiction here."

"They're telling the truth. Man, it's gonna be a long flight back home."
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Pete's raging stupidity has always been an issue for me. It's unrealistic to think he could even begin to pass even a casual screening not to mention the stringent screening for the Secret Service.

it's like whoever is writing confused Claudia and Pete's personalities or some artifact switched them considering as a young woman she comes off as more intelligent, mature and composed than Pete could manage on his best day.

He's a functionally retarded man-child. I don't mind if they use a character for humor but not when they lobotomize them to the point it makes them unbelievable.

And the wardrobe... what's with the izod shirts and jeans while waving a badge claiming to be secret service? at least TRY and look the part.
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I'd be OK with his manchildishness if they balanced it by demonstrating his competence with more than just a display of his athleticism or ability to put together something Mica could have figured out on her own.

I would have had Pete's father die when he was a bit older and establish that he was childish as opposed to an actual child and play up that loss as his motivation for joining the Secret Service. He could still be a manchild, just a manchild who is exceptional at his job and commands respect because of it, sort of like Dr. House.

I would also dial down Pete's "vibes". Instead of a low level supernatural ability, I'd have him be the guy who isn't very book smart, but has good intuition. Speaking of which, I think this is the first time in a while that Jinx's ability was brought up. A human lie detector could potentially hamper a show that involves a lot of interviewing.
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This show could go on forever and that'd be okay with me. I've seen Claudia on a few other things lately and was a murder suspect on a recent Bones episode. So she's going to be okay, and Joanne Kelly should land on her feet this time. Saul Rubinek is timeless and gets a lot of work, but poor dumb Pete. He IS 5, and that's okay. I'd like to see him in something else because he may really be dumb, but cute dumb and smart enough when the chips are down. Gonna miss this, and that my friends is a fact...
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I still wonder,what would happen in SG: Universe!!!! :D DAMN AND F*CK YOU FOR CANCELING STARGATE!!!!!! GET IT BACK ON TV!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!

That in mind,I am kinda ok with show ending,knowing show is ending and show knowing it's ending. So i hope last 6 episodes will be just mind blowing and something to do with warehouse being in danger and with no H.G. to save it,it will be destoryed. So Warehouse 14 will be up and running and Claudia running it.
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Easy there podnah, life includes losses, sometimes traumatic ones. It's nice that they let us rant on here, but F U isn't nice at all, and the ALL CAPS isn't necessary...
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not to mean but his comments were not in all caps only 13 words out of least 60 not even half
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Great,one of those type of people.....
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I've time traveled to The Planet of the Apes - GAHHHHHH!!!
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dude Stargata lasted 10 full seasons not to bad in today's competition Atlantis was good as well now SGU was Terrible don't worry about the caps who in the hell mad the rule anyways I know I didn't
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Yep, SGU was like the illegitimate offspring of Stargate and BSG. I couldn't make it through more than about two episodes, and I'll watch almost anything sci-fi. Eureka is the one I miss.
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For some reason, as soon as Abigail said "and yes, he was a patient," I envisioned her yelling, "he was...MY BOYFRIEND!!!" like Cloris Leachman in Young Frankenstein.
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Sorry, but dumb Pete only appeared with the cookies in the glove compartment, so I'm not seeing your frustration; and the episode was awesome to me. Both cases shined, especially the Vegas one. I've been to Vegas a few times, so it was nostalgic to see WH 13 do an episode there, plus ITS VEGAS!!! The magician storyline was sweet, while the jockey storyline had me rolling! I loved Claudia in that dress, plus Jinks' fear of horses?!!! LOL!!! Come on, what was there to hate about this episode?!! I mean really?!!!
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I'll put my "Pete" on for a bit but wow wow about Kelly Hu, haha. Just to lighten things up a bit but it's not like she'll have much more than Leena although she'll help Artie the way it looks. I wouldn't worry about replacing Leena even though I miss her terribly. It's just easier with her not being developed barely at all. But I know what a lot of you feel since Leena was a foundation or "mother figure" that can't truly be replaced.

This ep. was good for the little bit Charlotte was in it and what that will transpire to be. I'm not sure if I'm alone here but I'm honestly not much of a Steve fan. He's just been this partner for Claudia and like this snitch for helping out but besides him going home that time and well, honestly dying and coming back, he's just not fit in as well for me.

I had heard that this seasons end is a huge cliffhanger like some others so they really had to do a few more to wind it all down. I'd rather have little than none from hearing about that.

I think most shows nowadays do more fluff eps. since they have to pay too much for special guest stars and more elaborate things involved for making intense eps. Seems logical but overall, W-13 rocks and will always be my fave.
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Seems like this review focuses almost entirely on what this episode wasn't rather than what it was, that's a little odd.

The reason this episode didn't sing is that it was on autopilot, the character moments were written into the script but edited to be just generic snag-n-bag fodder. Artie had real emotional moments, Joel Grey's character had real emotional core, but it was like it was directed and cut to avoid that stuff as much as possible, and that's too bad. This left the weight of the episode on the snag-n-bag teams, and they simply didn't have anything compelling to add - it felt like Myka was getting somewhere but then just left it to the generic tone, so the ending with the old guy in the warehouse landed with a total thud instead of building a real moment.

I actually liked Abigail Chow, in one episode we got to know her more than we did in 4 years with Leena and yet it wasn't an infodump. Chow was putting her own spin on this new situation while fighting against being manipulations of the Regents. Of course her job covered the same ground as Leena, she's Leena's REPLACEMENT at the b&b.

Pete getting out of the car, leaving the top open, going back for cookies, that stuff really does need to get left behind us.

Based on the review here, it seems like the show needs to go, it's fallen back into a rut and that rut... well, it's the foundation for the show, snag & bag stories. I'd like to see another full season though, but not like this episode, not something produced to feel like filler padding out a few new things.
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I am not sure why SciFi is finishing this show. Least of all only giving it a 6 episode final season. This show still is fun. The episode itself was great. Interesting, funny. And great. Showing Monty the Houdini exhibit and Myka saying that the world was filled with magic, real magic. To me that kind of said that this show shouldn't be done with.

However, saying that, the addition of Kelly Hu to any show kind of means that show is going bye bye. Nothing against her but she hasn't really been on a successful show.

I like this show, and think SciFI is making a mistake letting it going before it has run its course.
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Apparently, after 5 years things change contractually at SyFy. The financial responsibility shift and actors get their contracts renegotiated. Supposedly the financial "shift" is a big one... like instead of paying a studio (who then use that money to pay for expenses) SyFy has to start also paying for said expenses.

Meanwhile... 5 years is enough. The show starts to get a little stale and the actors probably want to find something else before they become forever type-cast as the character they played on an old show. See "Star Trek: TNG" as an example.
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Kelly Hu isn't the kiss of death that Summer Glau is, Hu has had a few series survive with her and past her, but lately her track record has been poor.

When you say "run its course", what more are you looking for? What stories does it feel like it hasn't told yet?
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Well with a premise like the show has. It could potentially could go on for a while. I don't feel that the overarching plot that they have right now. Or the inclusion of Marsters and his wife on the show is going to lead to a good enough conclusion of this season, not to mention set up enough to squeeze a great plot into the 6 episodes that they have to work with for the final season.

Maybe if they had a whole season to work with next season. But right now, where they are, it doesn't feel close to an ending. You have the stuff with Claudia, you have the stuff with the regents. You have a new character and a two new "enemies". I just don't think they can conclusively wrap that up with in what, the ten episodes they have left.

Take it versus Eureka, as much as I didn't want the show to end it at least felt concluded. I am not sure MW13 has enough show space left to come to a good conclusion.

Just my opinion.
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Same reason most shows get cancelled. Low ratings. Be thankful SyFy is giving us any new season.

Kelly Hu is/was on Arrow, and it's doing pretty well...

It was the Robert-Houdin exhibit. The guy who Houdini took his name from. :)
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I assume the lightning bolt hitting Claudia at the end has something to do with her being the target. Since they show a similar bit in the next episode preview.
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I'm OK with dumb Pete when it's limited to his addiction to cookies. That's just an awesome quirk since the beginning of the show. How the hell he never wound up as a kid in some stranger's van confounds me though...
- Stranger Danger!
- But I have cookies (evil laugh)
- OK, let me get into your van.

But it's still a funny quirk that hasn't shown up in a while.
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True, true. I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh at the cookie line. I totally did. I laughed and then I groaned. Poor Pete. The least Myka could have done was ACTUALLY leave some cookies for him!
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Yes, had there actually been cookies, had Myka actually known her partner well enough to plan for that contingency, then it at least it would have felt justified (especially if she plays that card more than once, then he starts to expect it).
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Perhaps she assumes the "he" in question is bronzed? And she only now just found the Warehouse because she traced Pete and Myka?

Perhaps she thinks that The Count went with them (voluntarily or otherwise) and is in there eating crepes and/or bronzed?

Perhaps he snuck in and we didn't notice but SHE did?

I don't know, that whole bit confused me. Since the only males alive and well in the Warehouse day-to-day are Pete + Jinx + Artie. Or maybe the dog?
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