Warehouse 13

Season 2 Episode 3

Beyond Our Control

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 20, 2010 on Syfy
8.5
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An artifact strikes close to home when the town near the Warehouse is plagued by an outbreak of B movie characters. Meanwhile, Mrs. Frederick and Valda undertake a risky procedure to discover what of MacPherson is still inside of Leena's mind.

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  • What happened to to this great show?

    3.5
    Last year the plots and dialog were clever and engaging. This year it is juvenile and embarrassing. They have made Agent Pete into a moron. All of the characters seem much more one-dimensional. Did they get all new writers? The previous episode was just as bad. What is it with the fixation on super heroes in the last two episodes? And the whole evil female H. G. Wells plot line, which I am afraid will continue throughout the season, is down right ridiculous. And if they do one more cheesy poor FX fly over of the Warehouse , I'll scream! Very disappointed.moreless
  • 203

    7.0
    First time watching Warehouse 13 and according to a few fans of this show, this wasn't the best installment. Maybe it's because I'm not familiar with the show's usual standards, but I was for the most part impressed with the episode.



    All the characters are quite engaging and even though I had no idea what was going on, it still managed to keep me tuned in. People are saying the story lines are ridiculous and unbelievable. But this is a sci-fi, so isn't that what you'd expect?



    The whole "movie" story line was pretty funny overall, and the way they cut to commercials and how they ended the episode was downright humorous. Overall, great ensemble, intriguing story line and you've got yourself a solid installment of any show. Good episode.moreless
  • Another less-than-stellar entry

    6.0
    I'm still trying to get my head around what this show is trying to be. It doesn't seem to have that practiced blend of the serious and the goofy that "Eureka" found very early on, at least not yet. There were some interesting serious aspects of this episode, pertaining to Leena and the traces of McPherson still in her mind, which was treated without a hint of amusement.



    And then there was the rest of the episode. It was definitely a bit over the top, which is usually not a problem, so long as it fits into the same world as the serious parts. I'm just not sure they meshed all that well. That said, I could watch Claudia banter all night long, and the central idea of the episode was a lot of fun.



    Perhaps part of my problem was that the main plot included some very intentional logic issues. Which again, would have been fine, if the entire episode was framed in that same vein. But since it wasn't all a big over-the-top silly farce of an episode, it made no sense at key moments of "danger".



    For example, if a gladiator is about to impale you, and your partner right behind you is armed, why in the world would you stand right in her line of fire so you have no choice but to get gutted? For that matter, run! Also, at the end, the robot was real enough to use a magnet to take away their weapons, so why not just tackle the evil mad scientist to the ground, detain him, and play "dodge the robot" until the crisis is resolved? It just felt like the characters were making choices to serve the plot, which is always annoying.



    It's still the kind of summer show that I look forward to each week, even as a relatively new member of the audience, but it strikes me as similar to "Eureka", in that I enjoy it despite its uneven track record.moreless
Nolan Gerard Funk

Nolan Gerard Funk

Todd

Guest Star

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Benedict Valda

Guest Star

Philip Winchester

Philip Winchester

Raymond St. James

Guest Star

Paula Garcés

Paula Garcés

Dr. Kelly Hernandez

Recurring Role

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Mrs. Frederic

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Pete: Yep, they still hate us. Why?
      Myka: Maybe it's your cologne.
      Pete: Well, I'm not wearing any... oh. That's so funny. You're hilarious.

    • Pete: Why does Artie want us to meet him here?
      Myka: I don't know. You know, it was a terrible connection, and all I heard was "barber shop" and "emergency."
      Pete: Maybe his eyebrows are finally eating his face.

    • Claudia: Uhh! How on earth did you get a driver's license?
      Artie: Can you drive a stick shift?
      Claudia: No.
      Artie: Then take a lesson.
      Claudia: Oh, you're a menace!
      Artie: Well, in a good way.

    • Kelly: Who's your supervisor? I want a name.
      Pete: Oh, I'm sorry. Here, let me spell it out for you. U-N-C-L-E S-A...
      Myka: "Uncle Sam." He's patriotic and he can spell. Isn't he cute?

    • Myka: Were you hit?
      Pete: No. But I think my underwear are shot.

    • Pete: What happened?
      Claudia: A gladiator just kicked your ass.
      Pete: Oh, good. For a second there, I thought a gladiator just kicked my ass.

    • Artie: Somehow light and matte coalesced and a 3-d projected Sherman Tank became solid enough to shell the crowd.
      Myka: How is that even possible?
      Pete: You're still asking that question?
      Myka: I'm still hoping for an answer.

    • Artie: Now, focus on something benign. Not me! I haven't been benign since 1956.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: October 7, 2010 on Syf
      Australia: January 21, 2011 on SCI FI
      Czech Republic: June 3, 2012 on Prima COOL

    • Injoke: Claudia mentions the Wonder Twins. In her downtime between season 1 and 2 of Warehouse 13, actress Allison Scagliotti-Smith portrayed Jayna of the Wonder Twins in the Smallville episode "Idol".

    • As part of Hershey's commercial sponsorship of the program, a big container of Twizzlers is prominently placed as Kelly tells Pete and Myka about the Marines.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Pete: So maybe we're looking for the medallion of the Village People.
      Referencing the Village People, a concept disco group of the 1970s which targeted disco's large gay fan base. The five members parodied male stereotypes: Indian, Cowboy, Sailor, Biker, Construction Worker. The group rose to fame in 1977 but had died out by 1985. Their biggest hits included Macho Man, YMCA, and In the Navy.

    • Claudia: You're a Wonder Twin!
      Referencing the Wonder Twins, who first appeared on The All-New Super Friends Hour cartoon series, and went on to appear in several subsequent shows featuring the Super Friends. Zan and Jayna are humanoid aliens from the planet Exxor/Exor, and were the Justice League's teen sidekicks. Unlike their predecessors, Wendy and Marvin, Zan and Jayna had actual superpowers. Zan can transform into water ion all of its forms, while Jayne can change into any real or fantastical animal. They were accompanied by Gleek, a blue monkey-like pet with a prehensile tail. They were subsequently incorporated into the comic books where they received more detailed origins and enhanced powers.

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