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Warehouse 13 S05E03: "A Faire to Remember"


So Ren-faire episodes are apparently a thing now. That's cool, I love me a good Renaissance Faire. Pete does too, apparently—and what a fine knave he made! However, despite the title and the promo and pretty much everything we knew about "A Faire to Remember" going in, this episode was very much a Claudia's-life-is-so-freaking-sad-and-don't-you-ever-forget-it story. Those are a thing too, at least on Warehouse 13, but you knew that already.

Let's quickly go over the bullet points of Claudia's life, shall we? 

– When she was 7, Claudia's older sister Claire ran amok of an artifact, which caused her to go all Carrie on the family and murder the girls' parents. Claudia thought they died in a car accident—and that Claire had perished along with them. 

– When she was 12(ish?), Claudia's brother and sole caregiver, Joshua, was sucked into another dimension. Claudia watched that happen, and since everyone thought she sounded like a crazy person, they acted accordingly and locked her in a psych ward until after puberty. 

– In her late teens/early 20s, Claudia escaped bedlam, busted into the Warehouse, and took Artie hostage because he was working with Josh when Josh got sucked into the void. They got Josh back and Claudia landed a job at the Warehouse, which would've been awesome except...

– Claudia is apparently Mrs. Frederic's successor, destined to be the eventual caretaker of the Warehouse. Claudia wasn't really into the idea at first and she REALLY wasn't into when extenuating circumstances almost forced her to accept her fate. The woman did time in a psych ward and doesn't like being forced to do stuff. Imagine that? 

– Jinks died (plus all the baggage that came with that).

– Jinks lived (plus all the baggage that came with that).

– OH. And Claire's not dead after all. She's just been in an artifact coma for 15 years because Artie couldn't figure out how to extract the artifact's energy from her head. NO BIG.


Claudia thought she'd discovered a solution to Claire's predicament, and with a little (okay a lot) of foreshadowing from Myka, I think we pretty much understood that the procedure would be unsuccessful... but possibly not that it'd be that unsuccessful. Initially, all seemed well. Claire was surprisingly well-adjusted for a teenager who just woken up in the body of a 30-year-old. Even the news that her parents had died—and that she'd had an (accidental) hand in their deaths—went over pretty well, and there was singing and lots of "Welcome to the future, Claire!" stuff that was kind of corny but made me so nostalgic for the glorious '90s that I didn't really care. Claire grew on me quickly, and the potential for her story was exciting. It almost makes me wish that Warehouse 13 had busted her out of the coma-girl routine earlier, so that we could've explored it all in depth. 

Think about it: Claire was essentially still a 15-year-old girl when she finally came to. She was horrified to learn that she'd missed so much of her life and that panic felt raw, real, and child-like. Claudia was essentially pushed into the role of the older sister, and she stepped into the protectiveness that's inherent to such role like it was a perfectly worn pair of jeans—all soft and stretchy and comfortable. It would've been an interesting dynamic to explore, though even with what limited time Warehouse 13 has left, it appears that the writers are more than capable of doing what they can with what they've got. Claudia is set to become the caretaker of the Warehouse, and with Claire's return to a comatose existence when Claudia's solution proved ineffective, Claire is as much a part of the Warehouse as any carefully cataloged artifact. Claudia's investment in her eventual responsibilities has become more personal. She'll never leave the Warehouse as long as Claire is incapacitated, and given all the implications we've gotten over the years about Mrs. Frederic being kind of immortal (or something), it stands to reason that Claudia could be with the Warehouse for a very long time.


To his credit, Artie handled Claudia's experiment with Claire much better than expected—especially considering the way it ultimately compromised Myka's life, his life, and the Warehouse as a whole once Claire's unleashed energy found a new body to occupy. I don't know how I feel about the rage-energy being what finally made Myka crack and reveal how terrified, hurt, and lonely she was during her cancer scare, but hey, Myka is an uber-professional person who's deeply private about her personal life, so I guess it works. Plus, it doesn't mean that she's happy about being so guarded; that's just how she is. Artie's blanket statement—that from here on out, the Warehouse crew is a unified team with no more secrets, that they'll all face the trials of one member as though it affects them all—has been a long, long time coming. Warehouse 13 is determined to pack all its baggage up neat and tidy before the series finale, and it's going to make me cry. I can just tell. 


Compared to the emotional upheaval that was Claudia and Myka's half of the episode, Steve and Pete at the Ren-faire was kind of dull in a case-of-the-week way, though it wasn't without a saving grace: Much like Ted and Alyse last week, Oswald and Katarina were two lovebirds initially blinded to their attraction by proximity and mediocrity. It wasn't until mortal peril forced them to face their feelings—in Oswald's case, anyway—that they realized how deeply they cared for one another. Pete and Myka's turn is coming. 

"A Faire to Remember" was a solid addition to Warehouse 13's final season, my personal favorite hour of the three we've seen to date. I love the feeling of everything coming together at last. 



EXTRA ARTIFACTS

– "I thought Halloween was like gay Christmas." —Pete

– Way to make Garbage's "When I Grow Up" depressing, Warehouse 13

– Uhhhh, y'all know the death card in Tarot doesn't literally mean DEATH, right Warehouse 13? Right? No? Okay.


What'd you think of "A Faire to Remember"?


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 5/19/2014

Season 5 : Episode 6

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In case anyone is still reading these posts, I believe Claudia did mention Josh's name when talking to Myka, but other than that, nothing more. It's sad that they would sort of remind themselves, and us, about him with that, but never bring it up with the sister. This episode really kind of annoyed me for being a bit juvenile and lacking any believable story depth with Claire's awakening.
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Why can't they just put the jewelry box curse in a cockroach and then squish it?
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This was great Pete and jinks should out out more often they work well together. The Claudia scenes were really nice especially the goodbye between her and her sister. Is it just me or did Myka make a really cool super powered person, she looked awesome.
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anyone notice the two people from alpha's? were the two love birds
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Yes, GARY! I got so sad for Alphas when I saw them together.
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yeah i was rather upset on how they ended it, and the fact they ended it at all :(
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  • "How can Claudia's sister know that Garbage song if she's been in a coma for 15 years? Oh, wait..." I get it, show, I'm old. Fuck you too.
  • If the energy from the music box has to be transferred into a living person, why don't they just transfer it into a rapist and put him in a coma?
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I actually found this ep entertaining... the 1st in quite a while...
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As with everyone else, the lack of Josh being mention just seemed odd. The res was all right.

It made me miss Alphas, another SciFi show docked around by the network and cancelled before its time.
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My big issue with this Claudia and her sister storyline was the utter disregard for Josh, a character they played up so heavily in Claudia's life and now doesn't warrant a mention. Oh, and also that this episode was incredibly trite and telegraphed its ending so damned early in.

At least we got a couple Alphas actors having fun in the B-plot.

To me, this episode was a middle-of-the-road affair, I didn't hate it and I didn't love it.

HA! I also was thinking that about the death tarot card, good call.
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Where was that Renaissance Faire supposed to be, Minnesota? The princess was hilarious.
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I was an alright episode. It doesn't really feel like the show is ending yet though (for me) - the Renaissance Faire seemed like a typical case and I wish they had introduced the Claire storyline earlier on in the show. I'm having a bit of hard time really connecting with it.

I thought Claire waking up and not really being able to come to terms with the fact that 15 years had gone by was good, but she was way too accepting of the artifact stuff and voultereeing to go back in the coma.
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Good points. As for Claire, I can only try to chalk that up to her brain having physically developed along with the rest of her body, as teenagers' developing brains make them psychotic. Then again, the brain develops based upon experiences and she's had none, so it's pretty weak as arguments go.
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No mention of the Alphas reunion? C'mon!

After the set-up last week, I thought Pete was going to come and save Myka with the love and Claudia and Claire could be happy sisters and stuff. Silly me.

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I was so happy when I saw Ryan Cartwright's face! I miss Alphas :(

I haven't been a faithful Warehouse 13 watcher. I like the show, but the artifact of the week format doesn't appeal to me much. I have been really enjoying this season, though. Since it's the last one, they've focused more on the characters and it has made for a much better show, imo.
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This was a great episode. Finally Myka was interesting and funny...who knew,she could still do that...maybe there's hope for Pete also,but since there are only 3 episodes left...yeah,ain't gonna hold my breath for this...
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Pete - for the love of all the holies; DITCH THE BEIBER hairdo! For God's sake, be a MAN and not a 'belieber'...............*shudder*
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"for the love of all the holies" - Seriously? It's "for the love of all that's holy."
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Not where I come from - it's said as though it encompasses ALL religions in the pleading. Hence 'for the love of all the holies'......don't dismiss colloquielisms.
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I didn't mention it last week, but since I'm also hating on his 'do let me add that as Pete's both an ex-Marine (right, wasn't he in the service or was that just his ex wife? Have forgotten this bit.) and certainly an ex-Secret Service member, there's no way that he would forsake a fairly close cropped, military-style haircut such as he has sported in past seasons.
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Agreed; and it's such as he has sported in EVERY past season. My daughter sat open mouthed and then shouted "oh my Lord, it's like Justin Beiber when he's forty; only Pete's not spitting at people!" Yup, Pete really needs to lose the horrendous hair. Even bald would be better than the current mess.
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Instead of giving the music box darkness thingy back to Claudia, they could have just given the sickness to someone on death row or something like that. Claire would still be alive, and the other guy was going to die anyway. But hey, that is too logical :)
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There are also the bronzed guys...Maybe one of them would be happier in the more human coma.
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And hey, we got Mary Lou Rosato. Whose only real TV career has been with W13 exec Jack Kenny on Titus. She played Ken Titus' nurse/girlfriend. Kenny must really like her...

Although it looked like she played Miss Daisy in a Canadian production of Driving Miss Daisy, so I'm sure she's had a long and varied career elsewhere.
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Very good eTpisode. Like you said, Claudia and Claire definitely took center stage, and it was tragic, but beautiful at the same time. I also loved the ending when Myka hugged Artie despite his resolutions against it. That really needed to happen!!

The case of the week was fun to me. Loved Pete acting a fool at that fair. It was also fun seeing the two Alphas actors back. Nice touch!!!
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When is Pete not acting a fool?? His character is really boring and offers nothing new or exciting to WH 13.
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So Claudia has a day with her sister. Cool. Good for her.


But but not a mention about the brother? She asked about the parents but not the brother? When Claudia talked about why she was in the asylum she dodged even a mention of her brother.

Did if the actor leave on bad terms?
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exactly what I was wondering. Is there some sort of timeline shift where there was no brother, but a sister instead? seems odd they haven't mentioned him.
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Yeh, they had 2 solid opportunities to at least bring him up
A) Her parents are dead, but at least Claudia and Josh are alive.
B) Why Claudia spent most of her formative years in an asylum

I mean, just drop the name?

SOMETHING must be going on (in real life) to prevent them from even bringing him up. Like he pissed off the director or something
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almost something similar about why the supergirl character was written off on smallville. Rumors about the actress getting on the wrong foot with someone and poof, she was gone at the end of a season. with a cameo episode later just to resolve where she went
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I don't even like to THINK about Kara. They wasted Superman's reveal on her. The whole PUBLIC reveal with Superman was typically him wearing his blue suit flying and catching something in mid-air... with the onlookers thinking W T F that's impossible.

So what do they do? They have Kara wear a similar blue suit, catching something mid-air during a press conference. It kind of ruins the W T F moment Superman was supposed to get when it's already happened.

To compensate in the series finale, they had to have him push a planet away.
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Yeah I was also wondering,why no mention of brother. It's not like,they need to show us Josh,would be enough if Claire just asked about Josh and Claudia would say he is in Cern...I think that's where he is,right?
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It's always nice that SciFi (yeah that's how it's spelled) reuses and casts awesome sci- fi actors, but using the actors who played Ozzie and Katarina will just remind me that Alphas did not get a third season. Way to bum me out.
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