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Warehouse 13 S05E04: "Savage Seduction"


Ay caramba. Look, I didn't love Warehouse 13's Season 5 premiere a few weeks back, but at least "Endless Terror," for as tired and repetitive as it was at times, wasn't an utter waste of time. Nor did it require subtitles for half the episode so that those of us who haven't busted out the Español since our sophomore year of undergrad could understand what people were saying in their painful amateur delivery, Pete. Not that anyone was saying anything particularly important, since Warehouse 13's telenovela parody was basically an actual telenovela. Literally no one cares about Maribel and Armando! Just write a damn Pete and Myka episode. It's not like Warehouse 13 hasn't been dancing around the issue for five seasons now. We're in the homestretch. We've already had a proxy couple stand in for Pete and Myka with Ted and Alyse. JUST GET ON WITH IT OH MY GOD THIS WAS SO CORNY SOMEBODY HELP. 

Claudia and Jinks' adventures in fraternal hazing were slightly more entertaining, what with the evil-twin angle and Claudia being the oldest 22-year-old in town. In fact, that was pretty much the only time I wasn't bored to tears. Don't get me wrong, though—I was still bored. 


After last week's excellent "A Faire to Remember" and its focus on yet another reason for Claudia to go back to therapy, the lack of meat in "Savage Seduction" was disappointing. An episode of television can certainly be goofy and still matter in the grand scheme of things—in fact, they're often among a show's best, à la Mad Men's "Far Away Places," Supernatural's "Mystery Spot," and Warehouse 13's own "Don't Hate the Player." Even Scrubs (RIP, MISS YOU), which was silly on a weekly basis, often blended thoughtfulness and cheese in ooey gooey goodness. I'm not anti-wacky or anti-lighthearted television, but I don't mind eating veggies along with my junk food, and all I could think about during "Savage Seduction" was the fact that Warehouse 13 only has six episodes with which to tell its final story, and it wasted one of them on this hottest of messes. 


Meanwhile, we still don't know what AWOL undead Benedict Valda has been up to for the past few weeks—though I'm willing to bet that Coma Claire's recent disappearance can probably be traced back to him. And while Pete and Myka's endgame lovefest was right up at the top of my wishlist for Season 5, all of this hinting and nudging and tip-toeing is so frustrating, especially since the show has had four previous seasons to build it up... and they were also spent hemming and hawing and hopping around.

When Warehouse 13 is good, it's very good, and that's the impression I want the series to leave in its wake. I'm still confident that fans, and the series, will get the ending we/it deserves, but blowing a final-season episode—especially when there are only six to begin with—on a story that reeked of filler shakes that confidence. 



EXTRA ARTIFACTS

– Yes, I get that this was a Cinco de Mayo episode. 

 "I'd say that you can do an exposé on Bill Clinton, but you're late to the party." It makes me sad that an entire generation of kids today will watch '90s era SNL reruns (maybe?) and have no first-hand knowledge of why the Clinton skits are hilarious.

– Claudia: "Kids today." Jinks: "Kids today are YOUR age!"

– So why did (probably) Valda snatch Claire, do you think?

– And if it wasn't Valda, then who? 


What did you think of "Savage Seduction"?


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AIRED ON 5/19/2014

Season 5 : Episode 6

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What's the title and the singer of the song when jinksy is dancing? Answer pleasee
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I can understand why others didn't but, as a fan of Devious Maids (and soap opera sin general) I loved this ep. :-)
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Funny episode. If you don't take time to smell the roses then when? Every partner isn't your long lost love. X-Files proved that. Awkward afterwards. "You're in love with Mica. Love and IN love two different things!
Show's final run Hint Donna Fausta's TekaNovela sent her a keep sake.
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This is probably the only episode this season that I liked.

I was considering ditching the show after last season, if they hadn't announced a 6 episode final season. The Paracelsus story-arc didn't impress, and evil-Valda's does not impress either.

At least this episode was fun. Hopefully the last two episodes will be strong, but I'm not that confident. The characters will continue to be excessively goofy in life-or-death scenarios, Pete and Myka will continue to dance around the "will they or won't they" scenario until the last moment, and the stakes will be artificially raised because of PLOT, but in the end everyone lives happily ever after - even if Warehouse 13 goes kablooey and Warehouse 14 is born.

I used to really enjoy this show. I can't remember when that feeling left. I suppose too much filler, dumping all serialized stuff into a couple of episodes at a time and having 2-dimensional villains probably helped.
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Flaming gay Jinks was the BEST!
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Context is everything. If this had been in the middle of the 20-episode fourth season, it would have been a fun diversion. Coming during the very short final season, and on the heels of a terrible misfire of a main plot last episode? Pretty much inexcusable.
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Sorry but that was the best episode this season.
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This was a freaking awesome episode, I never stopped laughing from the start to finish!!! I guess different stuff float our boats but boy was this an awesome episode.
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I guess I'll be in the minority and say I loved it, laughed all the way through. loved the way Pete's porn Stache blew all over whenever they exchanged the cufflinks.
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No u are not, It was freaking awesome
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I know it may have been a waste in a final season, but it was good for a few chuckles and at 3am est that's all i could ask for.
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This episode was one of the weakest I can remember. As you wrote, with so few episodes left WHY waste it. Surely, the writers could have come up with a better Cinco de Mayo episode than THIS.

Any other season, and I would have laughed off this episode but with only 6 episodes in total and two left...this was not the time for a filler-like episode. I almost feel like it was a disrespect to the audience's intelligence.

This is not an episode I'll watch again.
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Me gusto. Muy divertido.


Was it kind of a waste of time? Yes. However with only six episodes they can't get too in depth on anything. I prefer fun over lame.
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Really, Pete's accent is the one you're calling out? I'd say Myka has way more to answer for than Pete in this one.

The Pete/Myka/Artie storyline's hook was the cufflinks, only 2 for 3 people, but this fun idea unfortunately got lost in the trappings of a rather overwhelming setting.

As for getting Pete and Myka together, I'd rather never see this, they are so clearly not compatible and not interested, one of my favorite things about this show is how they're running around like partners without falling into that trope.

Jinks' queeny twin was somehow both grating and hilarious, that was well done.

Claudia is actually 23, you are so mean MaryAnn. :p

The bottom line is that this did feel like a waste of time, but I get why they wanted to get one totally standard episode out before the big finale, so I almost was able to forgive it. Almost. But it does suggest that there is no story to tell here, that the finale isn't some huge thing but just something small and regular. Compare it to last night's Castle, the entire series led up to that episode and it wasn't even the season finale, much less a run-up to the series finale.

Holy shit, I totally missed the Cinco de Mayo connection, and I made sure we had chips and salsa with the lasgna my sister made last night for that very reason. D'oh!

That Clinton line was oddly anachronistic because of all the Hillary running talk has brought out new reports on the Bill Clinton sex scandal, and just today is news of an article about Monica in Vanity Fair coming out next week.

It was Valda who took her, and I'm sure it was convoluted.
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No doubt corny but for some reason I really loved this ep. haha. I know it would have fit better in a regular length season so I can understand the waste of it but the last two with Valda and the Warehouse should be great.
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Reminds me of the last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They knew it was the last season so they did some of the wildest, craziest stuff they could think of under the premise of "What are they gonna do, cancel us?" It was a fun, cheezy (queso-y) episode with about 2 seconds of real plot: Claire's missing.
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Sorry, I had to suffer through those, almost half that season was really, really bad. Sub Rosa is among the worst episodes of Star Trek in any fashion, and I'm including TOS season 3. This wasn't half as bad as a lot of those.

Kirk Out!
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No, it wasn't. But the point I was trying to make was they did episodes in the 7th season, they'd have never even considered in the previous 6. It just seems when you know you're getting cancelled they just start throw stuff out there.
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I get your meaning, I just didn't feel like this was in any way out of the ordinary for W13, while those... man. Data's mom is a robot and doesn't know it!
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I can only assume the finale is five hours long. It's the only way they can justify wasting this much time.
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I laughed a lot during this episode. Ok not the best one, maybe a bit boring sometime and a bit a waste because we just have 2 episode before the final clap :(.
MaryAnn Sleasman: – So why did (probably) Valda snatch Claire, do you think?– And if it wasn't Valda, then who?
Sorry but did you wrote your review without watching "scene from our next episode"??? We know who took Claire and (almost) clearly know why...
Only to too go then I don't know how they could wrap things up in only 2 episode. I hope that won't feel too much rushed...

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She was probably watching a screener.
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I agree that this was a regular filler episode. I enjoyed both watching both cases. It really didn't feel like it's coming to an end though - there are only two episodes left so I think the show should feel more like it's coming to an end.

I also feel like this storyline of Pete being in love with Myka has come out of nowhere. I've never seen them in a romantic way at all - just really good friends (just like how Claudia & Steve are great friends). I always hate it when TV shows decide to pair up the the leads like this just because they don't know what else to do with them and want to give them a happy ending together or whatever.
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Out of nowhere? They've been flirting with it for over a year now, perhaps longer. It was made clear sometime ago that Pete had feelings for Myka, but she didn't reciprocate due to his immaturity. Having to deal with cancer, I think she's starting to realize that life is short, and even shorter for Warehouse agents.
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It was fun but it was filler.
When you only have six episodes to end a series pack them full of meaningful things we really want to see please.
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Well its a good thing they brought back Kelly. For those who forgot, her last episode in season 1 also involved television coming to life, so it makes this episode a nice homage. It was a fun episode. At this point I'm just enjoying whatever Warehouse 13 throws at me because it will literally be gone in a few weeks. I give all the bad nonsecical cringeworthy things in this episode a pass.
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Actually, Kelly's FIRST episode was the one with the projections coming to life in Univille, and that was season 2. I hadn't connected the dots on that as an homage, but you're right. That said, it feels lazy to recycle that sort of thing with so little left to be able to do.
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Good grief, that was bad. And offensive at times, especially with Jinx being a "closeted real-gay". Why can't a gay just be gay without being Jack from Will & Grace? Even when he isn't, he has to secretly want to?

And can't a male-female duo not be a couple?? I have never really felt any sexual chemistry between Pete and Myka, so every time that they tried to squeeze that in, it felt forced and unnecessary. They are fine as friends and even their bickering has become forced and annoying.

I thought that only six episodes would mean something more serialized and world-saving, but it has just been disappointing, the last episode in particular.
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The artifact split Jinx into his two extreme halves, one was flaming fabulous while the other was die hard butch
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But hey, my wife liked it. And she hated it going in, figuring it would be a bunch of Spanish subtitling.
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I thought it was cute, and fun, but I understand the feeling you have about there only being a few episodes left and not wanting them to waste a single one.
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Maybe it is good they are bringing Warehouse 13 to an end. When the show started 5 seasons ago it was one of my favorite shows on TV and Pete wasn't an a** so much of the time. Certainly they used him for some more humorous escapades but these days he is portrayed as a doofus half the time. I liked the old fairly serious Pete much better and the show itself when it was more serious. The last two seasons in seems to have become much more a comedy actually. So this episode wasn't awful, it simply wasn't so good either. The constant movement between people of the cuff links went somewhat too far and the entire telemundo soap spoof wasn't particularly good either, or even that funny. Claudia and Steve's case at the frat was somewhat more interesting although even there the show has devolved into too much comedy instead of the mystery of the case. So I will miss the Warehouse crew when it ends but if they continued to produce episodes similar to the last two seasons I won't miss it near as much.
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What is wrong with you, this was SO much fun! I wish we had more episodes this wacky! So funny!
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I laughed all the way through this episode. It was hilarious! Although, I did wonder how may Spanish lessons had to be given to the cast. I also wondered if they brought in Aaron Ashmore's real twin for the split personality bit.
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:) I had a smile on my face the whole episode is was so cheesy it was great. I loved the girly jinx he was hilarious.
" do you even know how babies are made"
"Biaches"
Can't wait for next weeks episode.
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The music when they switched into / out of the character was friggin hilarious :D
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Terrible - but still, this is the last series, so I'm just waiting.....it will be good, it WILL,.......
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Ughhh...this episode was such a drag to watch until they busted out twin Jinks. So scenes with Claudia and Jinks were ok/great and awsome,while the rest was just.... ok Artie calling Pete idiot was sweet,but this episode should've just stayed as an idea on paper or in writers head. And now,that there's ONLY 2 episodes LEFT OF THE SERIES, THEY'LL FOCUS ON END in 2 episodes...my god,what a bunch of f-ing morons.

If it were like another season of WH13,I'd be ok with an episode like this,since they show isn't always life or death situation(well with artifacts it kinda is,but they don't take themselves too seriously),but FINALY SEASON,6 episodes(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!),they should have know better and done better with the stuff they got. 1st episode was for all the WTF's in the world with great cast,but shitty delivery as an episode,2nd episode FORCED us on Myka and Pete,while it did had Artie,Claudia and Claire,3rd episode was awsome with Claudia and Claire(at least once a week I try to listen to their singing of Garbage's song When I grow up) and 4th episode again pretty much sucked,but had moments with Claudia and jinks.
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I loved the episode. It's such a shame that this show is wrapping up.
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I don't care, it was a fun episode. They hit the season off with the darker plots, like retaking the warehouse from a madman that rewrote history and Claudia's disturbing past, It looks like we'll be seeing more of that next week, so what if they take a break and have a lighter episode? It's one of their best, closer to the show's roots, and I really enjoyed it.
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Seconded all the way around. Although I liked the reference to Harvey Kormann breaking character, how many times did they have to blow a fan in an actor's face and yell ole!?
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I think an episode like "Changing Channels" works very well for Supernatural because, when it's dramatic, that show is intense, and a comedic break is welcome. Besides, it puts the characters in a very unexpected situation.

Warehouse 13, on the other hand, is much lighter and feels amateurish at times, and if they overdo it, it becomes a cartoon, and not in a good way. (Speaking of amateurish, last episode's crowd of bystanders in the Medieval Fair was insufferably bad, like they shot the episode in the street with real bystanders standing in for professional extras.)

Instead, they should go all the way in the other direction and kill one of the main characters (and not come back) in a heavier dramatic moment.
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Your right in the seance that when supernatural does an episode like this and they have done one like this it works because it's a light comedic moment in amongst the darkness of the whole show, but yes warehouse has never been that kind of dark show it's always been light and goofy so something like this didn't bother me all that much.
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Absolutely agree on the 'too cartoony' comment - and obviously not this episode - but the whole season. The past few episodes have been cringeworthy - at best.

It appears they are doing their best to undo the good that this show was - almost in a negative way & purposefully so. Even Pete's hair is getting to me.

Sad to say but I'm kind of grateful that there are only 2 episodes left!
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Not to mention the fact that Supernatural made fun of the American culture in television, while Warehouse 13 decided to perpetuate some Latino stereotypes.
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