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Warehouse 13 S05E05: "Cangku Shisi"


After last week's telenovela on steroids,  it was nice to see Warehouse 13 get back into the swing of things with a Warehouse in peril (as usual), Claudia's missing sister, and Mark Shepard doing what he does best on these shows: playing one heck of an evil mo-fo. His alternate-timeline Valda, conditioned by his lifetime full of Paracelsus's twisted take on Warehouse ethics, picked up where fearless leader left off and set to building weapons out of artifacts and testing them on innocent bystanders. For science. And world domination. But mostly science. 

Last week, I lamented Warehouse 13's decision to waste one of its precious final episodes on fail like "Savage Seduction," and while my stance on that episode hasn't changed, I'm at least comfortable with what Warehouse 13 did in its penultimate episode. While the conclusion to Claire's story seemed a little hasty, it never felt rushed, and with that huge thread mostly—if not entirely—wrapped up, the possibilities for next week's series finale are promising.


So let's get back to the Warehouse in peril. We wouldn't be heading into a Warehouse 13 finale—season OR series—if there wasn't plenty of chaos and terror on display. Admittedly, after several seasons of this, the whole routine feels a little tired in the way that any TV series' signature schtick can start to feel little old-hat near the end. I would've rather have seen more small-scale, character-driven stories in these last six episodes: more focus on Claudia and Claire, more focus on Pete and Myka, anything for Jinks to do. To its credit, Warehouse 13 is making a moderate attempt to give us the best of both worlds; it was delightful to see how personal Artie took the latest attack on the Warehouse, as he desperately and irrationally grasped at anything to save his "home." In fact, I was honestly a little surprised and disappointed that the unspectacular, run-of-the mill rope that Artie slung around the possessed compass in a last-ditch effort to keep the place grounded didn't become an artifact itself, what with the amount of emotion Artie was pouring into it. Wouldn't that have been fitting? I guess there's still time. Fingers crossed!


The big bad national security threat that's now poised to dominate the series' final episode acted largely as stage dressing, and could turn out to be just that in the finale as well. The transition from Warehouse 13 to Warehouse 14 is chugging onward despite the best efforts of Artie and his agents, but I have no doubt that there will be some eleventh-hour save that keeps the Warehouse right where it is, regardless of what Mrs. Frederic says. The series looks ready to give its characters some well-earned happily-ever-after action, and a huge part of that relies on having a Warehouse to continue to call home. But "Cangku Shisi" did leave the keepers of Warehouse 13 prepared to accept their potential unemployment with the notion that hey, at least they've got each other. 

Warehouse 13 has spent the last five seasons touting the idea of the agents as a family, but it hasn't been until recently that everyone in the Warehouse has come to accept that idea, or even been in a position to embrace it. For most of the series' run, the characters needed the Warehouse because, frankly, they just didn't have much else going for them. With Pete and Myka recognizing their feelings for one another, Claudia reunited with Claire, and even Artie's on-again-off-again romance with Dr. Vanessa, the truth is that, if Warehouse 13's writers do the unthinkable and end the series with a relocation to a new Warehouse in a new host country, those left behind in America will not be left alone without homes, families, or lives to turn to. What do you think, though? Will Warehouse 13 go through with it? Are we packing up and heading to China? 



EXTRA ARTIFACTS

– Jinks testing Pete's truthfulness about Myka miiiiight have been my favorite moment of the season so far. 

– I'm kinda confused about how the whole Claire-subbing-for-Claudia thing worked, seeing as how, even though Claudia is the next caretaker, she's not the current caretaker. So. Like. Wouldn't it have made more sense to try to overpower Mrs. F? 

 Unless it had to be Claudia because of the idea that the next Warehouse needs the next caretaker. I think that makes sense. Let's go with that. 

– SO MANY ARTIFACTS THIS WEEK. It's like the writers looked at a list of artifacts they wanted to use, realized the show was ending, and decided to cram as many into the final episodes as possible. 


What'd you think of "Cangku Shisi"?


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AIRED ON 5/19/2014

Season 5 : Episode 6

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Earlier I pondered why they didn't just transfer the energy from the music box into a rapist and then put him in a coma. It seems the writers were on the same page. Valda wasn't a rapist as far as we knew, but that was just an example of someone the world isn't going to miss. And of course the fork trick is a much better solution as to what to do with him. I wonder if he had to keep that fork on his person for the rest of his life or if it just had to exist in that timeline? I guess it doesn't matter now.
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&Earlier; I pondered why they didn't just transfer the energy from the music box into a
&rapist; and then put him in a coma.

Guest star: Stephen Collins?
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Well, I'll be watching the leaked (?) final episode shortly, but in regards to this penultimate episode 5:

  • Gotta love Pete's "Daphne and Velma" remark to Myka and Claudia.
  • Still gotta hate Pete's dopey hairdo.
  • And really liked Artie and Jinksy's happy, huggy dance when they believed they had saved Warehouse 13 from its doom.
  • And near the end didn't Pete have a pithy "fork you" to Valda?
  • Definitely agree that in the two episodes with Claire there should have been at least some sort of casual reference to their big brother.
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Well so far, I'm sad that WH13 is only getting a 6 episode send off. It just goes to show me that Syfy don't know how to handle their properties worth a damn. They're doing this shortened season, there's been the complete gongshow they've made of the re-imagined BSG universe since that show ended (fans and the actors involved all want to do more, syfy barely throws support behind things that then ultimately fail), they canceled alphas and eureka which were all supposed to share a universe but had next to no interplay between them, and they keep making shit like sharknado. Just what the world needs. more idiotic disaster movies.
I wonder if they keep tabs on this or other sites like it and see what people actually say about this stuff. It would be interesting to know how much of it makes any sort of impact.
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This season has 7 fewer episodes; the previous season got 7 more. You end up at the same total episodes as if it had 5 13-episode seasons.

&fans; and the actors involved all want to do more

No ratings or no money/financial interest/production company, no project.

∧ they keep making shit like sharknado

...which became a big hit for them.

Sounds like they know what they're doing. Remember, it's all about the ratings, because the ratings set what they can sell advertising time for.
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I actually think a good end to Warehouse 13 would be for it to move and become Warehouse 14 - maybe we'll get that next week.

Most of the season has felt like a lot of filler, but now I am starting to feel like things might be wrapping up and coming to an end.

I still think the Pete/Myka thing came out of nowhere and I wish the show hadn't gone in that direction and left them as friends.
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Yes, with the artifacts MaryAnn! And that includes the ones that were being moved in the warehouse. I recall the ferris wheel and the pyramid but not the windmill or the hot air balloon. The warehouse is even bigger than I thought it was.
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Fun episode. But it felt rushed. It felt like that could have been a multi episode arc in a regular season, but they rushed it due to time constraints, which goes to show the viewer that they had way more content and things they could have done and SciFi sucks.

But it was fun. It was nice to see Pete take the lead now that he is in love with Myka and therefore needs to be more mature, or at least his approximation of maturity.

The Claudia and her sister thing was expected. There was no way that they were going to let that stand and end the series.

My guess now is that this whole thing started the new warehouse chain of events and they are going to have to deal with that for the finale. Boo.
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&which; goes to show the viewer that they had way more content and things they
&could; have done and SciFi sucks.

How does Syfy suck if the ratings weren't there to justify more full seasons?
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everything feels rushed because it is. It has to be because of damnedable StyFy. Yeah, let's have another Sharknado. Because that is such a better concept than the incredibly heart-felt, smart, and funny W13.
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It's not about concepts. The network isn't a charity. It's about what gets ratings which set the ad prices they can charge. Like it or not, for Season 4 Warehouse 13 achieved "Final season averages: 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.51 million total viewers.". The third airing of Sharknado : "Sharknado consumed 2.1 million total viewers, 863K Adults 25-54 and 791K Adults 18-49, while averaging a 1.4 household rating from 9-11PM". Sharknado set movie records for Syfy; WH13 never set series records for SyFy. Not only that, WH13 started out season 4 with a 0.8 but then dropped to as low as 0.3 for the 15th episode and hovered between 0.4 and 0.5 for the final 5. This isn't a particularly unusual pattern but season 3 averaged 0.74. Extrapolating, the numbers looked bad, especially if season 5 would start at the previous finale's ratings and then do another downward slide. (I don't know what the final six episodes of WH13 scored).

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Tara Reid gotta eat. Or get more lipo
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Am I the only one annoyed that in two recent episodes Claudia's sister woke up from a 15 year coma and there was no mention of her brother at all? Wouldn't someone waking up from a coma ask what happened to her brother?
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Nope that is a plot hole. Though it might be because the actor is unavailable and they had to work around that. But yea he deserves at least a mention. They can mention that he is at CERN and unavailable or something.
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We don't see him in the flashbacks, either.
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Maybe things were just too awkward after Artie kissed him on the mouth during the last Christmas episode.....
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I'm assuming we're to assume that (since he is the oldest) he was in college at the time...that's where he was when Artie found the brother. Didn't Claudia say he was 19 and just a kid when she was handed over to him? And hasn't he been doing something not shady but legit in a foreign country? That would explain his absence. So while it is a plot hole, I get it.
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My point though isn't that he has to appear. She could have just asked "Hey, don't we have a brother? Is he still alive?" That would've been enough.
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I just watched the finale. Somehow it is floating out in the land of torrents.

After crying a good 3 or 4 times - it was ended wonderfully. No spoilers, but I will say there is room for more. StyFy will be too busy making Sharknado 6 instead, I'm sure.

God I am so sad.
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Valda makes the biggest villain mistake: "Kill them slowly"
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My Dog has Ms. Scagliotti matured into a beautiful young woman. She was always cute, but she is really becoming a stunner.

Nothing tops my Myka, however.

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Yeah, i see where you're coming from. The actor might not have been available or they simply couldn't make time for it. It happens.
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1. I still don't understand why Myka is cancer free. Did Pete cure her with artifacts in season 4 finale? Or was it one big misunderstanding and she wasn't ill in the first place?

2. I'm glad they wraped up Claire's story line - too bad they didn't introduce her character ealier in the show. I like her very much.

3. I was hoping they will announce Warehouse 14 as a spin off - looks like it won't happen :(

4. I don't like the idea of Pete and Myka being the end game. They're like siblings and Myka was (maybe still is) in love with Helena.

5. I'm really sad Warehouse 13 is ending :(

Thanks for review, MaryAnn!
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About Myka, Paracelsus was lying when he told Pete she was dying. In the 1st episode this season Myka's "Procedure" revealed she was ok.
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I remember "the benign cyst" thing, but I somehow missed the lying part. Thanks - it's good to know Myka's ok.
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1. Mistake if I recall correctly.

3. Will definitely not happen. The warehouses are always in the nation of new dominant power. If it did it would have to be in Mandarin.

4. Stay tuned re: Helena. You'll get your answer on the Helena front next week.
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Ungh I know, Myka and Pete have been nothing but, You are my annoying little brother that I adore, but mostly you are annoying. Why? Why do all TV shows have to have a romantic pairing when it just isn't needed.
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They need put Mark Shepard in every single show he make them all so much better!
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Honestly, at this point it's starting to seem like the same character in different shows, from the Director on Chuck to Supernatural to evil Valda here. He's not only becoming over-exposed, he's becoming typecast.
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Yeah, evil alternate Valda was pretty much channeling Crowley. I liked non-alternate timeline Valda because he was actually a good guy and it was kinda interesting watching Mark Shepard play a good guy.
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I wish he was channeling Crowley. Crowley has motivation and charm and a sharp wit. Valda as seen here had none of those. Badger from Firefly had more personality than alt-Valda did.

It's almost as if they needed a go-to actor known for playing bad guys, to fill in the role of the "we need a big threat to finish up the series and only have two episodes to do it with" bad guy. Getting someone who had already been on the show let them pop in "alternate universe bad guy" and skip the whole motivation and developed-personality steps.
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I really would have preferred they stuck with ASH (Paracelsus) for the big bad until the end. He may not have been available, however.
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Not this one. It was about the blandest performance I've ever seen him give. One-note "I'm an evil guy." He gave it as much nuance as he could, but there really wasn't much there to work with.
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The Warehouse will stay where it's always been. Canada.

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The Pete/Myka dynamic this short season has been way too Pete-sided, if they are to get together they have to show Myka at least thinking about it...
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1. They still have time to for Myka to give exactly the same consideration as Pete. One scene. The ridiculous scene of him avoiding kissing her and his ex telling him how he felt isn't really development on his part. It's not like they've been showing his growing longing for her.
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FINALLY!!!!!!! there are some people with an ounce of sense about quality Sci fi shows NOT SYFY shows! I just watched the last episode of season 5 and the entire episode was flashbacks, that was the worst ending to a series since stargate universe the whole 2 seasons! The ending was like if the show was a beautiful garden spending YEARS making perfect and then someone coming by with a weed wacker and just hacking everything into little disappointing peices. In my opinion to properly end a series is to give each main character their own episode to wrap things up, unless there is going to be a sequel to the series then they can just continue the story. This was the last scifi show that i plan on watching since the new "syfy" channel is complete crap, i even unplugged my cable box because TV in general over the last couple of years is shit!!!!!!! Warehouse 13.5 or 14 PLEASE!
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a bit overboard but oh well, haha. I enjoyed it a lot and it got an ending I wanted.
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Stargate Universe was/IS a great show...sadly they didn't know they will get canceled,so you can't blame them for ending...they had plan for 5 seasons,if I remember right and only 2 were made...
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I didn't like Universe as much as SG-1 or Atlantis but I thought it was pretty decent and better than a lot of other shows. I was okay with the way Universe ended actually - it didn't feel like a major cliffhanger when it ended (the way Alphas did).
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At first you had to get used to the fact,that it wasn't your typical Stargate show,but show was awsome. First thing I didn't like was,when they show Matt fucking Chloe,because I thought show wanted to be something other than SG show. I felt like,oh no they wanna be like some other shows and think,if they show us sex scenes,people will watch it just because of that.
But show really found it's ground,had plan,awsome characters,2nd season was on fire. 1st one was great,but 2nd season was just beyond awsome in my eyes and I wasn't upset with "ending",but was upset that SGU ended. And now no SG show on tv..still strange feeling,after being used to watch some SG show on tv(nowdays dl to computer..who watches tv anymore!?!? :D with all those annyoing adds)
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I thought SGU started off terribly, but as it went on it just got better and better. I was really sad to see it canceled when it was.
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I was pleased with this episode. Especially after last week's. This episode felt more like "home".

Have to agree with you about the favorite moment with Pete and Jinks. Pete so badly wanted it not to be true.

I wish that the Finale next week was going to be longer than the normal hour. If even just to give an extra 15 minutes to it.
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I already watched season finale. It was probably leaked,so I am sure you can dl it somewhere. It was so-so,much like this episode and this last season. Had it's moments,but like last season complete waste of time,knowing that people knew they had only 6 episodes to finish series and that's what we get for final season.
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Totally agreed. Last week was a waste of an episode with how short the season was. I was kinda expecting Artie turning that rope into a new artifact based on how hard he and jinks were trying to stop the compass. I guess they didn't want to overshadow what was going on in China, but still an opportunity missed just for laughs using an ordinary rope. And wouldn't the rope have snapped or they got severe rope burn after a while? If the artifact silly string broke that easy, a rope should've been broken much sooner.

I didn't really feel the whole great peril like the way the warehouse was blown up, but I guess i can't complain most of the storyline was wrapped up maybe too neatly. I'm all for happy endings and if not for the last moments, this could've been an ok way to end. So I hope the finale ends on a good note especially the crew has been warned a while ago.
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The recap's up.

One more to go.
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Just another reason some people should not write anything more than bumper sticker logos and Hallmark Greeting Cards!
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This episode was kind of lame...where the hell was Mrs. Fredrick during all that? She shows up at the end?
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I must recuse myself from these comments due to knowing all of the things.
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Warehouse 14 spin-off!
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