Warehouse 13

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Aug 18, 2009 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary

On the trail of a samurai sword gifted to the President, the agents encounter a rival artifact-seeker.

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  • Enjoyable Episode

    I thought this was a good episode - the whole episode had a better feel as it drew a few different story lines together.
  • Created drama. When trying to procure a famous Samurai Sword that is so perfect it supposedly renders the user invisible an agent from the past with a vendetta against Artie shows up to wreak havoc. Pitting Secret Service against Secret Service.moreless

    A couple of thoughts. The Samurai Sword story is tremendous. What a great artifact. The rogue agent from the past was not a great idea. Finally the do this because I say so goes so far. Myka and Pete are a little too intelligent to keep that up for very long. Roger Rees who plays James McPhearson is not one of my favorite actors. He is a fine actor and that is probably why he rubs me the wrong way. He seems pretty much type cast as snooty arrogant jerks that think they are better than everyone else. Here I get the feeling he is the same character. Of course the man has a long and storied career back to 1975 so he is quite qualified. I am concerned that we have another of these weird characters which are more annoying than interesting.

    This show really doesn't need that kind of protagonist which they already tried with Allison Scagliotti-Smith. As Claudia Donovan her character is cute and different and that was fine. This character is a foil for Artie who is already so mysterious we really don't need the extra drama.

    So stop the annoying do this because I say so and get back to the interesting episodes with the objects that are the real stars of the show. Really, how many former agents can there be out there looking for artifacts to steal and use. Is this going to be a common theme?

    Sorry for the negative review but this was by far the worst episode of the season so far and I really don't want the show to go in this direction. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Gave the characters more depth...

    This was actually a pretty good installment. The acting was definitely better than all the earlier ones. The drama progression was well conceived and well paced. The story didn't sound like a 12-year old's bedtime story. The story explored certain alternate themes like Artie's past life as an NSA code breaker who turns rogue and starts to help the Soviets. And the possibility of ex-warehouse agents who hunt for artifacts for their personal gain. The parts where Pete and Bering run into trouble with the secret service, and how Dickinson had to butt in to save them -looked more appreciable. W13 is getting into the groove. Lets see.moreless
  • The show seems to be hitting it's stride

    This episode was definitely one of the best of the series so far. A simple switcheroo is the mission for Pete and Myka. An ancient sword with the power of invisibility is on it's way to the U.S to be presented to the President as a gift. Their mission, to intercept and switch it with a duplicate minus the mystical powers. Seems simple enough.

    That's where the episode takes its first of many twists and turns, as Pete and Myka discover they're not the only ones after this sword. The introduction of a rival artifact seeker adds a great dynamic to the series, and I can't wait to see how this plays out in future episode.

    The next twist occurs when Pete and Myka learn more about Artie's troubled past, and a rift seemingly starts to appear for the group. How many more secrets is Artie keeping from them? How can they trust him, if he can't trust them with certain pieces of information. Especially if it puts their lives in danger. This has become another dynamic introduced that should be interesting to see play out in future episodes.

    The one hiccup in this episode was the climax. I wouldn't go so far to say it was anticlimactic like Elements was. It was actually pretty badass the way Artie got the sword by getting stabbed by it and holding on to it while it was still in him, refusing to let his assailant draw it back, which caused him to flee as to not get caught. But still, the guy was walking through all sorts of people, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake to obtain the sword. I just think he gave up the sword a little too easily.

    All in all, it was a great episode. The series is definitely starting to churn out consistently good episodesmoreless
Denis Akiyama

Denis Akiyama

Officer Ogawa

Guest Star

Arnold Pinnock

Arnold Pinnock


Guest Star

Graham Abbey

Graham Abbey


Guest Star

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Mrs. Frederic

Recurring Role

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

James MacPherson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Myka: Is there anything you don't play with?
      Pete: Um, no.

    • Pete: Well, please, ladies first.
      Myka: No, you know what, you... you be the smart one this time.
      Pete: Okay, get this, there's an access panel on the roof. It'll bring us in right above the main wiring for the security system. Now, we crawl on our bellies, we can avoid the motion system. And what do you mean "this time"?

    • Myka: Artie, just how long is this list of things we don't know?
      Artie: I don't know, about twice as long as the list of things that I don't know about, all right?

    • Myka: Having intel in the field keeps an agent alive, Pete. But Artie acts like keeping us alive isn't a priority. To him we're just...
      Pete: Redshirts?
      Myka: Yeah.
      Pete: Okay. First, he doesn't think we're redshirts. And second, that's so cool you knew what I meant.

    • Secret Service Agent: Who's Mrs. Frederic?
      Artie: (points to her bodyguard) I'd have to tell you, but then he'd have to kill you.

    • James MacPherson: Hello, Arthur.
      Artie: James.
      James MacPherson: Good to see you after all these years.
      Artie: Wish I could stay the same.
      James MacPherson: Well, not while you're pointing a gun at me or trying to.
      Artie: Well, no, you're an invisible guy with a sword. I think you might have the advantage over me.
      James MacPherson: My point exactly.

    • Mrs. Frederic: I apologize for doubting you.
      Artie: Oh, well, thank... thank... we're... we're all human. As far as I know.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Pete: Redshirts?
      "Redshirts" is a term coined by the original Star Trek series, where security officers wore uniforms with red shirts, and often their only function in an episode was to die violently to emphasize the danger of a situation.