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Warehouse 13

Season 2 Episode 2

Mild Mannered

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 13, 2010 on Syfy
8.4
out of 10
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177 votes
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Episode Summary

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The team goes after an artifact that can turn individuals into superheroes... with deadly consequences for everyone around them.

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  • Flying at low altitude.

    7.0
    This episode to me is kinda an oddity, I did enjoy it I thought it was decent but all the same it was a fascinating failure.



    It's just this episode could of been so much better, instead it has more weaknesses than any superhero. I really liked the plot, it's a typical ordinary man become superhero story but I like those kinds of stories. The problem with this episode though is that it doesn't go far enough with itself or there should of been more to it.



    I'll get down to the bad first, I felt both Pete and Mika seemed to both act kinda childish in places which I thought was weird and out of place, also Pete didn't have anything to do. There are a lot of references but very few laughs and suttlety.



    The subplot with Claudia and Letta was lame, their back and forth is forced and I just don't care or like Letta her character is practically just there; but I also think the actress that plays her is terrible, she's pretty much a knock on wood. Though one thing I liked in the subplot was the moement with Arttie and Mcpehrson which I thought was touching, it was a small way of saying goodbye to an old friend.



    And the final conflict was lame, it was cool and sexy seeing Mika in a cat like suit with some specialized glove to make her look like a superhero. But she doesn't really do anything cool, theres no sense of a real struggle, and theres a small twist that just comes out of the blue as a lame attempt for delaying the suspense futher.



    To me what really makes this episode watchable were the two guest stars, Jewel Statie whom is hot as usual and Sean Maher which was something I was psyched about since I'm a fan of "Firefly" seeing both of them together again was like a dream come true. They both I thought performance wise did a soild job despite roles a bit thin but were given a bit of depth to make both characters sympathetic. I like the design of the costume Sean wears, it's has a bit of a throwback feel, but I like the mask more which I think is cool looking. Just seeing him in that get up and use it, I can't help but feel he could of played Superman in the "Man of Steel" movie. I liked seeing him use the powers which had to do with momentum and force. Not much else to say except heres hopping they'll be a "Firefly" mini series which probably won't happen but should.



    Personally, I felt for most of the plot we could of seen Pete and Sheldon team up to stop something big going down in town, may'be some syndicate has an artifact or theres a supervillian with a similar artifact, and both of them would go and kick some butt. May'be even see Pete have a costume and use gadgets, which makes a lot more sense since he's a comic book fan. Ok, I know that sounds comic bookish but at least it has more going for it, this episode I was waiting for to take of and it just doesn't quite do it.



    Overall a decent episode but yeah could've flown higher.moreless
  • Pete & Myka turn into the village idiots...

    3.0
    Not sure is it was just the terrible script, or the addition of some very poor direction. This episode marks a very low point for a show I've loved every episode of, until now.



    Their supposed to be agents, previously entrusted with the protection of the president, but spent this episode behaving more like the less gifted half of the scoobies.



    And while I always like the pop-culture references made in the show, this episode was ramming them down out thought at even the slightest opportunity, which sort of spoils it.



    I really hope this isn't a sign of things to come. In season one this was an awesome show, please don't trash it in season two.moreless
  • A couple bad actors drag down a decent show

    6.0
    This episode managed to take two very different concepts and mesh them together into a neat little package. And I'm not talking about Myka's patent leather getup, either!



    The main plot was the kind of love letter to comic book geeks that usually goes horribly wrong. This time, it was handled fairly well. The premise of "Warehouse 13" is actually perfect for the purpose of inserting some comic book logic into the equation. This is, after all, a series about paranormal artifacts causing unusual and unexpected consequences. How many comic book heroes are essentially given that very origin?



    It was great seeing Jewel Staite and Sean Maher again, even if it was mostly bittersweet. Who wasn't wishing that it could have been a resurrection of "Firefly", somehow? The guest roles were fairly thin, but Jewel was gorgeous as ever, and it was great to see Sean again. Much as with the season premiere, the majority of the cast was fine. Pete was still a bit too flippant for my taste, though I wasn't quite as averse to it during this episode.



    The second plot thread, dealing with the aftermath of the premiere in the warehouse, was also very well done. It was good to see everyone working out their emotional and psychological baggage. I have some hope that the whole Artie/McPherson interaction will continue in some small fashion. (As an aside: just what kind of partners were they?)



    But I've actually found a character that annoys me more than Pete: Leena. Genelle Williams just doesn't seem very convincing in that role. Compare her to Allison Scagliotti, who is very natural in her portrayal of Claudia, when they share the screen. Williams' line delivery always feels forced in comparison.moreless
Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Loretta

Guest Star

Conrad Coates

Conrad Coates

Officer Kessman

Guest Star

Kyra Harper

Kyra Harper

Brenda

Guest Star

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

James MacPherson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: At the beginning of the scene which reveals the owner of the gravity-altering trunks, the camera pans across, from left to right, Wonder Woman's Golden Lasso, Green Arrow's green bow, an umbrella from the Penguin and most prominently, Mjöllnir, which is the mystical hammer possessed by Thor.

    • Trivia: Although not spoken aloud, the original owner of the trunks is Angelo Siciliano, aka "Charles Atlas." The name can be seen on the warehouse catalog screen.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Kessman: A guy in tights just leaped over a building.
      Pete: Yeah, best to omit that from your report.
      Kessman: What report?
      Pete: All right.

    • Pete: You are looking at a one-man Iron Shadow encyclopedia. Pick an issue, any issue.
      Myka: I think we already know your issues, okay?

    • Myka: You're Joe Shmoe, you find an artifact that gives you superpower. What do you do?
      Pete: I track down Ralph Brunsky and give him the mother of atomic wedgies in front of the entire seventh-grade class, or I don the guise of my all-time favorite superhero and fight crime.

    • Claudia: Don't fret, Artie said it's okay. Well what he actually said was, "Arrrh! Arrh! Go! Go! Rarrf! Rarrf!

    • Claudia: But there's a kink. The suit's energy-siphoning abilities drain the wearer of all vital fluids, causing paralysis in 60 minutes.
      Pete: Oh, I'm only gonna need sixty seconds, 'cause I'm gonna be all biff, bang, pow!
      Claudia: And in men, it causes impotence.
      Pete: Whoa. (hands it to Myka) Here you go, Wonder Woman.

    • Myka: Claudia! What's happening?
      Claudia: His mass keeps increasing. He's approaching infinite density!
      Pete: Well, that sucks for him.

    • Pete: And once again... the city is safe! (Claudia and Myka chuckle) Why is that so funny? That's what--that's what they say.

    • Myka: (revealing her middle name) It's Ophelia! Okay? Like from Hamlet. Yes, Ophelia. Let the mocking commence.
      Pete: Ophelia. That's--that's kind of... beautiful. Can "Ophelia" boobies? Oh! Snap!

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Pete: You know, Dudley Do-Right was first on the scene at all five locations.
      Referencing Dudley Do-Right, the dim-witted but heroic Canadian Mountie immortalized in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959-1964), and later spun off into his own show and a live-action movie. Dudley fights against Snidely Whiplash with the assistance of Horse, his horse.

    • Myka: Freeze, Dirty Harry!
      Referencing police detective Harold Francis "Dirty Harry" Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood in five movies from 1971 to 1988. The character is a cop who refuses to play by the rules, constantly challenges his superiors, disregards orders, and ultimately believes in justice rather than the letter of the law.

    • Myka: Who was that masked man?
      Referencing one of the final lines of many episodes of the radio and TV series, The Lone Ranger. A Texas Ranger named Reid is the last survivor of an ambush. After being nursed back to health by his childhood friend, Tonto, Reid dons a mask and rides the Old West, fighting evil and tyranny. At the end of many episodes, someone would see the masked man ride off and inevitably ask, "Who was that masked man?" "That was the Lone Ranger!" and a hearty "Hi-yo Silver, away!" in the background would then follow.

    • Pete: Kurtzberg, aka Jack "The King" Kirby, he created...
      Referencing Jack Kirby, famed comic book writer, creator, editor, and artist. Arguably the most influential worker in the comic book industries in the 60s, Kirby created or helped create characters as Captain America, Manhunter, the Boy Commandos, the Fantastic Four, OMAC, The Demon, Mister Miracle, The Forever People, and many more.

    • Claudia: Have no fear, Claudia's here.
      Referencing the catchphrase of Underdog, the hero of the series of the same name. The super-powered dog's catchphrase was "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!", usually spoken as he flew off to rescue Sweet Polly Purebred from the clutches of Simon Bar Sinister.

    • Pete: If I were Lex Luthor, I would go after the Man of Steel's greatest weakness [...] Lois Lane.
      Referencing one of the best known known superheroes of the 20th and 21st century, Superman, the Man of Steel. First appearing in Action Comics #1 (June 1938), Superman has appeared in comics, movies, TV shows, commercials, and a Broadway musical. His archnemesis is Lex Luthor, almost always a bald genius who schemes to destroy Superman. Lois Lane is a reporter and Superman's girlfriend and eventual wife.

    • Pete: Here you go, Wonder Woman
      Referencing the comic book superhero created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter in 1941. A warrior from the classic Greek Amazons of mythology, Princess Diana of Themyscira left Paradise Island to teach the virtues of love and peace to mankind, while fighting evil. The character, equipped with her golden lasso and invisible plane, has undergone a number of rewrites and retcons over the decades, but remains one of the most well-known comic book heroines of all time.

    • Claudia: Holy underwear, it's the trunks!
      Referencing the 60s Batman series, where teen sidekick Robin often made comments paraphrased by "Holy... Batman!" as in "Holy haberdashery, Batman!", "Holy priceless collection of Etruscan snoods, Batman!", "Holy atomic pile, Batman!" and so on.

    • Pete: All alone in your Fortress of Solitude?
      Most likely referencing Superman's secret headquarters, first seen in Action Comics #241 (June 1958). This secret Arctic base in the side of a mountain contains Superman's labs, computers, Kryptonian artifacts, an alien zoo, and trophies of his various adventures. The term itself has its origins in the Doc Savage novels of the 20s and 30s, where Clark "Doc" Savage would retire from the world from time to time to his secret Arctic Fortress of Solitude where he would do research for the betterment of all mankind.

    • Pete: Good work, chum. To the Batmobile.
      Referencing the 60s Batman where Batman would refer to Robin as "old chum." The entire line usually occurs when Robin figures out a clue and they then race off to the Batmobile to race to the scene of the next crime.

    • Claudia: Dude, go into the light already.
      Referencing the 1982 movie Poltergeist, where spirits are told to go into the light so that they can escape their Earthly restrictions. he phrase is commonly associated with near-death experiences where the person saw a white light at the end of a tunnel or similar phenomenon. When Carol Anne, the young girl, is swayed by the ghosts to come with them, she is told, "Do not go into the light."

    • Pete: Ooh, spidey sense tingling.
      Referencing the comic book character Spider-Man's enhanced senses, which grant him a form of precognition capable of letting him sense and then respond to most things that would pose a danger to him.

    • Myka: Well, with great power comes great responsibility.
      Referencing the line commonly attributed to the comic book character Spider-Man, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The line, as first used in Amazing Fantasy #15, is actually "With great power there must also come great responsibility."

    • Claudia: (accented) This house... is clean.
      Referencing the character Tangina Barrons, a medium brought in to rid a house of ghosts in the 1982 cult classic film Poltergeist.

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