Warehouse 13

Season 2 Episode 1

Time Will Tell

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jul 06, 2010 on Syfy
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After destroying the umbilicus, MacPherson rescues another prisoner from the Bronze Sector and travels to Europe for the next step in his plan. Pete and Myka identify the missing prisoner: H.G. Wells. Meanwhile, Mrs. Frederic determines the true traitor, and Claudia is briefly reunited with her brother.moreless

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  • Better than 'MacPherson'

    I my eyes, this was much better than the season finale of the past season. When MacPherson was debronzed it felt like the whole first season was a waste of time, and it created more questions than it answered, which is more of a job for a finale for a premiere. This finished off the MacPherson arc, and introduced a very important character for the next couple seasons. Very satisfyingly too, i might add.moreless
  • What a disappointment.

    Very poor indeed. And I was really looking forward to the return of this (previously) great show.

    After ditching Fringe and Doctor Who due to shoddy writing it looks like I am going to have to stop watching another Sci-Fi show. (That only leaves SG:U as the only semi-decent Sci-Fi show around.)

    H. G. Wells was a woman. Give me strength! I almost turned it off there and then. The resolution to the brilliant Season 1 finale was rushed, badly edited and entirely lacking in suspense. Imagine coming fresh to that! You would switch over immediately.

    The plot (if you could call it that) was a basic runaround. The humour was forced and unfunny. The special-effects were jarringly poor (when the script is good you tend to over-look the poor FX).

    A woeful embarrassment for all concerned. I guarantee they will not repeat the ratings success of last season with dross like that.

    Having said all that I think there's hope (unlike Doctor Who and Fringe). Ditch H.G. Wells NOW. Find the charm again, let the humour occur naturally through good characterisation and hire some decent writers. Then............I will write a glowing review.moreless
  • Vacuous.

    I seemed to recall enjoying Warehouse 13 toward the end of last season, so this episode was a disappointment. It seemed like it was back to square one. It had no atmosphere, it felt rushed and choppy, and the 'science' aspect seemed simplistic and silly. There was no emotional substance at all (and believe me I wasn't expecting much but even silly comedies like this need a little) e.g. (spoilers) When Artie is found to have used the phoenix, resulting in the death of Mrs Frederick's driver, the death of this human being barely seems to register. & When Claudia's brother Josh is pushed/falls from a great height and lands on his back in a pile of wood planks it's waved off so fast that he's okay with just a minor injury that I almost missed it. And certainly no explanation was given for that miraculous outcome. HG Wells is a woman? Phfffft. That's the best they could come up with? HG Wells is such a well known and real historical figure - the idea that he really didn't exist is just ridiculous (I think they should use fictional historical villains instead of real ones btw - I don't think this forumal works at all). And I was also disappointed that the character of Lena - who previously seemed to have an air of deep mystery and veiled wisdom seemed in this ep a pale shadow of her season one character - engaged in the stupidest banter with Claudia as to who was the bigger victim in MacPherson's evil machinations. Sigh - not sure if I'll tune back in again - - maybe way later in the season I'll check back again...maybe I'll just let it fade from my memory - there're much better shows out there.moreless
  • It wasn't as bad as they say

    Sometimes season premieres aren't as strong as some other episodes or even season finales, and even when the rest of the reviews say that this one was not good, I have to say that it wasn't that bad and it was quite entertaining.

    I found the scenes between Artie and Claudia more entertaining and better developed than the scenes between Pete and Myka, which I really like and enjoy. The chemistry between the latter is very good and it can be compared to Pete/Myka's in strength and quality, but it's a different kind of relationship. Claudia drives Artie crazy but he seems to enjoy it.

    I'm glad MacPherson is gone but I'm glad Helena/Wells is still hanging around with a possibility of a sequel. Can't wait for next week.moreless
  • Ridiculous subplot

    I enjoyed the overall story line but the subplot of HG Wells being a woman was completely ridiculous. Are there so few interesting women in history that you had to make a classic male sci-fi writter into a woman? This is a very poor first step into the second season. Having historic figures, men or women, is prefectly fine and great but there is no need to give these historic figures a sex change in order to have an interesting story. Is the next plan to get Betty White to play Einstein? I'm only hoping that HG Well in this story is some kind of imposter and that will come to light in some future episode.moreless
Jean Pearson

Jean Pearson

Dr. LeFevre

Guest Star

Jung Yul Kim

Jung Yul Kim


Guest Star

Jane Moffat

Jane Moffat


Guest Star

Jaime Murray

Jaime Murray

H.G. Wells

Recurring Role

Tyler Hynes

Tyler Hynes

Joshua Donovan

Recurring Role

Roger Rees

Roger Rees

James MacPherson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Myka explains the significance of "Edward Prendick" to Pete, she says that he would "know him as Marlon Brando." However, Brando plays Dr. Moreau in the 1996 movie, not Prendick. Prendick doesn't appear in the 1996 movie, as his character is renamed Douglas. He is played by David Thewlis.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Myka: Maybe there's a clue in one of Wells' books, because our library is amazing.
      Leena: I know, first editions of everything that's been printed.
      Pete: Does that include comic books?
      Myka: Really? That's your first thought?
      Pete: No, but you definitely wouldn't like my first thought.
      Myka: You're right.

    • Myka: You know that my dad used to read me H.G. Wells when I was a kid?
      Pete: Yep, nothing like a little War of the Worlds to put a toddler to sleep.
      Myka: You've read War of the Worlds?
      Pete: Uh, no, but I saw the movie. Tom Cruise was awesome. Oh, and Brando in Island of Dr. Moreau--I could've been a scientist.
      Myka: Great, great, now all we need is Angelina to do The Modern Utopia and you'll be all caught up.

    • Pete: How do you not have jet lag?
      Myka: Because I slept on the plane. I mean, how many time can you watch Marley & Me?
      Pete: It's so sad.

    • Pete: So, uh, what'd you say to Mary Poppins, anyway?
      Myka: Oh, I just told her that you were a mental patient who thought he was H.G. Wells' long-lost boyfriend.
      Pete: No, you didn't. Did you? (glares at her) Nice. That's not even funny.

    • Pete: I'll admit it, I thought she was hot, but she's also obviously a...
      Myka: Cavorite.
      Pete: Yeah, yeah, I'm sure she was that, too.
      Myka: No, Cavorite was--was an anti-gravity metal that Wells wrote about. But Cavorite doesn't exist. I mean, there's no such thing.
      Pete: Myka, in this job there's no such thing as no such thing. We just met the female H.G. Wells, for crying out loud.
      Myka: Good point.

    • Claudia: Okay, well, the flames only go up eight rows. All we have to do is climb 20, run across the top, and climb down.
      Artie: All we have to do?
      Claudia: On the upside, you'll be able to work off some of those extra pounds you've been griping about.
      Artie: Devil child.

  • NOTES (2)

    • As of the second season premiere, Simon Reynolds is no longer credited as a show star, and Allison Scagliotti-Smith is billed as a series regular.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: September 23, 2010 on Syfy
      Australia: January 7, 2011 on SCI FI
      Czech Republic: May 27, 2012 on Prima COOL


    • Pete: I could've been a scientist.
      Referencing one of Marlon Brando's most famous lines, "I coulda been a contender," from the 1954 film On the Waterfront. Brando's character, an ex-prizefighter named Terry, makes the remark when lamenting what might have happened if he hadn't fixed a fight.

    • Myka: Great, great, now all we need is Angelina to do The Modern Utopia and you'll be all caught up.
      Referencing the 1905 work by H.G. Wells, part of his Utopian series, where the author lays out much of his philosophy and vision for a near-perfect future society. Chapter 6, Section 3, focuses on how women would function in such a utopia.

    • Myka: I mean, how many times can you watch Marley and Me?
      Referencing the 2008 movie based on John Grogan's autobiographical book, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog. In the movie, John and his wife adopt Marley, a labrador retriever, as a pup and he grows up with the couple as they begin a family of their own.

    • Pete: So is H.G. Wells one of the Munsters?
      Referencing the popular CBS series, The Munsters (1964-1966). The series featured a family of monsters trying to fit into normal society. Their father, patterned on Frankenstein's monster, was played by Fred Gwynne.

    • Pete: So, uh, what'd you say to Mary Poppins, anyway?
      Referencing Mary Poppins (1934), a series of eight children's books written by P. L. Travers. The books center around a mysterious, magical English nanny who is blown by the wind to Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, London and into the Banks' household to care for the Banks' children. The books were adapted in 1964 into a musical Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke They have also been adapted by Disney Theatrical as a stage musical in London (2004), and a Broadway musical (2006).

    • Cellphone: "C" is for Cookie, that's good enough for me.
      Referencing the song of the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. First performed on a March 1972 episode, it is one of the show's best-known tunes, and has been covered by several bands.

    • Pete: "Put the candle back." Young Frankenstein.
      Referencing the 1974 movie directed and written by Mel Brooks. A parody of the first two Frankenstein movies, Pete is referring to a scene where Dr. Frankenstein tries to negotiate a bookshelf that conceals a hidden passageway. His assistant, Inga, has to remove and replace a candle in its holder to get the bookshelf to rotate. The timing doesn't go quite as planned.