Warehouse 13 kicked off season two with “Time will Tell," an episode that did a fantastic job of picking up right where we left off.
Actually, so much so that I was almost disappointed how quickly it solved last season's cliff-hanger. Don’t get me wrong: I am thrilled Artie survived! He really is the glue that holds the entire warehouse together.
I am further thrilled to see that Claudia is becoming a full-time character on the show. I think she is a perfect counter balance to Artie. While Artie has been with the warehouse so long that he knows nearly everything, Claudia is new and with her smarts sees everything with fresh eyes and really thinks outside the box.
The weakest point in the story for me was the quick death of James MacPherson. Here was a man that avoided the team for the entire first season, going so far as stabbing Artie with a sword and nearly killing him - and he was brought down by H.G. Wells cutting the string on his necklace.
Seriously, couldn’t you just pick up the broken string and tie it back around his neck? It landed right there on the floor. Heck, anyone who has broken a necklace knows you normally catch it before it gets to the ground.
On the flipside, I understand they wanted a new bad guy this season and really want to up the stakes with the mystery around H.G. Wells. To that end, I am already hooked!
There are so many questions just from this one episode: Is she really bad? Why was she Bronzed? What do the items she took do? What was she was sketching at the café? Has she read Harry Potter yet? How old does she say she is on her license?I also noticed a couple of odd tweaks to the show.
For example, the Escher Vault was a great way to work in a gimmick from the commercials into the show (funny thing is that usually works the other way around). They were clearly very proud of working it in, as Mrs. Frederic and Artie spent way longer than needed walking through the Escher.
Also, on the writing side, it seems Pete is to be more of a divining rod that he was last year. He had more “vibes” (both good and bad) in this episode then I think he had in the last four episodes of season one.
Overall, though, it was a really good episode. The season is off to a great start with an expanded regular cast (both Leena and Claudia are now listed in the opening credits). A hot new bad guy... err, gal. And what appears to be a bigger budget. My only request to SyFy is that if you are going to make a show like this you only air in the summer, give us more than 12 episodes! Having to wait 40 weeks to watch the show again was a crime!
What did you think of the season premiere? Do you like H.G. Wells as the villain? Were you sad that MacPherson died? Sound off now and check out a few Warehouse 13 quotes from the hour below:
Artie: Claudia, go easy we have all been through a lot
Claudia: Worst case of identity theft ever! | permalink
Myka: H.G. Wells is actually a woman, I am going to have to process this.
Pete: Make it fast would ya? | permalink
Myka: Pete, Artie says that H.G Wells is actually........
Pete: (With a gun at his neck) A woman, a really hot woman, maybe good with a gun.
Myka: He left out the gun part. | permalink
Myka: So do all your dates work out this way?
Pete: On a scale of 1 to 10 I am giving this one a 7. | permalink
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