‘Warehouse 13′ Season 4, Episode 2: ‘An Evil Within’ Recap

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So far Warehouse 13 season 4 feels like the punchline to an old joke about playing country music backward: they got the Warehouse back, Mrs. Fredrick (CCH Pounder) back, H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray) back, Pete (Eddie McClintock) back, and this week they go after fallen agent Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore). This may or may not be a good thing in the long run, but in the here and now it makes for an interesting twist, not because Jinks was brought back to life but because of who made it possible.

The plot picks up where last week’s left off. Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) has run off with Johann Maelzel’s metronome in a last-ditch effort to resurrect Steve, Artie (Saul Rubinek) is barely functioning under the weight of his secret misuse of Magellan’s astrolabe, and Pete and Myka (Joanne Kelly) are, well, Pete and Myka. Pete is raring to go help track down Claudia even though he doesn’t have a clue where she is or what she’s up to but Artie quickly puts a stop to it and you have to wonder whether it’s because she’s always been his responsibility or because he doesn’t want a second artifact to be used for selfish purposes under his watch. Either way, Artie stays at the B&B to begin the search for Claudia while Pete and Myka are sent to the city of brotherly love.

This creature-of-the-week storyline is a decent one. Lynch mobs are popping up all over Philly with the attackers swearing that their victims appeared to be monsters that were on the loose and needed to be stopped. The monster hallucination only breaks after it’s too late and the victim is either dead or close to it. There’s a nice slight of hand going on in the writing, consistently drawing attention to the attackers versus the victims.

Of course it’s hard to interview someone in a coma or dead so Pete and Myka only catch onto the fact that it’s the victims, not the attackers, whose paths have crossed. All of them were at the same basketball game and none of them stopped to help an injured woman who was being trampled by the crowd. She has died and her fiancé has gotten ahold of H.P. Lovecraft’s silver key, a key he feels will reveal the heartless people who refused to offer aid for the monsters they truly are. In the end the key is snagged, bagged, and tagged, and Pete declares that the fiancé is no better than those he set out to punish.

Meanwhile, back at the Warehouse, Artie continues to wrestle with his own personal monsters. It’s crystal clear that while he’s rationalized the use of the astrolabe he’s also being slowly suffocated by the guilt. There’s a near slip when Pete jokes about turning back time and it only gets worse when Brother Adrian (Brent Spiner) shows up at the B&B looking for the missing device. Their first exchange is painful, especially when Artie discovers that the evil he’s unleashed can be recalled if he’s willing to restore the time he’s erased. By their second he seems desperate for any alternative means of stopping what he’s put in motion. Anything so that he doesn’t have to lose the ones he loves all over again.

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When he finally catches her at the morgue trying to steal Jinks’ body, all of that inner turmoil comes to a boil and spills out all over Claudia in Artie’s impassioned speech. He argues that as warehouse agents they are guardians, giving her a laundry list of agents gone bad because they used artifacts for their own selfish purposes. That he doesn’t include himself in that list is telling and his position is made all the more complex when regent Jane Lattimer (Kate Mulgrew) unexpectedly appears and tells Claudia she’s got permission to go through with her plan to bring back Jinks.

It isn’t until Jinks is breathing again, his life now tethered to the metronome, that Claudia discovers Jane did not, in fact, have permission from the regents. Faran Tahir does a very convincing pissed off boss of a top-secret organization and hopefully this means he’ll be reprising this role more as the season unfolds. Seeing more of Star Trek alumni Brent Spiner and Kathryn Mulgrew wouldn’t be a bad thing either. The stage feels like it is now set for the remainder of the season. Heavy doses of foreshadowing have been spent laying out the price each will have to pay. Let the games begin!

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Warehouse 13 continues Mondays at 9/8c on Syfy.

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  1. Love this show, Friday 13th the series mixed with X-files. Probably means it will be canceled soon :P

    • Bite your tongue! If it gets cancelled I quit watching syfy…

      • If that’s all it would take I would GLADLY do so.

        It just seems that SyFy likes to cancel shows just as they are hitting their stride or never give them a real chance for find their legs.

        Eureka, SGU, SG:A, Sanctuary, Farscape, The Dresden Files….. all good to great shows that were axed.

    • If this were a network show it probably wouldn’t have made it out of the first season but they do very well for SyFy and SyFy seems to appreciate that. Thus the 20 episode renewal vs the 13 they had the first 3 years. So far, so good, right?

  2. I have watched Warehouse 13 since its premiere and I absolutely love it. I am amazed at what they did so far this season, especially bringing Steve back. I never thought he would be returning to the show. I always recommend this show to my coworkers at Dish and they always love it. I wasn’t able to watch last night’s episode live, but this morning I watched it on Dish Online for free and it was amazing. I think that this could possibly be the best season of any show I’ve ever watched. We will have to wait and see!

  3. I have also watched the show since its premiere, but sadly, I believe it is only getting worse. My main problems with it are Myka and Pete, who appear to be increasing their comedic antics at the expense of the dramatic, and I am especially growing tired of Myka playing the innocent, naive, playful, wide-eyed waif. With all the time travel and resurrection as of late, I am also growing tired of a show without real consequence. People die, the warehouse explodes, but hey, use an artifact, and it never happened! The concept that humankind’s hope was contained in a bottle in a warehouse was also absurd, and despite hope being lost, the team displayed plenty of it while endeavoring to restore things. Poor, poor writing. Don’t know how much longer I’ll watch…

    • Interesting. I remember watching the premiere and only loosely following it over the first season. Same with the second season. It was fun TV, but strayed too far into the campy side for my taste most weeks. Last year I watched every single episode as they aired and felt like the show had finally struck a balance with its humor and in a way found their groove. The Pete storyline I thought held the most depth last year; especially once they brought his mom on board. Myka’s never struck me as a waif, but I did want to get her a hairbrush and something to calm her frizzy hair last night. I agree 100% though that if there’s no payoff for all of the rules that have been broken so far the current storyline will fall flat. On the flip side the foreshadowing for gloom and doom is starting to feel heavy handed. I’m ready to move out of the exposition-heavy phase for the season and see where they take it from there.

  4. I wasn’t a fan that they brought back Steve. I thought his death was good for the show. I mean, I didn’t really care for last seasons villain until he had Steve killed, then I disliked the guy.

    • YES! I’m rooting for the metronome to stop or be stopped sometime this season. Bringing him back felt like cheating. I also want to know why Jane was so insistant on resurrecting him. It felt like this was something she HAD to do. Maybe once we figure that out he’ll be allowed to rest in peace again.

  5. Last season was the most-solid in the series. So far, the first two episodes of season four have been underwhelming. I agree with the statement made about how there’s little consequence on the show. The season premiere always undoes the previous finale. Artie came back. Steve came back. HG (thankfully) came back. The warehouse itself came back. It does seem they’re setting this season up, however, that either Artie will die for resetting time or Pete will die should Artie set things back, which creates an interesting predicament. No doubt there’s an artifact for that too.

    Personally, I’d like to see them use Leena more–as they have this season–and Claudia less. I’ve also noticed if there are a lot of ad libs from Pete in an episode, the female cast also ad libs more. Not sure if that’s a directorial thing or what.

  6. Just tell Joanne and Eddie, who play Myka and Pete, to act a little more serious and a little less campy, and let the dead stay dead, and I’ll be a little happier with the show…

  7. I always find it interesting how actors, who have previously played SciFi characters always manage to find their way back onto the next SciFi show. It’s like they are somehow shunned from playing on “normal” TV shows. Robert Picardo (ST:Voyager) along with Ben Browder and Claudia Black (Farscape) and Lexa Doig (Andromeda) all ended up on SG1/SG:A. The cross acting on SciFi shows is VERY interesting.

    Thus far on WH13 we have had; Kate Mulgrew (ST:Voyager), Saul Rubinek (guest starred on ST:TNG, Eureka and SG1), Rene Auberjonois (ST:DS9), Brent Spiner (ST:TNG), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Smallville), Anthony Michael Hall (Dead Zone TV), Mark Sheppard (Supernatural), Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman) and that’s all I can recall. :)

    I haven’t seen Michael Dorn in quite some time, he would be fun to have guest star.

  8. I too have been a fan of the series, highly anticipating the new season. I felt cheated. True, the warehouse has been blown up in some capacity at the end of each of the previous seasons and they always got it back online. This time around the reboot was too obvious. A highly guarded artifact exists to undue the destruction and the team retrieved it with little effort. Claudia’s antics to break into some high security area to get to Jinks body was all for naught because she only had to find the top regent, a metronome and eureka! At the end of the day, they gather at the table as if Jinks’s coming back from the dead was as normal as an uncharged Tesla Gun.
    I’ll play along with this writing approach (as long as the writer’s do not stray too far from the premise of the show) to see if it pays off. Myka’s and Pete’s acting through yelling all the time has become really irritating as still is Claudia’s voice. Leena remains under utilized. Bring HG back to balance them all out.

  9. for the love of God…. observe your ratings it’s H.G’s character that brought spice about to the whole team. Viewers sees it, I truly hope the brilliant writers could join and hop along with the fans and viewers or to some, us,(DVD consumers) still, season 2&3 are my most watched episodes especially w/ HG on board. “…Many of my lovers were men…” (kinda hung up on that part.lol) H.G. is a living artifact my dear writers and so, please kindly keep her safe to the WH13, and no other actress could bring her to life in perfect shape than Jaime Murray! more power the show! :-*

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