I missed talking about last week’s Warehouse 13 episosde, “Implosion,” perhaps because it felt a little disjointed. Like Myka, I wasn’t crazy about Artie’s backstory, but I guess it’s needed to bring the character out of the Warehouse and give it something to build on. But really, how can you complain about a show with an invisible wielding sword, mesmerizing pinwheel fireworks and Roger Rees? While there might not have been quite enough of Artie’s nemesis, the door’s wide open for his return.
Had I written this “review” last week, I would have complained about the show completely dropping Myka’s ferret. And look what happened—two mentions in one episode! Yay!
And that’s not the only thing there was to love about “Duped.”
I liked the continuity the show kept with Artie’s arm still in a sling. The Warehouse artifacts were beyond awesome: the Studio 54 disco ball that automatically plays Donna Summer’s “I Will Survive” when it’s moved; and Louis Carroll’s mirror (or, “looking glass” for the purists) that allows Pete to play ping-pong with himself. (Didn’t we see Pete playing ping-pong with himself/it in an earlier episode as well?) While the magical see-the-future coin wasn’t nearly as interesting, it was necessary to the episode.
A lot of people complain about Joanne Kelly’s acting, but I thought she did a fine job here. She had to play a myriad of characters and did them all entertainingly well. Even if the drunken bimbo at the door was a bit over the top, all is forgiven for the awesomeness of crazy-mad Alice marching through the Warehouse to destroy the mirror, all to the tune of “White Rabbit.” (I have got to get that song on my iPod.)
All in all, one of my favorite episodes so far.
[Screencap courtesy of Krissie’s Caps.]