Warehouse 13 Season Finale

I give this episode 3 stars.Warehouse 13 has wrapped up its fourth season.  As usual, the fate of the warehouse, and possibly the world, hangs in the balance—not to mention the future of numerous characters.  Sadly, the show’s “be-all-end-all” cliffhangers have become tiresome.  Like “the boy who cried wolf,” it’s happened so many times, do we even care anymore?

The Warehouse 13 agents await word on Mrs. Frederick's condition.

The gang’s (almost) all here:newly serious Pete, nearly absent Steve, super-smart Claudia, and super-sick Myka

“The Truth Hurts” had some excellent moments, some bad moments, some ugly ones, and some that just made me say “WTF?”  In fact, it had too many moments.  This is probably due to Warehouse 13‘s shortened season 5.  Like Eureka, the series will conclude with a meager six episodes next year.  The producers likely had to jam more into this season’s finale than originally intended, in order to be able to wrap things up next year.  Last Resort did something similar that in its final episode.

So, what was good about “The Truth Hurts”?

Anthony Head plays Warehouse 13's season 4 super villain.

When bronzing doesn’t work, imprison the villain in blue sparkles.

Anthony (Stewart) Head made a terrific villain.  One thing this show does extremely well is cast its guest stars.  We’ve had Roger Rees, Brett Spiner, Lindsay Wagner, Kate Mulgrew, Mark Sheppard, Jeri Ryan… the list goes on and on.  Add James Marsters along with Head to this year’s list.

The Artie/Claudia relationship continues to delight.  It’s funny and loving, with a bit of pathos thrown in for drama.  Artie couldn’t tell Claudia he loved her, and vice versa.  But they both knew.  Artie switching seamlessly from “Western Turkey” to “Eastern Turkey” when Claudia corrected him was hilarious.

Last week I suspected the DNA that saved Claudia came from Artie and not her brother, that Artie was her father.  This week, I knew it!  Except I didn’t.  I was wrong.  This sets up Claudia’s sister as the Big Bad of season 5.

Pete wasn’t a complete imbecile.  He’s better when he’s mainly serious.  I don’t mind a couple of humorous moments to take advantage of Eddie McClintock’s comedic talent, but in the past couple years, Pete’s immaturity has been off the charts.  Granted, Eddie generally doesn’t do extremely dramatic material well, but he’s great as showing Pete’s heart.

When Warehouse 13 first aired, part of the attraction was the chemistry between Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock.  The producers mentioned at the time that it would be a long time before they “hooked up.”  Over the years, their chemistry has evolved to that of close friendship rather than romantic, but I began to feel their pull toward each other in the last two episodes.

The Leena situation continues to baffle me.  I realize we had to have something horrific happen to understand just how evil Evil Artie was, and Leena was probably the most expendable character.  Still, I feel sorry for Genelle Williams, who basically lost her job; especially since they’ve made the inn “Keeper” a key component to the show.  In “The Truth Hurts,” Leena briefly appears, then vanishes.  I’ve heard there’s more to this two-seconds appearance that will play out next year.  And don’t forget Mrs. Fredrick’s slip of the tongue to Abigail when she said, “I made you a promise, Leena.”

The bad?  Josh Blaylock wins the award for Worst British Accent Ever.

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