How about a “quick and dirty” discussion of episodes from four early-week shows? Here are thoughts on Sunday’s Believe and Monday’s Warehouse 13. Thoughts on Tuesdays Agents of SHIELD and Supernatural will be posted later—because the first two reviews turned out to be not so quick. 😉
Believe: Sinking (106)
Like last week’s episode, “Sinking” broke out of the rut this show had fallen into; I’m hoping it’s finally hitting its stride. Granted, that won’t mean a thing if it doesn’t get more viewers.
Last week, Bo removed Tate’s ankle restraint (with her mind!). This week Tate takes advantage of his freedom to return to his hometown to
settle old scores learn the truth behind the betrayal that landed him on death row.
Given its significance to the overall story of Believe, “Sinking” should have been a two-parter. The writers packed so much into one episode, it felt rushed. What could have been excellent background information was either glossed over, rushed or just plain ignored. Rather than keeping the two FBI agents from New York, our team was tailed by two new agents. Using the two New York agents would have given the show some continuity, and upped the stakes, since those two were working for Skouras.
Speaking of Skouras, he’s so single-minded, it’s maniacal. His villainy has become cartoonish, and it’s a shame. Kyle MacLauchlan deserves better.
I wish Tate’s past and the group he was involved with had been further explored. Heck, were the murder victims even named? The woman involved with young Tate and his cronies went nowhere. A bit of a past love story (possibly a triangle) might have been nice; perhaps it would have added a motive. Although Tate’s relationship with his father was better fleshed out, it could have been expanded. After all, father/son relationships are great fodder for good drama.
But the absolute worst offender of good story-telling was the survival of the exploding boat. It’s never stated how Tate and his friend escaped. He just miraculously shows up on shore. I think the writers themselves didn’t know how to get him out of his predicament, so they just let it happen without explanation. That’s sloppy writing. If you’re going to write your hero into a life-or-death situation, you need to write a way for him to escape.
And now, the Big Reveal: How much better would the reveal that Tate is Bo’s father have been at the end of a two-parter? How satisfying would it have been had we better understanding Tate’s background, had more action, and more intense drama? But the scene itself was quite good. Tate’s reaction to the news was compelling, and I give Jake McLaughlin kudos for showing a wide arrange of emotions without saying a word. You could see Tate processing the news: shock, fear, sadness, even a little hope. Tate putting his hand on Bo’s back while they’re looking across the water was a fitting end.
Warehouse 13: Endless Terror (501)
Just when I thought my Monday nights were free, Warehouse 13 returns for its final season, or rather, final six episodes.
The season 5 premiere was really just a follow-on to last season’s cliffhanger (which I’d already forgotten). The ego-maniacal Paracelsus (Anthony Head) became immortal, changed history, and created a Warehouse of Horrors. (In a way, he’s a bit like Skouras, not caring if people die in the process of attaining his goal.)
“Endless Terror” also took the easy way out with Myka’s cancer. After season-long angst, her tumor was benign. That’s ok. It frees her and Pete to concentrate on whatever evil befalls them in the next five episodes. It’s just annoying when Big Plots go nowhere. (Kind of like Continuum going back one week in time to erase everything that happened in last season’s finale.)
Anyway, Pete and Myka follow Paracelsus into the past to reverse his changes to history. They meet Leonardo da Vinci’s granddaughter, who turns out to be their 17th century equivalent. She’s quite awesome, even if the Italian has an English accent.
Elsewhere, in the present but alternate Warehouse, Artie and Claudia come upon the alternate-universe equivalents of two great past characters, Vanessa (Lindsay Wagner) and Hugo (Rene Auberjonois.) Even if they weren’t quite themselves, it was fun to see them again. But the best part of the episode was Steve, aka “Jinksy,” pedaling a bicycle in order to keep the time vortex open until Pete and Myka returned.
In the end, Paracelsus is vanquished and present day life returns to normal. Thank goodness! As delightful as Anthony Head is, three Paracelsus-focused episodes was more than enough. Even better, Mrs. Fredrick returned to being Warehouse 13’s curator. That’s a good thing, because seeing CCH Pounder is always a treat.