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TV Review: Warehouse 13 – “Burnout”

An artifact and an agent. Basically, that's the latest episode of Warehouse 13 in a nutshell. Of course, this does not describe everything which takes place. Then again, perhaps it does.

Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) are sent to a police station, this time in hopes of discovering what exactly happened to cause an explosion. While they can safely say electricity is involved, the mystery deepens upon the discovery of a Tesla gun. One of their victims is a warehouse agent! Or was, anyway. It will be up to Artie (Saul Rubinek) to provide the means of identification.

Good thing Claudia (Allison Scagliotti-Smith) is around. She is able to tweak a machine for reconstructive methods. The idea is a clever one — put a bunch of pictures together in a flat layout and combine. Think of it this way — seen those magazine photos where each tiny piece helps to make one big picture? Same principle. It just goes a step further and gets identical images to cancel each other out. In other words, two photos with a right hand are practically laid on top of one another so only one appears in the final composite.

Even more compelling than the mystery itself is a woman named Rebecca. Not only does she have a relationship with the dead agent, she has a secret of her own. If Roberta Maxwell looks a bit familiar, you might recognize her from Dead Man Walking, where she played the mother of Sean Penn's character.

Kelly and Maxwell are two women whose onscreen personae are struggling with a loss. The difference is how long each has had to deal with it. Kelly's character, Myka Bering, sees a former partner die as a result of a mission gone wrong. Is Myka responsible? Maybe, although this has not yet been fully explored. For someone with a take charge personality and a tendency to do things by the book, the sight of Myka in a state of helplessness is more than a little disturbing. Maxwell takes on the role of a person who has been around long enough to take whatever comes her way in stride. Could Rebecca return down the road? More than likely, although not necessarily in person.

Poor Eddie McClintock! Not only does he get thrown through a truck while trying to snatch an artifact ("Elements"), he gets hurt again this week with an artifact attached to his body. Being the lead role, the chance of him not lasting through the season is a little remote. However, anything can go on short of death. I will give him this, the transformation into an evil entity isn't bad. The scariness factor is there without any viewer having to hide under a blanket.

Half of the premiere season is over, with a handful to go before the finale. The stories are solid, usually. Guest stars often help in drawing viewers to this quirky science fiction drama. It shouldn't be long before a well known face shows up again. Rumors are that more guest stars from the sci-fi world are due for an appearance. Who? Watch and find out!

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