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TV Review: Warehouse 13 – “Claudia”

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When Artie Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) leaves the Warehouse in South Dakota, it's not necessarily an emergency. After all, the responsibility of uncovering the reason behind strange behavior involves some travel. The Farnsworth is a different story. What is a Farnsworth? Perhaps the best way to describe it is a slim metal box which lets people communicate. Slightly less advanced than a cell phone, it only works between the base of operations and the user. Artie knows better than to not have one of these devices with him at all times.

Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) are, therefore, concerned when they see his Farnsworth on his desk. He's nowhere to be found in the building. It's the second clue something's wrong since the pair returned from an assignment to find the Warehouse door left open. A camera of sorts helps out with a play by play of the last person to see Artie.

Alison Scagliotti makes her debut this week as Claudia Donovan, a young woman who has revenge on her mind. She kidnaps Artie, although it's only because she wants his help to look for Joshua (Tyler Hines), her brother. Twelve years ago, an experiment in teleportation went horribly awry. I'll let you see for yourself whether Joshua is found or not.

Now, science fiction is known for its twists. I get a sense of Ghost, although not quite the same concept. I will say Pete and Myka have to bring Artie the missing link before all is said and done. By the time this storyline is resolved, Artie has an even bigger problem. As Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) explains, Claudia has learned much about the Warehouse. It's troubling since the details of what the group does is supposed to be top secret. She reminds Artie that he knows what his choices are. He hasn't acted yet, but he just might soon. While Claudia is intended to be in more storylines this season, it is sketchy whether Joshua will as well. More than likely, he should be in one more. At some point. With nine more episodes to go, it could be a while.

In a way, the interaction between Joshua and Claudia is a nod to the work Sean Maher and Summer Glau did when Firefly was still on the air. Come to think of it, Simon Tam, who Maher played, was a vest guy on most occasions. I've seen more than a few of those in regards to this show. The closeness between brother and sister is how they get through even the toughest of times. A family bond is greater than any bump in the road.

 Viewers also find out Pete has a sister. It's possible she's deaf, since he learned to read lips from her. The actual line can be taken more than one way. Maybe one day she will show herself.

One of the Firefly writers, Jane Espenson, is also a writer for Warehouse 13. What are the chances a former cast member will show up? Let's see. Adam Baldwin is a series regular on Chuck. Not being the lead, he has wiggle room. So does Alan Tudyk. Between Dollhouse and V, it could be tricky. Morena Baccarin is also on V, probably a character in most episodes. Summer Glau is free, with her last show being canceled. Nathan Fillion is the lead on Castle, good luck getting him on anything else. Gina Torres and Jewel Staite might be available. So could Ron Glass. Sean Maher? This could be fun…

Only time will tell. Keep watching Warehouse 13!

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