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TV Review: Warehouse 13 – “MacPherson”

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It was a long time coming, but the finale of Warehouse 13 finally came. This show ends on a cliffhanger, and a new season has been ordered for next summer. Every character, however, has no promise of staying carefree or unhurt. Plenty have died before, and others will continue to do so.

One thing is certain. MacPherson (Roger Rees) is one clever and sneaky villain. It helps that he was once a Warehouse agent. Not only does he know about what goes on there, he is adept at handling any obstacle which happens to be in his way. Part of this is easy to understand — his wife Carol (Lynne Cormack) nearly died more than a decade ago. MacPherson rescued her, but Artie (Saul Rubinek) had to try and stop him. Why? Sacrifice. Should she have lived, others would have died. I have to wonder if this is revenge for something MacPherson did to tick someone off badly. Is Carol a Warehouse agent? Doubtful, if one watches closely. The main issue seems to be choosing between the two men.

To be clear, this does not appear to be the same fire Pete's firefighter dad died in ("Pilot"). Now, could dad have gone to his eternal rest as a repercussion? It's possible. I will even go so far as to say this is part of the reason Pete got transferred out to South Dakota courtesy of Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder).

Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) are prepared for anything, yet they are hardly prepared for what takes place next. Pete gets those weird feelings again, meaning he needs to pay close attention. He's right to be suspicious, as Artie has already proven himself a man with a shady past ("Implosion"). When the three agents split up, it sets up a delightful scene where loyalty has to take a stand. See if you can figure it out. I'll give you a small hint — this is science fiction where just about anything is possible.

Back at the South Dakota headquarters, a disturbing development arises. Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) takes one look at MacPherson's face and is in for a shock. This is none other than her brother Joshua's physics professor! No flashbacks, but I wonder if Tyler Hynes could possibly return. Joshua is currently in Switzerland for his own protection, but reachable by various forms of communication ("Elements"). Mrs. Frederic and Leena (Genelle Williams) think perhaps their newest hire is a sleeper agent, one who hides in the shadows until eventually exposed. Claudia leaves, but this is a smart decision since things get a lot worse.

MacPherson is captured, No surprise. Can you see the twist coming? I suppose his escape makes sense. There's a nice homage of sorts to the Star Wars trilogy with Rees flash-frozen, and then covered with bronzer. The kind that turns solid. The person who helps him get free is a game changer. This is, perhaps, the last person one might expect to be on the wrong side. Revealing who comes from computers which can put on a visual show.

Props go out to the special effects department for the fire in the Warehouse. Shouldn't there be a sprinkler system in place? Just saying. The three main characters are inside for sure. Mrs. F. is on her way back after telling her driver to turn around. I won't guarantee she doesn't get caught with smoke inhalation by the end of the second season premiere. As for Claudia and Leena, your guess is as good as mine.

For its first season, Warehouse 13 did not fare too badly. The drama is intriguing with compelling characters. More study is needed for the stories behind the people involved. Season two should be even better.

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  • Alice in Wonderland will hit Syfy before too long-Matt Frewer from Eureka is in it. So is Kathy Bates.

  • Still watching old SG-1, and yes they have other very good shows, and love their movies.

    But even though time is going so much faster as I get older — which I glibly attribute to the expanding universe 😉 — next summer won’t come soon enough!

  • Thank you. Don’t worry, Syfy has other things to watch in the meantime.

  • Very nice review. I love this entire series, and the season finale was excellent … but we have to wait till next SUMMER for new ones … groan! LOL!