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TV Review: Warehouse 13 – “Magnetism”

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Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) are both good at being Secret Service agents, but they could not be any more different in terms of their approaches to working a case. Pete gets 'feelings,' even though he may not know exactly what's coming. All he understands is that he needs to pay attention. Myka, on the other hand, is a list maker. She plans (or tries to) well in advance what her next steps should be. They make a decent team, if only they could be together in terms of the worthiness from not being carbon copies.

Their latest adventure takes these two on a road trip. Unionville, Colorado, has seen a few people act weird recently. A nun who thinks she can fly (I have to wonder if Sally Field was watching), one lady who smashes ashes against a hospital wall, and a youth who destroys his violin while in the midst of a lesson. A connection exists — but what? All Artie (Saul Rubinek) can say is an artifact needs retrieval. Gee, you think?

I didn't find too much which stood out in this episode. Pete goes to an AA meeting, alone. I have to assume that his record — and problems — is known by Myka, that she's aware of his past. Nobody, except Artie though, talks about it. Eight years is a long time to be sober, and the writers are smart enough to recognize all it takes is one sip and all manner of mess breaks loose. The cause of Pete's distress is pretty obvious — Pete having his dad die before he could see his son grow up ("Pilot"). This, coupled with guilt over not issuing a warning beforehand, drives him to drink. Maybe. McClintock is good at showing strong emotion, so vulnerable is not difficult for him.

While the artifact is surprising in this episode, the twist from the town Sheriff (Cornell Womack) is even more so. Most of the people affected have a reason for odd behavior, except, apparently, him. My best guess is a past military experience.

Elsewhere in the episode, the hacking of the Warehouse continues! Leena (Genelle Williams) is around when an attempt is made through the electrical grid. No clue as to exactly who is behind it, but it may not be too long before the culprit is revealed. Whoever is responsible has brains though. Dickenson (Simon Reynolds) got accused when it looked like the hacker was him ("Resonance"). Or, at least, came from his office.

Allow me to make a suggestion. There are only three characters who are seen each week for sure — Pete, Myka, and Artie. With regards to Leena, Dickenson, and Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) – popping up from time to time is known as recurring guest star status, not series regular. Why have they been given regular status and so have their names on the opening credits? Why not pull their names from the credits on episodes their not in (it's been done on other shows)? This would be good for the sake of clarity.

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