Thursday, September 24, 2009

What I’m Watching: Warehouse 13 (Season Finale)

Warehouse 13: Season 1, Episode 12 “MacPherson” (C+)

This show has really left itself in very scattered pieces at the close of its first season. I suppose the show needs a major hook to encourage viewers to return for a second season next summer. The general implosion of the warehouse would be a monumental happening if the same event hadn’t almost occurred a mere two episodes ago. MacPherson’s consistent ways of beating or counteracting the effects of artifacts is somewhat cool but also fairly frustrating. Pete’s way of beating him by setting off the ear-piercing ringing was refreshing since the man seemed pretty darn unbeatable. The revelation that the traitor was Leena rather than a mind-controlled Claudia came as quite a shock, and her non-allegiance after a season of rarely appearing is an intriguing twist. Still, not wrapping up the MacPherson arc in preparation for a fresh start in season two strikes me as a bit of a misstep, mostly because he’s just not that compelling a villain. His relationship with Artie isn’t as deep or complex as it was originally implied, and therefore he’s really not as exiting or mysterious as he originally was. Mrs. Frederic, on the other hand, should appear in every episode because she’s really fantastic, capable of both dramatic intensity and humorous intimidation. I’ve really come around to the idea of Pete and Myka (and their portrayers) as a team, but the show still hasn’t completely won me over. It’s had a few glimmers of potential this season, but overall, the frequency isn’t quite right. I may check back in for season two, but at this point I’m not too intrigued or attached.

Season grade: C+
Season MVP: CCH Pounder

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