Pete and Claudia investigate the deaths of a group of environmentalists, while Myka and Steve deal with Artie’s remorse over the death of Lena…
At its best when light and frothy, Warehouse 13 doesn’t handle emotional drama or deep angst terribly well, as the first half of this season ably demonstrated. This is an episode of two halves, in which the aftermath of Lena’s death is dealt with (as it should be), and it is actually handled fairly well. The addition of the room where artifacts are classified is inspired, with the neat Feng Shui circle a clever idea well realised.
The environmental storyline is a bit of a B-level tale, not particularly inventive, but lifted by the interplay between Pete and Claudia, who are not usually teamed up. Claudia’s interaction with under-threat environmentalist Autumn is related directly back to her issue of her confrontation with Artie, and it is all nicely resolved at the end.
Despite the rather poor first half of this season, Warehouse 13 remains a very enjoyable show and scenarios like next episode’s ‘trapped in a movie’ conceit seem to show the series at its best.
Verdict: A solid instalment, and a vast improved over the melodrama of the first half of this season…
Episode 12 ‘Parks and Rehabilitation’: 7/10
Brian J. Robb