Saturday, August 01, 2009

TV Review Warehouse 13 "Claudia"


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 strangne behavior involves some travel. The Farnsworth is a different story. What is this? 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 returning 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 blames Artie for the presumed death of her brother Joshua. Now, science fiction is known for its twists. Suffice it to say there is a special place for those who depart life before they are meant to. I get a sense of Ghost, although not quite the same concept. By the time Pete and Myka give Artie what he needs to help, it is not in time to stop more trouble from coming. Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) tells Artie that Claudia breaching security is troubling. He knows his options, although she never states them directly. While Claudia is intended to be in more storylines this season, it remains to be seen if 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 could be tricky. Morena Baccarin is also on V, probably a character in most episodes. Summer Glau is free, with her last show being cancelled. 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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