Warehouse‭ ‬13‭ ‬Season‭ ‬4‭ ‬Episode‭ ‬10 review:‭ ‬We‭ ‬All‭ ‬Fall‭ ‬Down

Review Jennifer Cates 4 Oct 2012 - 17:26

It’s the last episode before Warehouse 13s mid-season break. Here’s Jennifer’s review of We All Fall Down...

This review contains spoilers.

4.10 We All Fall Down

This‭ ‬week‭ ‬gave‭ ‬us‭ ‬a‭ ‬fairly‭ ‬good‭ ‬episode‭ ‬with‭ ‬a‭ ‬few‭ ‬chuckle-worthy‭ ‬jokes,‭ ‬some‭ ‬well-choreographed‭ ‬action‭ ‬scenes,‭ ‬and‭ ‬a‭ ‬pretty‭ ‬decent‭ ‬cliff‭ ‬hanger.‭ ‬I‭ ‬believe‭ ‬last‭ ‬week‭’‬s‭ ‬episode‭ ‬would‭ ‬have‭ ‬been‭ ‬a‭ ‬better‭ ‬mid-season‭ ‬finale,‭ ‬but‭ ‬the‭ ‬episode‭ ‬still‭ ‬had‭ ‬some‭ ‬good‭ ‬qualities.‭ ‬We‭ ‬had‭ ‬some‭ ‬excellent‭ ‬acting‭ ‬surrounding‭ ‬Leena‭’‬s‭ ‬death‭ ‬and‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭’‬s‭ ‬exploitation‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬team‭’‬s‭ ‬insecurities,‭ ‬Brent‭ ‬Spiner‭ ‬in‭ ‬an‭ ‬episode‭ ‬is‭ ‬always‭ ‬a‭ ‬treat,‭ ‬and‭ ‬it‭ ‬was‭ ‬fun‭ ‬to‭ ‬see‭ ‬just‭ ‬how‭ ‬evil‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬could‭ ‬be.

We‭ ‬start‭ ‬off‭ ‬with‭ ‬the‭ ‬team‭ ‬coming‭ ‬to‭ ‬terms‭ ‬with‭ ‬Leena‭’‬s‭ ‬death,‭ ‬and‭ ‬also‭ ‬with‭ ‬the‭ ‬fact‭ ‬that‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬was‭ ‬her‭ ‬killer.‭ ‬The‭ ‬cast‭ ‬does‭ ‬a‭ ‬great‭ ‬job‭ ‬mourning‭ ‬Leena,‭ ‬and‭ ‬Allison‭ ‬Scagliotti‭ ‬is‭ ‬the‭ ‬bright‭ ‬spot‭ ‬amongst‭ ‬a‭ ‬very‭ ‬talented‭ ‬group.‭ ‬While‭ ‬everyone‭ ‬takes‭ ‬a‭ ‬bleak‭ ‬view‭ ‬of‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭’‬s‭ ‬actions,‭ ‬Claudia‭ ‬believes‭ ‬in‭ ‬Good‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬up‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬end,‭ ‬and‭ ‬her‭ ‬performance‭ ‬in‭ ‬this‭ ‬episode‭ ‬is‭ ‬excellent.‭ ‬I‭ ‬have‭ ‬to‭ ‬say‭ ‬that‭ ‬while‭ ‬the‭ ‬acting‭ ‬was‭ ‬brilliant,‭ ‬as‭ ‬an‭ ‬audience‭ ‬member‭ ‬the‭ ‬emotional‭ ‬impact‭ ‬was‭ ‬minimal.‭ ‬There‭ ‬have‭ ‬been‭ ‬too‭ ‬many‭ ‬resurrections‭ ‬in‭ ‬this‭ ‬show‭ ‬to‭ ‬discount‭ ‬another.‭

The‭ ‬real‭ ‬action‭ ‬kicks‭ ‬off‭ ‬when‭ ‬the‭ ‬team‭ ‬first‭ ‬encounters‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬trying‭ ‬to‭ ‬trick‭ ‬them‭ ‬into‭ ‬telling‭ ‬him‭ ‬where‭ ‬the‭ ‬astrolabe‭ ‬is.‭ ‬When‭ ‬that‭ ‬fails,‭ ‬he‭ ‬torches‭ ‬the‭ ‬Holy‭ ‬Roman‭ ‬Empire‭ ‬section‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬Warehouse,‭ ‬apparently‭ ‬inherited‭ ‬from‭ ‬Warehouse‭ ‬8,‭ ‬in‭ ‬order‭ ‬to‭ ‬cover‭ ‬his‭ ‬tracks‭ ‬as‭ ‬he‭ ‬moves‭ ‬forward‭ ‬in‭ ‬his‭ ‬scheme‭ ‬to‭ ‬recover‭ ‬the‭ ‬astrolabe.‭ ‬I‭ ‬liked‭ ‬that‭ ‬Leena‭’‬s‭ ‬spirit‭ ‬is‭ ‬hanging‭ ‬around‭ ‬and‭ ‬that‭ ‬Pete‭ ‬is‭ “‬in‭ ‬tune‭” ‬enough‭ ‬to‭ ‬see‭ ‬it.‭ ‬It‭ ‬was‭ ‬a‭ ‬nice‭ ‬way‭ ‬of‭ ‬moving‭ ‬the‭ ‬plot‭ ‬along,‭ ‬leading‭ ‬Pete‭ ‬to‭ ‬HG‭’‬s‭ ‬research‭ ‬on‭ ‬the‭ ‬dreaded‭ ‬dagger.

Mrs.‭ ‬Frederic‭ ‬and‭ ‬Jink‭’‬s‭ ‬research‭ ‬in‭ ‬the‭ ‬Brotherhood‭’‬s‭ ‬library‭ ‬seemed‭ ‬superfluous‭; ‬Mrs.‭ ‬Frederic‭ ‬has‭ ‬already‭ ‬figured‭ ‬out‭ ‬that‭ ‬Artie‭’‬s‭ ‬personality‭ ‬was‭ ‬split.‭ ‬I‭ ‬suppose‭ ‬we‭ ‬learn‭ ‬through‭ ‬their‭ ‬research‭ ‬that‭ ‬the‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬will‭ ‬continue‭ ‬to‭ ‬grow‭ ‬while‭ ‬Good‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬gets‭ ‬weaker,‭ ‬but‭ ‬that‭ ‬is‭ ‬already‭ ‬apparent.‭ ‬However,‭ ‬it‭ ‬did‭ ‬give‭ ‬us‭ ‬an‭ ‬excuse‭ ‬to‭ ‬see‭ ‬Brent‭ ‬Spiner‭ ‬as‭ ‬the‭ ‬ACTUAL‭ ‬Brother‭ ‬Adrian,‭ ‬and‭ ‬he‭ ‬is‭ ‬fantastic.‭ ‬His‭ ‬exit‭ ‬line‭ ‬from‭ ‬the‭ ‬episode‭ ‬is‭ ‬a‭ ‬bit‭ ‬chilling‭ ‬and‭ ‬reminds‭ ‬us‭ ‬that‭ ‬while‭ ‬he‭ ‬wasn‭’‬t‭ ‬who‭ ‬we‭ ‬feared‭ ‬throughout‭ ‬the‭ ‬season,‭ ‬he‭ ‬is‭ ‬still‭ ‬a‭ ‬formidable‭ ‬man.‭ ‬What‭ ‬kind‭ ‬of‭ ‬favor‭ ‬will‭ ‬he‭ ‬call‭ ‬in,‭ ‬I‭ ‬wonder‭?

Meanwhile,‭ ‬the‭ ‬team‭ ‬tracks‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬to‭ ‬Budapest,‭ ‬puts‭ ‬him‭ ‬on‭ ‬a‭ ‬terrorist‭ ‬watch‭ ‬list‭ ‬so‭ ‬that‭ ‬he‭’‬s‭ ‬detained,‭ ‬and‭ ‬Pete‭ ‬and‭ ‬Myka‭ ‬get‭ ‬ahead‭ ‬of‭ ‬him‭ ‬to‭ ‬find‭ ‬the‭ ‬dagger‭ ‬in‭ ‬Prague.‭ ‬When‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬catches‭ ‬up‭ ‬to‭ ‬them,‭ ‬after‭ ‬he‭’‬s‭ ‬escaped‭ ‬from‭ ‬Hungarian‭ ‬detention‭ ‬of‭ ‬course,‭ ‬we‭ ‬see‭ ‬him‭ ‬start‭ ‬to‭ ‬play‭ ‬on‭ ‬their‭ ‬emotions.‭ ‬Picking‭ ‬at‭ ‬their‭ ‬most‭ ‬vulnerable‭ ‬spots‭ ‬in‭ ‬order‭ ‬to‭ ‬distract‭ ‬them,‭ ‬immobilize‭ ‬them‭ ‬and‭ ‬steal‭ ‬the‭ ‬dagger.‭ ‬Saul‭ ‬Rubinek‭ ‬is‭ ‬in‭ ‬top‭ ‬form‭ ‬here,‭ ‬showing‭ ‬some‭ ‬very‭ ‬convincing‭ ‬disdain‭ ‬towards‭ ‬our‭ ‬two‭ ‬agents‭ ‬and‭ ‬really‭ ‬digging‭ ‬into‭ ‬their‭ ‬psyches‭ ‬to‭ ‬make‭ ‬the‭ ‬hurt‭ ‬as‭ ‬personal‭ ‬as‭ ‬possible.

While‭ ‬Pete‭ ‬and‭ ‬Myka‭ ‬are‭ ‬in‭ ‬Europe,‭ ‬Claudia‭ ‬discovers‭ ‬that‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬is‭ ‬also‭ ‬attempting‭ ‬to‭ ‬recover‭ “‬The‭ ‬Chinese‭ ‬Orchid‭”‬.‭ ‬The‭ ‬most‭ ‬deadly‭ ‬artifact‭ ‬that‭ ‬was‭ ‬held‭ ‬by‭ ‬Warehouse‭ ‬8,‭ ‬it‭ ‬releases‭ ‬the‭ ‬English‭ ‬Sweating‭ ‬Sickness,‭ ‬a‭ ‬plague‭ ‬that‭ ‬affected‭ ‬England‭ ‬and‭ ‬Europe‭ ‬in‭ ‬the‭ ‬15th‭ ‬and‭ ‬16th‭ ‬centuries,‭ ‬bringing‭ ‬death‭ ‬within‭ ‬hours‭ ‬of‭ ‬showing‭ ‬symptoms.‭

Warehouse‭ ‬8‭ ‬encased‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭ ‬in‭ ‬something‭ ‬that‭ ‬is‭ ‬supposedly‭ ‬unbreakable,‭ ‬but‭ ‬the‭ ‬dagger‭ ‬is‭ ‬supposed‭ ‬to‭ ‬be‭ ‬able‭ ‬to‭ ‬break‭ ‬through‭ ‬this‭ ‬unbreakable‭ ‬material.‭ ‬So‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭’‬s‭ ‬plan‭ ‬is‭ ‬to‭ ‬threaten‭ ‬the‭ ‬team‭ ‬with‭ ‬a‭ ‬worldwide‭ ‬plague‭ ‬in‭ ‬order‭ ‬to‭ ‬get‭ ‬the‭ ‬astrolabe.‭ ‬A‭ ‬weak‭ ‬plan‭ ‬at‭ ‬best,‭ ‬even‭ ‬if‭ ‬the‭ ‬plague‭ ‬manages‭ ‬to‭ ‬kill‭ ‬as‭ ‬many‭ ‬people‭ ‬as‭ ‬were‭ ‬lost‭ ‬when‭ ‬hope‭ ‬was‭ ‬lost,‭ ‬at‭ ‬least‭ ‬hope‭ ‬is‭ ‬still‭ ‬intact.‭ ‬I‭ ‬don‭’‬t‭ ‬see‭ ‬any‭ ‬necessity‭ ‬to‭ ‬use‭ ‬the‭ ‬astrolabe‭ ‬to‭ ‬undo‭ ‬something‭ ‬that‭ ‬is‭ ‬not‭ ‬as‭ ‬bad‭ ‬as‭ ‬what‭ ‬happened‭ ‬originally.

I‭ ‬feel‭ ‬like‭ ‬it‭ ‬all‭ ‬becomes‭ ‬needlessly‭ ‬complicated‭ ‬here.‭ ‬Claudia‭ ‬and‭ ‬Steve,‭ ‬aka‭ “‬The‭ ‬Second‭ ‬A-Team‭”,‭ ‬go‭ ‬to‭ ‬snag‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭ ‬from‭ ‬Warehouse‭ ‬8,‭ ‬only‭ ‬to‭ ‬find‭ ‬it‭ ‬missing.‭ ‬Apparently‭ ‬a‭ ‬family‭ ‬descended‭ ‬from‭ ‬Warehouse‭ ‬8‭ ‬has‭ ‬been‭ ‬in‭ ‬charge‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭ ‬for‭ ‬generations‭ ‬and‭ ‬moved‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭ ‬to‭ ‬keep‭ ‬it‭ ‬safe‭ ‬from‭ ‬the‭ ‬Third‭ ‬Reich.‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬finds‭ ‬the‭ ‬family‭ ‬first,‭ ‬and‭ ‬gets‭ ‬them‭ ‬to‭ ‬take‭ ‬him‭ ‬to‭ ‬it‭ ‬through‭ ‬dubious‭ ‬logic.‭ ‬Seriously,‭ “‬people‭ ‬are‭ ‬following‭ ‬me‭ ‬to‭ ‬get‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭ ‬so‭ ‬take‭ ‬me‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭”?

And‭ ‬it‭ ‬turns‭ ‬out‭ ‬that‭ ‬the‭ ‬family‭ ‬moved‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭ ‬from‭ ‬a‭ ‬hidden,‭ ‬extremely‭ ‬hard‭ ‬to‭ ‬reach‭ ‬underground‭ ‬cavern‭ ‬to‭ ‬a‭ ‬small‭ ‬wooden‭ ‬mill‭ ‬easily‭ ‬accessible‭ ‬by‭ ‬roads‭? ‬Let‭’‬s‭ ‬ignore‭ ‬the‭ ‬fact‭ ‬that‭ ‬the‭ ‬mill‭ ‬may‭ ‬have‭ ‬been‭ ‬raided‭ ‬by‭ ‬Nazi‭s‭ ‬for‭ ‬any‭ ‬of‭ ‬a‭ ‬hundred‭ ‬reasons,‭ ‬what‭ ‬about‭ ‬the‭ ‬threat‭ ‬of‭ ‬being‭ ‬blown‭ ‬up‭ ‬by‭ ‬bombs‭ ‬falling‭ ‬from‭ ‬the‭ ‬sky‭? ‬I‭’‬m‭ ‬not‭ ‬really‭ ‬getting‭ ‬a‭ “‬safer‭ ‬during‭ ‬wartime‭” ‬vibe‭ ‬here.‭

Perhaps‭ ‬the‭ ‬writers‭ ‬wanted‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid‭ ‬in‭ ‬the‭ ‬mill‭ ‬so‭ ‬they‭ ‬could‭ ‬orchestrate‭ ‬the‭ ‬fight‭ ‬scene‭ ‬that‭ ‬leads‭ ‬us‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬end‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬episode.‭ ‬The‭ ‬choreography‭ ‬was‭ ‬great‭ ‬here‭ ‬and‭ ‬it‭ ‬was‭ ‬fun‭ ‬to‭ ‬watch‭ ‬Steve‭ ‬and‭ ‬Claudia‭ ‬kick‭ ‬some‭ ‬butt‭ (“‬Sprechen‭ ‬sie‭ ‬head‭ ‬lock‭?”)‬.‭ ‬In‭ ‬the‭ ‬end‭ ‬Claudia‭ ‬loves‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬enough‭ ‬to‭ ‬stab‭ ‬him,‭ ‬banishing‭ ‬the‭ ‬evil,‭ ‬but‭ ‬not‭ ‬before‭ ‬Evil‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬activates‭ ‬the‭ ‬orchid,‭ ‬infecting‭ ‬the‭ ‬team‭ ‬and‭ ‬the‭ ‬rest‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬world.‭ ‬Cliffhanger‭ ‬to‭ ‬the‭ ‬second‭ ‬half‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬season‭ ‬next‭ ‬year.

Overall‭ ‬I‭ ‬enjoyed‭ ‬this‭ ‬episode,‭ ‬but‭ ‬I‭ ‬think‭ ‬it‭ ‬would‭ ‬have‭ ‬been‭ ‬better‭ ‬as‭ ‬the‭ ‬mid-season‭ ‬opener‭ ‬next‭ ‬year.‭ ‬I‭ ‬wasn‭’‬t‭ ‬that‭ ‬engaged‭ ‬in‭ ‬the‭ ‬plague‭ ‬threat,‭ ‬it‭ ‬seems‭ ‬to‭ ‬be‭ ‬one‭ ‬of‭ ‬the‭ ‬more‭ ‬easily‭ ‬approached‭ ‬issues‭ ‬that‭ ‬the‭ ‬warehouse‭ ‬has‭ ‬caused,‭ ‬but‭ ‬I‭ ‬am‭ ‬interested‭ ‬to‭ ‬see‭ ‬how‭ ‬Artie‭ ‬deals‭ ‬with‭ ‬what‭ ‬he‭’‬s‭ ‬done‭ ‬and‭ ‬how‭ ‬the‭ ‬team‭ ‬will‭ ‬move‭ ‬forward.‭ ‬Ultimately,‭ ‬we‭’‬ll‭ ‬have‭ ‬to‭ ‬wait‭ ‬until‭ ‬April‭ ‬to‭ ‬see.‭ ‬See‭ ‬you‭ ‬all‭ ‬then‭!

Read Jennifer's review of last week's episode, The Ones You Love, here.

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