Warehouse 13 Season 4 Review “The Big Snag”

Warehouse 13 Season 4 Episode 13 The Big Snag (4)

Oh, Warehouse 13. Nobody brings the campiness quite like you do. Last night, Pete and Myka were transported into the pages of a 1940s noir mystery novel and hi-larity ensued. Rather, an occasional chuckle ensued. Eddie McClintock and Joanne Kelly gave exceptionally hammy performances, replete with styled dialogue that was about as subtle as a cinderblock to the face. As usual, it was up to the Jinx/Claudia/Artie trifecta to carry the episode.

The episode had a solid start as Myka and Pete used a jade elephant artifact to capture electrical bursts in one of the Warehouse’s rows of bric-a-brac. The story lost its color, literally and figuratively, when an explosion of energy sent the two hurtling into the era of dames and gumshoes. In one of the only laugh out loud moments of the night, Pete bemoaned that they had been sent back in time again, but Myka reminded him that life was still in color in the 1940s, so this had to be something else. From this point, it felt like I was stuck watching a high school play version of Casablanca. It actually made my high school’s performance of Hello Dolly seem Tony award worthy.

I know this all sounds like I hated the episode. I really didn’t. It was not one of the better episodes, but not one of the worst. One of the saving graces was the mini-Galaxy Quest reunion of Enrico Colantoni and Missi Pyle, as the lovers Carson and Lily. Any show that scores Colantoni as a guest star should be grateful. No matter what role he plays, he makes the character instantly likable. Pyle’s performance provided a contrast to Kelly’s. Pyle delivered some hackneyed lines in an affected tone reminiscent of the period, but did not overdo it unlike Kelly.

While Myka and Pete are trapped, Claudia and Jinx set out to distract Artie from his guilt over killing Leena. They entice Artie with a case involving exotic cars, which he cannot resist. However, while on their mission, Artie makes an alarming choice to jump in front of a car to ostensibly save Claudia, who is trapped in the car’s trunk. This behavior raises serious red flags for Jinx. Artie is acting recklessly – as if he still wants to be punished for Leena. In the end, we see Jinx report Artie’s behavior to the Regents. When Claudia finds out that Jinx has turned spy, Jinx will have some serious explaining to do. Claudia thinks of Jinx as family and will not do well if she thinks he’s betrayed her. The Regents also indicate that they have some kind of plan relating to Artie. It is unlikely they would try to bronze him, but it’s unclear what they intend to do. At any rate, Artie in danger is better than sulking, sad Artie.

Now that Leena is gone, it feels like there is space in the cast for another team member. It is unlikely that HG Wells will return, so what direction do folks see this going in? Who Is our bad guy for the season? There isn’t much time left for such questions to be answered. I am ok with leaving some mystery. I just don’t like feeling like the writers are phoning it in with their scripts. This one felt like it was either the result of ennui or too much Old Crow over a Turner Classics movie marathon.

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