Warehouse 13 Season 5 Review “Cangku Shisi”

Warehouse 13 Season 5 Episode 5 Cangku Shisi (7)

Sadly, we have reached the second to the last episode of Warehouse 13. This week, we got some closure on the storyline of Claudia’s sister, Claire. We also inched closer to a Myka/Pete coupling that I still find profoundly disturbing. As they have many times, the team foils another plot to take over the Warehouse. This time, the culprit is Benedict Valda. He uses his Borg technology to harness Claire’s powers for his own purposes.

It’s too bad that the season is so short. Don’t get me wrong; it’s better than not having a season. But, I guess I expected the Claire story to go in a different direction. With the need for a resolution, though, her recovery had to occur quickly. Though Claire fights her Borg monocle, she’s only able to fully overcome its control with the help of Claudia. In another schmaltzy sing-along of Garbage’s “When I Grow Up,” Claire finally breaks free. Claudia figures out that if they turn the monocle around, they can send Claire’s power to Valda. This ultimately is a neat solution. Claire is able to return to normalcy, while the bad guy gets what’s coming to him.

Valda’s goal is to create a Warehouse 14 and transfer all of the artifacts out of 13. To do this, he needs to raid various hiding spots of the Regents for artifacts that will help trigger the transfer. The artifacts this go around, like the silly string, are less impressive than in recent episodes, though I did like the snowstorm statue. I didn’t find the scene in Rapid City effective. So Valda set up the record player as a demonstration for the Chinese? I give this plot point a “meh.” We did get to see Myka put on funny underwear, but that was a small payoff. I am cutting them some slack because there wasn’t the time to give this story more development. If we’d had a full season, Valda’s plan would’ve been more elaborate and interesting.

Artie and Jinks try to figure out how to stop Valda. I do enjoy the scenes where these two are together. They have a funny chemistry that we haven’t seen as much of in the past couple seasons. It’s funny when Artie explains Valda’s plan and Pete can only understand the logistics through a Star Trek analogy. It’s a nice tie-in with the Borg angle. When they finally figure out Valda is trying to move the Warehouse to China, Pete delivers the best line of the episode, “I don’t want to work in China. It’s probably impossible to find a good burrito.”

Throughout the episode, Pete is on a twitchy bender that is triggered anytime he’s left alone with Myka. I still don’t understand why the writers decided to go in this direction. Myka is more like Pete’s bossy older sister – not his lover. It’s just awkward and feels out of character.

I’ve screened next week’s series finale. It has some fun moments that capture the spirit of the show. There are also a couple things I wish had been done differently. All in all, it’s a satisfying wrap up that Warehouse fans won’t want to miss.

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