I wonder about the placement of this episode. I could totally picture this being initially shown for the folks at the San Diego Comic-Con in a couple of weeks, as it would have gotten a lot of attention. Warehouse 13 fans. Firefly fans. Oh my. Anyway, I’m happy that we all go to see it together. Well, except those of us who got the episode a couple of weeks ago via screener. Ahem … BUT, it had temporary visual effects! God, that totally took me out of the episode, let me tell you. Alright, not really.
Sometimes I’m not a fan of stunt casting, but seeing as I’m a huge fan of Firefly and, in particular, Jewel Staite, I completely approve of Warehouse 13‘s use of these Firefly alums (the other being Sean Maher). They worked out very well in the roles they were cast, and it only made me just a little sad that Firefly isn’t on the air anymore.
I wanted to being something up from this episode, other than the great storyline introduced here, with the artifact not being the belt being worn but the actual tights (I mean, come on, how damn funny was that as they were trying to pull those things off him? Don’t tell me the outtakes aren’t a must-see!). It’s about Artie and his relationship and feelings toward MacPherson.
While I appreciate someone turning the other cheek, isn’t what Artie doing a little bit extreme? I mean, MacPherson clearly appeared quite evil and despicable last season, going at great lengths to put everyone’s lives in danger and taking a sizable chunk out of the warehouse. And now Artie is hoping he can chat it up with MacPherson’s Jedi ghost from time to time? Even if MacPherson was coerced by supernatural forces, it doesn’t settle well for me. I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him.
Last season I was sorta on the fence with Warehouse 13, but now having watched two episodes of this new season, I’m already glad I’ve stuck around. It feels as though the writers have gotten more confident in what they can do with these characters and the premise and take some chances. Here’s to hoping we see that continue here on out.