Jun 072014

It was with a heavy heart that I finally sat down and watched the final season of Warehouse 13. I love the show dearly and watched it from the very beginning. Like many other fans, I’ve cursed SyFy for moving the show around and doing everything possible to kill it. When they announced that the fifth season would be the last and only consist of six episodes, my rage grew even greater. In the end, I recorded them all on my DVR and watched them in one fell swoop. How did the best show on SyFy go out? Find out in our Warehouse 13 season five review.

As stated above, I’ve loved the show since it first started and the premise is simple genius. As a history buff (and having a degree in medieval history), the concept of artifacts housed in various warehouses throughout history is incredibly appealing. Besides all the different artifacts highlighted on the show (and a great way to introduce kids to history), I enjoyed the humor that ran throughout the show. While things did get serious, Warehouse 13 always had a wink and a nod going on. The cast members have a tremendous chemistry, and I constantly rooted for them through their various trials. I  would also recommend catching the actors at a convention panel if you get the chance. Eddie McClintock is especially a hoot.

Warehouse 13 season five review
Where we last left off with season four, Paracelsus has taken control of the warehouse and Claudia stays behind to fight him. Unfortunately for her, he takes control of her and travels back in time to kill the regents and assume control of the warehouse. Eventually, another timeline is created where he uses the warehouse to conduct horrific experiments to weaponize the artifacts. He’s eventually defeated, but the evil version of Valda (Mark Sheppard) from the alternate timeline manages to survive and hides out in the warehouse.

All the episodes in season five are good episodes, with the Renaissance Fair episode being the weakest one of the bunch (even thought it was still good). A couple of storylines are carried out in the season. The first is that Pete realizes that he’s in love with Myka (Joanne Kelly) and chagrined that others have known it for some time. The other main plot is that Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) finds out that her older sister is still alive and that Artie (Saul Rubinek) has kept her in a coma for fifteen years. The reason for doing so is that she’s infected by an evil artifact, but the artifact was destroyed before it was neutralized so it’s impossible to get the artifact’s influence out of her. The scene where her sister takes back the evil into her to spare Myka and then willingly goes back into her coma is heartbreaking.

The Savage Seduction episode where the crew goes into a Spanish soap opera was rather funny and kept the mood light before the final two episodes. I really got a kick out of the group using Harvey Korman’s cufflinks as I grew up watching him on The Carol Burnett Show. (Watch that show to see what real comedy is about!). The following episode follows the Warehouse 13 gang fighting Valda and his attempts to move the warehouse to China.  I thought that they would do a two parter, but I was wrong. In the end, Valda is destroyed and Claudia’s sister is freed.

The final episode of Warehouse 13 was Endless and was composed of a great deal of flashbacks as well as an ongoing plot of the team struggling to come to grips that the warehouse might still move to a new host country. If that happens, they will no longer be warehouse agents as that the host country picks their own agents. The flashbacks by the group are a mix of humorous and sad, especially seeing Leena (Genelle Williams) again. The last episode gives everyone a chance to shine and all the regulars (or semi-regulars) make some appearance, such as H.G. Wells (Jaime Murray). Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) realizes that the warehouse showed him the path to nirvana, and we learn that Artie has a son. Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) tries to keep Pete focused as he starts freaking out as he doesn’t want it all to end. Everyone sits at the original Round Table where their most important memory of the warehouse is displayed. It’s when Myka does it that Jinks points out to her that she’s in love with Pete, much to her disbelief.

Warehouse 13 season five review
The series wraps up with Pete and Myka acknowledging their love for one another and kissing. I’m glad how the show handled it. They didn’t go all serious or maudlin, but kept it amusing and sweet. When Pete sits down to have his memory displayed, the table actually shows all his memories of the warehouse as he’s loved it all. The group makes peace with what’s happening and it’s told that the warehouse might not move for some time. At the end of the episode, we see that it’s a few decades later and some new agents are working on a problem. They’re wearing uniforms and are agitated when Claudia appears dressed rather fancily. It is apparent that she’s become the custodian of the warehouse. The new agents say that an alarm is going off about the warehouse moving, to which Claudia scoffs and says that if she had a nickel every time that happened. She tells the agents that they remind her of some other people she knew and she then disappears the same way Mrs. Frederic does. The final shot is of the camera panning out and we see that the warehouse is still in its normal location.

All I can say in my Warehouse 13 season five review is that it was a good send off for the show. All the big story lines are wrapped up and we finally get to see Pete and Myka declare their love for one another. I like how the show didn’t detail their final fates as it leaves  open the possibility of movies or mini-series in the future. The assumption is that the group merrily stumbled their way through the years chasing artifacts. I’ll miss the show and my rage still burns at SyFy for getting rid of the show. I won’t give the season a grade, but it did end strong even though poor Jinks never made it to the opening credits.

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