Warehouse 13: All the Time in the World Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, July 05, 2013
Full Spoilers in the review below.
The frequently intoned maximum states that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. If that's so then Paracelsus must be laying the tarmac needed to fly into the madness of Cthulhu. The dude is five hundred years of bonkers unleashed on a world unprepared for such ruthlessness. Compounding the issue is that he's been brought completely up to speed on current events and technologies thanks to Nick and his knock off Nintendo Virtual Boy artifact. Any advantage the warehouse team may have held in Paracelsus being unaccustomed to our modern contrivances has been erased with one rapid mind transference.
The closing moments of the episode reveal that the mad man was actually the original caretaker of Warehouse 9 in Istanbul, which goes a long way toward explaining how he has such a deep knowledge of artifacts and their properties. That each warehouse has a central nervous system which is linked with that of its caretaker should come as little surprise, but the production team still manage to invigorate the imagination with an interesting visual interpretation of how such a location should appear and what it should include. The dynamics of that connection are still mostly shrouded in mystery, but we now know that two living caretakers must vie for control of that central link, with only one able to survive. The symptoms afflicting Mrs. Frederick are similar to Alzheimer's, and anyone who's had a family member thus afflicted must have felt the sad pangs of recognition in CCH Pounder's lost and fragmented behavior.
I ended last week's review asking precisely where Abigail was. Since she was portrayed as an integral part of the team in each episode from her introduction, it seemed quite odd that she was completely absent from last week's episode. Now we discover that she's secretly the Warehouse's Keeper, a clandestine fail safe mechanism who is called upon when double secret restricted information is required. The assumption is that she must have been off doing Keeper-y things last week, I suppose.
Immortality as a curse is a common thread that's been explored in a number of media. It's less frequently tackled as having been forced upon people. Yet here in Charlotte, Nick, and Sutton's cases, they were given the ultimate gift against their wishes. Nick is showcased throughout the ages falling in love again and again with women who grew old and could never requite his affections beyond adolescence. Framed similar to Interview with a Vampire, what we perceive as a blessing, he knows is a curse. As a curse he's happily now free of, I wonder if the price tag attached- the death of his mother, is something he can emotionally pay. Will Sutton and Nick play a part in the Warehouse events to come or will they go their own way with their new found mortality?
I've always wondered how bronzing worked, since there are bronzed baddies from centuries past but the system it runs on seemed to have been quite high tech. I shouldn't have been surprised that it was powered by an artifact. It's an interesting turn that Paracelsus created it, only to have it turned on him when he descended into madness. I was glad to see the Durational Spectrometer make an appearance; it's been several seasons since we last saw it. I'm personally a fan of call backs to things introduced far earlier, it lends a certain sense of cohesion and rewards longtime viewers.
It would be very easy for Myka to ignore her cancer early on and loose herself in her work to keep her mind from dwelling upon it. I can't at all blame her for searching out any reason not to have it front and center of her thoughts. Our own mortality is a frightening prospect. The writers leverage serious Pete to tremendous effect here, and Eddie McClintock is heartwarming in his care for Myka. He's a gentle hand at guiding her to do what she must, despite how frightening it must seem. We could all use a friend like Pete in our times of trouble and dismay.
What I find truly disheartening is that there are now only seven episodes remaining of Warehouse 13. What they've currently got cooking is primed to explode in an exciting burst of mystery and adventure. This show offers so many tantalizing "what ifs" in a way that's magical but at the same time could exist side by side with our own world. With so little time remaining for the show, look for the season finale to be game changing and possibly include one or more major deaths. It's going to be a roller coaster ride for sure.
Chuck Francisco is a columnist and critic for Mania, writing Wednesday's Shock-O-Rama, the weekly look into classic cult, horror and sci-fi. He is a co-curator of several repertoire film series at the world famous Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. You can hear him drop nerd knowledge on weekly podcast You've Got Geek or think him a fool of a Took on Twitter.
Mania Grade: B+
Episode: All the Time in the World (Season 4, Episode 19)
Starring: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore
Written By: (Creators) Jane Espenson, D. Brent Mote
Network: SyFy Channel