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- Episode: We All Fall Down
- Starring: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore
- Written By: Holly Harold
- Directed By: Chris Fisher
- Newtork: SyFy Channel
Warehouse 13: We All Fall Down Review
Twisted Taunting Tongue
By Chuck Francisco
October 03, 2012
Have you ever wanted to say something not quite polite to someone? Has the urge to unload a salvo of virulent truth upon that fantastically annoying person in your life ever overtaken reason? There's always a little safety check in our heads which slams the breaks on, reminding us that not only isn't it the nice thing to do, but it could also be disadvantageous to burn that bridge. There is no switch in Artie anymore; the Atrolabe's whammy has broken it. As a result, we're treated to a version of veteran warehouse agent Arthur Nielsen's brilliance, unrestrained by caution, compassion, or sympathy. In many ways, he reflects our early exposure to MacPherson.
While the writers' intent was probably to have Artie's verbal assault of Claudia seem the most vicious, it's actually his vindictive laying into Pete which comes off as the most cold hearted. That scene is solidified as even more unflinching because Pete doesn't quite get that Artie is seriously trying to insult him; he continues trying to defuse the situation with humor. Eddie McClintock does an excellent job of physically realizing that change from clown to wounded child, while we the audience are busy trying to recover from the feeling of being slapped. Artie is using their emotional weaknesses to push their buttons, yes, but there is a small sliver of truth buried in his tirades. It isn't a truth the real man believes, but it forms a minor enough block to build upon. I wish Jinks had been included in among these tirades; it would have more solidly legitimized his place on the team. Did Claudia save him just so he could be lost again?
Let's take more solid stock of where the mid-season cliffhanger has left us: Artie has been stabbed in the chest and is possibly dead (though Claudia cast out his evil side); the orchid's incredibly lethal epidemic has been released, and has already begun spreading globally; Leena is dead; H.G. Is off the grid with the Astrolabe; and all of the warehouse agents have about a day to live. Is this enough to tip the scales, making it more advantageous to undo the Astrolabe's changes? Supposing Artie lives, wouldn't it be smarter to have another person use it to avert this new global pandemic, wait for them to show signs of an evil personality, and then (non-lethally) stab them with the dagger to cast out their demon? These are possibilities (though my last one there is pretty outside the box), but it's far more likely that there's another option that we, as yet, don't have enough details to speculate upon.
And then there's Leena's ghost. It seems possible that her apparition could somehow be an extension of Pete's vibes, though that would be a new direction for this ability. Perhaps it's a side effect of her aura reading ability? It could very well be an extension of both perceptions, though it's more probable for it to be artifact related. If her intelligence is still bound to an object in the warehouse, there is always the possibility of resurrecting her. This is of course, all supposing that timelines aren't mucked about with again in resolving the situation.
Buried in all of this is the true Brother Adrian, who seemed to have been quite cooperative in his research with Mrs. Frederick. He likely saw the common purpose they shared, and was grateful for being released from the painting. But there is a fishiness in his sudden haste to make arrangements for them leave his library. If there were any doubts regarding his dangerousness, his parting insistence for the return of the Astrolabe should erase them. We experience the prideful, angry man we'd first met in the opening episode of this season; he refers to it as "my Astrolabe", while brandishing a look of pure animosity. Brent Spiner was an excellent choice for this role. His versatility leaves us always guessing about his true intentions.
It's looking bleak, fellow warehouse agents. Sadly, we're going to have to wait until fall to resolve this enormous, Stallone worthy cliffhanger. This episode suffered slightly from having to serve as a resolution machine and also a setup to entice viewers over the break. As a result it's a jam packed, feeling a little cluttered. It would have had a hard time competing with the last two stellar episodes without those extra challenges. Still, we're witness to a highly entertaining hour that pulls us through the emotional ringer. It's a shame we've got such a long break before it resumes.
Coolest Artifact - Barometer from the U.S.S. Eldridge - the ship used in the Philadelphia Experiment; a classified attempt to mask a ship from radar during WWII. According to urban legend, it completely disappeared from sight for almost a minute. The Artifact freezes time for everyone but the user for that same amount of time.