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- Episode: 406 - Fractures
- Starring: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti
- Written By: Benjamin Raab & Deric Hughes
- Directed By: Chris Fisher
- Network: SyFy Channel
Warehouse 13 - Fractures Review
We're All Mad Here
By Chuck Francisco
August 28, 2012
We're all mad here, uttered by the escaped Alice Liddell, might as well be the motto of the warehouse agents. Many meet tragic ends, and a normal married life is out of the question. Still, people are people; human desires can't simply be shut off. Even the stalwart Artie is not immune. This is the romantic comedy of Warehouse 13 episodes, with Artie continuing his blooming relationship with Dr. Vanessa (Lindsay Wagner). At the same time, the puzzle pieces are beginning to come together for the team and Leena is likely to push a few issues to a head in the next episode. Let's dive right in.
To this point, we've seen the threats of Brother Adrian's organization take on the form of (seemingly) randomly sown seeds of chaos; artifacts snagged by Artie are being stolen, and being mailed to random victims. However, someone very clearly tasked Alice Liddell (off her rocker as she is) with a hatchet job. She'd been briefed with Artie's date night location, then setup very specifically at a pawn shop in the same city, along with the means of her escape. The "click me" tag tied to the flashbulb was a cute call back to Alice in Wonderland's "drink me" bottles. How does Alice know where their reservations are, or what hotel Dr. V is staying at? I must sound like a broken record, but Brother Adrian's organization is clearly much more powerful than previously estimated. Slightly off topic: The casting director deserves a fist bump for finding half a dozen actors to portray Alice amid her various body jumps. Lindsay Wagner really hams up her scene as Alice; it's obvious she really relished the chance to let a little loose.
Jinks' secret torture, that his injuries hurt Claudia, is really the worst kept one in the warehouse. After this episode's shenanigans, even Leena is vibing that there's something more sinister going on. We're treated to Leena's aura vision while Steve is being electrocuted, which gives us a little more information on the symbiotic relationship the metronome has caused between Claudia and himself. I'm looking forward to the conversation between Jinks and Leena; I'm hopeful it could shed some more light on the mystery. She said she's seen that sort of aura transfer previously, but I'm having trouble remembering what she's referring back to (can anyone out there in reader land refresh my memory?).
Of course, the big moment of the episode is the Claudia psych out. With Alice in the driver's seat, we're treated to an eerily similar scene to Artie's vision of his own death. The cut back and forth was meant to fake out the audience, though this one plays out quite differently, with Steve taking one for the team. With that stab wound, one secret burden can finally be unloaded; Steve comes clean with Claudia. She takes the news surprisingly well, reassuring him that she's in this for the long haul. At the same time, another secret burden grows infinitely heavier. Wracked with guilt over the danger his decision has placed her in. Artie tries to break off his relationship with Vanessa. I found her character's strength to be refreshing. Rather than be the same two dimensional suffering girlfriend prevalent among most media, Dr. V stands her ground, calls out Artie's cowardly bravado, then tells him that she isn't going anywhere; she'll be there once he stops being foolish.
I was a little confused about Jinks' arm being in a sling at the bed and breakfast. I thought that the Metronome regenerated it's user instantly; though I could be remembering it wrong from last season (the problem with these seasons being spaced so far apart). Regarding Artie's breakdown In the dark vault at the end, it's occurred to me that perhaps the vision we've been seen of Claudia stabbing him have less to do with her being somehow evil and more likely occur because he's either lost self control, or because the team misconstrues the secret he's been shouldering. It could also be a combination of both, perhaps mixed with some poisonous lies from Brother Adrian. Only time will tell and, sadly, we've got two weeks to ponder it, thanks to a Labor Day hiatus. Perhaps it's the perfect time to purchase a Toyota Highlander rewatch season three?
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