Reviewed: by Tyler Olson
***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
So, this is it -- the first of the final six episodes of Warehouse 13. We all knew it was coming one day, but did anyone expect it to end so soon?
With Syfy ending so many of their own hit series, there won't be much original programming left on that channel (most of their other series are all imported from Canada). I still think they are making a colossal mistake, like they did with Eureka, but it's obvious they don't listen to the fans. So, instead of complaining about it, let's delve into the best and worst of these last episodes.
Last we left the team, Paracelsus was in control of the Warehouse and Claudia was going up against him, which is exactly where it continued from. I didn't expect their showdown to start off so well! I loved how Claudia finally accepted her destiny and used that to her advantage. The whole marionette part was annoying, though; since Claudia isn't an artifact, I really didn't understand how that would be even possible. I hope this wasn't the result of the writers being rushed to end the series.
I loved the alternate dimension, too. The futuristic style is exactly what I thought the Warehouse would be when the series was first introduced, not the steampunk quonset look – especially when we know that this series is in the same universe as Eureka. I hoped that these last episodes were all going to take place in this alternate timeline, but sadly that isn't the case.
The entire episode was also hilarious. All those wonderful banters, silly one-liners, and awkward moments that we all love littered the episode perfectly. Their omission was one of the things I disliked about the last season so it's great that the writers remembered to bring them back this time.
Sadly, there were a few other loose ends from last season that weren't handled so wonderfully.
Apparently that whole cancer scare last season was all for nothing. I suspect that this is due to the lack of episodes to complete the story, but I'm sure it could have been handled better. Why not just leave that dread looming in the shadows? Maybe they could have ended the series with her sacrificing her doomed life to save her friends. I'm sure almost anything would have been better than it being a waste of time.
Claudia and Artie's issues were also a bit of an annoyance, but at least it appears it will get more time to get completed properly. I just hope that her sister isn't some serious badass who will threaten the safety of the Warehouse. I really hate it when that happens. We already know there is one doomsday badass, and he's more than enough.
I can't believe they brought Crowley - I mean, Benedict Valda - back from the grave. He didn't have much of a role back in the first two seasons, and barely left his mark on the story, but it looks like he probably will this time. Since he wasn't a Regent in the other timeline, it's safe to say this won't be the same self-sacrificing hero he became. I can't wait to see what he will unleash with his knowledge of combining artifacts.
I'm so relieved that Warehouse 13 seems to be back to its old self again. If the next five episodes are anything like Endless Terror, this should be a fantastic final season.