Warehouse 13 Review: "Buried"

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We have seen some dramatic twist and turns on this season of Warehouse 13.

The first part of the season finale, "Buried," was no exception. It took the concept of surprising developments to an extreme and I loved every minute of it. 

With Mrs. Frederic

I feel like I am on a merry-go-round when it comes to H.G. Wells. A very well-written merry-go-round. When we started she was a bad guy. Then, she wanted to disprove this classification. Then, she was reinstated as an agent.  Now, she is somewhere between all of those, as she zapped Myka and Pete and clearly stole something from Warehouse 2. 

However, before you pass judgment on my new heartthrob Helena, allow me to point out a few facts:

  • The taser with which she shot Pete and Myka was not one we have ever seen before. It was smaller, sleeker, and used green bolts.
  • She phrased her last statement to Myka and Pete as, “I hope you can forgive me.”  You only ask forgiveness from someone you care about. You only hurt someone you care about if you have to. 
  • How did she develop the hacking skills in a few weeks to have cracked into the Warehouse 13 bank accounts to pay the teens?
  • How was she able to meet the teens and recruit them so quickly?

What do these clues mean? I believe that she is either being blackmailed or bribed into doing something by Adwin Kosar, the Regent that reinstated her. I think that Kosar has something that could help Helena save/recover her daughter.

So, I am sticking with my belief that Helena is really good and that there is some outside force causing her to do the things she is doing. Of course, I could be wrong and she could be fooling me, too, and really just be a self-serving British hottie with an amazing accent, who wears the Lara Croft outfit incredibly well. Hopefully, we will all know for sure next week.

In other twist and turns, I was just beginning to understand what the Regents did; now we learn that Mrs. Fredric is the “caretaker” of Warehouse 13 and if she died the warehouse would perish, as well.  And in case that information didn’t bend my noodle enough, we also learned that Claudia is next to be a caretaker. Talk about a lot to take in.

Helena, Pete, Myka

Warehouse 2 took a toll on everyone. The most shocking development being that Mr. Valda died. While I never was crazy about the guy, I am glad that in the end he chose the greater good and sacrificed himself for the others. But when we got to the visions that Myka, Pete, and Helena saw, I was disappointed with Myka’s. As I mentioned in last week’s Round Table, Myka is really a weak character and the vision confirmed it. Her happy place was getting a detailed assignment from Artie. Really?  That is the happiest thing she has in her life?

As for Helena seeing her daughter, and her subsequent reaction when she lost her again, anyone who has had a great loss in hisher life can empathize. It's that point between being asleep and awake where you still think whatever was lost is still there and then when you wake up fully and remember it is gone it you just hurt so much all over again.

In contrast to the pain Helena felt, when Pete came out of it, he was happy and excited as he realized Kelly was the one he wanted to whom he wanted to tell the truth.  The romantic inside me really hopes Kelly is able to accept that and that Pete is able to stay with her.

However, the realist in me thinks Pete will tell Kelly and she will freak out or not be able to handle it. Then, Artie will have to wipe her memory, including ever having known Pete. This of course would leave Pete (and us) completely heartbroken.

This was one of the best episodes we have had this season. It did a great job of giving us a cliffhanger leading us into next week’s season finale while still completing a standalone story in the hour given. This is a technique that many other shows could benefit from learning (I am looking at you, True Blood.)

What did you think? Do you think Helena is doing this by herself or is she being forced?

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Agreed. Helena's core motivations are pretty simple. Save her Daughter. Everything else stems from that goal, which, unfortunately, can blind someone and make them easily manipulated. As for Myka, that may be a piece of Fridge Brilliance. Myka's had a bad time growing up with her dad, was hard on her and the like. So she's happiest when a surrogate "dad" is telling her she's doing a good job. Could be wrong, but that would give her happiest a bit more depth. She is a bit of a shallow character, but that is the burden the straight man must carry...


I really don't know if I think she's being forced to do this. I hadn't thought of that at all until you mentioned it. I will say though, whatever she's doing, she's doing it for her daughter and if you're a parent that has lost a child then you'll do whatever it takes to get them back. That means betraying the people you care about.

Warehouse 13 Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Mrs Frederic: Agent Lattimer, this is unlike anything you have faced.
Pete: So, like always then.

Mrs. Frederic: One, agent Lattimer.
Pete: One what? Singular sensation? Is the loneliest number?