Warehouse 13 1.09: “Regrets”

Meanwhile, back at the Warehouse, the regrets theme is reflected by both the poignant thread of Artie working on a piece of music in order to connect to his father and the comedic one of Claudia disobeying Artie and nearly collapsing the Warehouse in on itself, thanks to her Volta suit. The former is lovely, and all the more so because it doesn’t delve into all of Artie’s history but instead gives us a glimpse into the past regrets that drive him today–regrets that aren’t solely driven by his not being able to protect all of his past friends and colleagues at the Warehouse (as we’ve seen up to this point) but also perhaps in wondering what his life might have been like had he never committed treason or had his path never crossed with Mrs. Frederic’s. At the same time, it shows that, although he might never admit it, he’s also a bit afraid to reconnect with his past–not reaching out to his dad through a phone call but rather attempting to work out his issues via song. At the same time, he is, also despite himself, becoming a father of sorts himself to Claudia.

Claudia in the Volta Lab Coat

Speaking of which, I love her plot this week, not only because it adds some refreshing levity as a counterpoint to the overall darkness of the episode but because it furthers her father-daughter bond with Artie. Even a super-genius teenager such as herself can mess up sometimes, and it’s fun to watch. Also, Alison Scagliotti gets a chance to show off her comedic chops. Claudia’s dialogue with herself before reaching Artie, and then her panicked reaction to his attempts to save her are a riot.) And her punishment at the end might have been the first time she’s ever received any sort of traditional discipline from a parental figure, so as irritated as she might be by it, you also get the sense that she kind of secretly appreciates what it represents.

Favorite Scenes: Of course, the aforementioned climactic scene in the warden’s office, and Artie trying to help Claudia down from her perch are fantastic. I also love the moment where Claudia discovers Venus di Milo’s arms (and how I wish to know what powers they possess!), and her chalkboard punishment.

Notable Quotables: “Suck it, Magneto!”–Claudia

“Maybe this is what Mrs. Frederic meant by endless freaking wonder.”–Pete

Myka: Intellectually, I know I did everything by the book.
Pete: Of course you did. You’re you.

“I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie. I will not disobey Artie…”–Claudia

Continuity: This episode marks the first time we learn about Artie’s estrangement from his dad, as well as his musical talent. This arc will be revisited in the second season Christmas special, “Secret Santa.” Claudia messing up in the Warehouse this week sets the stage for Pete, Myka, and Claudia nearly causing disaster in next week’s episode, “Breakdown.” Meanwhile, we learned of the circumstances surrounding Pete’s dad’s death in the pilot, as well as Sam’s. The reason he actually died will finally be revealed in the third season’s “Past Imperfect”. “Regrets” is also the first time that the Farnsworth fails to work, this time due to interference from the tropical storm.

Next Monday: Episode 10, “Breakdown”

Previous Episode: Episode 8, “Duped”

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Author: Robert Berg

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