Warehouse 13: Elements
A sculpture is stolen without any signs of breaking and entering indicating that an artifact might have been involved.
“Elements” is perhaps the first episode of “Warehouse 13” we’ve had that has offered a villain. At least a villain that the audience is not sympathetic towards. Unfortunately I’d say the show was doing better without one.
The episode starts out with our introduction the artifact of the week, a Native American cloak that allows the wearer to walk through walls. Obviously this is quite convenient for stealing things, like perhaps pieces of art. Pete and Myka are sent in to check it out starting with two prospective buyers of the piece. It seems one of them is trying to get this statue and combine it with three similar ones to find a cave. In this cave is something even more powerful.
Our bad guy is Gilbert Radburn (James Naughton), one of the prospective statue buyers. I was hoping it might be a little harder to figure out who was behind the stealing of the statues. Particularly when Gilbert seemed as though he would be easily able to outbid Jeff Weaver (Stargate Atlantis’ Joe Flanigan) by traditional means. But I suppose this isn’t “CSI” and we aren’t supposed to spend the whole episode looking for the culprit so I’ll let that go. Besides that, aren’t Pete and Myka supposed to be keeping these artifacts a secret in general? They seemed just fine with allowing Jeff to be present during their discussions and eventual finding of the cloak and other artifacts in the cave. This struck me as a little odd seeing how the clearance level of this information seems to be pretty high.
Another thing I would have liked was a little more time spent on exactly what the other artifacts in the cave did. I mean obviously they gave Gilbert a lot of power and they were meant to allow him to control the four elements (earth, water, fire and air) but he was killed almost immediately after touching the last item so we never really got a good look at what he could do afterward.
In other plot-lines, Claudia decides that she’s staying at the warehouse for good. Not really surprising as last week’s episode was clearly leading up to this.
This show really is held up by the dynamic between Pete and Myka and that continued to be great in this episode. Their banter is fun and natural and manages to make a sub-par episode like this one better.