Warehouse 13: MacPherson
Artie and the team realize that MacPherson has been stealing artifacts from the warehouse to sell.
It’s finally here; the big season finale. For weeks “Warehouse 13” has been leading up to the climactic confrontation with MacPherson and, with some small exceptions in the episode, it was worth the wait.
The search for MacPherson from last week continues. MacPherson was banished from the warehouse years ago after using an artifact called the Phoenix to save his wife’s life, killing several other people in the process. Claudia and Artie discover that MacPherson is selling artifacts over the internet. Artie, Pete and Myka go to see MacPherson’s wife, Carol, who claims not to have seen him though the evidence indicates the opposite. They find the location where MacPherson is holding meetings with prospective buyers only to find that he is disguising his bodyguard as Artie in an attempt to frame Artie for the artifact thefts. Pete and Myka capture MacPherson and bring him back to the warehouse where he is to be “bronzed” for eternity. Unfortunately, eternity is not nearly as long as they intended it to be and MacPherson breaks out with the help of a member of the “Warehouse 13” team.
Since MacPherson’s first appearance he’s been a tricky person to catch up with and in that fashion, the first half of “MacPherson” deals with finding him. The search and MacPherson’s talks with buyers seemed to drag a little too much though. Perhaps a close call or two catching up to MacPherson would have kept the action going for the episode’s middle section as even the incident with the glass is resolved a little too quickly and easily. From there though the episode gets significantly better up until its exciting finish.
Early in the episode it becomes apparent that MacPherson has been using a mole to get into the warehouse. If he were to enter himself his blood would boil and cause him to splat all over the place and I doubt anyone would be eager to go through that. Claudia is the immediate choice as she recalls MacPherson helping her hack into the warehouse once she sees a photograph of him. She fears that he’s using some kind of mind control on her to get items out of the warehouse and the use of her access codes to the missing artifacts points the evidence even more strongly in her direction. Of course it would be much too obvious of Claudia was the culprit. That said, I wasn’t expecting the revelation that Leena was behind helping MacPherson and I’m always a fan of a good surprise. Leena’s role has been fairly ambiguous from the beginning, with little to no screen time or background given to her character. At least I can take solace in the fact that next season she’ll probably be a little more exciting.
I do enjoy a cliff-hanger finale in most shows (even if it has been a little overdone) but, despite being exciting, the actual cliff-hanger part seems a little too easy to resolve. Though Artie goes up in flames, we spent the whole episode talking about an artifact that can save people from that very situation. The only question is what people would the phoenix kill in that situation? Do the people need to be in the same room as the person who used the phoenix? Of course if Artie comes back at the beginning of the next season through some other method I’ll be forced to retract these comments about the solution being too obvious.
With that, we end off the first season of “Warehouse 13”. The set up in the end of “MacPherson” is a great sign off that leaves the audience excited for the show to come back for a second season.