[Review] - Warehouse 13, Season 4 Episode 18, "Lost & Found"

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Warehouse 13 is always at its best when having just stupid amounts of fun, and considering that it is a series about professional treasure hunters, a treasure hunt is a great way to bring that out. Even when it is overshadowed by something as joyless as cancer. I've noted many similarities between this latter half of season 4, and season 2, arguably the shows strongest period. And rounding out the season with a mad dash to uncover of the secrets of a long lost Warehouse, and unleashing a dastardly villain from the bronze sector does nothing to dissuade that feeling. The show is cribbing its own notes, but at least they are having fun while they do so.

Hit the jump for the review, which contains spoilers that never expected angry smoke monster to become reoccurring genre trope.

I'll admit, I completely forgot about the last minute revelation that Myka has ovarian cancer at the end of the last episode. Completely blanked on it. My bad. Luckily, this episode was not going to let me forget this development, with it casting a shadow over Myka's every action. As it should be. It is an awful slice of reality, this storyline, coming out of nowhere (happily, it wasn't seeded or teased at all this year) and becoming an obsession in Myka's mind. At the start, I wasn't pleased with her rotating door of Pete's reactions, but the longer the episode went on, and the more I thought about it, I realised it worked. Myka would over think it, obsess and rack herself with doubt over telling Pete. I'm glad the episode ended with her finally telling Pete, because I don't think I could have tolerated the writers dragging that out for the sake of dramatic tension.

Elsewhere, the episode was as good as this season has been. The actors, Saul Rubinek especially, seemed energised and more into their characters then they've been for some time. the physical comedy really impressed me, making best use of Eddie McClintock. It was inspiring to see that this show can be better then just average.

The grand plan was revealed, as was the revelation that Polly Walker is as immortal as James Marsters was, as is her son Nick, whose actor needs to stay far away from the intention of an English accent. They were turned, it seems, by the Philosopher's Stone (which gave Pete one of many opportunities to show how he's much more brawn then brains), and have spent the lat 500 years trying to return their mortality. Part of this plan involves debronzing Anthony Stewart Head, speaking either Old English or Norse or some other language I'm not ashamed to admit I didn't recognise. That he was bronzed, while the rest of them took the long path, was hinted at being part of some large plan, which will presumably be revealed next week. When Marsters is set to make his return appearance.

Which brings me to my major concern. Upon remembering last week's diagnosis, my first thought was "they better not whammy this away." Giving Myka cancer has to mean something, otherwise its just for the sake of drama, and that is meaningless. The prospect of using the Philosopher's Stone to cure her of the cancer seems rather front and centre now, and I don't think that is the right route to go down. How Myka deals with her cancer, how she chooses to fight it, will depend on the strength of her character, and the Stone feels like too easy a fix. Myka has never been one to take the easy way out, and as seductive of an instant cure may be, I would hope she would choose to fight it in other ways. After seeing all the ways that using artifacts have ruined other people's lives, I hope that desperation doesn't overrule sense. On both the character's part, and the writers.
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