Did they copy my idea or what? 2 weeks ago in my review for episode 8, Duped, I proposed an idea "...entire episode dedicated to searching for the ferret in the Warehouse and in the process seeing lots of artifacts..." Now I know it's a little different, but you gotta admit it's darn similar. So was I satisfied?
For the most part I was, and I'm fine with a revised formula. If Pete, Myka, and Claudia are going to do all the silly stuff, and Artie and Mrs. Frederick tackle important problems, I'm fine with that. Saul Rubinek and CCH Pounder are good enough on their own, that Myka and Pete all the time can take a hold.
I thoroughly enjoyed seeing more artifacts though I was hoping to see less ludicrous ones. Claudia continues to be a bright spot with her comments and actions though someone has to reign her in one of these days. After the debacle last week, she still hasn't learned her lesson. Now isn't the right time, maybe a future episode, Claudia has to take some responsibility for her actions and realize that while she may be young, she has to be careful. When Pete got caught by Sylvia Plath's emo typewriter, I had to laugh. How awesome is it that her typewriter sucks the life out of people?
The whole deal with the Regents confronting Artie was well done, but felt a little disingenuous. I thought more time could have been spent on that story and it wrapped up abruptly. Once again, a guest star was underused, this time being Mark Sheppard who is great in everything he does. To me, his career feels like Terry O'Quinn's pre-Lost (and minus his tenure on Millennium). He's a guest on a bunch of different shows, but never has a major role in everything. The good thing is that the Regents will probably be recurring so we can hope to see him again.
The purpose of the episode was pretty clear. The kids have fun in the Warehouse, while the adults do serious discussion. We can pretty much see where the next 2 episodes are going. The season finale is titled MacPhearson, so it's pretty obvious we'll get another confrontation by season's end. Cheesy one-liners, cheesy visual effects, and a whole lot of fun. This is what I expect from the show. Fun and not much else.
Score: 9.2/10 (didn't see that coming did you?)