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First order of business: Quinn and I are considering running a Warehouse 13 prompt fest. Watch this space!

Second order of business: We finally watched the last three episodes of S4 over the holiday weekend. Quinn got drunk for it; I stayed sober (more because I don't like the taste of alcohol than anything else).

4x18: I like the pirates thing! Pirates are cool! Oddly, what I was most dubious about in that plot line was a pirate running around in 1914 - but no, he was an actualfax guy who was actualfax pirating the actualfax Great Lakes in actualfax 1914. Show's history research remains top-notch.

However. While Nick is one smooth operator, I have... Issues with Claudia being conned by a 500-year-old 15-year-old. Some of those stem from RP background in which she wouldn't bring home a stray now, and I haven't taken her into S3 yet (such as I'm going to; she's AU as of "Reset" because "Reset"). (ETA: And RP or not, it really bothers me that Claud didn't listen to her best friend when he told her Nick was a LYING LIAR WHO LIES.)

And Another Thing: Okay, sure, you may not want to get into all of the details of why Evil Giles was bronzed on the computer file (and really, why does the bronze sector have such shitty records? I'd think those were the important ones). But would it be that hard to say 'yeah, the dude straight-up murdered hundreds of people For Science'? (I am glad he didn't emerge from the bronzer speaking modern English, but Quinn says it was modern German, not middle German, which would've been more accurate. Also, how is it Helena needed a recovery period and he was more or less okay?)

4x19: ...I couldn't even watch Claud the Crumbling Statue. Like, rocking in a ball on the couch couldn't watch.

Pete, Myka's treatment options are up to her. Myka, stop talking about cancer treatments like you're considering an abortion. Both of you, WHY DIDN'T YOU CALL DOCTOR VANESSA?

I am really not sure what to make of Abigail's sudden importance in the Warehouse's overall hierarchy? I mean, it's a neat idea, to be sure. But, Thing One, why is the Warehouse trusting something as important as ITS ENTIRE HISTORY to a 'once in every generation, a Slayer is born deal? What if you get someone who doesn't want to help or uses that information for Evil, and then you're screwed for a generation? And Thing Two, it really cheapens the 'cake and counseling will be available' aspect of her showing up. As it was introduced, she needed the Warehouse as a place of healing as much as the people there needed her to help them heal from Evil Artie. But with this twist... I don't know, man. It makes it not work as well from the beginning.

The what's-it-called room with the runes is pretty neat! But... Quinn got hung up on the fact that the Warehouse has pretty much never been in a place that used runes while they were in use; she thinks it should've been heiroglyphs. Maybe the runes were because of Evil Giles somehow??? I dunno.


4x20: OH MY GOD, WHAT. This only works if everyone holds the Idiot Ball.

1) Okay, sure, you can't disconnect Evil Giles from the Warehouse that easily now, but couldn't they have disconnected him in 1541 when they first caught him? And if Evil Giles of course knows what chemicals to ingest to counteract bronzing, why did he not keep himself on a steady diet of them in the first place?

2) PETE. PETE. YOU DID NOT BUY THIS 'ARTIFACTS CAN SAVE THE WORLD' LINE FROM MACPHERSON. WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT NOW????????? For fuck's sake. I believe Myka about her condition far more than I believe a guy who just murdered several cancer wards for his own personal gain. I mean, I guess if nothing else it confirms he's a Hufflepuff, but... they could have done that without him being a dumbass...

3) Dear Artie: Since when has keeping major secrets ever ended well for you? No love, me. (We'll get to the exact nature of the secret in a moment, because I have 99 problems with it and a lack of logic to the setup is ALL OF THEM.)

4) I know it was a bit of an emergency, but I feel like Claudia finally becoming Caretaker deserved a little more... ceremony than that. I do look forward to the beatdown of Evil Giles, though. (Holy shit her face at the end. YOU HAVE ANGERED THE BADGER.)

finally) As I said above, I have 99 problems with Claire Donovan's existence.
*This is not a bombshell you drop four seasons in.
*It doesn't really work with Joshua in the picture, even taking Artie's '...EVADE' face when Claud asked if Joshua knew into account. Why would he agree to keep that information from her?
*If Claud's seen graves from this, but not necessarily bodies, are one or both of her parents still alive?
*If Claud was important enough to the Warehouse that Artie knew about this when he went after the compass, why the hell did they leave her to her own devices in what canon wants to say was a shitty foster situation followed by time on the streets? (I don't buy either; her damage has never seemed to run quite that deep, to me. But that's beside the point.)
*How old is this chick, anyway? Older than Joshua, stretching the plausibility of Claud's mom's fertility? Somewhere in between? Evil twin?
*If Claire was so very dangerous at the time of the car wreck (which was a few years before Joshua's teleportation accident, so Claud was fairly tiny) that the Warehouse decided separating the two of them and telling each the other was NOPE TOTALLY DEAD IN CONCLUSION DEAD, why didn't they just bronze her? There's a kid in the bronze sector; it's not like there's no precedent. It's a big gamble to assume a kid as young as Claud was would end up at the Warehouse at all, and it's not like she spends her free time poking around the bronze sector working out why everyone's there. (I would have this problem even if Claud had been presented as an only child to this point; that would have circumvented most of my other gripes.)

So they knocked the legs out from under everything that the show is built on. Pete fell for a line he saw through in S1 because a bad guy told him his friend's life was on the line. They broke the trust between Claud and Artie for no fucking reason. They made major changes to the underlying mythology that take the wind out of a perfectly good story line.

I'm almost glad there's only six episodes left.

As a matter of interest, Evil Giles is the first Big Bad I can't tie into my Unified Theory of MacPherson Was Trolling Everyone From Beyond the Grave, unless he bumped into Professor Spike or Charlotte at some point (unlikely).

Overall effectiveness of Big Bads:

1. MacPherson (he actually out-thought everyone)
2. Evil Artie (because he was in fact whammied)
3. Evil Giles (he's chilling, yes, but this all only works because of the Idiot Ball)
4. Sykes (he's too unrelenting for me to see a compelling cause)
5. HG (no. just... no)
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