SPOILERS: WAREHOUSE 13 SEASON OPENER
The good news is that H.G. Wells is alive. If the DEFIANCE notion (It’s a game! It’s a show!) should be a success, a similar approach might be taken to the H.G. Wells spinoff, giving us a game scenario set in the 19th century with which the WAREHOUSE 13 series interacts. Like DEFIANCE moves between San Francisco and St. Louis, this one might move between the 19th and 21st centuries.
Jaime Murray would be awfully busy.
The bad news is that Jinx (Aaron Ashmore) is still dead, and it looks like Claudia has gone over to the dark side, swiping an artifact with which to resurrect him. I want Jinx back too, I don’t want evil Jinx.
Upon learning that they must search the entire planet to find whatever artifact can save the Warehouse, Pete says: “I like beavers. I’ll take Canada.” which line (perhaps slightly modified) would have worked much better coming from Joanne Kelly.
WAREHOUSE 13 dealt, in the main, with two artifacts this time: The astrolabe of Magellan, and Pandora’s Box. Let’s deal with the astrolabe first.
Somehow the astrolabe has the power to rewind time for a 24 hour period. This is because Magellan went through all 24 time zones, or something like that. (There are actually 40 time zones, but there shouldn’t be.) Two things need to be pointed out here. First, Magellan didn’t survive the voyage. He died somewhere in the vicinity of Australia. Second, however great the accomplishment of the expedition, it had no noticeable effect on time. Yet, when the artifact is activated we get this long shot from space of the earth spinning backwards for a bit.
Remember when Superman flew around the earth really fast and temporarily (pun intended) reversed its direction of spin, and the direction of time, saving Lois Lane from certain death? Here’s what was wrong with that idea. The earth has a much more complicated motion through space. It moves in an elliptical orbit about the sun, and it moves with the sun through space. Actually reversing time in this manner would have required three supermen, one reversing the solar system’s rotation and another reversing the rotation of the galaxy itself.
If the explosion at the warehouse had somehow imprisoned Hope, then this episode might make some kind of sense. But if it released Hope, then one might expect quality of life on earth to get better, not worse.