First of all, Alessandra Torrresani will be among the guest stars in Warehouse 13‘s third season (which will premiere 11 July). But beyond that episode, I need some sort of explanation of the premise of the show which will justify my continued viewing.
I have settled upon this quasi-explanation:
The power with which the artifacts are infused is (sometimes) imagination. An artifact (anything changed in form by a sentient being for a purpose) is initially made with creative energy (imagination). Therefore, these powerful prototypical artifacts canot, by definition, be duplicated. How Lizzie Borden’s mirror fits into this is unclear, since mirrors have been around for quite a while, but let’s presume a second mechanism for adding power to an artifact. That would be the attachment of emotional significance to an item (such as a compact mirror) and would be an elaboration on the concept of sympathetic magic. Again, the object cannot be duplicated, as a copy would not retain the emotional significance.
Joanne Kelly of WAREHOUSE 13
The next problem would be from whence the power comes. We know the artifacts are affected by electricity. We also know that some chemical mixture (purple goo) renders them inert, and they can be contained in a special sort of bag safely. All this points to magnetism being behind the artifact’s power. The magnetic force probably is not what powers the object, but it is used to channel and focus another, naturally abundant force such as gravity. The test for this theory would be how artifacts work in deep space, far away from a gravity well.
Eddie McClintock, a possible reason for watching Warehouse 13
Just watched the season finale of Warehouse 13. I have, for some reason, watched every episode of that show, and I still have no idea what the premise might be. Somehow, artifacts acquire power from their use in historically significant (or at least historically notorious) events. Or maybe all objects acquire such power and we only find out about the notorious ones. Which might mean that if I purchase a car that was in an accident, it will make me find another accident to have.
Or not. Last night we found out that the first warehouse was set up by Alexander the Great to house the first weapon of mass destruction, which was a trident (not the gum) that, upon being jabbed into the ground three times (not once or twice) opened up a fissure deep enough to reach magma.
Here are the problems with that weapon. First, would you want to be the one using it? Second, why three times? What if you were stronger than most and could exert as much force with only two thrusts? Third, why would old Alexander lock it away? There is no evidence that any ruler in the history of the planet has ever declined a weapon that would give him superiority. Also, the weapon could not have acquired its power from its use in an historic event. Unless someone used a trident to, say poke a hole in a dam holding back a large volume of water and drowned a city or something. It’s a stretch.
So the puzzle remains. Do artifacts accumulate psychic energy from those who originally wielded them? Or are they powerful devices masquerading as everyday objects that are found by ordinary people and cause those people to invent things or do things that ordinarily they would not do. If the latter is the case the artifacts must have been made either by an advanced ancient civilization on earth, or an alien culture.