In 2003, Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering in WAREHOUSE 13) did a TV movie called MAFIA DOCTOR. The title is self-explanatory, and it was, for something made for television, not bad, and featured Paul Sorvino (father of Mira Sorvino and Worf’s foster brother in STTNG) as a mob boss. It was shot in Nova Scotia, and in that film, Ms. Kelly sang briefly.
The following year, she starred as Sasha in National Lampoon’s GOING THE DISTANCE, which was shot almost everywhere in Canada, from Newfoundland to B.C. I will oversimplify the plot and say that two of the protagonist’s friends take him on a three-day road trip to the MuchMusic Awards. The important thing is that Kelly sings in this one as well, and for a longer period of time.
I have gone on at length in the past about inconsistencies in Warehouse 13 regarding the generation of artifacts. There seem to be few rules governing their creation. All that seems essential is some event that is very important to someone, usually a prominent person. (Do prominent people have more psychic energy?) The most interesting recent artifact in the show was the doorknob from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. It absorbed the pain and suffering of the 146 working-women who lost their lives in the famous sweatshop fire. When held for an extended period of time, It causes the victim to be engulfed in flames. The door was locked to prevent the workers from leaving early.
It is interesting that the knob does not transmit pain and suffering. It transmits fire (which causes pain and suffering). It would be much more energy efficient for it to cause psychological pain.
But, we now have a new reason for villains to torture people. Doing so turns the instruments of their torture into artifacts! Harness the power of human suffering! Rule the world!
Mary Mallon's cleaver being used to transplant leukemia from son to father
Actually, it was a cleaver, but it is also a monkey wrench in my theories about the Warehouse artifacts. That Mary Mallon had a strong emotional attachment to that cleaver seems doubtful. She certainly didn’t invent it. Further, it is doubtful that she purposely infected anyone. (Mallon did not believe she was a typhoid carrier and for a long time would not submit to testing, believing herself persecuted because of her Irish lineage.) In 1900 it was not commonly recognized that a healthy person could be a carrier for a deadly disease.
Even if one accepts that Mary Mallon infected people knowingly with a contaminated cleaver, and one concedes that the cleaver can be used to transmit any disease, it’s a bit of a leap to have the artifact transplant a disease from one person into another, leaving the original patient disease free. I suppose it might make the original patient a healthy carrier, and since leukemia is not contagious that person would be effectively cured.
Aaron Ashmore as Agent Steve Jinks on Warehouse 13 - will he have a love interest in the show?
We still need a Unified Artifact Theory.
But it was nice to find out that Aaron Ashmore‘s character, Agent Steve Jinks, is gay. (Ashmore was Jimmy Olsen in 53 episodes of SMALLVILLE.) Trying to think of other gay Syfy Channel characters and not immediately bringing any to mind. Now we really need for Agent Jinks to have a love interest.
Joanne Kelly is back, though she may drift away mid-season for a while.