I'm not quite sure I like what they did in Warehouse 13. After the end of the last season, the premiere this season kind of made me say "Really?" I guess we'll see where it goes.
Yeah. That kinda came out of left field. Wasn't the watch that he used the same one that MacPherson used to cause time to back up like 20 seconds at a time (and which was what he used to kill Myka's old partner and made her think that she was somehow late getting there to save him)? Maybe it was a different watch, but I had assumed that Artie would just use the watch to back time up a bit, and then have HG surround the bomb in the shield instead of the people, thus saving them all. I guess the writers wanted a more dramatic (and much more involved) means to get out of that predicament.
Just found it strange since the watch did something completely different (and not very sensible really except as a plot device). Even with the way they went with it, I'm not sure why Spiner's character is so upset. You'd think that the negatives of using the astrolabe can't possibly be worse than what was happening anyway and he'd recognize that this was the right time to use it. Guess the writers wanted something more dramatic than having characters act like they have some degree of common sense though. Not really liking the plot thread they're going through as a result at all.
Alphas, I'm interested in. I do like what they are doing with Stanton Parish. I'm not sure if I'd be as interested in it if it weren't for Gary's character. Yesterday's episode had Summer Glau in it. I'm not sure if it was the makeup, or if she's just getting that much older now. Definitely doesn't look like the little girl she did in Firefly (The only thing I ever really watched her in).
Alphas has been kinda hit or miss for me. I keep waiting for the show to have an overarching purpose/direction. I guess Parish provides it, sorta. But I still just don't get the sense like the series has meshed yet. It's almost like there's disagreement among the writers/producers of the show over which direction to go. They do this whole "reveal alphas to the world" bit at the end of season 1, then start this season with dramatic (and relatively unbelievable) changes, then spend the first handful of episodes putting everything back the way it was in season 1. I'm not a fan of drama injected into a story purely for the sake of having more drama, but that seems to be what they're doing.
Pick a direction and go IMO. And while the Parish thing is interesting, other than somewhat random seeming side stuff, he doesn't appear to actually be doing anything at all. I'm sure that will change, but it seems like they're just using him as a boogieman backdrop to justify other seemingly unrelated things. The best fiction story arcs involve first deciding exactly who the bad guy is, and what his plan is and *then* writing him into the story. So far, I get the sense that they're just winging it with this one. I hope I'm wrong.
Haven, I hope it goes well. I liked the last season, and am looking forward to the next. It's been so long I think I have to go back and watch the last few episodes of the last season as a refresher (or, I'm sure they'll marathon it a day or two before the season premiere).
I really like the direction, pacing, and style of this series. The season1 ending was fantastic. Their management of this through season 2 was clearly well thought out. While they had the normal amount of throwaway/filler episodes, they've done a great job at moving a steady plot forward. This is a show that clearly was thought out ahead of time, and acted on logically along the way. I much prefer that to shows that seem like the writers just went "what twist can we put in to make this more interesting" and hope a storyline emerges as a result. Even when they introduce new elements (like Duke realizing he's some kind of troubled person hunter) they fit into the story arc well.
And there's still a ton of secrets still floating around to keep interest. That's what I really like about the series. It's quite obvious that numerous different people know a lot more than they tell anyone, but each keeps that information within a small circle of people, so no one really knows everything. I'm still waiting to see how the brothers who run the newspaper fit into it all. Those two absolutely have a lot of hidden stuff surrounding them. Dunno. I just like the series. It's fun, interesting, but not too heavy.