Insatiable (Warehouse 13)

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"Insatiable"
Warehouse 13 episode
Warehouse 13
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 10
Directed by Constantine Makris
Written by Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes
Original air date September 19, 2011
Guest actors

Aaron Ashmore (Steve Jinks)
Sasha Roiz (Marcus Diamond)
Johnny Pacar (Dwayne Maddox)
Nick Baillie (Kevin Munroe)

"Insatiable" is the 10th episode of the third season of the SyFy television series Warehouse 13 and the thirty-fifth episode of the series. It originally aired on September 19, 2011.

Plot[edit]

In the forests of Ithaca, a young couple ends up in a hospital after being attacked by a concealed creature. Pete and Nash discover from the bite marks that the attacker was human. Upon returning to the forest, they find the attacker, Kevin Monroe, feasting on a deer. Kevin's face appears to be pale blue. He is shivering heavily and looks like a zombie. Pete and Nash take him to recover at the hospital.

When investigating his house they find Kevin's son, whom they take to his father at the hospital. At the hospital, Artie looks after the boy and sends Pete and Myka to scrutinize a call received by the police concerning an individual who has eaten a squirrel. Pete and Nash manage to apprehend the squirrel-eater who, like Kevin, is suffering from a zombie-like appearance. Pete is bitten by him. However, it is Nash instead who appears to suffer from the effects of the zombie affliction, as she begins shivering.

Noting that all the victims display cannibalistic traits, Pete furthers his theory that they are all zombies. Artie then discovers from Kevin Monroe's son that the artifact causing this problem is from a taco truck that all the victims visited. As Pete and Nash arrive at the truck they are attacked by more of the zombies. Myka begins to turn on Pete so he runs to take cover in the taco truck. Inside he realizes that the artifact is a tip jar, which he then smashes to destroy its effects. He learns that the tip jar is from the Donner Party's ill-fated journey and gives those who deposit tips in the jar the same experiences that the Donner Party had.

Meanwhile, Claudia has been taking some time off to deal with Steve's firing. She is offered a role in a band by a local guitarist, Dwayne Maddox, and cautiously accepts. When she tries to talk to Steve about it he tells her to leave him alone. Sallah, the Soothsaying Sultan, a fortune telling booth and another artifact, tells Claudia that "Death comes for you this night," and promptly a statue nearly falls on her head. Throughout the night further accidents occur around her, including a falling chandelier that nearly crushes her and Dwayne.

Claudia tries to end the accidents by neutralizing the artifact. However, another artifact, the Eau de Vie Faucet, nearly drowns her. Leena rescues her, explaining that the fortune telling booth artifact overwhelms the user with dread and that Claudia will be fine if she just ignores it. Claudia then goes to Dwayne, confirming that she wants to join his band and they embrace.

The episode concludes with Steve Jinks in a bar, unable to pay his tab after Mrs. Fredric has his credit cut off. Marcus Diamond then approaches and offers to pay his bill, asking Jinks to join with his panel against the Warehouse. Steve accepts Marcus's offer. Marcus proceeds to jump off a building, hence impressing Steve. Mrs. Fredric is seen smiling happily.

Cultural references[edit]

  • Claudia plays Cherry Bomb by The Runaways.
  • Artie references the 1978 comedy movie Animal House, which chronicles the adventures of a bunch of frat boys, who spend most of their time partying and playing pranks on authority figures.
  • Pete references the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap, a mock-umentary about a heavy metal band, Spinal Tap, when stating, "I'm gonna crank this baby up to 11."
  • The episode makes many references to popular culture zombie movies, most notably Dawn of the Dead.

Artifacts and jokes[edit]

Artifact Description Seen/Mentioned
Glass Jar from the Donner Party Placing money in the jar activates this artifact. This is because the Donner Party would bury money in similar glass jars during their long winter. The artifact first causes a severe drop in body temperature, then causes photosensitivity and an extreme carnivorous craving. Pete shattered the jar to negate its effect on people, but the shards of glass were stored in the Warehouse. Seen
Sallah the Soothsaying Sultan Fortune-Telling Not actually a fortune teller but a hypnotist who causes feelings of extreme dread in people. Accidentally activated by Claudia when she asked why Steve was "being such a tool" while standing in front of it. In order to negate the effects, you have to actively ignore Sallah's prediction. Seen
Gargoyle Statue Unknown effect; was on a shelf near Sallah the Soothsaying Sultan, fell from a high shelf just as Claudia passed under it. It could be that this is its effect;– to try and crush somebody walking under it. The statue was shattered when it hit the floor. Seen
Albert Butz's Eyeglasses Wearing these eyeglasses raises body temperature. Albert Butz was the inventor of the thermostat. Seen
Eau de Vie Faucet The water that pours from this faucet will attack the nearest living person, encasing them within a bubble of water and drowning them. Once freed, the trapped individual dries within seconds. Seen
Cinderella's Glass Knife Stabbing someone with this knife changes them to glass. The effects can be reversed, and the wound healed, if the knife is pulled out before the body is completely changed. Seen in the episode "Where and When." Mentioned
Bodhidharma's Sippers A "living death" artifact; effects not described. Mentioned
Marie Laveau's Crucifix A "living death" artifact; effects not described Mentioned
Torch of Thanatos A "living death" artifact; effects not described. Mentioned
Joke Description In Joke/Story Arc
Psi Phi Zeta The name of the frat house is Psi Phi Zeta, a joking reference to the SyFy Channel: Psi Phi is phonetically the same as SyFy. In Joke
Nanotechnology Computers in the Warehouse running slowly and various other technical problems occurring, due to the nanotechnology bugs planted by Sally Stukowski in the previous episode Story Arc

Critical Reception[edit]

Though the episode was mainly rated average, it received mixed reviews. IGN gave it the highest rating of 9/10 and raved about the "pitch-perfect plots". They also praised Saul Rubinek for his performance and Allison Scagliotti for hers.[1] Io9 described it as "a fun 'artefact of the week' episode".[2] .tvfanatic.com gave the episode a negative review saying the Zombie plot was "pretty bland" and that "some character actions simply didn't make sense". However, they did find the Claudia plot the highlight of the episode and described her "inability to let go of her BFFE" as wonderful.[3] thevoiceoftv.com complained that they were simply jumping on the bandwagon of this year's Zombie movies and were unamused by the "lame zombie joke". They also disliked the plot and found the twists predictable. The only positive they found was in Artie's interaction with the young boy.[4] craveonline.com found it a disappointing episode saying that "the show needs to be better than this". They were critical of the plots, finding them flawed and that the resolution to them were, for Claudia's "a pretty big cop out", and for Pete's "a bit of a stretch". Though they did enjoy Artie's use of artefact glasses.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A new take on an old trope: Zombies!". IGN. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Self-fulfilling prophecies still require you to do a surprising amount of work, on Warehouse 13". Io9. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Zombies! Sort Of!". TVFANATIC. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  4. ^ "In the artefact-infested world of Warehouse 13 it’s the ones who leave the tips who pay the ultimate price". thevoiceoftv. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  5. ^ "WAREHOUSE 13 3.10 'Insatiable'". craveonline. 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 

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