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 is attacked by an unseen creature. While in the hospital, Pete and Myka discover, through the bite marks, that the attacker was human. Once they return to the forest, they stumble upon Kevin Monroe eating a deer. Kevin is zombie-like: his face is pale blue and he is shivering. Kevin is then taken to the hospital.

Pete and Myka investigate Kevin's house, where they find his son and take him to Kevin. While Artie cares for the boy, Pete and Myka follow-up on a police call about an individual eating a squirrel. This person has the same symptoms as Kevin. Pete is bitten while apprehending this person, but it is Myka who starts showing symptoms; she begins to shiver.

Pete theorizes that the people are zombies, and Artie learns from Kevin's son that the artifact responsible is from a taco truck both victims visited. When they arrive at the taco truck, they are attacked by zombies. Myka begins to turn on Pete; he enters the taco truck and sees a tip jar. Pete realizes that this is the artifact causing the problems: the tip jar is from the Donner Party's ill-fated journey. He destroys the tip jar, neutralizing its effect.

Meanwhile, Claudia is offered a role in a band by the guitarist, Dwayne Maddox. Claudia is also told that "death comes for you this night" by Sallah, the Soothsaying Sultan, a fortune telling booth, and an additional artifact. That night, a statue nearly falls on her, among other misfortunes.

Claudia fails to end the accidents and is nearly drowned by the "Eau de Vie Faucet". She is rescued by Leena, who explains that the fortune-telling booth artifact works by overwhelming the user with dread, so, if Claudia ignores it, she will be fine. Claudia accepts the offer from Dwayne to join the band and they embrace.

The episode concludes with Steve Jinks in a bar, unable to pay his tab because Mrs. Fredric cut his credit. Marcus Diamond approaches Steve with the offer to pay his bill, asking in return that Steve join his panel against the Warehouse. Steve accepts the offer and is impressed when Marcus jumps off a building. Mrs. Fredric is seen smiling in satisfaction.

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]

The episode received mixed reviews. IGN gave it the highest rating of 9/10 commenting on the "pitch-perfect plots". They also praised Saul Rubinek and Allison Scagliotti for their performances.[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 the resolution lack-lustre. However, they enjoyed 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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