When we last left Warehouse 13 at the end of Season 3, Saul Rubinek’s Artie had turned evil, resulting from a psychotic episode caused by an astrolabe. He killed Leena (Genelle Williams) and was attempting to use a dagger to open a jar holding the deadly Chinese Orchid–the deadliest artifact in Warehouse 8–a poisonous flower that would unleash an epidemic that could wipe out half the population of Earth. Claudia stabbed Artie, attempting to remove the spell that changed him.
At the beginning of Season 4 the “sweating sickness” is moving across Europe. Pete’s mom Jane Lattimer (Kate Mulgrew) sets Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) and undead Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore) on a journey into Artie’s labyrinthine Warehouse-world brain, using an artifact owned by Sigmund Freud. Lindsay Wagner’s Dr. Vanessa Calder appears to them and warns them to leave. Elsewhere James Masters plays a professor named Sutton, an expert on the Count of St. Germaine–who is supposed to help Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) save the world after they first visit the elegant home of antique collector Charlotte (Polly Walker).
For fans who like episodes focusing on the sleuthing of Pete and Myka, you’ll be happy with this new episode. And guest star James Marsters, who Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans knew well as Spike, is in prime form with his guest role. Look for some surprise return characters from past seasons to show up, too.
Will Artie live? Will they save the world? What is James Marsters doing here? Why wait? You can watch the entire Season 4 premiere episode “A New Hope” now for free here.
The rest of the TV viewing world? They get to watch the season premiere Monday, April 29, 2013 on the Syfy Channel.