So good news, if you’re a fan of this show: Neorandomizer has informed me that it is now officially the highest rated show in Syfy/Sci-Fi channel history. If you’re a fan of this show, or a fan of the anonymous suits that pull the strings behind the scenes (Hooray anonymous suits!), or if you’re just one of the many, many people who hate Bonnie Hammer, that means the show will almost certainly be coming back for a second season. If you’re a zealot fan of Battlestar Galactica, you’ll probably the news as yet another nail in the coffin that your show was never a hit, and that nobody apart from other zealots gives a damn. (For what it’s worth, I don’t give a damn about the RDM Galactica either, but I feel your pain over people who insist on overlooking and deriding something I care about. I am, after all, a fan of Babylon 5). If you’re a fan of SF over fantasy (as I am), then you’ll probably greed this with some trepidation, unhappy with the inevitable notion that SyFy will crank out more contemporary urban fantasy quickies like this one, and leave aside shows involving ray guns and space ships.
But, if you *are* a fan of this show, it’s definitely good news for you, which will help take your mind of how relatively lame tonight’s episode was.
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Artie sends Pete and Myka to a prison in Florida to check out a high number of suicides. Meanwhile, Claudia is stuck on inventory detail, and Artie is writing a song for his dad.
In Florida, they find there have been four suicides since a new warden took power, and all signs point to an artifact - an ouroboros - being worn by the evil Henry from Eureka. Immediately before the deaths started, the previous warden - who’d been in charge for 30 years - died, and his stuff is in storage. Tropical Storm Inez is rolling in, making matters worse for everyone, and the suicides continue even after they’ve snatched Henry’s kinda’ gay looking summer camp arts and crafts pendant.
With the obligatory false lead out of the way, they’re back to square one. We’ve also got the obligatory tension with the local authorities - the new warden doesn’t like them. Pete operates briefly under the theory that the new warden may have an evil paperweight or something, but, eh. Meanwhile, Pete and Myka are having ghostly visitations from dead people they feel responsible for - Myka’s married boyfriend who got killed in Denver, and Pete’s dad, who got whacked in a fire when he was a kid. Henry, meanwhile, is running a kind of minor home-grown religious cult inside the prison, and is spouting all kinds of new-agey twaddle about salvation coming from within, and how regrets are an affront to God, blah blah blah.
Pete and Myka talk about their feelings, and it’s all very Star Trek, and then Myka builds a mineral detector out of a walkie talkie and discovers that the problem is that the entire prison is built out of…wait for it…Evil Quartz. No, really, that’s what I said.
The storm rolls in and everyone goes cross-eyed from hallucinations of the dead haunting them. A riot breaks out, but Henry and his disciples go to the warden’s office and try to help. After some insignificantly brief mistrust, they pry her office door open, and the warden shoots ‘em.
Artie meanwhile informs Pete that the way to defeat Evil Quartz is with piezoelectricity, there must be an artifact that offset the Evil Quartz’s particularly silicate brand of mayhem, and faster than you can say “Oh, come on!” Pete realizes it’s a big marble cross the previous warden had hung up in his office. (That’s not hyperbole, by the way: I literally got as far as “Oh, co-“ before Pete figured this out.) Pete sticks it up in the same exact place it was originally, and - zowie - crisis averted.
Henry dies, though. Only fair, though: His girlfriend just died (Again) on Eureka 2 weeks back.
MEANWHILE, back at the warehouse, Claudia complains to Artie about a flickering light, and he tells her to bug off, so she decides to fix it herself without permission. She dons a magnetic lab coat (Really) and spidergirls her way up to the thing, but then gets stuck as more and more magnetic objects from the warehouse fly up to strike her. The magnetic coat gets stronger the more things it