We need to talk about Claudia Donovan.
Claudia Donovan is one of the characters on Warehouse 13. The whole show is pretty solid - a lot goofy, a little wacky, surprising adept at slapping you in the face with ~feels~ more often than not - but Claudia Donovan. Dear reader, she is the best.
How does Claudia introduce herself? By hacking into the government’s (nay, the world’s) biggest secret complex, kidnapping the proprietor who has worked there for something like forty years, and then saving her brother from an interdimensional rift (which said proprietor-who-theoretically-knows-everything said didn’t exist). All of that? Happens in her FIRST EPISODE. Hacks, kidnaps, saves. What does she do from then on? She completely upgrades the secret complex’s system, invents a bunch of awesome shit, sasses everyone, and generally keeps the proprietor on his toes.
Oh, and then there was that time she played Hendrix’s guitar.
Oh, and the time she brought her dead best friend back to life.
Oh, and the time that H.G. Freaking Wells told her she had a “glorious destiny.”
Now I’m not saying Claudia is perfect. A) Perfect characters don’t exist, and B) when they do, they are hideously boring. No, Claudia’s flaws come in these two lovely flavors: a severe lack of self-worth and some mondo abandonment issues. Of course, you would, too, if your parents died when you were a child, your brother who was raising you disappeared (the aforementioned interdimensional rift), and then you got committed to an asylum because everyone thought you were crazy for thinking your brother was still alive. Oh yeah, and they gave you electroshock therapy when you were in the institution. Issues, this girl has them. Now, Claudia likes to play tough and she covers up a lot of it with bravado and jokes, but they like to rear their ugly heads every now and again, as issues tend to do. But they make her who she is and thank God she found the Warehouse, this place filled with people who love her and appreciate her and show her how valued and brilliant and awesome she is. She is constantly fighting to believe that her team won’t abandon her like everyone else in her life has and to accept the compliments that they give her. (If she brings up her talents as an inventor/hacker, she’s all confidence; someone else asks her to save the day and she’s suddenly fighting against those self-worth issues. It’s an interesting, realistic dichotomy.) That being said, she’s definitely made progress since the beginning of the series. Hell, in the last episode, she actually cracked a joke about her therapy:
Abigail: You haven’t had much positive experience with therapy, have you?
Claudia: When I got electroshock therapy, one of the gator clips was marked positive. Does that count?
This is a kid who basically grew up with no family, no positive reinforcement, only people telling her that she was crazy and alone. Now she’s all grown up and she realizes that she’s A) not crazy, and B) [thanks to the Warehouse] not alone.
Did I mentioned she is literally fated to be the next Caretaker (aka Big Boss) of this super secret complex?
Did I mention the sass? Oh golly, so much sass.
How many shows do you watch where the resident technological genius / hacker / inventor is a woman? Warehouse 13 is one of my WHY AREN’T MORE PEOPLE WATCHING THIS SHOW shows for many reasons. All I’m saying is that Claudia Donovan should be really high (read: first) on your list of reasons. ‘Cause, damn, y’all. If you don’t immediately fall in love with this ginger fireball, I don’t know what is wrong with you.
(Also, Allison Scagliotti has a face that will frakking BREAK YOUR HEART when the occasion calls for it. Just warning you know. Scags = the best face.)
P.S. THIS SHOW PASSES THE BECHDEL TEST WITH CRAZY FLYING COLORS.
There is nothing about this post that is not perfect, much like Claudia.