epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Sanctuary (2008 - 2011) Season 1 Eps 1 - 5 Reviewed

Even things that go bump in the night need protection.
Sanctuary For All, Part 1

Dr Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping of ‘Stargate: SG1’ and ‘Stargate Atlantis') runs the Sanctuary where abnormals aka monsters, ghoulies and ghosties can be studied and protected. For some reason she decides to hire a smug forensic shrink with delusions of grandeur.

That shrink is Dr Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne of ‘Cruel Intentions 2’) and he’s a pompous idiot. He works alongside Magnus and her daughter Ashley to help an annoying moppet abnormal. Ashley seems to have gone berserk with the spray tan.

This was okay with nice music. But Will is rude and smug. Robin Dunne really is the cut price Joshua Jackson.

Best Lines:
You ran me over.”
“You got in the way.”

“I’m someone who’s chosen to embrace the full spectrum of our reality. There are things in this city; in this world that no-one wants to admit are real.”

Sanctuary For All, Part 2

The nice opening credits debut in this ep. Will meets some more of his co-workers, Henry and Bigfoot. Will turns out to have a past that I really don’t care about. A smug British guy named John shows up to menace Ashley. John annoys, he needs to shut up. He’s Ashley’s dad and he was Jack the Ripper so thusly he and Magnus have issues. Will has an entitlement complex and needs to stop whining. Magnus reveals that she is 157 years old.

This was okay but the annoying moppet subplot seems to have been forgotten once Magnus’ baby daddy showed up.

Best Lines:
“Your sensitivity is breathtaking.”
“The kid sucks brains. Not that I’m being judgmental.”

“Protect the innocent. Study the bizarre, the inexplicable.”
“Listen to rants from violent weirdoes.”

Fata Morgana

Will, Magnus and Ashley find three witches in a crypt in Scotland and decide to bring them home. In doing so Magnus earns the enmity of The Cabal, who are the evil alter ego of the Sanctuary organisation. Will is fascinated by the witches from the Middle Ages in their uplifting white nightgowns. But then The Cabal raid Sanctuary to get their property back. This was very good.

Best Lines:
“If she were from 800AD, she wouldn’t speak English the way we do. I’m guessing that linguistics and grammar have evolved somewhat since then.”

“These guys are one James Bond film away from global domination.”

“Nasty creatures with bad dental work have breached the outer perimeters.”

Folding Man

Will, Ashley and Magnus search for folding men, who can contort their bodies. Just like that famous season 1 ‘The X Files’ villain. It turns out that a folding man named Nomad has messianic delusions of leading a criminal empire of folding men. Will tries to stop Nomad but being an idiot, falls prey to a twist from ‘The Usual Suspects’.

This was good. The show’s unique SFX are on full display with the wrecked skyscraper and flying crime boss scene.


The team’s plan has crash landed in the Hindu Kush mountain range and a Yeti is on the loose. The Yeti can cloud the minds of humans and is killing off the survivors one by one. The problem is the survivors are so obnoxious, one doesn’t care. The Yeti makes its prey hallucinate before it kills them. So Will sees his mother and Magnus sees John. This was dull.

Best Line:
There was a town of zombies in Uganda and of course I ran out of ammunition just as night fell. Um, a deep sea capsule I was in was trapped under a gigantic mutated squid and there was an escaped lunatic who was able to turn himself into a giant ape.”
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