Sanctuary Season 2, Episodes 1 -3


Damian Kindler wasn’t kidding when he tweeted that the first three episodes of Sanctuary were going to have us sitting on the edge of our seats. From the very first episode, all the way until the end of the third episode, “Eulogy”, I don’t think I left that edge. Throughout the first three hours of the show, the audience was taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions, before finally ending on the floor with a box of tissues. The season starts with Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) — the mysterious owner of the Sanctuary network — allowing Jack the Ripper free rein, nearly shooting someone in the leg, and then requesting a machine that could ultimately kill her daughter, Ashley (Emilie Ullerup). It was punctuated by the lovely dry humor of Nikola Tesla (Jonathon Young) and the tenuous relationship moments between John (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Magnus. The interesting bit about the first two episodes is that they begin with Magnus simply trying to rescue her daughter, and end with her having to make a decision between Ashley and the entire Sanctuary network which is being threatened with extermination by the Cabal. Ultimately, it’s Ashley’s decision that cause your jaw to hang open in the last 15 seconds of “End of Nights Part II”.

Then, we entered “Eulogy”. The name alone should convey the tone for the episode. Compared to the two part season opener, this episode was a bit slower, and we had several different storylines going on throughout it, that built upon one another. The most heart-wrenching part of this episode is that while everyone else in the Sanctuary believes Ashley to be dead, Magnus cannot let go. The audience also clung to all the scenarios that Magnus thought up, we followed along with her, hoping she was right. In between Magnus’s flashbacks and visions, we were introduced a bit more to Kate (Agam Darshi) the newest member of the Sanctuary. The storyline between her and Henry (Ryan Robbins) helped remind us that we were still watching a television show that focused on abnormals. While this storyline helped ground us in the Sanctuary, it wasn’t the plot that resonated.

The best scene from this episode was not the end — which was beautifully executed, touching, and musically divine. No, it was the scene where Will (Robin Dunne) became the mentor, and Magnus the student. It was the moment Will shouts at Magnus, and snaps her out of herself, and the moment that Magnus comes to realize the truth, that her daughter is gone. Though brief, that scene was probably some of the best acting in the first three episodes, and if that’s a taste of what’s to come, then we’re in for an amazing ride this season.

GS Reviewer: Ashley Bond

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One comment

  1. suse /

    Lovely entry. I agree with how powerful that Will/Helen scene was.

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