Sanctuary: Season 1
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“with cutting-edge technology, Sanctuary creates a world teaming with mermaids, dinosaurs and monster mayhem” – TV Guide
Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) is a brilliant and enigmatic scientist who seeks out all manner of monstrous creatures. Aided by her protégé, forensic psychiatrist Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), and her fearless daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), the Sanctuary team tracks down, studies and protects the strange and often terrifying creatures that secretly populate our world.
As seen on Sci Fi Channel (Syfy), Sanctuary is one of the only series to shoot extensively on green screen using extraordinary visual effects and virtual sets. Helmed by some of the innovative talents behind Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, the series creative team includes executive producer, writer and creator Damian Kindler; executive producer and lead actor Amanda Tapping; and executive producer and director Martin Wood.
Audio commentaries on all 13 episodes with cast and crew including Amanda Tapping, creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood and more
3 Making-of Featurettes: “Welcome to the Sanctuary”, “Sanctuary Residents”, “Sanctuary Visual Effects”
Sanctuary: The Original Webisodes
Bloopers, Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
Season Two Sneak Peek
Stills from Sactuary: Season 1 (Click for larger image)
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Top Customer Reviews
- Excellent story that combine myths and legends with our own world.
- Great cast of characters that you can relate to.
- Doesn't go overboard with stupendous plots.
- It's a combination of Science Fiction, Horror, and Drama.
- Contains just the right amount of comedy to give a few laughs.
- Some of the scenes are downright amazing.
Hope this review has been helpful, as I think a lot of people will love this show, but either don't know about it, or don't want to risk wasting their time.
I love it, and I think you will enjoy it as well!
That's the concept behind "Sanctuary: The Complete First Season," a fantasy/sci-fi show that started off as a series of webisodes, then got turned into a show for the Sci Fi (Sy Fy?) Channel. The first season starts off shaky and sometimes painfully silly (nubbins!), but the second half suddenly smooths itself into a solid arc of secrets, conspiracies, and a fanatical enemy organization.
Forensic psychiatrist Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) has a pretty rotten life -- his girlfriend has left, his job is a joke, and nobody believes his deductions. But during a bizarre murder investigation, he encounters a strange woman named Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) who offers him a job at the Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary turns out to be a vast cathedral-like structure filled with "Abnormals" -- mermaids, elementals, iguana-men, two-faced dudes, or anything that doesn't fall in the boundaries of known science. But the Sanctuary's residents are now in danger from a charming Abnormal named John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl), who has a longtime connection to Helen. And unless he gets what he wants from her, he'll kill her daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup).Read more ›
That stated, Sanctuary took me a couple of episodes to get hooked, but hooked I got. Not sure exactly what did it for me, but I believe it was that the show presents a very well honed mix of horror, sci fi, and investigative action. The balance is interesting, and just when you need a dose of one of the elements, you get it.
Blending the genres, to me, has resulted in a show that is full of surprises and full of fun, but also filled with drama (my fav). I would add to this that the special f/x are stupendous, especially for a tv series.
The first few episodes are a bit rough. This is pretty typical of a new TV series as the actors are trying to determine their roles and the directors are trying to set the right tone. The concept is new and refreshing, keeping 'abnormals' out of trouble. The special effects are a bit cheezy - they don't have much of a budget for them on this show. The characters are a bit predictable and stereotypical.
This is a pretty tame series - very much a PG rating here. I find this kind of refreshing. They are trying to tell a story, not shock and awe their audience. The 'abnormals' are unique in some episodes and quite predictable in others. It is interesting to see characters from old horror movies being brought back. We have vampires, werewolves, mermaids, and even Jack the Ripper. The story writers deploy a unified theory where every distinct creature can be described as some sort of 'abnormal'.
I found about half of Season 1 to be 5 star episodes and the other half were 3 and 4 star episodes. Some are silly, others are dark and serious.
o interesting and unique show concept
o new and old characters brought together
o good mix of action and plot
o sometimes a bit cheesy
o first few episodes a bit slow in building characters
Overall - I recommend this series to my Sci Fi watching friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tons of promise ruined by cheesy CGI and flat performances. The one lab assistant played by Ryan Robbins was the only bright spot. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Videoman08
Its worth watching if you are a sci-fi buff. Lots of interesting charactersPublished 2 months ago by Eric Mattocks
I waited years for this to be released in DVD format. The show was a favorite of mine when it was aired on TV, and I'm delighted to find that it's still a favorite, even though... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judith Anderson
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If blu-ray editions were available for this or Legend of the Seeker, I would be buying both series! As it is, I am not going to spend my money for low res versions of a hi-def series!!!! I guess we will have to record our own and make our own blu-ray editions. We are allowed to do this by law.... Read More
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