Sanctuary: Season 4 [Blu-ray]
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It has been a hundred and some years since Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) has set foot in the Victorian era, but her pursuit of the diabolical Adam Worth has sent her cascading through time into the streets of London in the 1890's. Drawing no end of attention due to her modern attire and strange weapons, Helen is held temporarily by the police and released into the custody of her best friend of the era, James Watson (Peter Wingfield). Known in later years as the inspiration for the literary figure of Sherlock Holmes, it does not take Watson long to deduce that this dark-haired incarnation of Helen is a "future" Helen... and that her presence in the past may disrupt the initial timeline. That is the intention of Adam, who has returned to the past in order to save his daughter from death. But any misstep will change future events... a fact Helen is very much aware of as she attempts to avoid crossing paths with her former self.
But her mere presence in the house disrupts the normal flow of activity, an ongoing investigation of Helen and James over a new series of murders in the East End. The mangled bodies lead them to suspect the return of John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl), Helen's former fiancée and the man responsible for the Ripper murders a decade earlier. The modern Helen must discern the best possible way to prevent Adam from fulfilling his plan and altering the future, while attempting not to give James too much information...Read more ›
I was not a fan of the show initially but gave it a chance while Tapping's last-century accent stabilized and they found their stride. It was all redeemed with this episode, for me.
To those who find the ending out of context, watch it all from the start again. It is a story that is told many times in many ways, but it isn't told the way y'all are taught to expect.
The great thing about this season was it's utter unpredictability, which arguably makes it one of the best. The writers and directors made very bold choices and took big risks this season, most paying off in spades. I feel this season took itself a little more seriously, not to say they didn't have their fair share of fun. "Monsoon" was an incredibly entertaining classic action hero story with references to Die Hard and James Bond. "Chimera" was a distinctive episode in that it was one of the most hilarious episodes I've seen whilst at the same time being very dark and creepy. With only a 13 episode arch to work with, each episode no matter it's A story built the ground work for a final battle of wills that will leave you stunned.
The drama between the characters of Helen and Will was truly captivating this season. I just wish there could have been even more. "The Depths" and "Fugue" had some of the most intense and shocking Helen and Will moments of the series. To this day I still have mixed feelings about the musical episode. The drama in the episode is ridiculously good, it's just awkward as a musical. Tesla makes some great appearances as well this season and never leaves us wanting for dry,snarky witticisms. My only criticism would be that they overplayed flirtations between Magnus and Tesla making some interactions seem fake.Read more ›
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wish there was a season 5. At least the series had a good wrap-up, hate it when a show is cancelled on a cliffhangerPublished 2 months ago by bunker bill
Great show, wrapped up the series to a nice ending but could easily take off on another ride if they want to. I will miss this series since they are not bringing it back.Published 5 months ago by Dean L. Kelsay