Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Top 10 TV Countdown - #9: SANCTUARY

"The guy who invented the radio just dissed Jack the Ripper." -- Will Zimmerman

I tried out this show because I am a Stargate fan, and I heard Amanda Tapping was involved. That being said, I thought the first episode was horrible. It wasn't very exciting, a little too creepy, and the premise seemed awfully similar to Warehouse 13 except it was creatures they were hunting down rather than artifacts. But I gave it a chance and watched a few more episodes. It was then that I discovered how much fun the character of Helen Magnus and her world of monsters can be.

Helen Magnus was born in 1850, and was part of a secret group known as "the Five," who injected themselves with vampire blood and received special powers; Helen's ability, of course, is longevity (the show takes place in present day). She and her team hunt down dangerous creatures that inhabit the world, or "abnormals" as they call them, and bring them to the sanctuary for safekeeping.

I am impressed with this show because it is mostly shot in green screen. The actors and production team do a marvelous job with it. There are so many places for this show to go, whether it is underwater in a submarine, inside the castle-like sanctuary, a bank vault, or an underground city. It also goes back in time to deal with Helen's history, and explores the backgrounds of the different characters. There are werewolves, vampires, time-travelers, giant spiders, and historical figures like Nichola Tesla and Jack the Ripper involved. Though I find the character of Will Zimmerman a tad boring, the rest of the interesting cast make up for him. All in all, it's a lot of fun.

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