TV: Did Anyone Else Suffer From The Sanctuary Premiere?

by on October 12, 2009

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Sanctuary - Helen Magnus, played by Amanda Tapping

The Sanctuary Season 2 Premiere on Syfy felt flat to me.  It was not one of the most exciting episodes I’ve ever seen, but ratings would seem to say otherwise.  At least for the time being.

In recap: (Minor Spoilers)

Helen Magnus is running around the world, pursuing clues that would lead her to her daughter.  What Helen finds is not a very pleasant site.

The Cabal have Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), the daughter of Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and they seem to be making her into a Dollhouse / Wolverine type of creature.  She has vampire claws & teeth, can regenerate, and is very programmable.

Sanctuary - evil AshleyIn fact, it looks like she’s programmed to kill her mom and take down the sanctuary network with a team of other super-powered bad guys!

Some story points were a bit weak and didn’t pan out for me what so ever.

Was it me, or did repeated shots of the slow moving cars just not work for you in the car chase scene?

Not sure, but did the supposedly tough gun-for-hire Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi) come across as a rather weak characterization?

The vampire, Nikola Tesla (Jonathon Young) seems to sound more and more like John Malkovich in his voice inflections.  It seems much different than he did in season 1.  Or am I losing it?

On a scale of 1 to 10, I think, “eh.”  Not horrid, but I wasn’t blown away.  Though I was distracted by some of the acting, some of the weak scenes and some disconnecting logic.  I would give it a 5 for now.  I’m waiting (Hoping really) for it to improve.

Now as far as the ratings go, Sanctuary did bring in 1.9 million viewers.  That good for them.  I hope they pick up on some of the discontinuities that distracted me and get on with the show!

Did anyone else feel the same way, or am I off my rocker?  (Be nice if you’re going to tell me where my rocker is!)

Cinema Static on Stuff on Brusimm

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmonos October 16, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I hear what you’re saying Dreggor, but shouldn’t the professionals pull it together and give it their all when the camera rolls?

But the other thing is that if you’re referring to my take on Agam Darshi, right now – though it felt like a flat performance, it’s a team effort. Actor, writer, director etc.. I haven’t seen her in anything else, so I am reserving the ‘cementing” of my judgment for a while!

Thanks for dropping by gang!

Dreggor Gade October 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I found Young’s performance good. On another note, I’d take it easy criticizing writers’ or actors’ performances; you never know what’s going on in their personal lives and how that can affect them. It’s better to give someone the benefit of the doubt before jumping on them.

Bruce E. Simmons October 13, 2009 at 6:14 am

Let’s get through the 2nd season before we start wishing.

If you think about it though, I “believe” this is the first web-series based television show to ever make it to a 2nd season, so that’s pretty cool!

jani October 13, 2009 at 5:42 am

well, it was much much much better than sgu “air” ๐Ÿ™‚

1,9 million viewers? cool ๐Ÿ™‚ i hope we’ll get a third season ๐Ÿ™‚

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