Why Emilie Ullerup Was Let Go From Sanctuary [Cinema Static]

by on November 1, 2009

in Entertainment

Emilie Ullerup

Every time I write something about Emilie Ullerup, I keep thinking this will be the last thing I have to say about the issue of Emilie Ullerup (Ashley Magnus) leaving Sanctuary.  Or more specifically, why Emilie Ullerup was released from the cast of Sanctuary.

From what I’m seeing, this development has taken people by surprise and is frustrating them.  Many are saying with Ashley gone, they are gone.

Ashley Magnus Death (played by Emilie Ellerup)

The writers played us along for more than an episode  of Sanctuary while Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) kept coming up with ideas that might have led to finding Ashley alive.

Kate Freelander (played by Agam Darshi) The Replacement

NO ONE seems to like Kate Freelander.  Kate Freelander is incredibly flat, dead panned and boring.  Her character traits are ambiguous while the writers play her off as greedy with sporadic moments of nice.  They’re taking the easy way out.  (Notice I’ve criticized the character, not the actor.)

On top of Kate Freelander being dislikable, it’s such a blatant and insulting swap out of female support characters that I’m surprised at how the writers went about it.

The Studio Spin On Why Ashley Died

Inevitably, viewer and fan outrage throughout the internet has been heard by the studio / creator (Damian Kindler) of the show and they have put together their response to the outrage and frustration that viewers are expressing about Ashley dying.

Please Don’t Insult Our Intelligence

The very first sentence in my source article printed, from Kindler, is this:

To be very honest about it, it was a decision we arrived at with our two major networks in the U.S. and Canada creatively, and we really felt it would have the deepest, most dramatic impact on the series and the characters…

He said it was a strong choice and then he back pedaled in the same quoted sentence later by saying that

people don’t necessarily have to die in sci-fi…

Then Kindler acknowledges that Freelander is not very likable and that’s by design and that by season’s end of Sanctuary, we will like her.

In an upcoming episode titled “Penance,” (Guest starring Michael Shanks [Stargate-SG1]) Freelander will have a shining moment.

Sure, if you say so, but we’re still pissed about Ashley, so forgive us we don’t swarm all over this premise right away.

Aaaand The Back Pedaling Continues

Kindler addresses the premise that once they know about a 3rd season for Sanctuary, there will definitely by an Ashley story that will take place that they’re developing.

Folks…  first you just said IF there’s a third season, but then you say you are developing an angle on Ashley for the 3rd season.  That doesn’t seem to make sense.  Did I not read that right, or are you confusing your tenses and excuses?  I’m just wondering out loud there.

You’ve dropped Emilie Ullerup for whatever reason you say, but I’ve never seen an actor dropped from a show that’s doing well, just because it’s a great dramatic event.  There has to be much more behind the scenes of why she was set free.

So Emilie is playing politically correct and taking the high road and the studios have tossed out the show creator, Damian Kindler to be the face man and take the brunt of the fan frustration.

Syfy did that to Ronald D. Moore when they split up the seasons of Battlestar Galactica.  Instead of stepping up and telling us the truth of the matter that was decided more than a year previous, they shoved Moore out there and made him spin it.

I think the fans have been heard.

I think the efforts that have just started to develop may just have an impact on what does happen, while Ashley Magnus is “mostly dead” in this ether zone of science fiction’s void of death that is not.

I think this public statement was a knee jerk reaction statement and now they may have to figure out how to sort it all out… and now afford this extra cast member they’ve brought in.

My Honest Position:

Last year, I hated Ashley in the beginning.  She was flat and predictable.  But Ashley did grow on me and her last episodes were incredible.  I felt like she carried the show because I’m having a hard time being pulled along by any emotion that isn’t happening when Amanda Tapping tries to force that accent she tosses out there.  (That’s not a bad thing, but it’s just not working for me.)

UPDATE 11/20/09: Emilie Ullerup Gets a New Role!

UPDATE 2/24/10:  Check out the guest opinion on Emilie Ullerup Was Fired For All The Wrong Reasons!

UPDATE 5/21/10: Check out what new upcoming movies Emilie Ullerup is in.

source for this tirade:  Sci Fi Wire,

Sanctuary: The Complete First Season on Amazon


Bruce has been been writing for the web since 1999. He likes to take a more pragmatic approach to most of the news and marketing that gets floated out there while still keeping a light tone about it.

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Bruce Simmons (BruSimm) November 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

LOL – I hear ya Jason! I have to say that if you ever met her in person, you’re screwed!

What I mean by that is that I’ve met her in person and spent some time hanging around her at a premiere for STARGATE CONTINUM and I don’t get this, but TV doesn’t do her justice.

I was standing around and asked my peer where the heck Tapping is… all the while standing next to this super tall, super hot chick. He said, look left. OMG, she is incredible in person and it just doesn’t seem to translate on screen. And she was so incredibly cool as she chatted up the press.

Now ya know.

Jason December 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm


Bruce I got to tell you I am not normally effected by television personalities. When it comes to Tapping in her new show. I am growing to appreciate her on the level I appreciate Jacklyn Smith and Linda Carter.

I understand she was in a bit of a delemma when she moved from SG to Sanctuary. It is obvious she made a smart move.

Congrats to you on getting a chance to spend time with her. I personally would have enjoyed such an encounter.

Andy December 18, 2009 at 7:38 pm

I just re-watched four episodes of Sanctuary that I had on my DVR from last season, as well as the last episode with Michael Shanks, and tonight’s episode (12/18/09). Losing Emilie Ullerup was a tragic error of monumental consequence to Sanctuary. Ashley was a vital part of the chemistry and, frankly, Kate Freelander just doesn’t make the cut. I cannot believe they would cut Ashley without a decent explanation, and over the objections of so many fans. The Freelander character adds almost nothing to the show. I DVR the show now, but have trouble sitting down to watch this season, and probably will drop it entirely. The mother/daughter and father/daughter dynamics had the potential to go very far, and the slow-burning sexual chemistry between Will and Ashley – despite his trysts with other female guest characters – looked like it might be a great counterpoint to the thinly disguised attraction between Helen and Will. Really disappointed with the loss of Emilie. Major loss to SyFy and Sanctuary.

Angel January 19, 2010 at 6:48 am

I have a better idea….if they can’t bring back Ashley….get rid of Kate and bring back Invisible Girl…..she was more likable….and had some chemistry with Will.

Maveth February 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I must admit to missing the Ashley character — I also find Kate quite annoying.

However, I had to giggle about the “force that accent” comment, seeing as, if I remember correctly, Tapping actually was born in England (though raised in Canada, if memory serves).

I probably need more sleep.

Bruce Simmons February 3, 2010 at 5:16 am

Hey Maveth… guess what?
You are the 500th comment on the site.
A sort of congrats and big THANK YOU are in order.

Thanks for coming by and chiming in!

R.M. Griffin June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm

The decision to kill off Ashley was unbelievably stupid. Without her the show is not worth watching. Sanctuary may have Amanda Tapping but she is no Sam Carter and “Kate” is just a pain in the butt.
The plots seem to be too much like an attempt to be a ‘Thinking fan’s answer to “X-Men”‘ but now Sanctuary has descended to the same level of mindless garbage.

Aaron June 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Any possible way to bring Emilie Ullerup back? I think the show would do better with her involved as others have stated.

Bruce Simmons June 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm

More than likely, Emilie won’t be returning to Sanctuary Aaron.

Tim Miller June 25, 2010 at 4:43 am

There are numerous ways that Emilie could be brought back. All of them would be totally credible and make an exciting story.
The sad truth is that her character was not killed off for the sake of a story but to remove Emilie from the show. Amanda Tapping all but admitted that when she said in a recent interview that “the impetus came from several directions.”
So don’t expect her to return.
She said that they did it in away that was respectful to the character by having her die heroically. They did. I’ll give them that.
The fact that they won’t back down even though the ratings for the show (and for the other scripted shows on Syfy) have suffered speaks volumes. Fan outrage continues to be ignored. Someone with a lot of influence wanted her gone and wants her to stay gone.
Unlike a lot of you I can no longer watch Sanctuary or anything else on Syfy. I tried to with Caprica
(you can read my articles here about Caprica) and Stargate Universe. In the back of my mind I keep thinking about what was done to Emilie. I no longer tune to the Syfy channel. So, I will probably not doing any more reviews of Caprica or any of their shows.

hsmith June 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

I agree that Ms. Ullerup did take the high road and she continues to handle this situation with class. And I can honestly say that she is the only one of the Sanctuary crew who did.

The whole situation, from the initial decision to the behavior of the Sanctuary team to date is just truly disappointing. I agree that fans were strung along to believe that Ashley would return all through season 2 and I agree with Mr. Miller, I do not believe that is going to happen in season 3, which at this point, I am fine with, I think Ms. Ullerup is a talented actress and an incredible person and honestly, I didn’t want to have to suffer through an episode of the new “bold” Sanctuary to support this terrific actress.

The character of Kate is awful, and the team’s acceptance of her is appalling. Our family tried to give the character and the actress the benefit of the doubt, but after reading several of her interviews, well, let’s just say, we are not seeing the “lovely person” Ms. Tapping calls her, and we will never support any of her future work and leave it at that.

The spinning, lying, and bascially bullying fans to accept Kate was bad, but now, if a fan asks about Ashley, and it doesn’t matter how politely and respectfully the question is asked, the fans are just flat out ignored by the cast.

That was the writing on the wall for our family. At this point, the whole situation has made it so we have given up watching Syfy all together, both because of the treatment of Ms. Ullerup and most recently, the behavior of the Sanctuary cast. Our family is done listening to lies and being bullied. We have even gotten rid of our Stargate DVD’s because at this point, our opinion of Ms. Tapping has been shattered it is no longer possible to support, view, or enjoy any of her work.

Sanctuary did not jump the shark in season 2, they ran it over, backed up, and ran it over again just to make sure that it was destroyed, along with the hearts of many of their viewers.

A. Doria November 19, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I agree that they made a mistake killing off Ashley. Frankly, I am a Stargate fan and was just beginning to accept Amanda Tapping in her new role as Ashley’s protective mom. They had us all hooked wanting Helen to be able to be with her daughter again and then they killed her daughter. They also killed Ashley right after they built her character up to be this really cool , all powerful, being. I think we were all excited to see what Ashley’s character would do next with these new found powers and her internal dilema of loving her mom and wanting to kill her mom. The fact is that they could have done a lot more with the plot, keeping Ashley alive as a semi-schizo persona after her ordeal. Having her return to the series in a bit unpredictable love/hate daughter relationship with her mom, could have kept us hooked, as the team continued to look for a further cure for Ashley. Ashley could have presented as an incredible nemesis with the team on their toes never-knowing when she might show up. I don’t have a problem with the new Kate character, but haven’t been motivated to watch Sanctuary this Season.

kristin kline January 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I totally agrre. I do LIKE kate freelander but i really loved ashley. her character and i have so much in common other than the abnormal things. i was expecting them to save ashley. but nooooo she died. after she died, i hated the movie. although i still watch it. actually the only reason i watch it is so i can see if ashley will ever be resurected or something. i really didnt want ashley to die. i cried about it for at least 3 months. maybe longer. i still cant believe they killed her. if i could, i would write a letter to the director and beg for them to put her back on the show. they could do anything they wanted to, to bring her back from the dead. or maybe they could just say that she was under the cobal’s custody and couldnt leave or something. they really need to put her back on the show. man i cant believe they killed her. ugh. :’(

kristin kline January 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

i forgot to put this in my last comment. if the director or anyone whose in the sanctuary cast is reading this, PLEASE BRING ASHLEY MAGNUS BACK TO SANCTUARY!!!!!! everyone loves her and wants her back. the show isnt the same without her.

Cornelius March 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Hey folks, I’m new to all this given that I watch stuff via DVD (one of fewer and fewer) and just started with Sanctuary.

I have to say, Ashley aggravated me in the beginning. The wisecracking badass chick who really had no personality beyond that was good to look at, but honestly, boring. That being said, by the time the season ended I’d fallen in love with her like a lot of the people here. My point is, the combo of writing, directing, even acting, improved over time. Watching a season as a whole you see arcs move faster and sometimes smoother than episode by episode.

I haven’t seen the whole of season 2, and yes, Kate is aggravating, but I’m willing to see where this is going.

In terms of cast response, I gotta come to their defense on the lack of comment. I understand that there are pissed off fans, but a bunch of actors running around saying “yeah I’m pissed off too!” 1) isn’t going to do much to bring back Ashley and 2) would make the most understanding director/producer cautious about hiring an actor who publicly slams the show they’re on, regardless of the circumstance. This kind of heat comes from FANS, and it’s what makes actors, writers, musicians and other entertainment figures so grateful to have you.

Just my (belated) two cents!

Bruce Simmons March 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Well said.
Thanks for chiming in!

Angela May 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I actually just began watching Sanctuary about two weeks ago (finishing two seasons within a week because I was so hooked). I was also quite upset that they killed Ashley off and made no effort to try and bring her back. I really think Sanctuary could be doing much better if Ashley were present to some degree. I like Kate as a character on her own but not as a replacement for Ashley because really a character like Ashley cannot be replaced. It’s unfortunate that money take over so much of life. I mean I was really angry when I read somewhere that Emilie stated that when she heard the news, she was quite upset while filming and the director told her to pull herself together – she was gracious enough not to make a big fuss and worked through it. But I mean the gall of the director to say “pull yourself together” to a young girl who was just told that she is losing her job because her character is not popular.
I really wish they could bring Ashley back but if not, they should try and mould Kate into a more 3d character and please get rid of Will’s girlfriend Abby. She drives me crazy!

Go10girl June 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I like the Kate character, she adds a bit of the human side. Ashley really didn’t do nothing. She was barely in first season. Besides some daddy issues and the shutting our her mother, she was quite boring. I am glad they killed her, she was a one dimensional character.

Bob June 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I’m also quite a late fan of this show. Only started to watch it last month since SGU was cut off. Just like the rest, I was sad when Ashley died in the show. I think Kindler was spot on when he said killing Ashley would bring a very dramatic moment to the fans. I mean i’m a dude who hardly feel any emotions on fictional characters but Ashley’s end was pretty depressing especially when they had her character grow on me. It wouldn’t make much sense if they kill her off the story then bring her back suddenly after a few episodes because then it would lose its impact/emphasis.

They say that they’re going to try to bring her onboard this 3rd season but well next week’s episode is the season finale of Sanctuary and bringing her back at the last episode is a 50/50 chance in my opinion. The story line right now is perfect for bringing her back since they’ve been dealing a lot with time dilation episodes and Adam Worth being alive (whose sole purpose was to go back in time) is the key in all this. I believe Druitt let Worth go again in order to rewind time and bring her back as exchange for his life but this is all speculation and we’ll know more later.

sWIZ June 22, 2011 at 4:17 am

She has no plans to come back. Right now shes recovering from a tumour she had wrapped around her nerves in her spine. they removed it with some of her nerves and her spine. She tried in season two but couldnt keep up with the physical demands of the show. So she’s gone. Her agent probably wants the same amount of money and the studio wont budge for cameo or partials and would probably want to severely cut her salary. Also theres no proof that bringing her back will increase ratings for the show…this is a business after all. As true to the fans as Amanda tapping is , she’s still part of the corporate machine which sits behind hollywood and will do whats best to ‘make a dollar’ then to make a truly great tv series. Also the writers have done well with the current character chemistry on sanctuary..it would rever the direction of the series development if they bring ullerup back, as then a lot of the focus will be taken away from all the other character developments and focussed on her. Plus…not that this has anything to do with it…but shes way hotter than Amanda Tapping :P

sWIZ June 22, 2011 at 4:18 am

*in her spine

Lisa June 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm


This has been said several times but isn’t true at all. Ms. Ullerup was written out of the show and had filmed her last episodes before she found out about her medical issues. She was out of commission for 5 months but near the end of the year (2009) she was involved in several projects, two of which involved fight scenes (Riese and Hunt to Kill). According to her last interviews, she’s back to 100%.

She has stated in several interviews that she was surprised to be written out, would have loved to come back, but she has since said that she’s moved on and still wishes the show and cast success. She’s shown class and grace throughout even though I and many others believe she wasn’t treated very well.

And I’m really not trying to be mean but after seeing the number of viewers they’ve lost over the last two seasons, perhaps they should reverse the direction of series development. What they’re currently doing with the group of people they have isn’t working for the masses.

As much as I love him, more Tesla didn’t bring in more viewers or even retain the viewers they had. More Druitt didn’t help, Will’s love life certainly didn’t help, Watson coming back, Griffin being introduced didn’t help……most surprisingly more Henry didn’t help. Tough Helen, grieving Helen, crazy Helen, Helen from the past, alternate time Helen, none of this has increased their ratings. It thrilled the fangirls, but didn’t help the numbers.

What could they possibly try that they haven’t already? Just sayin. ;-)

David Aitken November 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm

So I’ve just started watching Sanctuary here in Australia, and just watched the first two ep’s of Season 2. To be honest i’m not a TV or sci-fi ‘geek’ so the actors and the show is new to me and totally fresh. And like most, the killing off of Ashley has left a bad taste in my mouth.

We may never know the real reason why her character was killed off (supposed story impact or studio politics) , and I was hoping that as the Seasons progressed it would improve -as would the annoying, unlikeable Kate character. BUT reading all your comments and watching the following ep’s it seems that is not the case.

I knew one character was going to have to die soon but i was really thinking it would be the annoying hairy-ape-man character (can’t recall his name). Adds nothing, the make-up is bad and I’d not miss him at all.

AS others have pointed out, the potential for Ashley (and her impact on the team) was totally wasted and while all of us fans hold out for hope she’ll return, the only message that will make a real impact is if their ratings and viewers drop so low, they need to put a hat trick to save the show. You watch then how they back pedal and want Ashley back then.

Remember fellow fans, “niche” shows only survive due to the fanbase actually watching and ratings being good…. so no fans, no watching, no ratings = drastic action needed.

If fans feel that they have been ignored, send a strong message and watch the reaction.

Just an opinion.

Lolibutt November 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I understand being faithful to characters that started a show, but the Ashley character has never done anything for me. I think she was cut as a mixture of her being a horrible actress and her part being written in a totally forgettable way. Even when they threw her a bone of good material, she shat all over it. She bored me when she should have been sucking me in. I think that’s the reason they cut her. I think there were enough test groups that said she was horrible as an actress/character. No one wants to come out in print or on camera saying that, so I understand why the studio would be giving us the run around. I don’t miss her character at all. Her acting and character had as much depth as Bella from Twilight. I’m watching the fourth season currently and I barely remember any of her scenes at this point. With the way that the seasons were going, I don’t even know what they’d do with her anyway. Maybe she isn’t a horrible actress and this character just wasn’t the right fit for her. Either way, she’s gone and I’m completely ok with that. Good luck and God’s speed.

I could leave or take Kate Freelander. Say what you will about the actress that plays her, but she’s a much better actress in my opinion. I think they hired her to fill the space of needing another female on the show. If they give her good material = ok; if not = buh-bye.

BC December 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Like most late posters here, I’m new to Sanctuary. I found this thread after googling “Why in the world did Sanctuary kill off Ashley?”
Good actress or not, Ashley was a critical part of the Sanctuary. The connection between the normal people like Will and Henry and the others, and the extra-ordinary people, Helen, Druitt, Tesla…
I’m several episodes into season 2 right now and it seems like I’m watching “Creature of the week”… on and on. Where is The Cabal?
Oh well, I guess, typical Sci-Fi Channel crap, I suppose.
I liked season one alot and was glad I started watching. Now, I’m not so sure.

Kristin Kline December 19, 2011 at 9:07 am

Look. Everyone is upset about Ashley Magnus leaving. If u need help writing her back in, email me. For real. I can easily write 4- 5 episodes tht can explain what happened and how she came back. Not only I can write her back in, but it can be very dramatic and the audiencIe would absolutely LOVE it. Email me. And I’m sure if u showed emilie these complaints about her leaving and apologized, she’d come back. If u want this show to go further or be any better. There’s only 1 solution. Bring Ashley Magnus back.

Kristin Kline January 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

This is for Amanda Tapping. My name is Kristin Kline. I’m a huge fan of yours and I always look forward to seeing you on television. I have a few really cool ideas for sanctuary if your interested. Email me at [email address removed by editor]

Bruce Simmons January 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Kristin, all TV productions have their own processes and teams for script writing… plus I’m going to go out on a limb and say, I’m betting no one in the industry is really looking over my little corner of the web, looking for the next big story line for their shows… but thanks for checking in though!

Kristin Kline January 16, 2012 at 7:25 am

Ok Bruce. I know y’all have all these people to do things for the show and yall got it all under control. But as a fan. I would like to see an episode that looks on the past and show will’s great great grandfather as the captain of the titanic and show Magnus’ story of her on the titanic. Why she was on there, who she met and how she lived. I would just like to see that as a fan. Also, I know you’ve probably had enough with the ashley subject. I do wish that she would come back, everyone does. But you already know that and I do look forward to buying season 4 and watching season 5. Btw yall definitely rocked the last episode of season 4!!!!

Kristin Kline January 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

Wait. I have an idea. If u can’t bring back emilie ullerup, why don’t you get an actress that looks almost identical to her??

Georgie January 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I still can’t get used to Kate, I still hate her scenes, because it is still so awful, the way she acts, I feel like fits in more with the atmosphere of a reality tv show than something like Sanctuary, it’s too garish, loud, with no depth.

I stopped watching completely, I can’t enjoy S4 if she will show up and ruin it.

John February 21, 2012 at 12:34 am

So, here’s the deal. I love sci-fi shows. enough to make that all i do in my free time, but, in a word, the production of sci-fi shows makes me feel like theres some giant conspiracy to piss off the fans. I cannot understand why networks think that getting people angry will do anything to help their shows, and so many good shows are ruined by this phenomenon.

Television is the only retail-ish industry where the customer (i.e. the viewers) is always wrong. Instead of putting on good tv that people enjoy and relate to, networks seem to be involved in this horrendous plot to get people emotionally attached to something, then rip their hearts out of their chests and crush them. Why?!?!

Honestly, though, my goal isnt to offend or dis anyone who worked on this show or decided to nix Ashley. All i want to say is that there are extremely few shows that i will watch 16 episodes straight (seriously, one day), which makes the first 15 episodes of this show among the best ever. The problem is that i will not be watching any more of this show. Good luck to all, hope your show fairs well, and perhaps i will watch again when/if Ashley comes back or I get extremely desperate.

Bruce Simmons February 21, 2012 at 6:09 am

John, you might be getting your wish! I don’t think Syfy renewed SANCTUARY… check out my theories about that near the bottom of a Chris Heyerdahl piece I did at my new site: [ http://www.cinemastatic.org/2012/02/chris-heyerdahl-on-hell-on-wheels-true.html ]

Edward Alan September 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Having just watched season 1 and first 3 of season 2 through again; but in one day, I am now sure why Ashley was canned.

She was a brilliant character and was coming too close too being another leading female role in the show. Fans were just starting to get too interested in her back story.

The producers needed to bring one very vital detail they had not added from the start. A regular person of colour. Therefore the decision came down to who do we get rid off to add colour.

They need someone who is not going to be too minor.
It can’t be Henry; the techy, or the Big Guy; the regular abnormal, It can’t be Amanda Tapping; the producer, nor can it be Will; our introduction to the show. The 5 have been introduced and they are all white. Therefore they needed to get rid of the one cast member that fit the criteria and who most fans were getting interested in; before she got too popular to loose.
Bye Bye Emilie Ullerup. And just to stop Will’s new girlfriend from stepping into Ashley’s shoes;(as another white abnormal) they kill her off too. Then Ta Da ! they could now have a regular person (of colour) in a supporting role just like Ashley’s was supposed to be. Producers could then avoid their Ethnic problems; I’m sure some few people; who like to watch out for that sort of thing, did Phone, E- or snail Mail; the 2 networks concerned; to put their complains in about Ethnic Discrimination in the show. That would have led to a panicked need for the producers to find a solution.

Well it’s all academic now but I’m sure all the fans who liked Ashley and hated Kate can be happy that the producers finally got round to doing their bit for POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION. The only real reason to get rid of an increasingly popular cast member: I don’t think anyone accepted they really felt ‘it would have the deepest, most dramatic impact on the series and the characters’ line they kept spouting. Talk about trying to put a dull steel brick called Kate into a 2″ bore chrome plated pipe that the perfectly sized Ashley Peg fit.

The reason that the cabal was destroyed is simple. After killing Ashley by their actions there could only ever be war with the Cabal to the destruction of either side. Bang goes the series it’ s not about tracking, helping or destroying dangerous abnormals any more it’s about revenge.

The writers did a very poor job with the cabal. There should have been several path crossing episodes to introduce them as the underground bad guys; with cast and viewers learning about their work, reach and resources over a couple of seasons. Then a cliff hanger season 3 or 4 end with Sanctuary and Cabal facing off, such as the big revelation at season 1 end is just short-sighted. It should never have been a season 1 ending.

A new enemy should have started appearing after that. Either gathering the remnants of the Cabal into itself. Attacking Cabal sites like the sanctuary would be doing and the two crossing paths. Or a group who ally with the sanctuary to destroy the Cabal forever; only to then turn on the Sanctuary. Possibly to take control of it; to harness the abnormal talents maybe for military or financial gain. Or they may wish to destroy it as their next step to destroy all abnormals and anyone who wants to use them or their talents. In each of these circumstances the team can be bouncing between stopping Cabal abnormal research falling into “New Evil Bad-Guys” hands and doing their own sanctuary workload.

Therefore We know Why no one has given a straight answer to why Emilie Ullerup was canned. They could hardly come out and state:-

“We have been forced by the networks to get rid of a cast member in order to replace them with someone of Colour or they won’t sign off on any new series.

Obviously this is not an easy decision; but because Emilie Ullerup’s character is starting to become more popular then we wanted her to be. We Producers have decided to replace Ashley; the upright and dependable strong character having lots of interesting back story to explore; with the coloured girl Kate; a new Con artist girl; a fairly common seedy past; who has worked with the sanctuary’s enemy; who’s actions helped get Ashley captured; sent the team into a trap, And she regards abnormals and their body parts as retail objects.
We hope you won’t notice this being too busy asking “When is Ashley coming back”. We pray you won’t notice the small reference to Druitt and Tesla destroying the Cabal off screen. We don’t need you saying; ” In less than 2 weeks Tesla and Druitt killed all the Cabal leaders with no apparent additional information unveiled about the Cabal.
Ashley’s Power Clones Died without talking. No one else was there to be taken. So why did Druitt simply not wipe out Cabal leaders in the more than 6 weeks they had before Ashley’s attack on the computer facility. (If I had been Druitt with his violent streak I would have slowly lowered Dana Whitcomb into a lava stream; or something similarly horribly painful and physically irreversible, until she released Ashley or indicated her location before they had full control)”

Carol_R December 22, 2012 at 10:41 pm

From what I’ve read about Emilie Ullerup, she seems like a nice person in real life and handled being fired from Sanctuary like a class act. However, I was really happy that they wrote her out of Sanctuary. To me she was a really bad actress and even her final scenes on the show were flat, 1-dimensional, and boring. The only thing that saved them were the other actors, who I all considered good. The set up for Ashley being killed off was good but her acting was totally wooden.

Personally I liked Agam Darshi a lot and also her character of Kate Freelander. To me she’s a very good actress. While it was jarring for them to have killed off Ashley but I considered it a big plus not having to see her bad acting on screen.

I can only speculate but my guess is that when Sanctuary was a web series, the actors probably got paid very little and the roles weren’t very sought after. That’s my guess of why they probably hired Emilie Ullerup. When they redid the web series for the first 2 episodes on SyFy, they were sort of stuck with her.

I don’t have a problem with the actual character of Ashly and thought it was nice that Helen had a daughter. My issue was that Emilie Ullerup was such a bad actress. I’ll never understand why she was ever hired to start with. Everyone else in the web series was well cast except her. Even the small role of Will’s ex-girlfriend on the web series was played by Kandyse McClure who is a very good actress.

It’s just too bad in my opinion that they didn’t recast the role of Ashly when it went to the SyFy channel with a better actress because even though she was awful in the role by the end of the first season the viewers had gotten used to her character.

There were other casting issues on the show in my opinion. Abby, Will’s later girlfriend and Henry’s later girlfriend were in my opinion duds – both the characters and the actresses. With Ashly it seemed like they were initially trying to pair her with Will but the actors had no romantic chemistry and he seemed more like a father. With Kate, it seemed that they might consider pairing her with Henry or Will. Agam Darshi had chemistry with everyone in my opinion.

I really liked the series and it’s too bad that they cancelled it.

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