Fata Morgana

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 10/10/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Dr. Helen Magnus, her daughter Ashley, and the newest member to the Sanctuary, Dr. Zimmerman, travel to Northern Scotland to discover three women in an ancient crypt and bring them back to the Sanctuary for refuge and study.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Miranda Frigon


  • Leah Cairns


  • Robin Dunne

    Dr. Will Zimmerman

  • Emilie Ullerup

    Ashley Magnus

  • Laura Mennell


  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Although I'm not too happy with some of the crappy special effects, Sanctuary certainly maintains its unique atmosphere and engaging premise.

    By Nissaxx, Oct 26, 2008

  • Compared to the pilot there is a major improvement in pace and in some cases character but it still feels just a little boring.

    By AegisAtreyu, Oct 26, 2008

  • Fata Morgana

    By TrueTvWatcher, Mar 28, 2011

  • Helen, Ashley, and Will go to Scotland where they find three women buried in a crypt protected by Abnormal creatures who are excessively violent in nature. This is also the introduction of the Cabal and their threat to the Sanctuary system.

    By jyarter, Nov 22, 2009

  • Great second,or is it third?,episode.

    By sajwest, Oct 20, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • (hiding behind tombstones on a cold, windy night with lightening flashing) Will: I said, are you sure this is it? Helen: Keep your voice down! We're trying to remain undetected. That does require a modicum of silence. Will (cold and whiny): Modicum, right. Why are we hiding? We're on an island in the middle of nowhere - and it's a crypt, not the Pentagon. Helen: A crypt potentially containing an elixir capable of prolonging life for centuries. Such secrets are rarely left unguarded. Will: Yeah, but why can't we just … Helen: Look! (hands Will a spyglass and he is shocked to see strange creatures guarding the crypt) Keepers of the Dead - best to be avoided if at all possible. Will: Right.

    • Helen: Take the other side. Draw them away if you can. Will: You're kidding, right?

    • (Helen and Ashley battle a host of Keepers) Ashley: Okay, I know this was not on the brochure!

    • (Will finds three women in stone "coffins") Will: This might be my first crypt, but … aren't they supposed to hold dead people?

    • Ashley: Alrighty, then - one nasty, chameleon, subterranean menace goin' down.

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    Notes (2)

    • Original International Air Dates
      Canada : October 10, 2008 on Space
      U.K. : October 20, 2008 on ITV4
      Czech Republic: August 17, 2009 on AXN
      Australia : June 4, 2009 on Sci Fi Australia

    • Fata Morgana, the title of this episode, is an interwoven play on words. On the surface, Fata Morgana is the Italian name for Morgan Le Fay, the legendary fairy enchantress-witch/sorceress, half-sister of King Arthur - who was supposedly skilled in the art of changing shapes. Translated from the Italian into English, fata means fairy - while Morgana is usually translated as mirage. In literature, the phrase Fata Morgana is often associated with something so mysterious, so illusory, that it could, and should, never even be approached. In optical science, the branch of physics involving the behavior and properties of light, a Fata Morgana is an unusual and very complex form of a "superior mirage" - a mirage which greatly distorts the object or objects they are based on. In such complex mirages, the object often appears to be transformed in such a way that it is completely unrecognizable.

    Trivia (3)

    • This episode uses far more Webisode material than the Sanctuary For All two-part opener - albeit, often with subtle edits. The music is certainly new and more lavish. Some of the gunshot effects and explosions are new, as well - often resulting in a far different soundscape. All of the Cabal scenes are new, as the story has been rewritten to include them as an ongoing menace. Similarly, while Ashley's battle with the chameleon appears to be the uncut original scene, she's no longer on an "anger management" mission (as she doesn't yet know about "dear old dad") - here, she's simply cleaning up a loose end. Some changes appear disappointingly inexplicable, such as the opening crypt scene. While much of the video appears unchanged, when Will asks what Magnus' "wiggly" hand signal to Ashley meant, in the original she replies "I'm cutting off your allowance". Here, she says "Either we work together or we die!" Helen Magnus as John Wayne? The humorous line had better flow.

    • A minor matter to be sure, however, the degree certificate visible on Magnus' desk during the opening credits does appear to be incorrect. It describes Magnus as an alumnus of Oxford University; whereas, as a woman, she is an alumna. Also, a doctorate of medicine at Oxford is described by the initials DM, not MD. Finally, slightly obscured by her glasses, are the words "Class of 1921". At Oxford, students are grouped by their year of matriculation (the year they enter the university), not the year they complete their degree. Until recently, the concept of a graduating "class" was an entirely foreign concept in England - and remains such at Oxford.

    • Discontinuity: Magnus says that the Morrigan "fought" on the side of King Arthur ("according to myth, when the Morrigan appeared on the battlefield, Arthur's enemies simply began dropping dead - their souls drained of life"). However, in Webisode 6, Wexford told Magnus that the Morrigan were created by Morgan Le Fey, said to be the nemesis of Arthur and Merlin, "to wreak havoc against Arthur's armies".

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