Sanctuary

Season 3 Episode 2

Firewall

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 22, 2010 on Syfy
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In part two of the two-part Season 3 opener, Will is still suffering from amnesia concerning his near-death encounter with Kali. However, he continues to be plagued by blackouts and visions - and it appears that sinister elements are intent on "helping" him unlock his memory.

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  • Firewall

    9.5
    Firewall was a really great episode of Sanctuary. This episode was about Will remembering what happened to him after he died. There were some new abnormals introduced. There were also some more scenes from Wills encounter on the other side. This episode was exciting because there was lots of action, a great story, and the characters are good, and there is also humor. I think that it was also interesting that Will saw Greggory, and what he left for Magnus. The end of this episode was really good, but it leaves us with many questions. Hopefully we learn more about what happened soon!!!!!moreless
Nimet Kanji

Nimet Kanji

Pili

Guest Star

Sahar Biniaz

Sahar Biniaz

Kali

Guest Star

Ron Selmour

Ron Selmour

Kanaan

Guest Star

Robert Lawrenson

Robert Lawrenson

Declan MacRae

Recurring Role

Paul McGillion

Paul McGillion

Terrence Wexford

Recurring Role

Shaker Paleja

Shaker Paleja

Ravi

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Although Sahar Biniaz (Kali) is credited, it appears that all of her scenes (Will's flashbacks) are lifted from Kali (3). Likewise, Shaker Paleja (Ravi) - and the other heads of Sanctuary houses who appear on the video call but do not speak and are not credited - may also be appearing only on Memorex and not "live".

    • The book the Big Guy is reading is The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks - a romantic novel about a U.S. Marine in Iraq who carries a picture of a woman he's never met because it brings him good luck. The story, about the power of fate to guide one to true love, is narrated by John Bedford Lloyd - a deep-voiced, "manly" man.

    • As usual, like Ashley before her, Kate is ready to lock and rock. So, when Magnus orders "stunners and tranqs only", she has to change clips. Although clearly less-than-thrilled about not using live rounds, unlike Ashley, she holds her tongue and says nothing.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Henry: And he was on the mission list, because …?
      Helen: Henry, please, not now.
      Henry: Asleep on a stakeout, no heads up on the salamander, Declan's broken arm …
      Declan: Oh, it's occupational hazard.
      Helen: Turned out alright in the end, didn't it?
      Henry (pointing in disbelief): Arm!

    • Henry: How do you like the new Magna-Slinger?
      Helen: The weapon, yes. The name …
      Henry: Yeah, well, it's a work in progress.

    • Declan: Yeah, you showed up Wexler for the tosser he is, but he didn't act alone - he had support.
      Helen: Which evaporated when he became unstable.
      Declan: Yeah, some would say the same about you. I just mean, your next move's important.
      Helen: Currying political favor …? Rather drink coffee.

    • Helen: But he won't talk unless we pay him?
      Kate: With a Samsonite full of cash.
      Helen: Oh-h …
      Kate: It's part of the whole new post-Cabal economy - a whole lotta info on the market, if you know where to shop.
      Helen: Fine.
      Kate: So, we're talkin' the Cayman's account or the one in Geneva?
      Helen: Neither.
      Kate: Oh, the private bank in Malta. Excellent choice. (Magnus stares in disbelief) Oh, come on, you're surprised I know where all your money is?
      Helen: No, only that it's all still accounted for.

    • (Will is tossing a baseball against the wall when Magnus enters and catches it)
      Helen (snickers): I recall Joe DiMaggio describing the game to me once. Hm. (points at the dented wall) He must've left this bit out.
      Will: Joltin' Joe, huh? (sighs) I'm just tryin' to figure out how the hell I became a liability here.
      Helen: Yeah, you and me both.
      Will: Gee, thanks
      Helen: No, I'm sorry, I meant me - politics.
      Will: Right, Wexford … and the unbelievers. (chuckles) Hey, it's a good name for a band.

    • Will: You're this … cutting-edge … famous doctor - who works with monsters. You've run every test known to science on me : CAT scans, blood work, MRI's - hell, sentient leeches. You got nothing.
      Helen: You're suffering post-traumatic stress …
      Will: I know what I'm suffering! I'm the guy who sits across from people who suffer from it!
      Helen: You were clinically dead! We've no idea what that does to the mind.
      Will (gestures "No"): You stop sleeping, you wish you'd never come back. (Magnus sighs) And don't … say "give it time". Because we've already had the chat - it's a classic.
      Helen: We both know something happened to you after you died … something profound.
      Will: So a giant spider stopped a tidal wave. I know it's meant to be connected, I just don't know if I had anything to do with it or not.
      Helen: Alright, how about this - you shouldn't even be alive right now. Your resurrection should've been impossible - enduring torture, losing the Makri, flatlining …
      Will (scoffs): What's a little light death between friends?

    • Will: Will you stop it? Stop it with the nice. Come on, wh-where's the complaining, where's the grief? Biggie, where's the slap in the head? What am I, someone else?
      Henry: Dude, you … you kinda … you-you rose from the dead. Even around here, that's out there.
      Big Guy: I did it.
      Henry: You had help - Chilean shepherd frog secretions.
      Big Guy (shrugs): Eh-h-h.
      Will: I just need to sleep.
      Henry: Yeah … tried that.
      Big Guy: Yeah-h-h.
      Henry: We put some of the Big Guy's special herbs into your food … didn't make a dent.
      Will (laughing): Well, um, that-that explains the stomach cramps … and the, uh (points below the waist)
      Henry: Whoa …
      Big Guy (shrugs): Eh, It was worth a shot.

    • Helen: Most sedatives are designed to be overridden by adrenaline, whatever happened to you had to have been quite intense in order for you to remain alert.
      Will: Whoa, "whatever happened"?
      Helen: I'm not thinking that.
      Will: "He's insane".
      Helen: "He's exhausted!"
      Will: Nothing on the security cameras, no signs of intruders, no evidence that anyone, anything was in my room.
      Helen: Look, the brain slips badly with no rest. Hallucinations, paranoia …
      Will: Delusions, trouble with logical reasoning … insane.
      Helen: It was a nightmare. You've been through a lot.
      Will: So I died … how long am I gonna use that crutch? And, you know, it's a terrible pick-up line.

    • Helen: So, are we financially ruined?
      Kate: With your net worth, we'll limp along for about another … three hundred years?

    • Helen: I've heard the rumors. I thought the Cabal were testing a weapon.
      Kate: Well, maybe they were trying to capture something, and it didn't like it - and I'm thinking, whatever did this, maybe it's somehow connected to Bertha - in that whole … woo-woo … "theory" you have.
      Helen: And then Wexford bombs her island …
      Kate: … and mystery monster jumps in, launches the perfect earthquake to stop the final wave, saves the day.
      Helen: It's a start … but we need more - proof that this other creature actually exists.
      Kate: You got it. So, the Copenhagen account?

    • (Will is nervously awaiting an injection from the Big Guy)
      Will: I-I'm just saying, you have these-these huge, hairy hands - and yet you assist Magnus in these sensitive medical procedures.
      Big Guy: And?
      Will: What, it's never been a problem?
      Big Guy (chuckles): Not for me
      Will (chuckles): That's funny. No, no, wait, wait - just gimmie a second here.
      Big Guy: What, are you gonna hit the gym?
      Will (sighs): What is that?
      Big Guy: It's called "Twilight".
      Will: What do you think of those movies?
      Big Guy: Well, I liked Marcus. Relax. (pushes Will down)
      Will: Okay … (nervously clears throat and exhales deeply)
      Big Guy: I'll stay with you until you wake up, yeah? I promise.
      Will (chuckles): This is ridiculous, I feel like I'm ten-years-old.
      Big Guy: Well, to me, you are.

    • (the heads of the Sanctuary houses are meeting via video conference)
      Wexford: I believe there's a far more pressing matter that we need to address - regarding your continuing role as the head of the global Sanctuary network.
      Helen: Terrence, please. If you're planning another coup, could you do it when I'm not on the call?

    • Wexford: All we did was dodge a bullet by letting Bertha remain alive.
      Declan: Bullet? Why you obnoxious piece of …
      Helen: I am beyond sick of this gamesmanship! Gregory Magnus founded this organization to help abnormals, to protect them, to understand them. My father taught me that we have more to learn by protecting life - all life - than by simply destroying it. That's why I kept Bertha alive, and that's why we need to discover the power behind the Karachi counter-wave.
      Pili: You did act independently, and you did lie to us about keeping Bertha alive … but you also took complete responsibility for your actions. You almost gave your life to save hers. As you once said, it's what happens after a crisis that matters … There's been a vote. We wish you to remain as head of the global network. The vote was unanimous.
      Wexford: With all due respect, I was not part of that vote.
      Pili: It was reserved for heads of house only. Your position as head of the New York Sanctuary has been rescinded.
      Wexford: Excuse me?
      Pili: Also … a unanimous decision.

    • Will: Okay, new rule : no eggs before bed. The dreams are way too crazy.
      Helen: I'm sorry I doubted you.
      Will: Yeah, well, at least I slept through the whole thing. Oh! "Twilight", by the way, is fabulous.

    • Henry: Oh, yeah, it's so bad right now, I couldn't track a pastrami sandwich in a deli at lunch hour.
      Will: Okay, so your noses are useless, none of our tracking systems work - we compensate for it how?
      Henry: Modified chromatographic scanner - typically used to detect chemical weapons traces. Now, I've altered the sensors to detect the densest concentration of "eau d'invisible fugly". It's a bit of a trial and error with the calibration - sort of like tuning a guitar with your nose.
      Will: Which … looks good on a resume.

    • Helen: You all right?
      Will: You kidding? I love bein' the bait!
      Henry: He's out cold. "And the crowd goes wild!" Three words, please.
      Helen: Well done, Henry.

    • Will: Whatever memories these guys are after must be from when I … you know …
      Kate: Kicked the bucket? Bought the farm? Crossed over?
      Will: Are you finished?
      Kate: Pushed up daisies?

    • Henry: Oh, cool. Cool … Cool. This is very, very cool.
      Will: Please stop saying that.
      Henry: Right. I just can't believe this thing does what we think it does. Who comes up with a design this simple?
      Helen: I know. It's light-years ahead of any technology I've ever seen.
      Will: Really? From these guys?
      Henry (conspiratorial whisper): Do you think, maybe, they're, um … not of this Earth?
      Helen: Don't be ridiculous.
      Will (scoffs): They're abnormals. Get a grip.
      Henry: Cool device, chameleon people … never mind.
      Will: Can you make it work?
      Henry: We stumble onto a super advanced alien mind probe and you want a rush job. I'm still lookin' for the "on" switch, Will.
      Helen: I'm going to prepare the lab. Stop fawning over it and figure it out.
      Will (departs muttering sarcastically): Alien mind probe …
      Henry: It could happen.

    • (Henry brings in the "alien mind probe")
      Henry: Once it activated, I was able to understand it's primary functions. This is an amazingly intuitive design. It actually seeks out brainwaves of a certain frequency.
      Helen: It can deliberately key in on EEG readings associated with deep memory.
      Big Guy: What for?
      Henry (geeked): Well, at its highest level …? It would erase them - by essentially overloading the brain with a massive jolt of electricity. (realizes Will is looking uncomfortable) Ah, however … uh, I have managed to … drastically reduce the energy output.
      Helen: We think its other function is to stimulate the hippocampus in a positive manner - to retrieve memories trapped within the subconscious.
      Will: Are you sure about this? I mean, didn't you just learn how it works, like, 20 minutes ago?
      Henry: Yes, but I think I have it down now.
      Will: Uh, you think? He "thinks".
      Kate: And I dropped it. (the Big Guy groans)
      Henry: But, it's fine!
      Kate: It's fine.
      Helen: You don't have to do this, Will.
      Will: Seriously? (Magnus nods) Look, we need answers. Let's do it.

    • (they are trying to understand the clues Gregory gave Helen)
      Helen: A rare first edition of Michelangelo's architectural designs.
      Henry: Okay, it's a paperweight and a book. I'm not seein' it.
      Kate: Yeah, I never met your dad, but is he always this cryptic?
      All: Yes.
      Henry: Last time we saw him was about a year ago; before that - it was a coupla decades.
      Will: Why make contact now? I mean … we didn't even know he was still alive … till …
      Kate: Well, maybe he's not. I mean, you did see him … "over … there".
      Helen: There has to be a connection. My father never gave me a gift without significance. He believed in the ancient power of crystals and that Michelangelo had somehow tapped into an incredibly advanced mathematical formula.
      (Magnus turns the page and they see Gregory's symbol in Michelangelo's book)
      Will: Hello, darling.

    • (Henry is stunned by the crystal's projections being "real" and "touchable")
      Henry: Did she just … did he …?
      Will: Just go with it, Henry.
      Henry: Just go with "This is completely impossible"?
      Will: Exactly.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada : October 22, 2010 on Space
      United Kingdom : October 26, 2010 on Watch
      Czech Republic: March 24, 2011 on AXN Sci-fi

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Will: What is that?
      Big Guy: It's called "Twilight".
      Will: What do you think of those movies?
      Big Guy: Well, I liked Marcus.

      This is an allusion to the The Twilight Saga - a series of romantic fantasy vampire movies (2008-2012) based on the Twilight novels of Stephenie Meyer. Christopher Heyerdahl, who plays the Big Guy on Sanctuary, portrayed Marcus in New Moon (2009) - and will reprise that role in Breaking Dawn, Part Two (2012).

    • Will: Hello, darling.

      Will's faux-English accent would lead one to believe that he was alluding to "Bubbles" DeVere - a fictional character in the second and third series of the BBC sketch comedy show Little Britain (also in the American spin-off, Little Britain USA). However, "Bubbles", as played by Matt Lucas, affects a faux-French accent, so …
      Interestingly, it is also the title of two films with intangible connections to Sanctuary. Hello Darling (2010) is a Bollywood comedy film - and this is the conclusion to the Bollywood tribute quadrilogy. Hello, Darling is also the first feature film by Canadian writer-director Shelagh Carter - a film so hard to find that it is not even listed on IMDb.
      The most obvious allusion, of course, would be to the famous Conway Twitty song, "Hello Darling" ("Hello darlin', nice to see you, it's been a long time …") - but then again, he had a deep country twang, not a faux-English accent.

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