Season 2 Episode 4


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 2009 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

When a man arrives in the city dressed as a superhero and intent on fighting crime, his unusual strength and ability to fly grab the attention of Dr. Magnus. With the help of Will, Helen captures the man and runs tests on his DNA. The results, however, prove that he is not an abnormal, leaving the team confused as to where he got his powers from. Kate, meanwhile, tries to help her brother after he falls foul of a local crime boss.moreless

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  • Hero

    Hero was a really great episode of Sanctuary. I enjoyed watching this episode because we were introduced to an interesting character named Walter who appears to be a real life super hero, though there is more to his costume than meets the normal eye! It was an interesting side story for Kate to find out her brother was in trouble and needed her help. This situation basically forced her to pick where her loyalties are. This episode had some action, drama, and definitely humor. I thought Kates plan to get rid of her brothers problem was awesome and very much her character! I look forward to watching the next episode of Sanctuary!!!!!moreless
  • A man whose using an abnormal for heroic purposes poses problems for Sanctuary team.

    A man whose using an abnormal for superpowers poses problems for Sanctuary. Largely an episode built for comedy. In light of the dramatic episodes last two weeks where we finally say goodbye to Ashley, writers have put more of lighthearted episode for the most part.

    A man named Walter who looks like a really pitiful imitation of Juggernaut is saving people around the city. That's ok until he clashes with the Sanctuary team. Helen, Will, and Henry investigate and learn that's he's actually wearing an abnormal which gives him power.

    This episode was a modification of the usual routine hero story we've seen in the comic books modified Sanctuary style.

    It was funny for the most part, the guy clearly doesn't fit the traditional mold of a hero. Even when he heaars that wearing the abnormal might actually kill him, he doesn't mind it.

    The other half of the episode also saw the team trying to capture an abnormal creature. We also get another back story for Katy. She has to help his brother out of a jam.

    Katy manages to use manipulation and deceit using the Sanctuary's "residents" to solve the problem.

    A decent episode. Maybe a letdown for those who might expected more following the Ashley story, but the writers have basically said that the group is over it (for now), and they are introducing new stories.moreless
  • The team investigates a peculiar man calling himself The Adjuster who seems to be an accomplished crime fighter. Magnus and Will find an egg in an excavation and it seems to have hatched. Kate has to rid herself of an old partner once and for all.moreless

    Very entertaining and interesting episode with three pretty well put together stories.

    Will and Declan MacRae played by Robert Lawrenson who was the temporary head of the London Sanctuary House when last we saw him are attacked by The Adjuster as they were about to pick up an em-path. The Adjuster takes off leaving the two beat up and carries the em-path away.

    Henry and Declan are charged with finding the superhero while Magnus takes Will to a building site to check on a strange find. When they arrive they find a cracked open egg of a very large bug, a missing worker, and Magnus remembers something from her fathers journal about an incident that occurred in the 1800's. No one can find either the hero or the bug so Magnus and Will send out a fake police report and catch the hero before he can escape again. His name is Walter and he use to be an adjuster but one day he fell in a hole in the forest and this suit attached itself to him. Magnus figures out it is alive.

    Now we have two major problems the suit is slowly killing Walter and they can't find the bug, but they realize it is changing and growing becoming more dangerous by the minute.

    The other plot is based on the new main character Kate. Her brother gets in debt to a man named Constantine who Kate seems to know. Constantine uses her brother to manipulate Kate into giving him one of the abnormals in exchange for her brothers life. We find out pretty soon you do not fool with Kate period!

    Fun episode, very entertaining, with great acting, writing, and production values. I still love the green screen effect even though it becomes obvious every once in a while. It's fun to watch just for that. I'd definitely recommend this episode and this show. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Different kind of hero..

    This episode left me with so many contraversal feelings that I am not sure if I even scored it right. I wanted to go with much lower score but then realized that in the level of other things I have watched and scored last week, it was probably the best thing I saw, so that it requires higher score.. So sorry, if something here does not feel balanced.

    First thing: I hate changes. Even if last two-three episodes all promise changes I still thought that there is somekind of change or some thing that Ashley won't be gone. No, I did not liked her char too much.. Probably least of all the chars but as I said, I hate changes and she was Magnus' daughter. That seems to be a big thing.

    So.. Trying to cope the way they changed the opening sequence, I was caught in the story that in some way, was pretty good. I loved the superhero thing, the irony and those little hints here and there. It was not original idea wrapped up with very great way and the way they mixed it with the other storylines, the result was something floant, catching, and little-bit unelectable.

    And Freelander. I did not like her storyline. I am not too judging her as there is spark in her char but I do not know: she does not look believable. But I liked the episode. As I said before, it was probably best thing I watched in TV that week.moreless
Shayan Bayat

Shayan Bayat

Thad Freelander

Guest Star

Timothy Paul Perez

Timothy Paul Perez


Guest Star

Dean McKenzie

Dean McKenzie


Guest Star

Robert Lawrenson

Robert Lawrenson

Declan MacRae

Recurring Role

Mandy May

Mandy May

Sally the Mermaid

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Walter hears the police-band call to 820 Orchid, which is the actual address of the mostly defunct mental health facility that most, if not all, TV shows and movies shot in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) and it's surrounding cities (what is generally called The Lower Mainland) utilize. Sanctuary itself has shot there multiple times since the initial webisodes, including using the facility for the set of Zimmerman's apartment and the hospital where Zimmerman and Kavanaugh argue.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Will: Well, if anyone needs me, I'll be coughing up blood.

    • Henry is taking food to the abnormals
      Henry: River Banshee. Fire Shrimp. Word of advice : wear gloves. Shouldn't you be writin' this down or something?
      Kate: What for?
      Henry: 'Case you need to fill in for me one day
      Kate: (scoffs) Ha Ha! Yeah, right …

    • Walter: You tricked me. This is a trap.
      Helen: Yes! But if you'll just listen …
      Walter: (begins to levitate) I knew sooner or later my activities would attract the wrong kind of people. But you're gonna have to do a lot better than that to bring me down!
      (the heavy hero is struck by a stun blast and collapses to the floor)
      Helen: Nice shot.
      Will: (shrugs) Well, he … he's kinda hard to miss.

    • (Walter is strapped into an "exam" chair)
      Will: Huh? He's not abnormal?
      Helen: Not according to his DNA.
      Will: But … How's that possible? I mean, the guy was flying?
      Helen: Uh, I can't explain it. But it does mean that we're going to have to do a far more detailed exam.
      Will: (sighs) Oh … well, that doesn't bode well for our whole "we're not super-villains" case.
      Helen: Try to avoid the topic of total global domination.

    • (Will is explaining how Walter says he got his powers)
      Henry: This guy's good.
      Will: What are you talkin' about?
      Henry: For real? You never read comic books as a kid?
      Will: Uh, I mean, yeah, I mean … I was more of a Sherlock Holmes guy. Why?
      Henry: Okay, the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak? That's the stone Cain Marko found in X-Men #12, turned him into Juggernaut. The Singh Brotherhood is from The Phantom - and the yacht, well, if you don't know the story of The Green Arrow, then there's no hope for you, pal. Dude, ya got played.
      Will: Crap.

    • Declan: (fails to stop a large, escaping insectoid) Where's the bloody flyin' man when you need him?

    • Walter: (awakens at the Sanctuary) What the … how did I end up back here?
      Will: You'd be amazed at how much buzz it creates when a guy in a super-suit falls off his balcony.

    • Walter: I soon realized that I-I had speed, super-strength, uh … (looks at Magnus) X … X-Ray vision … It was like my greatest wish come true!
      Will: Well … be careful what you wish for.

    • Declan: Did we kill it?
      Will: (the insectoid stirs) I'm thinkin' we just pissed it off.

    • (the "creature" leaves Walter and flows into a glass case Magnus gets)
      Will: What the hell just happened?
      Walter: I guess I just … wished it off. I didn't want it to die. For the first time since I got it, I truly wanted it off. I guess it was just granting my wish. May I? Thank you. (Walter touches "hands" with the creature through the glass) I'll miss you, little buddy. "Live long and prosper."

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates
      Canada : October 30, 2009 on Space
      U.K. : November 2, 2009 on ITV4
      Australia : February 25, 2010 on SciFi Australia
      Czech Republic : February 10, 2010 on AXN Sci-fi

    • Emilie Ullerup (Ashley Magnus) is removed from the opening credits. Ryan Robbins (Henry Foss) and Agam Darshi (Kate Freelander) are added to the opening credits. The credit sequence itself has a few small changes starting with this episode; the picture of the rock monster is changed to a picture of the giant snake monster and a dossier file for Henry Foss is added between Will Zimmerman and Ashley Magnus.


    • Walter: I'll miss you, little buddy. "Live long and prosper."

      Walter is using the famous Star Trek phrase of Spock's. Touching hands thru the glass, with the Vulcan hand gesture, alludes to Spock's "death" scene with Captain Kirk from the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.