Season 1 Episode 1

Sanctuary for All (1)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2008 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Sanctuary, which began as a series of webisodes, often attempts to connect with its young, "connected" viewers both via the internet and thru internet references - perhaps never more so than in this episode. When Magnus seems to know too much about him, we have Will asking "What did you do, Google me?" - referring to the upstart search engine which outslugged Microsoft. Later, when Helen insists Ashley remain at home, she replies "Okay, Facebook it is" - referring to the popular "friends" website recently featured in the hit movie, The Social Network (2010). Interestingly, in "real life", the most up-to-date and reliable information about the start of Sanctuary's delayed Season 3 opening was released on its Facebook page.
      Certainly, the most heady reference here, however, is when Will turns down Magnus's proposal, suggesting "Thanks, but … if you're lookin' for resumes, why don't you try … I already have a job." Yes, the online employment site is one of the 20 most visited websites on the planet - out of over 100 million worldwide - but Will doesn't get the joke just yet. Magnus does, however, and she smiles knowingly, aware that Will is about to enter her computer-generated, "green-screened" world of abnormals - and that his new job will have him up to his neck in what he fears the most:
      Will: My head's kinda doing the backstroke. Are you offering me a job here?
      Helen: I'm offering you a chance to explore a world that you've been trying to understand on your own … with very little success. (Will chuckles) You find my offer amusing?
      Will: No, it-it's not that. It's just …
      Helen: You're afraid.
      Will: You work with monsters!