Season 1 Episode 2

Sanctuary for All (2)

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2008 on Syfy
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As Will attempts to help Alexei coup with his abnormality, Helen gets a visitor from her past.

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  • Sanctuary for All (2)

    Sanctuary for All (2) was a perfect follow up to the series pilot and I really enjoyed watching this episode as viewers gained more perspective about all the characters. This episode really brought all the elements of this show together and the story was cool. It was neat to see the way they portray Will using his senses to see past the obvious. I like the feel and flow of the show so far. This episode gave us more insight into some of the characters who still have some mysteries to be revealed. I think the concept behind Dr. Magnus and her past was awesome and I look forward to learning more. I look forward to watching the next episode of Sanctuary!!!!!!!moreless
  • Druitt tricks Ashley into bringing him into the Sanctuary. When Henry goes to place him in the "shoe" he escapes and makes his plan known. He needs Helen's blood and he's willing to kill to get it. Will comes to terms with the Sanctuary.moreless

    After an exciting opening first half the blood really hits the fan in the second part. We learn the truth about Helen played by Amanda Tapping, Druitt played by Christopher Heyerdahl, and Ashley played by Emilie Ullerup. We also meet Henry who's played by Ryan Robbins and get a better look at Bigfoot who is also played by Christopher Heyerdahl.

    In this second part of the pilot we get a feel for all of the main characters and how they will interact. There strengths and weaknesses as well as what their various jobs entail. Henry seems to be the electronics person. Vicki is weapons and procurement. Will will be observation and communication. Bigfoot seems to be Helen's body guard and the general keeper of the Sanctuary. Finally Helen runs it all and is 159 years old.

    Druitt instigates a meeting with Ashley to get "captured" so that he is brought into the Sanctuary. Obviously Helen has perfected some sort of Electro-Magnetic field that does not allow Druitt to penetrate. Once in Druitt causes all sorts of problems. Better lighting in this episode except in the scene where Ashley is in the creatures habitat. Again, they play with the light so we are not exactly sure what we see. I have a feeling that will happen often during this first season if I remember correctly.

    Enjoyable conclusion to the Pilot episode and certainly something that I would be pleased to recommend. A wonderful, imaginative show that I find very appealing. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Interesting beginning if somewhat uneven. But, still okay for a "pilot" episode.

    Interesting beginning if somewhat uneven. But, still okay for a "pilot" episode.

    The first two parts of this "new" series were aired on SciFi as a two hour episode. It's apparently meant to be taken as a brand new show and previous incarnations are to be ignored.

    I found it to be rather uneven although that's largely to be expected from any "pilot" film which is busily trying to set its own dimensions for genre, character, pacing, and texture. That's a lot to do in a couple of hours and often takes several episodes before all of those elements start to merge together. We get the basics here. This will be a "fantasy" series. "Sanctuary" is a place where "freaks and monsters" can be protected, studied, and have a place to call home. The term "freaks and monsters" should be taken literally and not just a perception of someone out of alignment with the mainstream. These are going to be some pretty bizarre "folks."

    Amanda Tapping plays Dr. Helen Magnus who runs the "Sanctuary." This is actually the best developed character in the series. And, Amanda Tapping does an exceptional job of shedding her blond hair from the various "Stargate" series to adopt a decidedly darker level of performance. The character is quite focused on her goals to run the "Sanctuary" as well as to who she'd like to help run it and how. We also given a pretty good "back story" on her character which helps shape decisions she's made later on. Not so with the character of Dr. Will Zimmerman, played by Robin Dunne. We get to "see" this doctor doing his job, whatever it is. Frankly, I don't see exactly what his job is supposed to be. He's a called a "profiler" of some kind and his skills are such that Magnus wants to him to join her Sanctuary group. But, I don't see his skills as being that good other than some other character telling us they were that good. Also, Robin Dunne looks way too young to be a "doctor" much less a great one. Get some character lines on that "baby face" of his. Finally, I accept the idea that a character should resist the "call to adventure" but Magnus continual attempts to recruit him become too repetitive and drawn out. Perhaps, it would have worked better if there was something current in his life/job that would have helped compel him to eventually agreeing to this "career change." I have a similar problem with Ashley Magnus, played by Emilie Ullerup. She's the young daughter of Helen Magnus. She's way to "Charlie's Angels." She's exceptionally beautiful but also exceptionally good with her martial arts, weapons, and rebellion. Yet, nothing really explained all of it other than possible "genetics." Clearly, there is ample room for expansion here.

    There were two "plots" running through the two-hour episode. First involved a young Russian immigrant (Alexi) who had a "Sanctuary"-qualifying-deformity. The plot ultimately resolved itself rather quickly without a great deal of effort or satisfaction. The second involved John Druitt, played by Christopher Heyerdahl, who had a history with Magnus and her daughter. This resolved itself in a rather complicated way which seemed to "pad" the episode. Nevertheless, the fight scene with Ashley was intense and interesting. I won't go beyond those comments as the series is too new to want to give everything away.

    Three characters then? I would hope they would introduce more characters and spend more time exploring character background rather to devolve into simply a "monster of the week" format. Time will tell.moreless
  • What feels like a Web Drama, Kinda looks like a web drama and was developed from a Web Drama - Sanctuary of course

    Watching these episodes again slightly modified from their original webisode format is interesting because you can clearly see its roots. I may have only watched the first 2 or 3 episodes on the Web but the pacing then isn't much improved in this TV adaptation going from a fast scene to over-long slow talky scenes and when they mix it like with the hide and seek scene it can feel too drawn out. However I'm almost sure that this will improve given time considering that from last episode to this there is some improvement.

    Amanda Tapping's accent still sticks out like a sore thumb though (although its reasonably convincing given the setting it can sometimes feel out of place) and the mockney prostitute in Victorian London is laughable. John Druitt however is heavily pronounced and a great baddy that has a history. Whats great about this episode is that it starts to highlight the relationship between Magnus and Druitt which will hopefully continue.

    Will Zimmerman is easily the most forgettable character with a very videogame type sense of perception. This if used incorrectly and too often will become tedious although as the scientist of the group he still has a lot to learn, and would fit nicely as Magnus's apprentice. Also another with a past that could be played on. Ashley is, well, for now the kick arse daughter. Her main character intrigue comes from being little miss frozen Embryo and the supposed daughter of Druitt and Magnus, and I hope to see this developed also. The other guy I can't even remember who he was but seems to be security. If I remember correctly some scenes have been altered or shifted around in the story from the original webisodes in particular the absence of a scene where Druitt and the boy meet in the subway (I think that was in there) and I'm sure the Victorian scenes including some sort of sword fight have been removed or shifted to later on.

    Altogether a good attempt which will hopefully grow to be better in time.moreless
  • Conclusion...

    I'll just cotinue from my review of part one. All the characters are very interesting and I'd hoped that the character of John Druitt would live so we would have a recurring villain on the show but this is science fiction and anything can happen. It goes to show that Will is very smart because he figured out Helen's secret all by his lonesome. Helen being 157 years old kind of shocked me a little but it is a very nice twist to add. I'm not to sure what to think of Ashley just yet, I will probably warm up to her soon enough. Hopefully they keep up the good work with this show because I want to see it last for a long time to come.moreless


Sylvio Rudd

Guest Star

Sheri Noel

Sheri Noel


Guest Star

Darien Provost

Darien Provost

Young Will

Guest Star

Mandy May

Mandy May

Sally the Mermaid

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Henry (seeing Will with Alexei): Kinda harsh for a job interview, don'cha think?
      Helen: Thank you for your opinion, Henry.
      Henry: I'm just sayin', it's a newbie all alone with the new arrival …
      Helen: Whom he helped capture.
      Henry: Yeah. Yeah, sure, he might pull it off. You know, even a blind squirrel can find a nut … Or is it monkeys and bananas? I can never remember.

    • (Henry has figured out where Alexei is from)
      Henry: Not many places you're gonna find radiation traces that pure, mostly former Soviet Republics. But, if you match up the mineral traces in the plutonium sample to known mining operations in each possible location …
      Helen: Chernobyl.
      Henry: Only city in the world with more personal Geiger counters than clocks.
      Helen: Many of the survivors of this disaster moved on and had children.
      Henry: Yeah, if you can call 'em that.
      Helen: Your sensitivity is breathtaking.
      Henry: The kid sucks brains! … Not that I'm being judgmental.

    • Helen: A working girl was found murdered behind a warehouse down near Circle Square about four hours ago.
      Henry: Murdered how?
      Helen: Just your typical old-school stabbing. No one saw anything, cops are clueless, as usual.
      Henry: Send me what you have.
      Helen: Really? We care about this? I mean, it's very sad, but, we're … so backed up …
      Henry: Send it to me.

    • Henry (to Helen concerning Will): By the way, if there's a "clean-up on aisle 2" … (whispers) I don't wanna know about it.

    • (Henry spots Ashley leaving)
      Henry: I thought your Mom grounded you?
      Ashley: She did. I'm just going out to get some, uh … feminine products.
      Henry: Yeah, feminine like a crate of Uzis?
      Ashley: Dude, you want me to get us some toys, or what?
      Henry: Hey, I never saw ya.
      Ashley: Atta boy!

    • (Will still hasn't connected with Alexei, and the Big Guy is agitated)
      Will: Whoa, whoa. Hey, whoa, whoa! Time out a second! Time out, time out. Everyone just calm down … You think that's supposed to scare me, huh? Well, let me tell ya something, you see this guy here? He scares me a hell of a lot more than you do. (glances back at the Big Guy) No offense.

    • Will: Okay, how come you're not tryin' to eat my brain anymore? … I think I'm gettin' the hang of things here. The less I'm scared of you, the less you wanna snack on my cerebellum?

    • Alexei: They were afraid. I tried to stop it, but only more fear comes.
      Will: So … the more fear, the more it comes out? (Alexei nods) And you can't control it … It's a defense mechanism - with a mind of its own.

    • Sylvio: A brain-sucking anaconda living in his intestinal tract. Ugh. Sorry I missed it.
      Ashley: Can we just get down to business?
      Sylvio: Come on, now, baby girl, we just talkin' shop.
      Ashley: Sylvio, please, right now you're givin' yourself an ice cream headache tryin' to figure out how much that kid is worth on the open market.
      Sylvio: Just my greedy, baseline personality.
      Ashley: Well, you wanna work with us, you play by our rules. You know that.
      Sylvio: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Look … I'm down with the whole … protect and study thing, okay? Peace, love and incense.

    • (Sylvio has been struck in the chest by a spiked ball)
      Ashley: Sylvio, are you okay!?
      Sylvio: Been better … Gun!
      Ashley: Let's go. (drags Sylvio to cover)
      Sylvio: Oh! Stings like a son-of-a-bitch! Anyone we know?
      Ashley: Can't tell yet.
      Sylvio: I'll be fine. Go.
      Ashley: You sure?
      Sylvio: Ash, I gotta scream like a girl now. I don't need witnesses.

    • Will: How can you expect me to help these creatures, when one of them … one of them took everything from me?
      Helen: Only you can answer that.
      Will: You knew. You knew how this would affect me.
      Helen: It's your choice, Will. In the end, it's … a massive leap of faith.

    • (Ashley searches for Druitt)
      Ashley: Come out, you son-of-a-bitch!
      Druitt: You seem very angry.
      (Ashley fires and misses)
      Ashley (muttering): What the hell?
      Druitt: Is it because of your friend?
      Ashley: I don't like people getting spiked on my watch.

    • (Druitt surprises and overpowers Ashley, taking away her gun)
      Druitt: That's a … nasty toy for someone your age.
      Ashley: It's a present from my mom.
      Druitt: Then you'd better have it back.
      (Druitt gives back the gun, forcing Ashley to fire and miss five times)
      Druitt: You're thinking : "Who is he? What is he? How will I bring him down?"
      Ashley: Actually, just focused on your old man breath. That's some nasty bridgework, dude.
      Druitt: Ill manners do not become you, my dear.

    • Ashley: Okay. (painfully rising from the floor) I grudgingly admit you've got some game.
      Druitt: I've been following your exploits for quite some time. You're a very intrepid duo, you and your mother. (derisively) Protect the innocent, study the bizarre, the inexplicable …
      Ashley: Listen to rants from violent weirdoes.
      Druitt: Hazardous work, indeed
      Sylvio: Hey, buddy. (fires Taser darts into Druitt's back) Nobody spikes my van. (pulls trigger and electricity crackles)
      Druitt (reciting): Only the chosen left alive. Immortals all, the holy five.
      Sylvio: Shut up. (pulls trigger again, knocking out Druitt)
      Ashley: Thanks, buddy.
      Sylvio: Now, he's gotta be worth something.

    • Henry: Now, see, he looks harmless enough.
      Ashley: He took 10,000 volts plus a triple tranq.
      Henry: Uh, he is gonna have a serious migraine whenever he does wake up. So, what d'ya think his thing is?
      Ashley: Mm-m-m, I'll leave that to Mom. All I know is he was a serious handful. Ask Sylvio.
      Henry (scoffs): Sylvio's a baby. He whined all the way to Dr. Lim's. A few special herbs and spices, he'll be fine.
      Ashley: Whatever. Process the ghoul, let mom know. Me, I am hitting the showers.

    • (Druitt overpowers and commandeers Henry)
      Druitt: Now, what section are we in? It seems so … welcoming.
      Henry: It's … where we keep the bad things …
      Druitt: Hmm …
      Henry: … worst of the worst.
      (Druitt taps on the glass and something roars)
      Druitt: Mm, I like the sound of that.

    • Ashley: Sylvio and I ran into a … bit of trouble.
      Helen: Trouble?
      Ashley: Some superfast psychopathic dude. Nothing we couldn't handle.
      Helen: How fast?
      Ashley: Pretty hot moves for a tall guy. He had a great accent, too. Kinda like yours, only, uh … more evil.

    • Druitt: Wonderful to see you again.
      Ashley: You know this ghoul?
      Druitt: Oh … your mother and I go way back. Hmm?
      (Druitt teleports behind Ashley and grabs her)
      Helen: John, don't! This is about you and me, not her.
      Druitt: For the moment. You have no idea what it's been like … alone! Wandering this godforsaken world … wanting only peace … a fragment of what we had … what I lost.
      Helen: You have nothing to gain by harming her … or me.
      Ashley: Mom, shoot him!
      Druitt: Shall we drop the pretense? You know exactly why I've come and what I want. It's all within reach, everything I've ever wanted - and you're going to give it to me or she will die.

    • (Druitt teleports Ashley into one of the bad creatures dens)
      Ashley: Please don't do this.
      Druitt: I don't know much about your mother's pets, but … I would imagine … staying very still would be advisable.
      (Druitt kisses Ashley's head and teleports out, leaving her behind)

    • Helen: Where is she? WHERE IS SHE?
      Druitt: I'd tell you she was safe - but I'd be lying. No, your scruffy little helper mentioned something about where the worst of the worst are kept.
      Helen: You bastard.
      Druitt: Oh, no doubt she helped capture whatever is in there and they can reminisce.
      Helen: Threatening her …
      Druitt: Is my only option, Helen. (laughing) I can hardly threaten you. Using one of your … precious creatures as a blunt instrument - some of my best work, I think.

    • Druitt: She clearly doesn't know.
      Helen: How could I possibly tell her?
      Druitt: She must have asked … how she came by her killer instincts?
      Helen: She thinks her father's dead.
      Druitt (stunned): I wonder how she'd feel to learn the truth.
      Helen: Your mind is poisoned, John, through no fault of your own.
      Druitt (furious): Helen Magnus, friend to nature's abominations, and enemy of COMMON SENSE! YOUR BLOOD, HELEN!

    • (Helen gives him a vial of blood)
      Druitt: How can I be sure?
      Helen: It's mine … centrifuged, pure.
      (Druitt injects himself)
      Druitt: Thank you, Helen. You won't regret it.
      Helen: I'm sorry I can't say the same for you.
      (Druitt begins to flash in-and-out of phase) Forgive me, John.
      Druitt: The five … the others … will come. (disappears)

    • (after Will has helped save Ashley)
      Henry: Dude, are you nuts?
      Will: It's a distinct possibility.

    • (the Big Guy lies unconscious, resting from his injuries)
      Will: Two days ago, you were the stuff of nightmares … After my mom was killed, I, uh … I was terrified … of things that I didn't understand, things that I … couldn't understand … But now … now … maybe there is no such thing as a monster … (scoffs) Forget it … Just get better, alright?
      Big Guy: Will …
      Will: Did you just …?
      Big Guy: It … isn't … true.
      Will: What? What's not true?
      Big Guy: There is … such a thing … as monsters.

    • (an angry Will realizes Magnus was there when his mother was killed)
      Will: You couldn't have been more than, what, fourteen - fifteen at the time? Teenage monster hunter? I don't think so. And then there's your recent guest, Druitt. Turns out that a John Druitt was one of .. Scotland Yard's prime suspects in the Ripper case in the 1880's.
      Helen: Yes, he was my first patient.
      Will: Which means … either one or both of you can travel through time … either that or you're more than...
      Helen: I am 157 years old.
      (Will sighs and slips into stunned silence)
      Will: How … is any of this possible?
      Helen: When you work at the frontiers of science for as long as I have, the rewards - and curses - are … unexpected.

    • Helen: John, let me help you before you make things worse.
      Druitt: And how is that possible? I've already murdered, what … seven whores? How could one more make the slightest difference?
      Molly: Murdered?
      (Molly cries out as Druitt grabs her, putting a knife to her throat)
      Druitt: What more have I to lose?
      Helen: Your power is driving you mad, John. I can help
      Druitt: My power is all I have left.

    • Will: Okay … here's the deal. If we're gonna work together, the first rule, - the only rule - is that you're straight up with me.
      Helen: I've just trusted you with my deepest, darkest secret.
      Will: I know, it's just … I just know that I've spent a lifetime living a lie and … I can't do it anymore.
      Helen: I understand.
      Will: No, I'm serious. You open this place up to me - every … monster, every room, everything that crawls, flies, teleports … If I'm gonna be of any use to you I gotta … I gotta a lotta catching up to do.
      Helen: To say the least.
      Will: You know, I was hoping that at least you'd be normal.
      Helen: Sorry to disappoint. Is there anything else?
      Will: Is there a health plan?
      Helen: No. But I can promise you the adventure of many, many lifetimes … Shall we begin?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates
      Canada : October 3, 2008 on Space
      U.K. : October 13, 2008 on ITV4
      Czech Republic: August 10, 2009 on AXN
      Hungary : January 11, 2009 on AXN Sci-Fi
      Australia : May 28, 2009 on Sci Fi Australia


    • Druitt: Ah, I knew him well.

      Druitt is holding up a small skull in a position reminiscent of the famous gravediggers scene from William Shakespeare's timeless tragedy, Hamlet [Act V, scene I]. "Alas", cries Hamlet, "poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio - a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy:" The play, and the scene, are so revered in classical theater that, it is said, Sir Laurence Olivier bequeathed his own skull to the Royal National Theatre in London, England - specifically for use in Hamlet's gravediggers scene.