Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 07, 2011 on Syfy
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Episode Summary


In order to prevent him from altering - or destroying - the future, Magnus uses Adam Worth's time portal to pursue him to 1898 London.

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  • Helen Magnus goes Back to the Future!

    Helen Magnus goes Back to the Future, from 2010 to 1899.

    And like Marty McFly, she has to avoid running into past self.

    Interestingly enough, she brings back with her a Colt 1911 .45 ACP invented by John Browning only 12 years after 1899, but which was still one of the best handguns in use in 2010, nearly a century later!

    How's that for defying time?

    Terrific episode!moreless
  • Tempus

    Tempus was a superb episode of Sanctuary and I really enjoyed watching this episode as Magnus follows Adam back in time and she tries to prevent him from altering the course of events. It was fun watching her avoid herself from that time and there was plenty of action, drama and intrigue. The end of the episode was interesting and I can't wait to find out what happens next. This episode wrapped up the Adam story line pretty well. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Not the best but certainly a good one.

    Not the best opening episode for Sanctuary but it made a wonderful change seeing the insight into Helen Magnus's life before we met her. Seeing her past encounters with Druitt and the relationship she had with Watson, always a pleasure to see them both. I enjoyed the episode, hopefully this is the start of a fantastic season. Great ep.

    8.5 out of 10 xx
Fraser Aitcheson

Fraser Aitcheson

Spring-Heeled Jack

Guest Star

Margot Berner

Margot Berner

Imogene Worth

Guest Star

Andrew Kavadas

Andrew Kavadas


Guest Star

Peter Wingfield

Peter Wingfield

Dr. James Watson

Recurring Role

Ian Tracey

Ian Tracey

Adam Worth

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Adam: (firing a laser gun) Hoping for a quick finish, Helen? Me too.
      Helen: Don't make things worse, Adam. Neither of us can be here, we both know it.
      Adam: It's only time travel, Helen. What's the worst that could happen?
      Helen: Aside from destroying the natural order of history?
      Adam: What, by creating a utopia?
      Helen: By taking over the world.

    • Helen: Leave! Right now.
      Watson: Not a chance.
      Helen: It's my Sanctuary.
      Watson: Is it? (Helen arches her eyes) From the moment you walked in here, you've been behaving as if you were visiting someone's grave. It may have been your Sanctuary a long time ago, but not anymore. Business cards made from a substance I can't identify - issued 2010, expires 2015? Weapons that I have never seen or heard of, clothes ... designed for maximum movement and protection.
      Helen: I am Helen Ma ...
      Watson: Oh, you definitely are Helen Magnus - just not of this era. I'm a ... (taps his head) detective.

    • Druitt: (holding a knife to past Helen's throat) How dare you question my motives? My ... feelings? You ... You hunt me like an animal. After all we've been through. My heart ... is yours. (screams in rage, impaling the knife in the wall)

    • Adam: Is that a revolver under your bustle, or are you just happy to see me?
      Magnus: Oh, it's a gun. Any last words?
      Adam: Well, "Don't shoot!" never seems to work with you.

    • Watson: You're going out? Where?
      Helen: Hunting!

    • Helen: (modern Helen pummels Druitt with a police nightstick, forces him against the wall and puts his own knife to his throat) How does it feel? Cold steel against your jugular? In the hands of someone who knows how to kill you slowly and has the will to do it?
      Druitt: (amazed) Helen?
      Helen: Are you paying attention? Stay ... away ... from me.

    • Helen: I never meant to burden you, James. All this knowledge you have to keep secret.
      Watson: Oh, I love it, you know that. What, all the deductive reasoning I'll be able to do with the little tidbits you've left me? Oh ... It's gonna keep me occupied for decades if I have that long.
      Helen: In my future you do, many of them.
      Watson: No, I don't want to know. Far too much information.

    • Watson: What to do about you?
      Helen: I can't be here, James. We both know it. Everything I touch, everyone I meet ... could ruin the future.
      Watson: You'd best kill yourself.
      Helen: I'm glad we both agree.
      Watson: Uh, Helen, suicide? (chuckles) You're so melodramatic.
      Helen: Do you have a better idea? I'm trapped here and I've no way home.
      Watson: You can always go home. It just might take a little while. It's one of the benefits of your incredibly slow aging. Disappear. Go somewhere ... remote, with limited contact with the rest of the world. Spend the time thinking about ... all the things you've lived through.
      Helen: A hundred and thirteen years of seclusion?
      Watson: Then you rejoin your timeline just after you've left it. Unless, of course, you're determined to do yourself in.
      Helen: A vacation?
      Watson: From what I gather, you've ... rather earned one.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada : October 7, 2011 on Space
      Australia : November 4, 2011 on SciFi Australia
      United Kingdom : April 6, 2012 on Watch


    • Watson: Time travel is actually possible. H.G. would be ecstatic.

      Watson is alluding to H.G. Wells, futurist and author of The Time Machine, a beloved science fiction novella published in 1895. The Time Machine has not only been adapted into a number of feature films, TV shows and comic books; it has inspired countless science fiction writers for generations.