Season 1 Episode 7

The Five

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 14, 2008 on Syfy
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When Magnus encounters an old acquaintance in Rome, he tells her that the Cabal is planning to seek revenge on her for the events of "Fata Morgana". But she soon learns that his loyalty is not as intact as it was in their earlier days, when they were both part of a group called "The Five", within which members are connected by a secret protected for ages.moreless

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  • Dark Secrets And Old Friends Come Calling

    Wow, this show just keeps getting better and better (which is the mark of a great show). Both John Druitt and The Cabal return to action. The nice touch of bringing in an actual historical figure (Nikola Tesla) as an old friend of Helen Magnus works well - making him a vampire is inspired. This brings the whole alternate/secret history gambit into play. Jonathon Young excels as Tesla, nicely mixing humor and terror, erudite polish and pure insanity. Even better is Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt. This is his finest Sanctuary hour yet. The power of his presence alone is worth the price of admission, but it is his rich, sonorous voice which pulls you in even deeper. He conveys pain and anger in equal measures of eye contact and vocal tonality. He also says more with a pause than many actors do with a well-crafted punch line. Here's hoping that John Druitt (now that he's revealed as Ashley's father) is featured as a regular part of the Magnus family. There is so much in this episode that it can't all be covered here. The recap alone took over three pages. As mentioned, Ashley discovers that John Druitt is her father. She also learns that her mother is an abnormal by choice, not genetic heritage. What does this portend for her future? Another new storyline is opened when Henry the tech guy is revealed to be an abnormal. The Cabal is unlikely to be any happier with Dr. Magnus after their team is eradicated. And what of Tesla and his creatures - is he dead, can he even be killed?

    Finally, the vampire effects are great (check out Tesla pulling away when he is impaled on the wall), as are the flashbacks. Flashbacks often fail to look believable. Here all three principals look believably younger (especially Amanda Tapping as Helen Magnus). The reptilian creature, on the other hand, clearly reveals the budgetary constraints of this series and is more interesting when left off camera - as it is until the end of the episode. I just hope Sanctuary draws enough viewers to survive. The Sci Fi Channel has had a quick trigger finger lately. Perhaps, in these tough economic times, the show's lower production costs will give Sanctuary time to catch on and grow its audience. Spread the word : science fiction is alive and well at the Sanctuary.moreless
  • The Five

    The Five was a perfect episode of Sanctuary. I enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was very interesting to learn more about the past of Dr. Helen Magnus, as well as her old colleagues. Ashley had her own seperate adventure with one of the Five, and learned more about herself in that time. I thought the approach to vampirism in this series was cool and I hope to see more about it. Will learns more about Henry in this episosde as Henry's secret comes to light. I enjoyed the intertwining plot lines. The actors really play their parts perfectly! I really look forward to watching the next episode of Sanctuary!!!!!!!moreless
  • One of Helen's associates from "The Five" group comes back to look for her but does he want her help or wants to use for another purpose?

    "You're a killer you live for the thrill of the hunt"

    Overall good episode. Helen's associate from The Five group, Nikola, comes back to look for her. As they began to get reacquainted, they are attacked by Cabal agents. At first Helen thinks they are after but they are really after Nikolai. Nikola has a special power he is a vampire. But what does he need Helen for?

    Meanwhile John Druitt and Ashley are having a pleasant reunion. LOL. Druitt is trying to convince her that her mother is in great danger. However, she will need a long explanation before she even will consider what Druitt has to say. Meanwhile as well something is loose in the Sanctuary with Will "in charge" but what? It's a good episode, they explain more about where Helen came off including how some of her powers came to be especially her long life span from a special serum her group made. I think this is the first time they had a vampire in the show (I believe in the webisodes there's also a episode about a vampire of which Ashley has a fight with) I don't know if I want to give too much away here but I liked a couple of the scenes with zombies. I liked the scenes with Nikola and Helen. Helen is smart but she still is a very vulnerable woman. I also liked the scenes with Ashley and Druitt especially when he tries to psychoanalyze her. The episode went back to serious sci-fi unlike the last episode with Nubbins which had a lot of comedy. This one did have a few funny lines the "You look so sexy with a gun" comment by Nikola, the "I am not really in charge" line by Will to Bigfoot,the "I thought you said you loved me" line by Helen followed up by Nikola's "Did I?" reply, last but not least the "if you call my mother your ex again I will have to kill you" line by Ashley.

    My only small nitpick is that I expected "the thing" in the Sanctuary to be better. The guy playing Nikola was great playing the villain here whose only purpose was to use Helen for his own purposes while telling her what she wanted to hear "I love you", yada, yada, yada. I thought then this was a pretty good episode with all the characters here maybe more for Ashley because she began to get a bigger story about her mother.moreless
  • The show is getting better and with its own mythology and character developing this episode is the beginning.

    When the show was originally broadcast I saw the first 3 episodes and found them quite mediocre. Having recently started watching the repeats I realise that the show once it got past that introductory period has become really good. Unlike the previous 2 episodes which were heavy on the movie references (the thing/gremlins etc.) this in fact develops an original idea. The fact that Helen was originally a part of a group of 5 (a few of which were famous) that experimented by injecting themselves with concentrated vampire blood is something I don't think I've seen before. I also like the fact that vampires were the creators of civilisation, but were wiped out by the Church literally demonising them. Only unpure vampires survived which led to the dark ages. This was one heck of a back-story.

    Tessler's (one of the 5) revelation that he wanted Helen to give his newly created braindead vampire minion's intelligence. The way he brought them back plays very nicely on the fact that vampires usually rise automatically. In this case Tessler had to jolt them back to life after feeding them his blood. Braindead they may have been but they defeated the Cabal soldiers with ease once they were let loose.

    Also in this episode was the badly thought out revelation that Henry was a man-wolf. As soon as you realise he's ill you jump to the conclusion straight away. This was badly handled therefore, not saved by the creature lurking the corridors not actually being him. Don't get me wrong, it's a good development for the character, just could have been handled better.

    Lastly, is John Druitt and his kidnap of Ashley, which contributed well to the backstory of the five, by revealing that the blood had given each a special ability (John's is his teleport). However the main conclusion was to reveal to Ashley that John was in fact her Father. This worked better than Henry's strand and was quite enjoyable.

    I'm curious about the five and the revelations revealed here and want to know what Dr James Watson's increased intelligence has brought him. He's not actually shown in profile but we do know he is one of the five. Hopefully he'll turn up soon as he is mentioned by Tessler a few times during his and Helen's conversations.moreless
  • All those dark secrets crept into daylight

    Wow, I loved the way this episode started - so intense start with such a big surprises - to get a note that you will be dead in next three minutes and then walk away into catacombs of Rome with a vampire - intriguing. And if that was not enough, Ashley gets kidnapped again by John Druitt and there is something weird going on in Sanctuary where Zimmerman is left quite alone to deal with things.

    I most say - the whole dark secret thing and Druitt trying to make Ashley to make her own decision that help save Magnus and help him too.. The whole tension, she still not knowing who Druitt is and then finally, getting it.

    And the whole theme with vampires and what Nikola thought about all going on, the things we learned about his, Magnus' and Druitt's past.. the five.. how they got their powers. It was just so intriguer and I am sure they can continue that storyline.

    So, an amazing episode.moreless
Colin Corrigan

Colin Corrigan

Cabal Agent

Guest Star

Rob Hayter

Rob Hayter

Vampire #1

Guest Star

Brad Proctor

Brad Proctor

Two Faced Guy (back face)

Guest Star

Chuck Campbell

Chuck Campbell

Two Faced Guy (front face)

Recurring Role

Jonathon Young

Jonathon Young

Nikola Tesla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The way Druitt tries to kill Tesla in the catacombs (by teleporting behind him and putting his fist through Tesla's stomach) appears to be a favored tactic as it's the same way Druitt tried to kill the Big Guy in Webisode 4.

    • Discontinuity: When Druitt materializes in the catacombs, he drives his left hand through Tesla's body, covering it in blood. However, after he teleports Ashley and Helen away and rematerializes, it's his right hand that's bloodied, not his left.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • Tesla: Helen Magnus. Kiss me and I'll save your life.
      Helen: And if I don't?
      Tesla: Aw-w-w … It's been over sixty years, just plant one on me already.
      (Tesla indicates his cheek but turns as Helen leans in, kissing her on the lips)
      Helen: Nikola Tesla. You always did know how to get attention.
      Tesla (takes her arm and begins walking): And you're still boring as ever when it comes to giving a lecture. But to business : Cabal agents are all over the building. If we don't leave now, things are going to get … rather bullet-ridden.
      Helen: And why should I believe you? (Tesla turns her attention to the armed Cabal agents entering the lecture hall and she resumes walking) I assume you have a plan other than kissing me?
      Tesla: Genius, remember?
      Helen: Ah.

    • (pursued by the Cabal, the pair are attempting to escape through the catacombs)
      Helen: I'm assuming there are other exits further on?
      Tesla: Should be. My contact said there would be.
      Helen: Contact?
      Tesla: Mm-hmm. Concierge at my hotel. Don't you love Rome?

    • (Will is unhappy the meeting he called was cancelled, the Big Guy is dusting)
      Will: I mean, she put me in charge and, you know, I wanna take that very seriously. So, we've got patients to discuss, possible cases that need investigating, and, you know, other stuff that needs attention.
      Big Guy: Meetings are boring.
      Will (laughs): Yeah. Yeah, they really are, aren't they? (the Big Guy chuckles and returns to dusting, whistling) Okay, I'm cool with that. No meeting. So, uh, what do you guys do when you got the place to yourself? You know, poker night, maybe a little blackjack, you blast some tunes in the main library or something?
      Big Guy: Henry's in the lab, Squid requested a meeting with Ashley - and I'm making things look nice … Perhaps you have some work that needs attending to?

    • Tesla (about the Cabal): Well, they're really pissed at you. What did you do?
      Helen: I stole three witches from a crypt in Scotland.
      Tesla: Stealing? You? I'm appalled.
      Helen: Oh, shut up and help me.
      Tesla: My god, you look sexy with a gun.

    • (Helen, worried about Tesla's vampire side which surfaced during the skirmish, points her gun at his chest)
      Tesla (chuckling): Well, that was exciting, huh?
      Helen: A little too much so. You haven't stopped taking your medication, have you?
      Tesla: No, no, no. I just … I just got a little excited. Come on, Helen, I don't feed on humans. I made that vow long ago and I intend to keep it.

    • Tesla (grinning after another skirmish): This is fun, isn't it? Just like old times, back in London? When was that - '42, '43?
      Helen: I prefer not to think about it.
      Tesla: Come on, Helen. Every major spy agency in the world was looking for me. I needed your help. And besides, what's a faked death among friends?
      Helen: Whose harebrained notion was it to supply every Allied government with plans of your death-ray weapon?
      Tesla: Well, I thought they'd all share it, that peace would break out. I did. I had my Nobel speech all memorized.

    • (Ashley awakens handcuffed to a chair)
      Ashley: OK, you can come out and gloat now, if you want. I'm awake.
      Druitt: They'll be no gloating. I find that … extremely ill-mannered.
      Ashley: Well, what's your next move then? You gonna teleport me to the top of the Eiffel Tower and leave me hanging by my underpants? (Druitt chuckles) Or are you going to make it fast?

    • Ashley: You have a kind of violent way of asking for help, FYI.
      Druitt: I wish you no harm. It was urgent that we speak.
      Ashley: And I'm listening. Let the insanity fly.
      Druitt: Of course, that's what you'd think of me. That I'm unstable, deranged.
      Ashley: That's pretty much what I call everybody who feeds me to lizard creatures. But I can be a bit harsh sometimes.
      Druitt: Ashley, what happened before was … deeply regrettable. I apologize for my actions without reservation. I can only ask for your forgiveness. There are things you need to know … about your mother. She's in grave danger.
      Ashley: Dude, she's my mom. She's always in grave danger.

    • Ashley: Me, handcuffed to a chair - you, babbling about time and danger … No. I don't see why I should help you.
      Druitt: I would like nothing more than to free you … but you would undoubtedly try to kill me.
      Ashley (playfully innocent): Me?
      Druitt (frustrated): Did your mother not give you some sort of explanation as to who I was?
      Ashley: She told me you were someone from her days back in London before she set up shop here. Oh! Oh, and that she was pretty sure you'd never return because … she'd killed you. Trust me, I'll be speaking to her about that - talk about a blown call.

    • Helen: Nikola, you dropped out of sight before the end of World War II, never to be seen or heard from again.
      Tesla: Well, I did die a lonely, impoverished, pitiful old man. Thanks for the funeral, by the way. I heard it was quite nice.
      Helen: I faked your death to save your life, so that your work could continue. I think I'm owed an explanation as to your whereabouts since then.
      Tesla: Hey, perfecting the use of electricity and radio waves? Hard acts to follow, okay? But I have kept busy. At Oxford, all those years ago, what we did was more than just pushing boundaries. For me, it was personal.
      Helen: As it was for all of us …
      Tesla: You all changed, whereas I found out who I really am. And the more I embrace that, the more I realize just how little I've accomplished.
      Helen: Your gifts to the world will live on long after you die … whenever you actually die.
      Tesla: You think you can call this existence "living"? The Cabal hunt me at every turn.
      Helen: But why? You've been underground for decades. We both know the Cabal only go after what they perceive to be of value.
      Tesla: Or a threat.

    • Tesla: The ancient ones …They were intelligent, gifted, powerful … until a bunch of church-folk decided that our race was impure … evil. And not only did they hunt them down, kill them off, but they turned our species into a cultural joke.
      Helen: Ancient vampires were the Caesars, the Pharaohs of civilization. Humans were enslaved, they rose up with good reason. If the world knew the truth …
      Tesla: Humans were conquered because we were smarter and stronger. And when vampires ruled the world, it was a golden age. Science, art, architecture all advanced. And after they killed them off, what happened?
      Helen: The Dark Ages.
      Tesla: And now people think that we're allergic to garlic and that we can turn into bats at will. It's beyond insulting.

    • (the ELRAD's shock wave impales Tesla on the back wall, a stake thru his heart)
      Helen (concerned): Nikola?
      Tesla ("awakens" impersonating Dracula): I vant to suck your blood.
      Helen (sighs): Get down from there.
      (Tesla grunts as he pulls himself off the stake and jumps down)
      Tesla: Irony is … I once owned the patent to that weapon. I never shoulda sold it to Edison, cheapskate that he was.

    • Druitt: We knew each other in London, your mother and I … when we were young. In fact, we were rather close.
      Ashley: See, now I know you're full of crap.
      Druitt: Because she's a hundred and fifty-eight years old?
      Ashley: First off, she's a hundred and fifty-seven … And I get that she's special, it's … some sort of accident of her genetic makeup. But the chances of two people having the same defect …
      Druitt: … are much higher if it's no accident.

    • Will: It knew how to disable the motion detectors … made us blind on purpose. It's that intelligent?
      Big Guy: The most dangerous things are.

    • Will (to the Big Guy): What kind of abnormal has the ferocity and power of a wild animal, combined with the cunning and intellect of a human …? Other than, you know, you.

    • Tesla: Back at Oxford, the others used the Source for power and for greed, but you … you altered yourself out of a pure desire for knowledge … You're the only scientist, perhaps the only person, I've ever really admired.

    • Ashley (skeptically): You were college buddies with my mom?
      Druitt: Yes, at first. Things became more serious between us later.
      Ashley: Okay, dude, you have to stop referring to my mom as your "ex" or, seriously, I will kill you.
      (Druitt chuckles softly and reaches out to take back the locket)
      Druitt: We were a part of something, something we called "The Five" - a small group dedicated to expanding our knowledge of the physical world by the most … unconventional means.
      Ashley: How can you be old like her?
      Druitt: Well, unlike what you've been told, your mother was not born with a genetic abnormality. No, she chose to become something different. We all did. We were so curious to know what humans could become … evolve into … given the chance.

    • Ashley: Wait a minute. She's part vampire?
      Druitt: No. She's human - and so much more. After each of us was injected, we received unique … gifts as a result.
      Ashley: Yeah, seen yours in action, thanks.
      Druitt: Griffin's molecules became photosensitive, Watson's mind grew to new heights, and Tesla's reaction was the most dramatic. His genetic disposition brought forth vampiric traits which had lain dormant in his genes. But your mother …? Well, her gift was the most simple … and elegant.

    • Tesla: I-I feel so safe when I'm with you.
      Helen: Quiet! We're gonna have to fight our way out of here. No killing
      Tesla: Said the woman with the gun to the vampire.
      Helen: Just follow my lead.
      Tesla: It won't be necessary.
      Helen: I, for one, don't intend to get captured or killed.
      Tesla: You won't.
      Helen: What do you mean?
      (gunfire and screaming erupt in the distance)
      Tesla: The playing field just got leveled.

    • (Druitt releases Ashley)
      Ashley: I like your story. It's a nice story.
      Druitt: Tesla's intent on making contact with your mother … imminently. Now whatever you may think of me, of The Five, he's easily the most dangerous.
      Ashley: Good twist. Not enough.
      Druitt: Ashley … I am not your enemy, not anymore.
      Ashley: Baldy, you invaded our house. Ya fed me to a giant iguana. If that's not enough to make you my enemy, then what the hell is?

    • Druitt: You just shoot, maim and capture whatever Mummy tells you - without a single regard for the consequences of your actions.
      Ashley: That is not true.
      Druitt: Oh, you're a killer, all right. You live for the thrill of the hunt, the exquisite rush of that moment of violence. You find it utterly intoxicating. I know the feeling very well myself.
      (Ashley lunges at Druitt and grabs him by the throat)
      Ashley: I AM NOTHING LIKE YOU!
      Druitt: Oh, you'd like nothing more than to kill me, resurrect your wounded pride, get some blood on your hands. The only reason you haven't really tried is because you aren't sure if you can pull it off.

    • Druitt: My last encounter with your mother did, indeed, leave me close to death. But Tesla found me, revived me. And when I refused him … well … (Druitt opens his shirt to reveal a series of severe electrical burns) Nothing quite like electroshock therapy to clear the mind.
      Ashley: My God.
      Druitt: And the rage that once fueled me is gone. (clears throat) I'm whole once again … Together, we can save her - but I need to know where she is. I am your only hope. Please … I need to make things right. For you … for her.

    • Tesla: See, the coolest thing about me using my own DNA to reanimate the dead is… (laughs) they do whatever I say.
      Helen: They're practically mindless.
      Tesla: I know! They're fast, vicious, strong - but they're as dumb as tree stumps, which defeats the whole purpose of the project.
      Helen: You want me to help you make them intelligent.
      Tesla: This is the culmination of everything we stood for as The Five -pushing boundaries, exploring realms of science that other people were afraid to. Just imagine … Sanguine Vampiris (the vampires hiss and snarl) … reborn.
      Helen: They would only enslave us again.
      Tesla: Oh, I don't think human beings are doing such a good job of it right now, do you? Hmm? You and I could usher in a new golden age - of thought and culture and peace …
      Helen: You're mad, Nikola.
      Tesla: NO! The Philadelphia Experiment was mad. But this … is progress.

    • Tesla: We all know … the abnormals are on the rise. And now, we just need somebody to lead them.
      Helen: You?
      Tesla: Us. You saw how my Mini-Me's handled those trackers earlier tonight. Now just imagine, an army of them, huh? But massively intelligent! You and I could give the Cabal … (Helen shoots Tesla three times and runs, he staggers, rises, and calmly looks down at his wounds) Ouch.

    • (Druitt and Ashley rush through the catacombs)
      Druitt: Can we be certain they came down here?
      (Ashley stops and studies a shell casing)
      Ashley: Definitely one of mom's.
      Druitt: She always carries a gun?
      (shots ring out in the distance)
      Ashley: With good reason.

    • Helen: I thought you loved me?
      Tesla: Did I? Huh … I don't think it's gonna work out.
      Helen: Well, then … Guess I can tell you that, at Oxford … no one liked you.
      Tesla: Oh … Was it because I was a genius?
      Helen: No, because you were an obnoxious ass.
      Tesla (chuckles): Well … guess who's still standing?
      (Druitt's fist suddenly rips through Tesla's stomach and he collapses)

    • (Druitt teleports Helen and Ashley to safety and Helen immediately pulls away)
      Helen: John! What the hell are you doing?
      Druitt: Saving your life.
      Helen: Why?
      Druitt: You've had a long night, Helen. I'm simply glad to see you safe and sound.
      Helen: The blood I gave you … It should have crippled you, or worse.
      Druitt: It did.
      Helen: Then how …?
      (Druitt pauses and glances at Ashley, who nods)
      Druitt (bows slightly before teleporting out): Ashley can explain.

    • Will: Listen, I was a jerk. I just didn't think … what it must be like to carry this around with you. I'm sorry. (Will sighs and gets up to leave) And, hey, uh … Thanks for savin' my ass.
      Henry (flatly as Will leaves): You're welcome.

    • Ashley: He's my father, isn't he?
      Helen (softly): Yes … he is … (Ashley nods and stares out over the city) Never shown you Rome, have I?
      Ashley: There was never time.
      Helen: I have a lot to make up for … Shall we?
      Ashley(takes her mother's outstretched hand): Yeah.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates
      Canada : November 14, 2008 on Space
      U.K. : November 24, 2008 on ITV4
      Australia : July 2, 2009 on Sci Fi Australia
      Czech Republic: September 7, 2009 on AXN

    • Although we need to remember that this is a work of fiction, the use of Nikola Tesla as one of the Five is perhaps the biggest stretch of all. But … it is by no means implausible. In 1886, the year the Five injected themselves with the vampire blood, the "real" Tesla had broken off with Edison, lost control of his own company (Tesla Electric Light & Manufacturing) and was supposedly working in New York as a laborer in order to raise funds for his next project. Given laborers wages then, and now, is it really practical that Tesla could raise sufficient funds working as a day laborer? Perhaps a trip to London to raise venture capital is not so farfetched? In any case, the "real" Tesla resurfaced in 1888 - demonstrating his brushless AC induction motor to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, after which he began his work with George Westinghouse.

      Besides working on an ion-propelled "flying saucer" - and a host of other futuristic technologies - Tesla, who had demonstrated wireless energy transmission almost fifty years earlier, did indeed work on what he described as a "superweapon that would put an end to all war" (1937) - what today we would call a "directed-energy" or "particle beam" weapon (which the press of the time labeled as a "peace ray" or "death beam"). Apparently, before Einstein alerted FDR to the incredibly destructive scientific power being unleashed by the Nazi's (1940), neither the U.S. nor the European powers he offered his technology to were interested enough to fund the manufacture of his device.

      Supposedly, the "real" Nikola Tesla died poor and alone, of heart failure, on January 7, 1943. Only after his death did the United States Supreme Court uphold his patent on the technology that formed the basis for radio communications in the United States. At the time of his death, Tesla was still working on the "Teleforce" weapon, or "death ray", that he couldn't get the U.S. War Department interested in. However, shortly after he died, Tesla's papers, prototypes, project notes and lab properties were impounded by the United States' Alien Property Custodian office - despite the fact that he was a legally naturalized U.S. citizen. After being contacted by the War Department, J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI seized - and, along with other federal officials, microfilmed - his papers and personal effects, before declaring them potentially dangerous and "Top Secret".


    • Tesla: You saw how my Mini-Me's handled those trackers earlier tonight.

      Tesla is alluding to Mini-Me, Dr. Evil's one-eighth size clone - the character played by Verne Troyer in the second and third "Austin Powers" movies: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Mini-Me himself was a parody of Nick-Nack, Scaramanga's dwarf henchman in the James Bond film, The Man With The Golden Gun (1974).

    • Druitt: Griffin's molecules became photosensitive …

      "Griffin" is the name of the title character in H.G. Wells' famous science fiction novella, The Invisible Man (1897). In Sanctuary's mythology, it is implied that Nigel Griffin of The Five and Wells' Griffin (a brilliant but deranged young research scientist) are one and the same person. Although Griffin's first name was never given in the original story, in the well-known1933 Claude Rains film, scriptwriter R.C. Sheriff named the character "Jack Griffin". However, in the countless films, comics and TV shows which have followed, The Invisible Man has had many other names.