The Sentinel TV show (not the movie), is one of the best sci-fi, action-adventure shows out there. It combined an aspect of human abilities (heightened senses) with an already popular genre - the buddy cop show. What could be better? Not much in my mind.
The actors who portrayed the characters of Blair Sandburg (Garrett Maggart), Detective Jim Ellison (Richard Burgi), and Captain Simon Banks (Bruce A. Young) made the show even better in that the chemistry between them was great. They were able to play off each other, joke, and make the characters just that much better.... I can't imagine any other actors in those roles...it just doesn't work.
The stories this cast of people were put into helped to explore who they were as individuals, as well as how their own insecurities and fears affected what they said, did, and how they interacted with others. Just like the rest of us....unlike other shows, The Sentinel made the idea of having heightened senses more realistic in that it could actually happen, and we just don't know about it.
I wish the show hadn't been canceled when they did, because I don't think they were out of stories (as proven by the thousands of fan fic), but the actors have since gone on to other projects, all the while not forgetting their fans as a result of this show. That's what makes the show great, as well as the actors who portrayed these characters.
Jim Ellison, a policeman in the city of Cascade, has super senses. He can hear, see, touch, smell to such a high degree that he can help solve seemingly unsolvable crimes. Blair Sandburg, a college student majoring in anthropology, is the guide who helps Jim Ellison control his super senses. Together, these two men help fight crime in Cascade.
This is a really fun action show! The actors are all very good and the writers for this show really know how to hook a viewer's attention in the first five minutes of the show. All the episodes are very well plotted and very exciting. What is a real shame is that one can see that this show had the potential to be even more. I wish there was more mysticism and more magic in this show. But other than that, it's a great hour of TV.
I loved The Sentinel. The chemistry between Richard Burgi and Garret Maggart was great. Sure, some of the storylines get a little trite, but I think the dynamic main characters more than make up for it. Could it have been better? Sure, but then what couldn't stand some improvement. The only thing I think it really could have used was a strong female lead- Carolyn in the first season was a great, but she was gone when Season 2 started. Later on, Samantha (Mimi from Jericho) makes a strong recurring character as Blair's on-again-off-again loved interest. I would have liked to see this developed, but it never happened. Instead they brought in the annoying 'Australian' detective. I really hope they bring out the rest of the series on DVD. My favorite episodes were in the second and third seasons.
The reason why "The Sentinel" should have went on another network for a brand new season is that besides being a very innovative series, the three main actors said that they would have loved to come back and continue filming new episodes. That is a surprising thing for multiply actors on a TV show to say. The reason is usually after a number of seasons of a TV series that is not well known in the mainstream, some people start to get tired of being on it and want to pursue other opportunities. One reason why Sci-Fi did not want to pick it up is because they want to stick to their original programming. It's like a cable TV network not wanting to use someone's leftovers. I thought that "The Sentinel" would have been perfect on CBS. I say this because I recall when they had their "America's Night of Heroes" theme for their Saturday night lineup. Another reason is that I was surprised when I saw Richard on one of their weekend television shows. He was on another police show that they had. What puzzles me about a CBS television executive not deciding to pick up "The Sentinel" is that the network did that with "JAG". "The Sentinel" would have fit perfect with that "America's Night of Heroes" theme, since they have that "Touched by An Angel" series on their network. "The Sentinel" is also in the same mold as that "Nash Bridges" TV series. I would have to say that this show gave UPN a plethora of credibility. It is fitting that UPN initially canceled "The Sentinel" and thus caused loyal viewers to start a large letter writing campaign to continue the series for another season. The ending with Jerri Ryan's character was the reason why writers on the show did not want to continue it. "The Sentinel" would have been perfect on CBS for a few additional seasons after it went off the air on UPN.
I loved this series SOOOOO much!
I don't understand why we didn't get any re-runs of this series... i would really love to see it again!
I didn't miss a single episode since i first watched it.
It was such a great series, very unique! Really a great idea, very well written, great actors, characters... I loved it! And it was very refreshing for me!
The parts from the jungle, to show the senses... Awesome!
The flashbacks, stories, the drama and humour... just GREAT!
*possible spoiler, for those who haven't seen the series*
The whole drama around Blair's book, based on the Sentinel... WOAW... that actually pissed me off quite a bit... i mean... that his mother had the book published without his knowledge... and then the reaction of Jim! That really made me really angry... i wasn't happy at all when Blair told the world that all he wrote was a lie... i mean... DAMNZ! It ruined him! And for who?! Jim wasn't being a nice guy at all! And he couldn't care less that Blair's career was in sake there... But okay... LOL
I really loved the series and i would love to get it back!
This show is just awesome, it's full of action and adventure. The stories each week were really good. Jim Ellison is a really good character. Richard Burgi looks great playing this character. His sidekick is also interesting. A hero needs a cool sidekick who figures out the science and all the technical stuff. This is fast paced, something expected from an action series. Each episode is really interesting, there's always something to see. I'm always looking forward for the next episode, this is a really good show, with a good plot. I'm saddened that the show eventually ended, but when it was on, I really had a good time watching it.
The Sentinel has a very unique concept that makes the show special. The series is about a cop who has five enhanced senses and the problems and advantages that come with them.
The one thing that puts this show on top of my favorites is the great character interaction and the character development. From the first episode on we witness a very special friendship develop, and see all its ups and downs during all four seasons. Not only are the main-characters well written and a joy to watch, but the supporting cast is great too. It's a shame that UPN cancelled the show after 65 episodes and that the finale left a lot in the open.
This is just an amazing show and so different from all the other cop shows. A supercop with heightened senses, who\'d have thought about that? In this one, not only solivng the crimes is important but also the friendship between Jim and Blair. We see their friendship growing, we see it going through bad times and they still manage to make up! we see the interaction between the characters which is great to see! The plots are amazing most of the time, there\'s lots of action, emotion... It\'s got everything I look for in a show, including the cute actors with the beautiful eyes ;)
This show could and should have been on for years - a different network would have worked wonders. It could have easily been like Law and Order or The Shield with more network backing. Despite the shortcuts forced by UPN and the lack of support, Garett Maggart, Richard Burgi and Bruce A Bay managed to create magic every time they appeared on screen. The fan base is still active and loyal, even now - 10 years after the original airing. Jim, Blair, Simon and the gang at major crimes still invoke love, creativity and a sense of family for all of us who love the show and it's characters.
I'd love to have more, but at least the DVD is out April 18th. The 10 year anniversary is today (03/20/2006)...here's to another 10 years of Jim and Blair and their friends.
This show was awesome. Taking a normal man and giving him "super powers" is everones secret dream.
By giving Ellison his hightened senses, and teaming him with Blair, you have a hero/sidekick combination worthy of The Lone Ranger and Tonto!. By having Ellison as a policeman, he is able to excercise his power without (for the most part) rasing suspistion about himself.
The action usually well scripted and the show moved along well. It did have a few clunkers, but for the most part I was happy to make it part of my weekly TV watching expirence.
I love this show, and would like to see it aired again. Starting in 1999, this series became my favorite show on television, and I don't watch much TV at all. It is action packed good fun and the people always look great. The slight Supernatural touch is just perfect. What more can anyone ask for in a TV show.
First of all I only starte watching the Sentinel
early in 2005 because it was part of the Sci-Fi channel's morning lineup of shows.(Started at 8Am)When I watched the first episode i was astounded, suprised even about how much i liked it. Burgi's a solid actor(Also appeared in 2004 movie "Cellular") and he and Garrett Maggart did a great job of establishing chemistry early which set the tone for some pretty good episodes. But they should definetly bring it back.
this show was one of my favorite all time show, i couldnt belive it when they took it off air.
the actors were awsome and the story was too.
they should bring the show back and use the same actors because im sure alot of fans would come back to watch it
Sadly this show is off the air now in the US..but playing re-runs in the UK. (you lucky people)
If you're lucky you can find someone with the VHS copies but as of 2005, no DVD box set is in the works, much to the disappointment of fans.
I love this show. The bond (if you will) between Jim Ellison (det.) and Blair Sandburg (prof.) as friends and co-workers is this TV drama always had me glued to the screen. Throw in there a Capt. Banks, played by Bruce A. Young and you have a trio that promised a great show filled with action packed scenes.
I was fortunate enough to see the trio of actors together for a reunion years after the show had rapped and they still had the same relationship that was protrayed on the show. Its definitly a "what you see is really what you get" when it came to the 3 of them. Makes the show all that more enjoyable to watch.
The Sentinel is a great show. I didn\'t see to many episodes of the show but the few episodes I saw, were amazing. The actors all did a great job portyraying their characters. They were friends and you could clearly see that. The relationship off screen could clearly be seen on screen. The plot was well written every episode and even after so many episodes, it was still original. Watching The Sentinel was pure relaxing. You just had to clear you head and let them take you into whatever adventure awaited them. I surely hope The Sentinel will be released on DVD. This is a show that actually deserves that.
This is a great show and should come out on DVD. It provided me with hours of entertainment. This help me out through some bad times. I hope that this show comes back on TV so that my son and I can enjoy watching the show together like we used to.
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