Sanctuary (Tv Series) 2007

Sanctuary is a American-Canadian science fiction-fantasy television series, created by Damian Kindler. The show is an expansion of an eight-webisode long series that was released through the Internet in early 2007 and sold directly to the viewer.

Seeing the success of the web series, Sci Fi Channel decided to pick up the series for a more traditional television-based 13-episode season, it has since been renewed for a 2nd season. The show centers on Dr. Helen Magnus, a 157-year-old English scientist, and her team of experts who run the Sanctuary, an organization that seeks out non-human intelligent creatures, known as Abnormals, and tries to help and learn from them, while also having to contain the more dangerous creatures. The series premiered on Oct. 3, 2008, in both Canada and the U.S, and on Oct. 8, 2008, for the U.K. The premier drew in more than 3 million viewers making it the highest rated original series premiere since Eureka debuted in July 2006 for the Sci Fi Channel. The premiere’s two-parter, “Sanctuary for All” was a combination and rewriting of the first four webisodes. Amanda Tapping with all of the original cast from the web series transitioned to the television series.

Plot: Sanctuary follows the exploits of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) as she seeks out all manner of terrifying and monstrous creatures (known as ‘Abnormals’), some of which are human. Some of these creatures she needs to lock up to protect the public and some of them she needs to protect from the public. She is aided in her quest by her reluctant protégé Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne); her intrepid, if somewhat reckless, daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup); the talkative geek Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins), a computer and security expert; and her taciturn Neanderthal-like unnamed assistant, sometimes called “Big Guy” (Christopher Heyerdahl). The first season reveals the history of Dr. Helen Magnus, stating that in her youth she was a member of “The Five”, a group of scientists; which included also Nikola Tesla, Nigel Griffin, Dr. James Watson, and John Druitt; who wanted to push the boundaries of their understanding of the physical world through unconventional means. In that push, Magnus acquired a vial of untainted vampire blood and used it in a serum that “The Five” injected into themselves. After the injection, they each developed different gifts; Magnus gained a high level of longevity which included resistance to disease, Nigel Griffin’s molecules became photosensitive, Dr. James Watson’s mind was able to reach incredible new heights, John Druitt developed the ability to teleport, and Nikola Tesla was turned into a vampire. Both Druitt and Watson received some level of longevity, with both living into their second century, but since Watson passed away in “Revelations Part 2”, their extended life is not equal to Dr. Magnus’ gift. In the pilot, Druitt was failing and came to the Sanctuary for a vial of Magnus’ blood. It was stated that he had received blood from her previously. It could be that his longevity is linked directly to this transfusion. In the second half of the first season, “The Cabal”, a powerful shadow organization that captures, studies, and experiments on Abnormals in the belief that the Abnormal population is a threat to the human species, is introduced. During the season one finale, “Revelations”, they test a small amount of a biological weapon named Lazarus, that causes all types of Abnormals to become extremely violent, attacking anyone nearby, before they painfully die. This is part of The Cabal’s overall plan to incite humanity against the Abnormals so that they can wipe out the entire Abnormal population and gain a greater amount of power over humanity.
* Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus, an English medical and scientific researcher who has devoted her life to both hunting and protecting so-called ‘monsters’. She runs a ‘Sanctuary for All’ where they may find refuge while she studies them and attempts to help them. She’s 157 years old.
* Robin Dunne as Dr. Will Zimmerman, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist who is recruited by Dr. Magnus to help her treat people – specifically those which are difficult to reach emotionally, and need to be convinced to trust her. Will must decide if he will take the leap of faith and join Magnus in this seemingly inexplicable new world, he may find answers to questions he has tried to bury and that have tormented him since he was a child. It is implied that he may possess psychic abilities. Also, Dr. Magnus has had her eye on him since a young age, actually saving him from an Abnormal that killed his mother.
* Emilie Ullerup as Ashley Magnus, Dr. Magnus’ daughter with John Druitt. Ashley is an expert monster hunter, and provides a counterbalance to Dr. Magnus’ desire to protect creatures.
* Ryan Robbins as Henry Foss, a self-proclaimed geek. He is both a weapons designer and a brilliant computer scientist. He keeps the Sanctuary’s defenses working as well. It is revealed that he himself is a werewolf-like Abnormal.
* Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt, Dr. Magnus’ former lover. Druitt has the ability to teleport across both time and great distances. Unfortunately, this causes him brain damage every time he teleports, and he has become a twisted killer, most notoriously as Jack the Ripper in 1888 London. His insanity is reversed in an attack by Nikola Tesla.
* Christopher Heyerdahl also as Bigfoot, a former patient of Dr. Magnus, she removed “more than a few bullets” from him, and after he recovered, he would not leave so Dr. Magnus gave him a position on her staff, as a butler, chauffeur, and body guard. He appears to be an intelligent Neanderthal and before meeting Dr. Magnus he liked to scare children for fun.
In its first season on SCI FI, the original series, Sanctuary has averaged a 1.9 Household rating; 1,044,000 Adults (Ages 18-49); 1,371,000 Adults (Ages 25-54) and 2,366,000 total viewers.

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