Review: Sanctuary, “Monsoon”
I have a terrible flu just now, and I can barely stand, so forgive me if I’m a bit less coherent than usual.I get the feeling like Amanda Tapping went to the Sanctuary writers’ offices one day and said, “I’m bored. Give me a fun episode.” “Monsoon” is the result.
Following the events of last episode, Helen Magnus must now find new sources of money for the Sanctuary. This quests brings her to a backwater island off the coast of Africa to meet with some mysterious fellow who specializes in backroom money transfers. But things become a bit more complicated when a group of Abnormal criminals show up and start taking hostages.
What follows is an hour of Magnus, as one of the other characters put it, “getting her James Bond on.”
There’s also a side plot about Will and his girlfriend that seemed only there to fill air time.
There’s not much to say about “Monsoon.” It’s fun. It’s goofy. Lots of things blow up, and Magnus punches a lot of people. But it’s not going down as one of the more memorable episodes of the series — at least not for me.
The one thing that makes this episode noteworthy (warning: minor spoiler ahead) is a brief scene at the end in which Magnus kisses another woman. And no, I don’t mean in a platonic, just being polite way.
This has caused a massive uproar among many of the fans, with lots of people planning to boycott the show for pushing “the homosexual agenda.” This is quite disappointing, especially when you consider Sanctuary’s message of universal tolerance (“sanctuary for all”), but it’s not really surprising. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that even allegories as ham-fisted and simple as Sanctuary’s are completely beyond a large section of the population. As Einstein said, “Only two things are infinite: the universe, and human stupidity — and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Besides, Magnus is over 200 years old. You don’t think she’d want to broaden her horizons after all that time?
For my part, my only complaint about “Monsoon” is the name. It’s supposedly the rainy season on the island upon which most of the action takes place, but yet it’s sunny and dry for the entire episode. Huh?
Overall rating: 7.3/10
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