Sanctuary Reviews: “The Depths” and “Sanctuary for None, part one”

The Space channel put the last three episodes of Sanctuary’s fourth season up on their website at once, so I can now catch up on my reviews. I’ll cover the first two today, including part one of the season finale.

Sanctuary logo“The Depths”

…Or, as I like to call it, “something horrible happens to Magnus and Will episode #24601.”

Seriously, why can’t something bad happen to Magnus and Henry for a change? Or Henry and Biggie?

To be honest, there’s little point in going in to the set up for this episode, as it’s largely irrelevant to the actual plot. All you need know is that Magnus and Will wind up trapped in a cave — Will nursing a bullet wound all the while.

I swear, Will’s like a red shirt from the original Star Trek, except he’s still there the next week.

Will Zimmerman and Helen Magnus (Robin Dunne and Amanda Tapping) in "The Depths"Now, to be fair, “The Depths” did have some very interesting interplay between Magnus and Will, and provided good character development for both of them. I’d say it’s one of the best “something horrible happens to Magnus and Will” episodes to date.

Unfortunately, this fails to fully compensate for the extreme feeling of having seen this episode several times already, so what could have been a great episode is merely a decent one.

There’s also a minor subplot with Henry that provided some good laughs, and even a heartfelt moment or two.

Overall rating: 7.6/10

“Sanctuary for None, part one” (Season finale)

“Sanctuary for None” brings to a head the main arcs of this season. Caleb, leader of the Hollow Earth Abnormal terrorists, has grown weary of fighting, and comes to Helen Magnus in the hopes of finding a peaceful solution. They settle on establishing a new Abnormal civilization on the surface.

But, of course, things are never that simple. This puts Magnus on a collision course with SCIU, the government’s anti-Abnormal division, who will accept no peace that doesn’t come over Caleb’s dead body.

At the same time, Magnus’s support is falling away, with the loyalty of her team mates crumbling and her allies around the world deciding they can’t handle the risk of associating with her.

There are also hints that there’s more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. Clearly, SCIU knows more than they let on, and I’m not convinced Caleb is telling the full truth, either. Plus, Will keeps suggesting Magnus has some great secret from her century of vacation time at the beginning of the season.

As far as guest stars go, it’s a good news, bad news situation for “Sanctuary for None.” The bad news is Kate. The good news is Tesla. It took approximately ten seconds of time on screen for our favourite electromagnetic vampire to make me burst into laughter.

“Sanctuary for None” is epic and exciting, and doesn’t disappoint as a season finale — and there’s still part two to get to before the season ends.

But there is one problem I have with this episode, and that’s that a lot of it feels rushed. It’s not that I don’t buy that the Abnormals could turn peaceful, or that Magnus would side with them, or that some of her team would refuse to accept her decisions. It’s that I don’t believe it would happen so quickly. All these things happen overnight — sometimes literally, and sometimes faster than that.

Still, I enjoyed it, and the ending brought a revelation I’ve been hoping for since the first season. I cannot wait for the next episode.

Overall rating: 9/10

If you’re looking to get caught up, the first three seasons of Sanctuary are available on my Amazon Affiliate.

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