Be sure to tune into SciFi tonight for the two hour series premiere of Amanda Tapping’s Sanctuary at 9. The story of a doctor named Helen Magnus who investigates the weirdness in the world that people don’t understand, and who runs a sanctuary for those very things the world fights against, including, but not limited to, a Jekyll and Hyde creature, a boy with a tentacle coming out of his head, a mermaid, and a butler who bears a striking resemblance to Bigfoot. Helen invites a doctor named Will Zimmerman to be a part of the Sanctuary team (a team that includes her daughter Ashley), and the rest, as they say, is history.
The first two hours deal with the aftermath of a grisly murder (the family blames a neighbor, when it was actually the child with the thing coming out of his head). Zimmerman knows that something isn’t right, but he doesn’t know what exactly. He knows that the woman is lying, he knows that the little boy has something to do with it. Enter the Magnus ladies with a car and a motorcycle. Seems they have their eye on the little boy, too. After a literal run in with the car, and after Helen passes along her business card, Will is compelled to check out “Sanctuary for All”. A few short hours later, he’s convinced that he needs to be a part of the team, and the makings of a great show are set up for us.
The majority of the show is shot in front of a green screen and it’s awe inspiring. Having seen an unfinished cut of the premiere, I get the sense that it has to be terribly difficult for the actors and actresses to interact with a green screen in the same way that they would a normal set, and these folks do a fantastic job.
It also helps that Amanda Tapping, fresh off of season after season on various Stargate endeavors, is one of the kindest, warmest, most genuine, most endearing actresses on TV today (am I selling it too hard? Seriously, folks, she’s a damn good Ghost Hunter, too). As an actress and executive producer, she has put all of her energy into making this show work (first on the web, and now as a weekly TV series), and I hope that the show does well, and does her proud.
Is Sanctuary for everyone? Possibly not, but it’s for me, and I can’t wait to check out the next new episode!
Photo Credit : SANCTUARY — Pictured: (l-r) Christopher Heyerhahl as John Druitt, Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus, Emilie Ullrep as Ashley Magnus, Robin Dunne as Dr. Will Zimmerman — SCI FI Channel Photo: Jamel Toppin