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Friday 4 April 2014

Review: SANCTUARY (Season 1)

Sanctuary TV series
Season 1
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: DVD box set
Starring Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, Christopher Heyerdahl, among others.

About Sanctuary TV series:
The first season of the Canadian science fiction–fantasy television series Sanctuary premiered on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States on October 3, 2008, and concluded on ITV4 in the United Kingdom on January 5, 2009, after 13 episodes. It follows the actions of a secret organization known as the Sanctuary, who track down a series of creatures known as abnormals, and then bring them to the Sanctuary for refuge. The main story arc of the season involves the Sanctuary working against the Cabal, an organization who seek to control all abnormals for their own gain. Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, and Christopher Heyerdahl are billed in the opening credits as the main cast.
Source: Info in the About Sanctuary TV series was taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_%28season_1%29 on 09/01/2013.

Show Trailer:

Show Links:
Sanctuary TV series at Wikipedia

Now, I bought this dvd because I like the premise. I am an old urban fantasy fan, that is why I like the Supernatural and the Grimm TV shows. And I was hoping this TV series would be the same. But I've never seen a show with so bad an acting! Combine that with poor attention to detail and you get a show which wouldn't win prizes. I've only managed to go through the first disc and packed the whole season 1 box set away because it was just that bad. I was not surprised that the show was cancelled. What surprised me was that it went as far as 4 seasons. The episodes I've seen thus far were all night settings. The show was all dark and never seen the light of day. That gets boring after some time. What kind of world is it that is always night? Unless that is the premise of course, but that is not that kind of world in this show so that one got old. Real fast. The cinematography was not that bad. The mixing of live actors with the supernatural elements was seamless. That was good. But it could not cover for the fact that Emilie Ullerup couldn't act.

Empirical Evaluation:
Cinematography = 3
Overall Acting = 2
Story Itself = 4
World building = 4
Attention To Detail = 1

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 cherries

1 comment:

Tales of Whimsy said...

Really? I use to love this show. It's campy and over the top but I loved it.

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