All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
Excellent and certainly provocative... If nothing else, the film is a real conversation starter.
It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
Full disclosure: I pretty much love everything about Amanda Tapping. So it's not a big surprise that I love this series so much.Like her portrayal of Samantha Carter (Stargate SG1), to Helen Magnus she brings the perfect mix of strength, humour and vulnerability. But with Helen Magnus she takes it to a whole new level with a self confidence that you can't help but be drawn to. She's the coolest, smartest and most beautiful woman in the room and you desperately want to be her.But it's not just Amanda that makes this series great. The supporting cast including Robin Dunne, Ryan Robbins, Christopher Heyerdahl and Jonathan Young all portray wonderfully relatable and flawed characters who all contribute to this dysfunctional but loving family dynamic.Speaking of Jonathan Young, his performance as the sassy, irreverent, self-absorbed vampire Nikola Tesla (yeah THAT Nikola Tesla)is the highlight for me. Honestly if they had made a Season 5 of this series they should've put him in every episode.The story structure, photography and directing is familiar for SG1 and SGA fans (with Martin Wood and Damian Kindler at the wheel).Now I will say. Season 1 is a little hit and miss. The special effects and green screen work is clunky and the story lines are not the greatest.(With the notable exceptions being "Kush", "The Five" and "Requiem") But from Season 2 onwards it's bloody fantastic.
Some series shouldn't be in HD. Sanctuary relies so bad on the special effects, that it awful tricks makes the series impossible to enjoy. The worst is that the story is great. A great idea for such bad execution. Bad directing, ridiculous acting and very, very poor computing effects makes this "unwatchable". Is so obvious that the footage is make in a green or blue set, and all the environment is computer added, that you can't enjoy the story without thinking that the actors are in fact in a set, and all you're seeing is computer added rooms. But again, the story was so good, that I somehow managed to see all the 1st season and a few episodes from the 2nd. Now my eyes are in pain, can't do it anymore.
This is an extremely frustrating series, because so much more could have been done with it. Granted, the main plot is original, the special effects phenomenal, the characters interesting, the makeup believable, etc. And yet... The plot holes, oh the plot holes. Not many people I know have watched more than one or two seasons, but I assure you it gets better with time. Season 3 is by far the best written of all. In the end, you get attached to the characters, despite the mythological and historical discrepancies, especially with an actress as formidable as Amanda Tapping. But now that they've announced there won't be a Season 5, many of our questions will forever remain unanswered...frustrating, I tell you.
I'm a huge Stargatefan. I watched it all from SG1 till Universe. I liked Amanda Tapping in it as well. That brought me to buy this series. A huge mistake. First of all it doesn't have any subs. Second, even though the first episode started off promising, very soon it became a very unbelievable story. And it never returned to becoming anything near exciting, refreshing or believable. I pulled the plug when also a werewolf joined the party. One of the many signs that the writers lacked creativity. Robin Dunne was a pleasure to watch. But that would also be the case if he would just sit in a chair all series long. And Christopher Heyerdahl played a interesting and believable role. But that is about all positive there is to say about it. The rest was a terrible waste of my time.