Week 5: Sanctuary

Sanctuary follows the exploits of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her quest to protect various cryptids, legends, and abnormal animals/people with certain extraordinary powers and abilities – what most people would consider monsters. “The Sanctuary” serves as a safe haven for these “Abnormals”. She is aided in her quest by her reluctant protégé Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne); former freelancer Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi); the talkative lycanthrope geek Henry Foss (Ryan Robbins), a computer and security expert; her taciturn, Homo heidelbergensis-like assistant, played by Christopher Heyerdahl (unnamed, but listed as Bigfoot in the show’s credits); and on-again-off-again villain John Druitt (Heyerdahl again), who was once known as Jack the Ripper.

In the previous season, by following clues left by Magnus’ father, our heroes discover Praxis, an advanced underground civilization of humans and Abnormals. After an initial period of mistrust (exacerbated by the antics of Adam Worth (Ian Tracey), an old enemy of Helen’s who inspired Jekyll and Hyde), Helen and her team save the world and reach an entente, with Magnus’ father acting as ambassador. However, the peace does not last long. Worth, who escaped, manipulated unhappy Abnormals in Praxis while experimenting with a dangerously unstable energy source to power a time machine. The end results of his machinations were the destruction of Praxis, several armies of displaced Abnormals marching on the upper world, and his escape to the past to attempt to save his daughter, with Magnus hot on his heels.

5pm Friday in ChemSci M18.

In other news, SpockSoc’s first movie outing is coming up this week. We’ll be going as a group to see The Hunger Games at the Randwick Ritz, the 6:30pm session on Wednesday. For those who haven’t been there before, the cinema is at 45 St. Pauls Street Randwick, not too far from Uni. We’ll meet up in the lobby beforehand – say, around six o’clock or so – and go in together, then m
nearby for dinner afterwards. Those who are Arc members and show their sticker can get tickets for $8 (or so I’ve been told – haven’t actually tried it myself) and as an added bonus, any SpockSoc members who show me their membership card and ticket stub can get $2 reimbursed. One of the perks of membership. =)