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Helix: "274" (Season 1, Episode 3)

“Where the hell is my monkey?” That’s an actual line of dialogue, folks.

 

Still, this episode is better than the two-episode pilot. Better stagecraft all around: the sets look more colorful, the camera work sharper, and the scene context and pacing crisper. It’s not great, but it no longer feels dangerously close to a SyFy movie. And a big part of that is the sidelining of infected Peter. That gives then a chance to do an actual attempt at a story instead of a blurry riff on better movies. 

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Syfy axes Sanctuary

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Here is some breaking news. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that after 4 seasons, the Sanctuary is no more.

Sanctuary started as a web show in 2007 and, due to its success, was picked up for television by Syfy. The series was innovative for its use of green screens and a RED camera. The series went through considerable changes over the years and was picking up steam at the end of season 4.

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BREAKING NEWS: Battlestar Galactica is dead, yet again. RDM's star continues to sink...

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Roughly the same time "Caprica" was cancelled - actually slightly before, I think - Syfy announced they were working on yet another Battlestar Galactica spinoff, this one set in between the gap between the two series. "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome" was the title. For two years, this has been eagerly anticipated by the (rapidly diminishing) throngs of fanatics.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “Sanctuary for None – Part 2” (Season 4, Episode 13)

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The season finale of Sanctuary is here. Bloody hell, that was spectacular.

After Helen Magnus let the abnormal out of the bag, so to speak, SCIU (Specified Counter Insurgency Unit) offices are flooded with calls. Greg Addison, SCIU director, is promising his bosses that he will regain control of the situation.

Will Zimmerman takes a call from Magnus. She tells Will they need to stop Addison’s plans. Will is still not fully on board with Magnus as she won’t disclose her entire plan to him.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “Sanctuary for None – Part 1” (Season 4, Episode 12)

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The penultimate episode of Sanctuary sets the table for a nice season finally.

Feliz, the Sanctuary’s financier, comes to Helen Magnus and tells him he can no longer be her banker. What she wants him to do is too risky. She reluctantly agrees and asks him to shut down Wall Street for 12 minutes as one last favor. He agrees.

Will becomes cornered by some tough guys that are trying to hurt an abnormal. The Hollow Earth insurgency leader Caleb comes to his rescue. Caleb tells will he wants a meeting with Magnus.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Sanctuary: “The Depths” (Season 4, Episode 11)

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It is therapy time at the Sanctuary.

Will and Magnus are discussing closing some smaller Sanctuaries in the network. Since they no longer work with the government, money is a bit harder to come by. Henry is tracking the movements of the SCIU (Specified Counter Insurgency Unit). They are hunting an abnormal in Bolivia. Magnus remembers her father looking for an elusive abnormal in Bolivia. Legend has it this abnormal can give people strength and wisdom. Magnus’ father was the only one who returned from an expedition to find the creature. He warned all to stay away.

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INSOMNIAC OBSERVATIONS: "Starship Troopers" (1997)

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This is not a review, but I had insomnia last night. Ended up watching Starship Troopers on Syfy as a potential cure, but it didn't work. First time I've seen the movie in 13 years or so, only the third time I've ever seen it.

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