The Syfy Channel original Sanctuary is back for a third season of chasing down abnormal creatures and protecting humanity from destruction. This season finds Helen Magnus trying desperately to maintain control of the Sanctuary project while protecting her team.
Amanda Tapping (Dr. Helen Magnus), Robin Dunne (Dr. Will Zimmerman), Ryan Robbins (Henry), Jonathon Young (Tesla), Christopher Heyerdahl (Bigfoot/Druit), Agam Darshi (Kate), Robert Lawrenson (Declan), Pascale Hutton (Abby).
Season 3 of Sanctuary takes a bit bigger view of things with multiple episode plot lines that deal with worldwide abnormal issues rather than localized. Many threads begun in previous episodes, and even seasons, are finally wound together a bit tighter leading to more drama this season than seen before. Even so, the series remains consistent with interesting creatures and stories that entertain well. Despite that, without more growth the series is starting to look a bit repetitive and stagnant in some ways.
Acting in this series remains well done. Tapping continues to deliver, in front of as well as behind the camera. Dunne, Robbins, Young, and Darshi continue to grow and mature nicely. Heyerdahl takes a bit more humane position this season which is a nice change.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds also remain well done with good overall technical quality. Physical stunts also remain nicely done. CGI, while still very good, does go over the top a bit with creatures sized almost beyond imagination and global effects. Dialogue is fun and moves the story along well. Sound and soundtrack are both well done.
Overall Sanctuary: Season 3 remains an enjoyable series and maintains the overall quality we have come to expect from the franchise. Fans will likely find this a good continuation while those coming in new may be a bit lost with assumptions and references to past seasons.
With some mild violence and monsters this should be fine for teens and above.
Sanctuary: Season 3 is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Official series site.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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