Oh Sanctuary how I love you so. I love your writing and acting. I love your CGI backgrounds and your persistent requests for me to suspend my disbelief. But even my adoration for the show couldn’t save the season premiere from being, for this fan, disappointing.
Maybe it was because I hadn’t seen Kali Parts 1 and 2 since they originally aired and I had forgotten I was supposed to care about Will’s ability to Bollywood dance. Maybe it was because I had forgotten exactly what everyone’s motivation was for stopping Bertha or saving her. Or maybe it was because the episode just lacked the usual umph that accompanies this ground-breaking show.
- Amanda Tapping was, as usual, fantastic as Helen Magnus. She’s believable and is able to carry a scene single handed.
- Henry going all badass and shifting into wolf-mode against the lizard dude (Wexford). Kudos to the CGI team here. It was pretty wicked awesome.
- Kate being far less annoying than she had been in the entire previous season. Maybe the writers finally realized that writing her as being annoying just made her unbearable to the viewers. I am actually starting to like Kate. (No offense meant to Agrm Darshi at all. She’s a wonderful actress. Kate’s annoyance was clearly created at the scripting level).
- The CGI fields of glowing grain. It was so pretty to look at on our large HD TV that I could have just watched that all night.
- Shirtless Will. Need I say more?
- Henry being all super sneaky and sabotaging the computer system on Wexford’s boat while sending Bertha’s coordinates to Magnus. I love it when Henry is badass.
- New theme music! It was upbeat, mysterious and catchy. Just absolutely fantastic.
- The fact that they are still messing up the pronunciation of “Kali” three parts in. It’s pronounced “Ka-li” not “Callie.” So annoying.
- The boats. The CGI on the boats was so bad, so amateurish, that it brought to mind commercials for animation and video game design schools that you see on TV. The boat CG was blocky, overly simplistic, lacked shading, and was just downright disappointing. When people say they don’t watch Sanctuary because of the bad CG this is why. If you can’t make the boats look as realistic as your backgrounds then don’t bother. This CG was so bad it made the CG in SyFy’s (insert any random bad SyFy movie here) look like Avatar.
- Will. Just…Will. In general, I didn’t particularly care what happened to him. I talked to Lord Monkeypants and we figured out why. When Will started off in Season 1 he was chosen by Magnus for his ability to notice things. Granted the video game-esque “flashes” of light around crap that he’d notice was on the lame side, it was at least something that defined his character. Gradually that dropped off and eventually it disappeared completely by the end of Season 2. So now in Season 3 Will is just some guy that hangs around Magnus because he may or may not have the hots for her…oh and they’re friends. If you’re going to give a character an ability like that stick with it.
- There was no Bollywood dancing from Magnus. That makes me sad. I was looking forward to it.
- Paul McGillion as Wexford, the sleazy lizard dude intent on removing Magnus from the Sanctuary network and killing Bertha. I love Paul. He’s a great actor. I’ve seen his other work and I’ve been impressed. Maybe it was the make-up but Wexford was so unbelievably non-threatening it was laughable when he was being a jerk. Paul unfortunately let the make-up define and play the character. He just seemed to be along for the ride.
- Speaking of Wexford…the what I like to call “rainbow cravat” was one of those touches where you have to sit back and wonder if at some point someone asked “is this a good idea?” When Wexford got all pissy and flared his little rainbow neck ruffle like a frill-neck lizard, I laughed so hard I fell off the couch and scared the dogs. I’m not kidding. Definitely not a good idea guys. Hysterical yes. A good idea for making an already irritating but non-threatening character badass? Absolutely not.
So while Kali Part: 3 wasn’t very good I am still anxious for Season 3 of Sanctuary. With Magnus and crew we’re assured lots of excitement, adventure and some humor. Hang on tight. Things are just getting started!