Ok so watched the Sanctuary webisodes last night.

That feeling of déjà vu I mentioned where they’d maybe re-used footage? Yeah that was only on a couple of scenes, the bulk of it was different including 100% alternate origin of John Druitt.

I am so glad that they changed it to The Five and the source blood in the TV show. I mean I know if they hadn’t that I wouldn’t know any different and I would be cool with the time travelling teleporter story but without the Five there would be no Watson? No Tesla? TV show did good with that.

Ashley was distinctly weirder/more bloodthirsty than I remember from the show. That scene in the kitchen with her discussing the kills? That was downright creepy. I get maybe they were playing into her being Jack the Ripper’s daughter a little bit but I’m pretty sure they balanced that better in the actual show.

Honestly what stood out to me most was the incredibly obvious (and in some incidences absolutely awful) CGI. Now I know most of the sets on Sanctuary (even the normal looking ones) are CGI but while I can usually tell if I think about it, it’s well done enough that I can accept it/ignore it. These webisodes? Man I was laughing. I get that as webisodes the budget was probably significantly less and honestly I am amazed at what they managed. It’s just it was pretty bad.

The title sequence was cool. Clearly Sanctuary has a knack for that because it’s great in the regular show too.

Interesting that it ended on a cliffhanger which was kinda resolved on the TV show but also not really. These webisodes technically never happened as the events were rewritten. I guess perhaps maybe they were hoping that would help with getting a series pick-up/more funding to produce more webisodes if people were wondering what happened next.

I’m glad I watched them. I’ve done similar with the original SG-1 Children of the Gods and the remastered DVD they put out. Compare, contrast, it’s quite fascinating really.

Lol @ myself.

When I first started watching Sanctuary the juxtaposition of Helen (Amanda Tapping) with that accent threw me. It didn’t sound right.

I’m just watching some behind the scenes stuff and she has a real drawl and I thought “hang on what did Carter sound like?” So I pulled up some SG-1 clips (and I really need to watch stargate again) and that was the same accent, her natural one I’m presuming but now that sounds really weird.

/facepalm

Well at least I’m seeing Helen as a completely different character. It takes a quality actor to make me completely believe in them as more than one person.

I found that my Sanctuary boxset included the original webisodes. I swear that they reused some footage for these for the rewritten episodes once they got picked up for TV.

My version of fun is spotting what I recognise and also pointing out what’s different.

Aka I’m watching these because I had a mighty need for Sanctuary and I’m trying not to burn through the remaining episodes too quickly.

My obsession is growing 🙄

You know those stories you tell yourself when you can’t sleep? Alright ok the stories I tell myself when I can’t sleep :p 

Well at the moment I’m stuck on the idea of alternate universes.

Some people are born to be extraordinary. It’s not what happens in their life, they’d be incredible no matter what world they were born into.

So I’m currently playing with Helena ‘HG’ Wells in a world without a warehouse working with Helen Magnus at the Sanctuary because of course.

Or alternately the same, in a world with no abnormals or source blood, Helen Magnus would make an excellent agent for Warehouse 12.

Tesla was a big deal in both universes something which I’m sure he would be very smug about if he knew.

I just have a mighty need for these three (HG, Magnus and Tesla).

I just made the mistake of looking to see how many episodes of Sanctuary Tesla is in and how is it only 17? I am sad.

But unfortunately right under his name there was Abby (of the annoying one I half ranted about last night) with 9 – 9! That means I have to see her 7 more times. That’s not sad, that’s tragic, that really does make me want to cry. Hopefully it’ll just be background shots or something so I can ignore her.

Anyway today for some reason I wondered if fanlistings still exist. I was big into them like 15? years ago (wow way to make me feel old self) and so I googled. Yes they still exist but obviously have majorly declined as there’s nowhere near as many I don’t think. It was funny all the notable ones I thought were missing. If I was still into that I could clean up but alas I no longer care. It’s just not my thing anymore.

Total nostalgia bomb though.

This One Night episode of Sanctuary kinda sucks.

No Helen.

Abby is an idiot. I mean seriously she couldn’t find a phone? She just rushed back into captivity and she’s supposed to work for the FBI. How is that helpful?

I liked the Big Guy praising the Italian food. Better than? Oh yes. Seriously that’s the best bit of the episode so far.

Ok a little bit of Helen and her big picture thinking. That is making it more interesting after all. Plus with the schemes of his #2 running contrary to Helen’s plan. That’s too bad she got killed because in her own way she was trying to do the right thing. I guess it worked out because the Sanctuary could then arrest the bad guys and save the trafficked abnormals.

Awww I was hoping the end line would be Helen saying to Will “you’ll never know” because using her name wasn’t exactly cool. But I guess as Alfredo is pissed Will is going to have to steer clear anyway.

You know what I totally forgot. I watched Hangover before this obviously and that came after the city stuff and Tesla wasn’t there! It was obviously some time later as Helen had gone on a debrief about it. Still inquiring minds want to know whether Tesla was gone when they got back, or if he left once they returned. I’m thinking the latter because he’d want to be sure the job was done, he’d have a lot of snarky comments to make about leaving the best at home, and then I bet he snuck out next morning without saying goodbye having stolen something interesting, or at least taken several bottles of expensive wine.

I am in such a love/hate with Sanctuary right now because man I love it and I want to watch it so much! But on the other hand once I have watched them all then there is no more episodes – it’s a dilemma!

In the Martian Chronicles Kara was a bit of a brat. I did enjoy how she fell all over herself to go “no nope no no way” about Mon-El but then they wrecked it by making her take an interest when she thought his interest was lost. Plus there was the whole thing with Earth birthday. I get she was disappointed but poor Alex. Also Kara is still being all ridiculous over Guardian. Like I said brat.

Anyway then there was Luthors.

“Kara Danvers you are my hero”

And all is forgiven. I love, love, love how Kara believed in Lena and never once doubted or let her down. I mean there was no evidence that Lena was innocent (and plenty of evidence that said she was guilty) so it was blind faith but you know what I like that. Kara knew Lena as a person, knew her character and that she wouldn’t do it and that was enough.

I guess I don’t have to like everything about Kara as a character. Hey I just called her a brat but she’s still a good person and I still want her to be happy. Plus come on that awkward “no no nope” with Mon-El honestly I was just yelling at the TV “just tell him you are gay” because really it felt like that should be where it was going.

I feel super sorry for Lena. Her step-mother is such a bitch, always going for the emotional manipulation. I’m glad Lena has Kara as a friend even if it’s not anything more than that right now (though it should be). Lena you get the last laugh darling, you are the final Luthor standing so you get the lot, good and bad, but you also get to write the ending.

A Luthor and a Super working together. Gotta love it.

Oh also I had to stop watching after the city stuff because it’s Monday and I have guild stuff on a Monday in Warcraft. However, I am dying to know what happened with Tesla once they got back to the Sanctuary.

I kept expecting him to show up somehow because he hated being left behind but he didn’t, so surely he must be sulking.

Also given that John didn’t appear I’m guessing he somehow learned that Helen survived? I can’t imagine that he would vanish if he still thought her dead. In that post-apocalyptic AU episode after Helen died John took a nuke to an infested city and detonated it. The guy doesn’t want to live if Helen doesn’t and having been told the city executed her, I can just imagine him killing his way through the city until he got brought down. It’s not what Helen would have wanted but in his bloodlust thanks to the energy parasite inside him, I don’t think his rage would let him realise that.

I’m not surprised he disappeared. That fight to survive, killing Worth’s minions, will have got his blood up – he was quite literally covered in blood and he’s never liked Helen to see him like that if he can help it. If he has any control at all then he runs, it’s what he does.

To go back to Stargate again (I know, I know, what am I doing making two posts, I’m just rambling as I’m dead on Kil’jaeden, stupid orb knockback). Anyway, that energy parasite John has we kinda saw it before on Atlantis – season 1. Anyone else remember the episode with McKay and the energy shield and that thing that sucked in the energy creature so they could transport it through the stargate? I probably need to watch the episode again but it would be so cool if they found a device like that to suck the parasite out of John so he wasn’t cursed anymore.

Watching Sanctuary. Starting to get a little bit obsessed actually. I’ve gone from “hmm will I like this?” to “yeah this is pretty good” to “thinking about it every free minute of my day” (that’s just how I roll).

Anyway I’m up to mid season three and I’ve reached the hidden city stuff. Now I don’t know what comes next and so it could all fall to pieces but I’m sorry my Stargate obsessed brain can’t help but draw parallels between the hidden city and Atlantis.

Think about the properties of the source blood, of the vampires, think about wraith (space vampires) and how they came into existence because the Ancients didn’t clean up their experiment with the Iratus bug properly when researching immortality.

What if when the Ancients abandoned Atlantis they decided to clear Earth of the Goa’uld and instead made Earth their new laboratory experiment? They’d seeded the second evolution of humanity years earlier, what’s to stop them from getting a little more exotic with the life they seed? Seeing what evolution does and thus producing the abnormals.

Magnus hasn’t aged, that was her gift from the source blood but four of The Five lived to be 150 something anyway. Druitt possibly (I’m speculating) because of the infusion of Helen’s blood, and Watson had that suit which somehow sustained him but Tesla? He changed the most, he went Vampire-like and got lots of abilities but also he got the not aging thing that Helen did.

So yeah it makes sense to me that the Ancients could have had a hand in creating the abnormals/vampires and of course the advanced underground city. Whether they survived to see that their experiment worked … well that’s where the AU has possibilities. Is the city home to immortal Ancients or did the Ancients die, and instead a group of humans stumbled on the city and took it for their own much like what happened with Atlantis?

I mean basically if it is just regular humans living down there then this could even be canon. It’s not obviously but so far there’s been no explanation as to the origins of the city/abnormals so there’s no reason why it couldn’t be the backstory.

I know, I know, I should stop connecting Stargate to everything. I did it with The Librarians and now with Sanctuary but it just works. I’m sorry the Ancients just have potential like that, plus I really love Stargate.

Ok I get that Kara is scared that James will get hurt or die by being Guardian but geez that confrontation was hard to watch.

“You are a human, you will never be strong enough” – can we say ouch?

I’m sorry I just find that horrifying. Like Kara thinks that she’s better than the humans a little bit deep down which doesn’t sit well with me. She really needs to respect James can make his own choices because that’s what it comes down to – it’s his life, his choice.

I wish that James had kicked the bad guys ass and hadn’t needed Kara to come save him but the team-up at the end when they all worked together was nice. Win definitely deserved Jonn chewing him out but I liked that Jonn also praised him and said he and James were an impressive team.

Honestly I just can’t even with how sancitimonus Kara is being “as long as you are putting yourselves in danger I can’t support it” like she’s not their mother. I’m glad Jonn showed them respect because damn it seems like he’s the only one that’s going to. I’m disappointed in Kara for this I really am.

Lack of respect was a theme because Mon-El didn’t respect that Kara could take care of herself and had to come save her (thus endangering the civilians). He said that’s because he likes her romantically in that very awkward confession at the end of the episode (seriously Kara could not have looked more uncomfortable) but that is no excuse. Deep friendship, romance, whatever, you can love someone and respect that they know what they are doing. To think you know best because you care is understandable, I mean who doesn’t want to protect the people we care about right? But that doesn’t make it right.

I really wish Kara had that revelation. That she was treating James how Mon-El treated her. Think how frustrating and annoying it is for someone not to trust you, to think they know best and to protect you whether you want them to or not. I hope she does realise that and apologise to James soon.