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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 8 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:00AM
'Sanctuary' S03/E08['Sanctuary' - 'For King and Country']

This season started off pretty slow post-'Kali', but the last few episodes have really put 'Sanctuary' back on track. Okay, where to begin? This was a definite "kitchen sink" episode. There was a lot going on and it would have been better if the writers had focused on one plot point instead of trying to cram a lot of exposition and mythology into one episode.

First off, I loved the flashback aspect of the episode in which we learned about Adam Worth's relationship with The Five. I have to say that their justification for excluding him from their research didn't make a whole lot of sense, but I suppose you can chalk it up to the fact that they were young and idealistic. It's all very high school lunch room.

Also, I thought it was a brilliant move to knock Magnus off her pedestal. She's always presented herself as the pillar of moral authority; guiding everyone to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right circumstances. She claimed that what she'd done to Adam, as the episode title implies, was for king and country, but in reality she did it for the money.

The Prime Minister essentially blackmailed the other members of The Five into doing what the King wanted, but Magnus was bribed, and that revelation didn't sit well for everyone, especially Will. Magnus can be selfish at times and she justifies her actions by hiding behind the Sanctuary and her research. This episode was very telling and it added a new dimension to Magnus that has always been there, but was previously just below the surface.

I was completely engaged up until this point, then things went off the rails. First, we had the return of John Druitt. John is such a great character and I love his on-again off-again relationship with Magnus. He's Jack the Ripper with a heart of gold! The scene with him and Magnus spooning was really endearing and reminded me of why he's always a great addition to the Sanctuary team.

But, the fact that they brought him back for one scene in which he told Magnus that he teleported to the bottom of the gorge to save Adam, only to let him "drown," was a little contrived. I'm sure the writers needed a reason to bring him back, but he's the type of character that deserves an entire episode devoted to his return.

At any rate, all that running around -- Magnus in Cambodia, Henry and Nikola dissecting the technology from Adam's devices, Will's psychological profiling of Adam -- was all a distraction to allow the radiation sickness to take hold of Magnus the way it had in Adam.

Actually, that was kind of a brilliant move on Adam's part. He needed leverage in order to get the Sanctuary gang to find the holographic city where he claimed they'd find a cure for the sickness. I also liked how it tied in with the mystery of Adam's longevity and how he found the city in the first place.

Oh and I forgot to mention the fact that Adam expertly manipulated Will (or "concubine" as Adam called him). It was kind of funny to see the look on Will's face when he found out he was being played. The thing is, Will's supposed to be this awesome forensic psychologist, so it was surprising that he allowed Adam to manipulate him like that.

Some things that weren't answered in this episode: Why did Adam leave the city? How is the avatar council that Will visited in 'Kali, Part 3' connected to the holographic city?

One last observation: Kate and the Big guy were notably missing in this episode. I didn't really miss either of them.

'Sanctuary' airs Fridays, 10PM ET on Syfy.

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The scene with the British Prime Minister recruiting The Five to hunt Adam made me think of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novels & movie.I would love to see a spinoff from Sanctuary when the series ends about The Five & their adventures in the 19th century.The virtual sets used on Sanctuary are astonishing!Especially London Bridge on this episode.

December 06 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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