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'Sanctuary' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap

by Alaina O'Connor, posted Dec 13th 2010 4:45AM
'Sanctuary' S03/E09['Sanctuary' - 'Vigilante']

This week's episode of 'Sanctuary' continued with the momentum that has been building for the past few episodes; all leading up to next week's mid-season finale. Loose ends were tied up, new characters were introduced, and the missing piece of the Hollow Earth puzzle was finally put into place.

Magnus refused to face the fact that she's dying. Everyone around her tried to slow her down, but all she wanted to do was keep going. I think that if she stopped for even a moment, it would really sink in what's happening to her body.

I admire her drive to find the underground city and find a cure for the radiation sickness, but her haste and desperation could lead to carelessness, and if there's one thing that could topple the Sanctuary Network it's Magnus being careless (think, 'Kali').

Still, I love the fact that she remained strong against all the odds, and that she was willing to do whatever it took to survive. That's the beauty of Helen Magnus. When it really comes down to it, she's obsessed with carrying on her father's research and the Sanctuary; that's all the motivation she needs.

Adam had only a brief appearance this week, first to point out where Magnus and Druitt could locate the keystone, and second to tell Magnus that the keystone they found in the British Museum was a fake. He played his duplicitous role well and hopefully we'll see much more of him in the future.

At the end of last week's episode, Nikola found a clause in the Sanctuary charter, which turned the duties of its leader over to the second in command in the event of a fatal illness, so Will stepped up and ran the Sanctuary; a job that even the most skilled would find difficult. He had some pretty hefty shoes to fill and he proved himself to be a great leader. I actually like Will in this administrative role: It suits him.

That's not to say he didn't have his fair share of problems. First, with the missing crate of cipher beetles, which turned out to be the work of Father Jensen's killer, and second, with the overly eager FBI agent who tried digging a little too deeply.

Who is this mysterious FBI agent who supposedly worked with Will? She's a little bit suspect if you ask me. I get that's she's cut from the same cloth as Will, but the fact that she conveniently knew where to find him and that she was desperate for Will to trust her, spells "hidden agenda" to me.

Kate and the Big Guy, who have been sidelined as of late returned in this episode. In fact, the 'B' story this week revolved around the Big Guy and the murder of Father Jensen. It's been a while since the Father Jensen plot (I actually forgot all about it!) and it seemed like things were pretty much wrapped up, although there were a few threads still dangling out there.

The mysterious hooded man from 'Trail of Blood', who was seen after the death of Father Jensen and the death of Detective O'Farrell, made an appearance again as Father Clark, but was he really a priest? Plus, how did he manage to gain access to the cipher beetles that bit Henry and the harper mites that killed Detective O'Farrell?

Nikola had some of the best lines this week with some zingers like: "'Shoot Your Employee Day' comes but once a year, " and "Well,we don't need to see an episode of 'House' to determine probable cause, now do we?", but it wasn't all play and no work. He managed to create a source blood shield to allow them to access the map, but here's the kicker: Only one person can wear it, which means that only one person can go to the gateway of the underground city.

So, it looks like Magnus will be traveling to Nepal to enter the Hollow Earth and with next week's episode being the mid-season finale, I'm guessing we're going to finally get some answers about this mysterious underground civilization.

What will Magnus find when she's down there? What secrets does Hollow Earth hold? Is Gregory Magnus still alive after all? I can't wait until we find out.

'Sanctuary' airs Fridays, 10PM ET on Syfy

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