| End of Nights|
"End of Nights, Part II" is the second episode of the second season of Sanctuary, and the fifteenth episode in the overall run of the series. It concludes the events of the previous episode, "End of Nights, Part I".
Opening scene Edit
Immediately after their fight with the superabnormal Ashley, Magnus returns to the Sanctuary in anger. She interrogates Kate Freelander again, telling her she wants to talk to her contact at the Cabal right now.
Dana Whitcomb gets a call from Magnus, who wants her daughter back. She tells her that she would happily return Ashley in exchange for the Sanctuary Network. Having to choose between her daughter and her work, Magnus angrily smashes her phone to the wall.
Act I Edit
In Magnus' office, the team discusses what to do next. Magnus orders Tesla and Henry to devise a weapon to neutralize Ashley's new powers without killing her. Meanwhile, the Network has to be secured against the superabnormals. John Druitt disagrees, but Magnus has made up her mind.
Tesla and Henry start working, but Henry realizes Tesla has little hope for success. They plan a localized radiation burst, but it is a difficult process. However, Henry is called by Kate, who needs to go to the restroom. On the way, she meets Bigfoot, who is still suffering from the Lazarus virus.
Meanwhile the Cabal starts the first mission of their new soldiers: an attack on the Tokyo Sanctuary. Ashley and the others kill the house head, Dr. Hiromara, and overwhelm the facility in twenty minutes. By the time Magnus tries to launch a counterattack, the Tokyo facility is already burning down.
Act II Edit
A video conference with Magnus and the house heads of the other Sanctuaries is held. Medusa, one of the Network's abnormal agents, explains that the Tokyo Sanctuary's EM shield was disabled after the initial breach and before the complete destruction of the place, the Cabal was able to steal all the data of the Sanctuary. Magnus orders an immediate evacuation of all their residents to prevent their death in a possible next attack, declaring that the Sanctuary Network is now officially at war with the Cabal.
In the meantime, Tesla and Henry keep working on the weapon, but without making any progress. They try their radiation solution on a nubbin injected with Tesla's blood, yet the result is less than hopeful.
Will pays Kate a visit and asks her to help them prepare for the next attack. She explains that the Cabal will go after the house heads, weakening the global network, before they come after Magnus herself. Will suspects she knows more, but she tells him she only came because the Old City Sanctuary is likely to hold up the longest.
Later, the Beijing, New Delhi, and Moscow sanctuaries are hit. After the attack on Moscow, Magnus, Druitt, Tesla, and Will move to the UK Sanctuary, which is believed to be the next target of the Cabal. The team meets Declan MacRae, who took over as acting house head for the UK after the death of James Watson. Will finds out that Clara Griffin, who has now full control over her cloaking ability, refused to evacuate in order to help them in the fight. She immediately takes him aside and persuades him to spend the hours until the attack with bodily pleasures.
In the following hours Tesla tries to complete his weapon, while Magnus and MacRae recalibrate the EM shield. Finally, four superabnormal soldiers teleport in front of the Sanctuary and proceed inside.
Act III Edit
The UK Sanctuary's alarm is triggered when the four enter. A security team that includes a Troll tries to stop them, but the super soldiers easily overwhelm the humans and Ashley kills the troll by snapping its neck. Whitcomb orders them to proceed to the facility's databanks.
In the library, Ashley and two others face off with John Druitt, who uses his extraordinary swordfighting skills, but is still overwhelmed by Ashley. During the duel, he stabs her in the heart, and the pain seems to temporarily bring back her normal self. However, after mere seconds, she recovers and comes after him again. He gets away, trying to take them to the main lab, but they decide to split up.
Will then meets one of the superabnormals in a hallway, he tags him and then unleashes a black gooey abnormal. It rushes after the superabnormal and the weight forces him to the ground, the goo then hardens and encases the superabnormal inside, but before Will has a chance to celebrate another superabnormal comes and breaks him free.
Ashley faces Tesla, who traps her in a powerful Tesla coil for a time, while Clara manages to save Will from the supersoldiers. She stays behind fully cloaked, but one of the soldiers still seems to notice her.
After all attempts to stop them fail, the soldiers get to the main lab, where Magnus uses the new weapon to stop them, but with little result. They are forced to leave them blocked in the lab and release a fire elemental. It starts burning them, and even their superior cell regeneration levels are too low to compensate, and because the EM shield is still up they are forced to retire. The London Sanctuary is saved, but heavily damaged – and the team soon discovers that Clara has been killed. Druitt inquires what to do now, to which Magnus responds: "We defend our home."
Act IV Edit
Back in Old City, Henry visits Bigfoot, while Will mourns Clara Griffin. Magnus lets Kate Freelander go, she hesitates and offers her assistance, but Magnus refuses and states that she wants her gone. Magnus and Henry prepare the Sanctuary's defenses, and Henry tells her that many abnormal residents want to stay and fight. She refuses to have more of them hurt or killed, and visits Bigfoot to talk to him. She explains that she understands his feelings, but still leaves the cure for the virus next to his bed.
Magnus next meets with Tesla and orders him to alter the weapon using a sample of Ashley's original blood: she is prepared to kill her own daughter in order to save the Sanctuary Network.
The team prepares for the last stand against an overwhelming enemy, and Will and Magnus have one last talk on the highest tower of the facility. Magnus advises him to leave, but he refuses. The Cabal slip a remote hack past Will's cellphone and it targets the defense system. All cameras are cut off and the EM shield has been lowered.
Act V Edit
Magnus encounters the superabnormals in her study and is able to take one of them out with the weapon. Tesla and Druitt take on three others in a hallway. Will is ambushed by two of them moments later, but Bigfoot, who has taken the cure in order to be able to fight, comes to his rescue. Tesla is ambushed by a female soldier, who is taken out by Magnus.
They all make their way to the main lab, where Magnus defeats another of the soldiers before finally facing Ashley, who almost knocks her out. Lying on the floor with the weapon aimed at her daughter, Magnus realizes she cannot do what must be done. She remembers how Ashley was as a child. Ashley seems affected by the memory, but attacks her mother nonetheless. At this moment, Kate Freelander appears and fires at her with a shoulder-held rocket launcher.
Bigfoot and Will fight the last of the male superabnormals until Henry is able to reactivate the EM shield. The soldier tries to teleport out, and bursts into a cloud of flames and ashes as the shield kills him.
Kate tries to get Magnus out of the main lab, but the last of the other superabnormals, a female, assaults them. Before she can strike the fatal blow on Magnus, Ashley, who has returned to her true self, grabs her arm. Mother and daughter share one last look at each other, then Ashley teleports herself and the other soldier out, and they disintegrate into fire and smoke. Magnus is left behind, crying over her lost child.
- Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus
- Robin Dunne as Dr. Will Zimmerman
- Emilie Ullerup as Ashley Magnus
- Christopher Heyerdahl as John Druitt / Bigfoot
Guest Starring Edit
- Agam Darshi as Kate Freelander
- Jonathon Young as Nikola Tesla
- Christine Chatelain as Clara Griffin
- Lynda Boyd as Dana Whitcomb
- Robert Lawrenson as Declan MacRae
- Maiko Yamamoto as Medusa
- Stanley Tsang as Dr. Hiromara
- Daren Herbert as Cabal Tech
Background, Notes, and Trivia Edit
- Episode marks the supposed 'death' of the character Ashley Magnus.
- The writers/creators of Sanctuary and the SyFy Network wanted to add an element of seriousness to the show, in the form of showing that characters can actually 'die' (further separating Sanctuary from their previous Stargate property that continuously resurrected characters; i.e. Daniel Jackson), and so decided to write the character of Ashley off the show. Amanda Tapping had fought against that idea and wanted to keep the character.
- After major fan backlash, and accusing the creators of replacing Ashley with the less-popular Kate (causing undue fan bias and hatred towards the new character), the creators/producers then adopted the notion that "Nobody truly dies in Sci-Fi"; stating that because a body was never found, that the character of Ashley has a way to return to the show.
- The creators/writers tried at least twice to bring the character back since, but was unable to due to either the return not being true to the story and character and or also actress unavailability due to scheduling of her current commitments. Years later at multiple fan conventions and in interviews, Amanda Tapping revealed that the character was set to return in the cancelled fifth season, stating that Helen had found a way to save her daughter during her trip back through time; making Ashley's supposed 'death' in this episode not permanent.
References, External Links, and Websites Edit
|Sanctuary Season Two|
|● End of Nights, Part I ● End of Nights, Part II ● Eulogy ● Hero ● Pavor Nocturnus ● Fragments ● Veritas ● Next Tuesday ● Penance ● Sleepers ● Haunted ● Kali, Part I ● Kali, Part II ●.|