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5 1x05 1
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October 24th, 2008
November 3rd, 2008 FlagIcon UK small
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"Kush" is the fifth episode of the first season of Sanctuary, and the fifth episode overall in the series.


Returning with an Abnormal captured in the Himalayas, Magnus and Will are stranded from civilization and aid after their plane goes down in a desolate mountain range. While anxiously waiting for a rescue team, the surviving passengers begin to fall victim to vicious and deadly attacks throughout the night. It becomes chillingly apparent that surviving the cold is the least of their worries and no one, not even Magnus and Will, is above suspicion.


Opening Sequence

Dr. Helen Magnus dreams of a night in late 19th Century London, when she and then-lover John Druitt went out celebrating. Druitt eventually proposed to her in a carriage, much to her surprise. In that moment, Dr. Magnus wakes up and finds herself and Dr. Will Zimmerman along with some other people in a plane that has crashed on a snowy mountainside somewhere in the Himalayas.

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Background, Notes, and Trivia

  • This is, as of Episode 2x04 - "Hero", the only television episode in which Henry Foss does not appear.
  • Ryan Robbins does not appear in this episode.
  • Ashley is looking at a weather display for Tirich Mir in the Hindu Kush and says an arctic outflow system is moving into the region. Arctic outflows, AKA winter squamish, are very strong, very cold winds coming down off the Western Canadian Coast Mountains into the fjords of British Columbia, where the writers of this series live.
  • Geography: The top of Tirich Mir is over 25,000 feet above sea level, and base camps for climbing Tirich Mir are usually at about 15,000 feet. If the crash site was between these two then our main characters were at least three miles up, where walking across the room is serious aerobic exercise.
  • Reference: In a frozen wasteland an isolated group must identify a deadly creature capable of mimicking any one of the group; the only test for the monster is the innate behavior of its blood. That is the synopsis of this episode and of the 1938 John W. Campbell novella 'Who Goes There?'. 'Who Goes There' is also the source for the movie 'The Thing'.

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References, External Links and Websites

  1. Sarah Strange on The Internet Movie Database
  2. Panou on The Internet Movie Database
  3. Adrien Dorval on The Internet Movie Database
  4. Thai-Hoa Le on The Internet Movie Database
  5. David Nykl on The Internet Movie Database
  6. Alison Araya on The Internet Movie Database
  7. Kirsten Robek on The Internet Movie Database
  8. Daniel Bruce on The Internet Movie Database
  9. Michael Ho on The Internet Movie Database
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