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Season 2
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Original Air Date
Premiere: October 9th, 2009
Finale: January 15th, 2010
No. of Episodes
13

Season 2 of Sanctuary premiered on October 9th, 2009 on SyFy in the US.

Synopsis

At the end of Season 1, the Cabal had brainwashed Ashley Magnus. In Season 2, they convert her into a vampiric supersoldier and use her as a template for a small army which attacks the Sanctuary network. Against all odds, Dr. Magnus and her teams stop them at the Old City Sanctuary, and Ashley, in a moment of clarity, apparently sacrifices herself. Her father, Druitt, hunts down and kills the heads of the Cabal, which seems to disband.

As season two progresses, Dr. Helen Magnus grapples with denial, then grief, and finally accepts the loss of Ashley. Meanwhile, the team adjusts to newcomer Kate Freelander (Agam Darshi), a former freelance Cabal operative. They also deal with their relationships (Magnus' in particular) to the remaining members of The Five, and increased international coordination in the wake of the Cabal's attacks on the Global Sanctuary Network that Magnus had established. It emerges that an enormous marine Abnormal, Big Bertha, had been preserved rather than euthanized by Magnus, and that Bertha is, somehow, a sapient being named Kali existing on a psychic or spirit plane, intricately tied to nature and Abnormals around the world. At the end of the second season and beginning of the third, a man named Edward Forsythe (Callum Blue[1]) tries to take control of Bertha, and New York Sanctuary House Head Terrance Wexford (Paul McGillion) goes rogue trying to destroy her, even attempting to depose and kill Magnus.

About the Season

The second season of the Canadian science fiction–fantasy television series Sanctuary premiered on Space in Canada and on Syfy in the United States on October 9th, 2009, and concluded on the same channel on January 15th, 2010 after 13 episodes. It continues to follow the actions of a secret organization known as the Sanctuary Network, who track down a series of creatures known as abnormals and then bring them to the Sanctuary base for refuge. Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup, Ryan Robbins, Agam Darshi and Christopher Heyerdahl are billed in the opening credits as the main cast.

The season starts six weeks after the conclusion of the first season, where the protagonists work to defeat the antagonistic Cabal from destroying the Sanctuary Network, but in the process Ashley Magnus (Ullerup), daughter of Sanctuary leader Dr. Helen Magnus (Tapping), dies. Later episodes involve a story arc on Big Bertha, the most dangerous abnormal on Earth.

The second season included a writing team, where as in the first there were only two writers; series creator Damian Kindler, and Sam Egan; however Egan left the series after the end of the first season. The producers wanted to expand on the Sanctuary Network by including episodes where the team visit some of their international sites as opposed to only mentioning them. The season was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia from late March to July 2009, with some scenes of the finale filmed on location in Tokyo, Japan. Anthem Visual Effects continues to produce the series' visual effects. Anthem found an exponential growth in their work, with some episodes including as many as 500 visual effects shots.

The first ten episodes were seen by an average of 1.55 million viewers in the United States, increasing to 2.2 million when time-shifted viewings were taken into account. It received generally positive reviews from critics; however, some reviewers criticized the abrupt end to the Cabal arc within the first few episodes. The introduction of the new character Kate Freelander (Darshi) was also met with mixed reactions, while there was an outpouring of fans against Ashley's demise. Season two won seven Leo Awards after its release. The season was released on a four-disc set on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 9, 2010 in Region 4, June 15 in Region 1, and October 4 in Region 2.

Cast

Amanda Tapping Robin Dunne Emilie Ullerup Ryan Robbins Agam Darshi Christopher Heyerdahl

Regular Cast

The second season began with the original cast from the first season. Amanda Tapping returns as series protagonist Dr. Helen Magnus, a 158-year-old English scientist who runs the Sanctuary Network. The producers intended for Magnus to be more angry and vulnerable following Ashley's death after the first three episodes. Robin Dunne returns as Dr. Will Zimmerman, a former forensic psychiatrist who has been Magnus' protégé since the pilot. After the first season, the producers made Will more confrontational towards Magnus after feeling more comfortable working with her. Christopher Heyerdahl portrays two characters: Bigfoot, an abnormal who works in the Sanctuary, and John Druitt, Magnus' former fiancé and father to Ashley. Ryan Robbins returns as Henry Foss. A recurring actor in the first season, Robbins was upgraded to a series regular in the second.

Emilie Ullerup returns as Ashley, Magnus' daughter who was written out of the series after "Eulogy". The decision to kill off the character came from an agreement between series creator Damian Kindler and the commissioning networks, as they felt this development would "have the deepest, most dramatic impact on the series and the characters." Director Martin Wood also believed that her death would add a sense of jeopardy on the show. Amanda Tapping, however, had disagreed with this decision and fought to retain the character. When Ullerup first heard Ashley would be killed off, she was under the impression that her character was not well received by the fans. After the second season aired however, Ullerup noticed an outpouring from fans against Ashley's death. Following her death, the producers were willing to develop an Ashley story for the third season.

Agam Darshi joined the cast as Kate Freelander, described by Syfy as "a swindler, con artist and thief who finds herself in an uneasy alliance with Dr. Magnus after her business relationship with the Cabal goes sour." The producers intended for Kate to be an unlikeable character at first, but by the end of the season have "99 percent of the people who don't like Kate, [...] like Kate." The producers also noted that Kate would begin to prove herself by the third episode "Eulogy", and the ninth episode "Penance" would become important to Kate's evolution from "first class bitch" to a more open character when her father's death is revisited.

Recurring Cast and Guest Appearances

Jonathon Young returns as half-vampire Nikola Tesla. In the tenth episode Sleepers, the character was "de-vamped". Kindler felt this development was a bold choice, but also believed his vampirism was the least interesting character trait against being a genius and having electricity-based powers. The producers wanted to make Tesla somewhat heroic by sacrificing that part of him. Like the first season, there were instances where Young was unavailable to shoot some of his scenes due to theatre commitments, so he was replaced by a body double. Christine Chatelain[2] returns as Will's girlfriend Clara Griffin. Clara was killed off in the second episode; Tapping viewed the death as an "important casualty" that has resonance to the main characters. Robert Lawrenson made a recurring appearance as Declan MacRae, the head of the London Sanctuary following the death of Dr. James Watson in the season one finale. The character was originally going to be introduced in "Hero", but Kindler decided it would be better for the character to be introduced earlier in the season.

The season also introduced numerous guest appearances. Babz Chula[3] appeared as a Cabal Scientist in the season premiere, a character that was originally a German male; Chula accepted Tapping's offer to appear on the show after they met at an awards ceremony. Christopher Gauthier[4] appears as Walter and his alter-ego, "the Adjuster", in "Hero". Gauthier modeled the Adjuster's voice from Christian Bale's 'Batman'. The scenes where Walter was worn out from the suit that is killing him mirrored Gauthier's performance because of the suit he had to wear constantly, which consisted of two sets of jogging outfits, cotton padding, and a wetsuit. Because the producers were impressed with Walter, they wanted him to return in the next season. Amanda May, the wife of director Steven A. Adelson, appears in full prosthetics as the abnormal Jack in "Fragments"; May previously appeared on the series as the face of Sally the mermaid. In the same episode, Colin Cunningham[5] played the antagonist Gerald. Cunningham was offered a role because he was long-time friends with some of the crew members, as is the same case when it came to casting Anne Marie Loder[6], wife of director Peter DeLuise, as Rachel. Eureka actress Erica Cerra[7] makes a guest appearance as the telepath Emma Correia in Veritas". Cerra's casting by the producers was "really easy" as it was based on her work in other science fiction productions, especially Eureka.

Tapping's former Stargate SG-1 co-star Michael Shanks guest starred as Jimmy in "Penance". Shanks had an interest in playing Jimmy because of the edgeness of the character. Shanks also suggested Aleks Paunovic[8], actor and part-time boxer, for the part as the diacon Duke; being a boxer fit into the character's violent nature. Paul McGillion returns as Terrance Wexford in the season finale. McGillion first appeared as Wexford in the original webisodes, and since then the producers wanted him to return. Tapping believed that placing him in the finale was "the perfect place for him." Callum Blue[1] was cast as the finale's antagonist, Edward Forsythe, as the producers believed Blue could portray somebody who is both charming and evil. In the same episode, Sahar Biniaz[9] was cast as Kali; Biniaz was chosen as the producers believed her physical appearance was goddess-like. Balinder Johal[10] played a cult member; she was the first person to audition for the part, and the producers cast her as she was spiritual, calm, and soft in her appearance. Johal taught the cast how to speak Hindi in parts of the dialogue. The producers were hoping to cast David Hewlett, another "Stargate" alum, in a guest spot; however, this was met by scheduling issues, as he was shooting a film at the time. Despite this the producers were confident they would cast Hewlett "eventually."

Episodes

  End of Nights, Part I October 9th, 2009 2x01
2x01
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
In a desperate search to find her daughter, Dr. Helen Magnus {Amanda Tapping) obtains top secret files that give her clues to the Cabal’s catastrophic plan for the Sanctuary Network… and Ashley’s (Emilie Ullerup) devastating role in it.


  End of Nights, Part II October 16th, 2009 2x02
2x02
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Helen Magnus goes head to head with the Cabal and must make the ultimate choice… save her daughter, or risk the survival of the entire Sanctuary Network.


  Eulogy October 23rd, 2009 2x03
2x03
Written By: Sara B. Cooper
Directed By: Brenton Spencer
Dr. Helen Magnus struggles to find closure after the destruction of many Sanctuaries around the world, while the team prepares to process and host hundreds of dispossessed Abnormals seeking refuge at Magnus’ home Sanctuary.


  Hero October 30th, 2009 2x04
2x04
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Helen Magnus investigates an unlikely “superhero” who is intent on thwarting crime in the city. But his good deeds are interfering with the work of the Sanctuary and unintentionally threatening the lives of innocent people everywhere.


  Pavor Nocturnus November 6th, 2009 2x05
2x05
Written By: Damian Kindler & James Thorpe
Directed By: Brenton Spencer
Dr. Helen Magnus wakes up to find the Sanctuary in ruins and the entire city decimated with no memory of how the devastation occurred.


  Fragments November 13th, 2009 2x06
2x06
Written By: Sara B. Cooper
Directed By: S.A. Adelson
One of the Sanctuary's research scientists is viciously attacked by a seemingly docile Abnormal. While Dr. Helen Magnus tries to save the life of the scientist, Henry Foss investigates the origin of the creature's uncharacteristic behavior.


  Veritas November 20th, 2009 2x07
2x07
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Amanda Tapping
When Dr. Helen Magnus is charged with murder, Dr. Will Zimmerman steps in to defend her innocence. However, the evidence he finds does nothing but incriminate her further.


  Next Tuesday December 4th, 2009 2x08
2x08
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Will Zimmerman and Dr. Helen Magnus' helicopter crashes on a decommissioned oil rig while carrying an abnormal.


  Penance December 11th, 2009 2x09
2x09
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Brenton Spencer
When Kate Freelander gets shot by abnormal mobsters, the transport of a dangerous fire elemental turns into a journey back into her own past.


  Sleepers December 18th, 2009 2x10
2x10
Written By: James Thorpe
Directed By: S.A. Adelson
Will and Magnus investigate a number of teenagers who mysteriously disappeared. Their investigation leads them to a hospital run by Nikola Tesla, who intends to bring back Vampire-kind. However, one of the "patients" finds a way to speed up the conversion process, which creates a more powerful type of vampire.


  Haunted January 8th, 2010 2x11
2x11
Written By: Damian Kindler & James Thorpe
Directed By: Peter DeLuise
The team rescues the occupants of a sinking ship off the coast of South Africa and teleport them to the Sanctuary. However, Dr. Helen Magnus suspects John Druitt of murdering one of the passengers during the rescue.


  Kali, Part I January 15th, 2010 2x12
2x12
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Martin Wood
After receiving vital information from the head of the Tokyo Sanctuary (TATUYA ISHII), the team starts a worldwide investigation that could have alarming global consequences. Dr. Helen Magnus, Dr. Will Zimmerman and Kate Freelander travel to Mumbai, India to investigate a murder and connection to the Cult of Kali, an ancient cult whose followers can foretell disaster. But when Will falls ill and then disappears, Magnus knows they are dealing with something extremely powerful… and Will is somehow linked to the mystery. First half of the two-part season finale.


  Kali, Part II January 15th, 2010 2x13
2x13
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Helen Magnus starts to put the shocking details together surrounding Will’s visions of Kali, his illness and his connection to the most powerful Abnormal on Earth. Second half of the two-part season finale


Production

Development

Syfy officially announced the commissioning of a second season of Sanctuary in November 2008 due to the ratings success of the pilot episode, which totaled over three million viewers. Writer and executive producer Sam Egan left the series after the first season. Andrea Gorfolova, Carrie Mudd and Keith Beedie join creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood, and actress Amanda Tapping as the show's executive producers.

Writing

The second season saw the introduction of a writing team; Sara Cooper, Alan McCullough and James Thorpe were hired as additional writers to Kindler. Because of the writing team, it allowed Kindler and the team to hold meetings, whereas in the first season it was just him discussing with Egan. One of the goals in writing the second season is to further explore the global Sanctuary Network, because in the Sanctuary universe abnormals can be found all around the world. Some international Sanctuary bases were mentioned in the first season, but in the second season, the producers wished to visit some of those bases. Introducing new Sanctuaries and its characters would widen the breadth of the show. They also wished to start introducing abnormals that cannot walk, including an oil-like abnormal in "End of Nights, Part II" and the Fire Elemental "Penance". Kindler wrote "End of Nights, Part I", "End of Nights, Part II", "Pavor Nocturnus", "Next Tuesday", "Haunted" and "Kali, Part II". McCullough wrote "Hero", "Veritas", "Penance" and "Kali, Part I". Cooper wrote "Eulogy" and "Fragments", while Thorpe wrote "Sleepers", and co-wrote "Pavor Nocturnus" and "Haunted" with Kindler.

Following the cliffhanger of the first-season finale, Kindler worked to figure out how to conclude the story and managed to write the outlines of the first two episodes in two days. He also consulted with the writing team to look at all the problems on how to conclude the story. "Eulogy" was conceived as an important episode in the lives of the main characters following the aftermath of "End of Nights, Part II", as well as dealing with the loss of Ashley. Kindler said of the episode "it's one thing to end on a terrible tragic cliffhanger, it's another in a satisfactory manner lay all things to rest appropriately." In writing the episode Cooper was knowledgeable on "medical jargon," as she once wrote for the medical drama series House. In writing his first script "Hero", McCullough was initially concerned that it would be met by resistance from the producers because of the special effects that would be involved, but was "floored" to find out it was entirely possible because of Anthem Visual Effects. The producers were originally hesitant in including "Hero" as the fourth episode, as it was considered lighter in tone as Magnus was trying to get over Ashley's death from "Eulogy". "Pavor Nocturnus" came early in the development of the season, as Kindler wanted to show an episode about Magnus' work going "horribly wrong," and explore the opportunity to have the heroes warned that their work has consequences. Described as the "darkest, scariest, creepiest episode ever" by Tapping, it also featured scenes Kindler was never comfortable with, and did not want to show again, including the assault of naked women, and child killings.

"Fragments" was written to be in real time format. Kindler described the episode as a "nice procedural, with heart," that follows the same style as episodes of the medical drama "ER", where "stuff goes down and you have to kind of follow the team in different aspects and see how they're handling the situation." The idea behind "Next Tuesday" came when Kindler and Wood noticed a rescue helicopter that was available for rent, prompting the two to come up with a "helicopter story." The episode also introduces a next level in Will and Magnus' friendship; arguments, which would create a "far more realistic thread of tension" between the two characters who "obviously love each other," and "obviously get along," which Kindler felt made a "cool character layer." This was also based on the producers themselves, who despite being good friends, often argue while producing the series.

"Sleepers" was developed because the producers wanted to do a Tesla-centric episode, as they view him as one of their favorite characters. "Haunted" rounds Druitt to "something unexpected." The producers were aware that Druitt became more insane the more he teleports, and they wanted to find an explanation why, hence the creation of the energy creature. "Kali" was designed as a somewhat "faith versus science" episode, with faith as the winning party, because any host to the macri would need a spiritual understanding to it; the cult of Kali are religious, so they would make suitable hosts, but Edward Forsythe is a believer of science, and would not make a suitable host as he does not share the cult's understanding. In the original draft, Magnus would fall ill, but that later changed to Will before the episode was filmed. Some episodes in the season originally followed a different order. "Pavor Nocturnus" was originally going to be the fourth episode, while "Hero" would become the tenth. "Sleepers" would also be in an earlier slot. However, the order changed, partially due to availability issues with Jonathon Young for "Sleepers". The writers were also working on a Bigfoot-centric episode, where he returns to his home. However, before it could be written, the networks were unhappy with the idea.

Filming

Filming began in late March 2009, and finished on the end of July the same year. Director Martin Wood wanted to film the season in a more graphic novel style. Wood directed "End of Nights, Part I", "End of Nights, Part II", "Hero", "Next Tuesday", "Kali, Part I", and "Kali, Part II". Brenton Spencer directed "Eulogy", "Pavor Nocturnus" and "Penance". The producers felt that Spencer did "a great job" in making sense on a lot of moves he had to make, as well as understanding that the stories are important in getting things back on track in "Eulogy". The episode ended up being 17 minutes longer than usual, so much of it had to be cut. Steven A. Adelson directed "Fragments" and "Sleepers". Amanda Tapping directed "Veritas", her first directorial credit since the "Stargate SG-1" episode "Resurrection" in 2004. To direct the scenes featuring Magnus, Tapping rehearsed them to decide how it would be shot, then appointed somebody to handle the cameras. Peter DeLuise directed "Haunted". Lee Wilson from Anthem Visual Effects directed a scene in "Hero", while Robbins directed a scene from "Fragments" when his character recorded Rachel's documentary.

Like the first season, much of the second was filmed on green screen sets in a studio in Burnaby, British Columbia, though also like the first season, there are more instances it was shot on practical sets and on location, most of which taking place just outside the studio. "End of Nights, Part I" had scenes filmed at a large empty warehouse. At some point, Dunne, Kindler, Tapping and Wood were sent to Tokyo to promote the series for Syfy Asia. The four decided to use the opportunity to film some scenes for the finale there, one of which was filmed in the Shibuya crossing. Filming took place just as a monsoon season was kicking in. In addition, they noticed a concert hall and took pictures of one of its angles as they deem the architecture suitable for a Tokyo Sanctuary base.

During the shoot of "End of Nights, Part I", Kindler loaned his car for a car chase sequence. A later scene involved having the car shot at by snipers. To prevent damage to the car, the bullet holes were made from visual effects. In "Pavor Nocturnus", the crew had to make the Sanctuary set ruined in a post-apocalyptic state. Set designer Bridget McGuire made the set look "horrible" overnight, but then had to clean it up for the last scene. They also "completely trashed" the street sets in the studio. "Next Tuesday" was considered a bottle episode as it was largely filmed in one set, a water tank some 14 feet deep and 70 feet long, in a studio. The episode was filmed over five 13-hour days, not including a two-day break midway through, becoming the fastest time filming a Sanctuary episode. Wood directed the episode from the water rather than dry land. The following episode "Penance" was largely filmed at a constructed city set some three and a half blocks in size, which was previously used in the superhero film Watchmen.

The Mumbai slum set in the season finale was constructed on the parking lot of the studio, which took two to three weeks to complete. The finale was filmed during one of the hottest heatwaves to hit British Columbia; Tapping found that the set was hotter than the average temperature of the actual Mumbai. Three main cameras were used, one of which was crane-operated. 60 extras were used, the highest number used in an Sanctuary episode. For the extras to be used in more than one scene, they wore many different costumes. The streeting area was also limited in size, so the streets were recycled frequently with every scene. The practical sets of the Sanctuary offices and corridors were also redesigned to look like the Mumbai Sanctuary.

Music

Andrew Lockington was appointed the series composer in the season. The producers liked Lockington's contribution to the score as it was more heightened than it was in the first season. Lockington would also capture the emotional temper when it comes to scoring for the emotional scenes. The composer sampled several instruments from around the world to give the score a more ethnic, international feel. Some episodes feature the score taking different styles. For instance "Fragments" features a "cool Michael Mann soundtrack." In "Kali", the score adopted a more Bollywood-style theme, particularly during Will's dance sequence. In addition to the score, there were occasional instances where popular music was featured. "End of Nights" featured a track from the Toronto-based hip hop group 'Down with Webster'.

Effects

Anthem Visual Effects resumed their duties of producing the visual effects for the second season. The company's Lee Wilson noted that their workload for the second season "increased exponentially" over the first, with some episodes containing as many as 500 visual effects shots. The produce decided to "re-jig" the opening title sequence, which they wanted to do each year. The photograph where Magnus meets Albert Einstein changed to aviation pilot Amelia Earhart. The producers noticed that the visual effects have been made "more wonderous than we did the season before," as they were able to produce certain actions that they never tried before. The steno in "Eulogy" was designed to look adorable, harmless and bunny-like in its infancy, but more menacing when it grows up. In making the Adjuster fly in "Hero", both visual and practical effects were used; some of the simpler sequences involved Gauthier hooked up to a velocity rig, but in order to make him fly over the city skyline, a computer-generated avatar was created. The design of the Coleanthropus in the same episode was based on a mix of insect and dinosaur.

The second season introduces "moving zorts," an upgraded technique the film crew used to complete the effect where Druitt teleports. The zorts were used specifically to make the sequences where the cast around Heyerdahl freeze until he leaves the screen. The producers wanted to have the camera move during those shots, as they believed it would be "way cooler to have those zorts on the move." One of the more difficult moving zorts included a "triple zort" with other characters who could teleport on the same shot in "Kali, Part II". The sequence was difficult for Tapping, as she had to carry a prop weighing approximately 73 pounds. A three-dimensional hologram of Rachel's office was included in "Fragments"; it was originally intended to feature the hologram throughout the episode, but because doing so would be costly, the producers decided to have one scene with the hologram, so Henry could use it as a blueprint to make an identical office with boxes. For the finale, Anthem decided to make the macri and Big Bertha look like the same creature, though Bertha would be a considerably larger creature. Some scenes involve the macri interacting with real life objects, including clothing. To make a scene where the macri enters a jacket, Wilson used fishing wire to move a sleeve slightly. Big Bertha's actions meanwhile, were largely made underwater. Anthem found that making underwater effects was difficult because there was a different style of movement. Additionally, Anthem produced a sequence where Wexford launches depth charges from his ship. The producers were looking for stock footage of the dropping depth charges, but they could not find one in high-definition.

In addition to visual effects, other forms of physical effects were produced. In "Hero", there was a scene where the camera appeared to be shot from inside a water tank. Instead, a water tank was placed between the camera and the actors, where Alka-Seltzer was placed at the bottom to simulate bubbles. Wood previously used this technique in the first-season episode "Requiem" as well as in "Stargate Atlantis". The Adjuster comic books at the end of the episode were designed by artists who occasionally work for DC Comics. Dunne wore a mullet and a white eye contact lens in "Pavor Nocturnus" for Will's alternate self in a dystopian future. The vampire squid-related effects for "Next Tuesday" were made possible by visual aids. For the shots where the squid swims on the water surface, the production crew used a radio-controlled boat to mimic a wake. When the squid erupts from the water, they placed a beach ball underwater and released it to mimic the splash. To make the helicopter sway during the battles between the squid and sea scorpion, an air pump was placed below it. However, doing so added the side effect of strong currents, proving difficult for the cast to swim towards the helicopter.

The season also includes stunt work. Weeks before filming "End of Nights, Part II", Christopher Heyerdahl practiced sword fighting to be done against the hybrids in the second part. Jonathon Young performed his own stunts for "Sleepers", including being run over by a car and falling from a car. Both stunts involved harnesses and other safety measures. Young also participated in a fight scene with the other vampire characters, but he ended up injuring two of the actors. In one instance Young hit Chad Rook[11] in the face, which caused a fang insert to puncture his lip.

Broadcast, Ratings, and Awards

Broadcast and Ratings

The season commenced airing on Syfy from October 9th, 2009, and aired nearly every Friday night until the two-part finale "Kali" on January 15th, 2010. It aired alongside the first season of "Stargate Universe". The season started off with 1.85 million viewers. Ratings were up 18 per cent in terms of adults aged between 18 and 49, and 7 per cent in adults aged between 25 and 54 compared to the average of the first season. After "Sleepers" aired, the season was seen by an average of 1.55 million viewers per episode. Timeshifted ratings for the season increases from live viewers by 45.9 per cent, increasing the average to 2.2 million viewers per episode. In Canada, the season premiered on October 9th on Space, a cable channel that specializes in science fiction programs. Each episode would be available on demand on the channel's website after they aired. It was moved from The Movie Network, which originally aired the first season. In the United Kingdom, the season premiered on ITV4 on October 12th, 2009, and finished on January 18th, 2010. It started with 334,000 viewers for the first episode, and ended with 268,000 for the finale. In Australia, the season started airing on July 12th, 2010 on ABC2.

Awards and Nominations

Overall the second season won seven awards, all them Leo Awards, out of 17 nominations from the same ceremony. "Pavor Nocturnus" won three of those wins; Brenton Spencer won "Best Direction", Christina McQuarrie won "Best Costume Design", and Robin Dunne won "Best Lead Performance by a Male". Christopher Gauthier won "Best Guest Performance by a Male" for his role in "Hero". Todd Masters, Holland Miller, Harlow Macfarlane, Werner Pretorius and Yukio Okajima won "Best Make-Up" for "Fragments". Christopher Heyerdahl won "Best Supporting Performance by a Male" for "Haunted", and Bridget McGuire won "Best Production Design" in the season finale, "Kali, Part II". The season was also nominated for "Best Dramatic Series", but lost to "Stargate Universe".

"Kali, Part II" represented the series for "Best Television Series – Drama" in the 2010 Directors Guild of Canada Awards, but lost out to the comedy–drama series "Being Erica". Elsewhere, Dunne was also nominated for "Best Male Performance in a 2009 Science Fiction Television Episode" at the 2010 Constellation Awards, but lost out to "Doctor Who" actor David Tennant[12], for his role in the episode "The Waters of Mars", by only one percent of the votes.

Home Media Release

Sanctuary 2 DVD

Cover art of Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season DVD boxset

Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season is a DVD boxset of the second season of Sanctuary. The boxset contains all 13 episodes of the second season (all with optional audio commentaries by cast and crew), as well as a variety of special features, all covered in 4 separate discs.

Features
  • Running time: 585 minutes approx
  • Audio:
    • 5.1 Surround Sound
    • 2.0 Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
Contents
Disc 1
Disc 2
  • Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus" (with audio commentary by Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping and Martin Wood)
  • Episode 2x06 - "Fragments" (with audio commentary by Steven A. Adelson, Damian Kindler and Ryan Robbins)
  • Episode 2x07 - "Veritas" (with audio commentary by Amanda Tapping and Martin Wood)
  • Episode 2x08 - "Next Tuesday" (with audio commentary by Damian Kindler, Amanda Tapping and Martin Wood (Robin Dunne took part for a few minutes via Kindler's phone)
Disc 3
Disc 4
  • Episode 2x13 - "Kali, Part II" (with audio commentary by Amanda Tapping and Martin Wood)
  • Behind the scenes featurettes
    • Amanda Tapping Directs "Veritas"
    • "Next Tuesday" - Anatomy of an Episode
    • Sanctuary Visual Effects
    • Sanctuary for Kids
    • Behind the Scenes and On the Set
    • Sanctuary Goes to Japan
    • Dancing in Mumbai
    • Sanctuary Goes to Comic-Con
  • Bloopers
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
Release Dates
  • Region 1: June 15th, 2010
  • Region 2: October 4th, 2010
  • Region 4: June 9th, 2010

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References, External Links, and Websites

  1. 1.0 1.1 Callum Blue on The Internet Movie Database
  2. Chistine Chatelain on The Internet Movie Database
  3. Babz Chula on The Internet Movie Database
  4. 4.0 4.1 Christopher Gauthier on The Internet Movie Database
  5. Colin Cunningham on The Internet Movie Database
  6. Anne Marie Loder on The Internet Movie Database
  7. Erica Cerra on The Internet Movie Database
  8. Aleks Paunovic on The Internet Movie Database
  9. Sahar Biniaz on The Internet Movie Database
  10. Balinder Johal on The Internet Movie Database
  11. Chad Rook on The Internet Movie Database
  12. David Tennant on The Internet Movie Database
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