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


At the end of Season 1, the Cabal had brainwashed Ashley Magnus. In Season 2, they convert her into a vampiric super soldier 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) tries to take control of Bertha, and New York Sanctuary Head of House 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 9th, 2010 in Region 4, June 15th in Region 1, and October 4th in Region 2.


Amanda Tapping Robin Dunne Emilie Ullerup Ryan Robbins Agam Darshi Christopher

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's 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's 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's daughter who was written out of the series after Episode 2x03 - "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 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 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 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 appears as Walter and his alter-ego, "the Adjuster", in Episode 2x04 - "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 Episode 2x06 - "Fragments"; May previously appeared on the series as the face of Sally the mermaid. In the same episode, Colin Cunningham 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, wife of director Peter DeLuise, as Rachel. "Eureka" actress Erica Cerra makes a guest appearance as the telepath Emma Correia in Episode 2x07 - "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 Episode 2x09 - "Penance". Shanks had an interest in playing Jimmy because of the edgeness of the character. Shanks also suggested Aleks Paunovic, actor and part-time boxer, for the part as the Diukon 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 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 was cast as Kali; Biniaz was chosen as the producers believed her physical appearance was goddess-like. Balinder Johal played the cult member Rheka; 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."


  End of Nights, Part I October 9th, 2009 2x01
Magnus interrogates Kate Freelander
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
In the wake of an unexpected betrayal, the Sanctuary must pull together to figure out the Cabal's master scheme in time to save those closest to them and the whole world.

  End of Nights, Part II October 16th, 2009 2x02
Ashley finally realizes what she has become... and what she has to do.
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
The Cabal's new "Super Abnormals" begin destroying Sanctuaries around the world. It won't be long before they launch their attack on the Old City Sanctuary, and Dr. Helen Magnus must choose between saving her daughter Ashley and saving the Sanctuary Network.

  Eulogy October 23rd, 2009 2x03
Will, Big Guy, Dr. Magnus, and Henry, mourning Ashley
Written By: Sara B. Cooper
Directed By: Brenton Spencer
Kate Freelander accidentally sets loose a baby abnormal that she and Henry Foss discover grows very quickly. Meanwhile, Dr. Helen Magnus searches desperately for a way to bring back her daughter Ashley.

  Hero October 30th, 2009 2x04
"The Adjuster" comes to the rescue
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Martin Wood
The Sanctuary team hunts down a man who seems to have superpowers, calling himself "The Adjuster". But they discover that his suit is the source of his power, and it is slowly killing him. But he can't get it off.

  Pavor Nocturnus November 6th, 2009 2x05
Helen Magnus finds Old City in ruins.
Written By: Damian Kindler & James Thorpe
Directed By: Brenton Spencer
When Dr. Helen Magnus awakes to darkness, she must face a destroyed Sanctuary, city, and even world. But beneath the apocalypse, something deeper awaits her discovery if she can find it in time.

  Fragments November 13th, 2009 2x06
"You can't go to the crime scene, so you bring the crime scene to you"
Written By: Sara B. Cooper
Directed By: S.A. Adelson
A research scientist working for the Sanctuary Network is brutally attacked by an abnormal. While Dr. Helen Magnus tries to save the life of the scientist, the team investigates the origin of the attacker's uncharacteristically brutal behavior.

  Veritas November 20th, 2009 2x07
The Triad arrives to question Magnus.
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Amanda Tapping
When Bigfoot is discovered dead, all of the evidence points to Dr. Helen Magnus. Dr. Will Zimmerman, Henry Foss, and Kate Freelander must find a way to clear her name and find out who actually committed the crime before she is replaced.

  Next Tuesday December 4th, 2009 2x08
Will and Magnus face the vampire squid.
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
While transporting a usually docile abnormal, Dr. Helen Magnus's helicopter crashes, leaving her and Dr. Will Zimmerman stranded in the shaft of an abandoned oil rig. They soon find they are not alone in the water.

  Penance December 11th, 2009 2x09
Kate and Jimmy discover how their lives are connected.
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Brenton Spencer
While an old friend of Magnus', a pouched abnormal named Jimmy, is handing over a Fire Elemental to the Sanctuary team, they are attacked by a gang of criminal abnormals from Chicago. The situation presents a lot of mysteries to be solved and quickly.

  Sleepers December 18th, 2009 2x10
Darrin, Chad, and Laura.
Written By: James Thorpe
Directed By: S.A. Adelson
When rich youngsters begin to disappear after an apparent death and then come back to life, the trail leads Dr. Will Zimmerman & Dr. Helen Magnus to a drug clinic in Mexico run by Nikola Tesla. Knowing his all-times plans, big trouble is to be expected.

  Haunted January 8th, 2010 2x11
Jack the Ripper returns.
Written By: Damian Kindler & James Thorpe
Directed By: Peter DeLuise
When a ship full of Zulu empaths suddenly goes to wreck, John Druitt rescues them as a favor to Dr. Helen Magnus. However a bitter discovery awaits her: his dark side is alive again and can even have a life of its own!

  Kali, Part I January 15th, 2010 2x12
Kali, as she appears to Will
Written By: Alan McCullough
Directed By: Martin Wood
After peaceful abnormals worldwide act up at the same moment, the incident is linked to an EM pulse originating in Mumbai. Dr. Will Zimmerman and Kate Freelander go to investigate, and they soon discover that the event may relate to a dangerously-powerful abnormal.

  Kali, Part II January 15th, 2010 2x13
Big Bertha rises.
Written By: Damian Kindler
Directed By: Martin Wood
Dr. Will Zimmerman begins to experience strange visions that are connected to the Cult of Kali. Dr. Helen Magnus has difficulty with finding the solution to their problems.



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.


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 Network 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 Episode 2x02 - "End of Nights, Part II" and the Fire Elemental Episode 2x09 - "Penance". Kindler wrote Episode 2x01 - "End of Nights, Part I", Episode 2x02 - "End of Nights, Part II", Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus", Episode 2x08 - "Next Tuesday", Episode 2x11 - "Haunted" and Episode 2x13 - "Kali, Part II". McCullough wrote Episode 2x04 - "Hero", Veritas, Episode 2x09 - "Penance" and Episode 2x12 - "Kali, Part I". Cooper wrote Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy" and Episode 2x06 - "Fragments", while Thorpe wrote Episode 2x10 - "Sleepers", and co-wrote Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus" and Episode 2x11 - "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. Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy" was conceived as an important episode in the lives of the main characters following the aftermath of Episode 2x02 - "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 Episode 2x04 - "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 Episode 2x04 - "Hero" as the fourth episode, as it was considered lighter in tone as Magnus was trying to get over Ashley's death from Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy". Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus" came early in the development of the season, as Kindler wanted to show an episode about Magnus's 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.

Episode 2x06 - "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 Episode 2x08 - "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's 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.

Episode 2x10 - "Sleepers" was developed because the producers wanted to do a Tesla-centric episode, as they view him as one of their favorite characters. Episode 2x11 - "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 Makri 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. Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus" was originally going to be the fourth episode, while Episode 2x04 - "Hero" would become the tenth. Episode 2x10 - "Sleepers" would also be in an earlier slot. However, the order changed, partially due to availability issues with Jonathon Young for Episode 2x10 - "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 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 Episode 2x01 - "End of Nights, Part I", Episode 2x02 - "End of Nights, Part II", Episode 2x04 - "Hero", Episode 2x08 - "Next Tuesday", Episode 2x12 - "Kali, Part I", and Episode 2x13 - "Kali, Part II". Brenton Spencer directed Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy", Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus" and Episode 2x09 - "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 Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy". The episode ended up being 17 minutes longer than usual, so much of it had to be cut. Steven A. Adelson directed Episode 2x06 - "Fragments" and Episode 2x10 - "Sleepers". Amanda Tapping directed Episode 2x07 - "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 Episode 2x11 - "Haunted". Lee Wilson from Anthem Visual Effects directed a scene in Episode 2x04 - "Hero", while Robbins directed a scene from Episode 2x06 - "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. Episode 2x01 - "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 Episode 2x01 - "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 Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus", the crew had to make the Old City 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. Episode 2x08 - "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 2x09 - "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 a 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 Old City Sanctuary offices and corridors were also redesigned to look like the Mumbai Sanctuary.


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 Episode 2x06 - "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'.


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 Episode 2x03 - "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 Episode 2x04 - "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 Episode 2x13 - "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 Episode 2x06 - "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 Makri and Big Bertha look like the same creature, though Bertha would be a considerably larger creature. Some scenes involve the Makri interacting with real life objects, including clothing. To make a scene where the Makri 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 Episode 2x04 - "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 1x09 - "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 Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus" for Will's alternate self in a dystopian future. The Vampire Squid-related effects for Episode 2x08 - "Next Tuesday" were made possible by visual aids. For the shots where the Vampire Squid swims on the water surface, the production crew used a radio-controlled boat to mimic a wake. When the Vampire 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 Vampire Squid and Southern-Hemispheric 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 Episode 2x02 - "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 Episode 2x10 - "Sleepers", including being run over by a car and falling from a building onto 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 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 Episode 2x10 - "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. Episode 2x05 - "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 Episode 2x04 - "Hero". Todd Masters, Holland Miller, Harlow Macfarlane, Werner Pretorius and Yukio Okajima won "Best Make-Up" for Episode 2x06 - "Fragments". Christopher Heyerdahl won "Best Supporting Performance by a Male" for Episode 2x11 - "Haunted", and Bridget McGuire won "Best Production Design" in the season finale, Episode 2x13 - "Kali, Part II". The season was also nominated for "Best Dramatic Series", but lost to "Stargate Universe".

Episode 2x13 - "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, Robin 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, for his role in the episode "The Waters of Mars", by only one percent of the votes.

Home Media Release

Cover art of Sanctuary: The Complete Second Season DVD boxset.


Dr. Helen Magnus (AMANDA TAPPING) is a beautiful and enigmatic scientist who seeks out all manner of monstrous creatures. Aided by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (ROBIN DUNNE), tech expert Henry Foss (RYAN ROBBINS), professional con artist Kate Freelander (AGAM DARSHI), and the mysterious and unpredictable John Druitt (CHRISTOPHER HEYERDAHL), the Sanctuary team tracks down, studies and protects the strange and often terrifying creatures that secretly populate our world.

"Highly Recommended"

"Groundbreaking Television"

Content 13 Episodes / 4 Discs
Running Time 585 minutes approx
Aspect Ratio Format DVD BLU-RAY
16X9 (1.78:1) 1080p High Definition 1.78:1
5.1 Surround Sound / 2.0 Dolby Digital DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 Dolby Digital
Language English
Subtitles English SDH
Studio E1 Entertainment
Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
  • Audio commentaries on all 13 episodes with cast and crew including Amanda Tapping, creator Damian Kindler, director Martin Wood and more.
  • Multiple Making-of Featurettes
  • Anatomy of an Episode: "Next Tuesday"
  • Robin Dunne Video Diaries
    • Will Vision: Behind-the-Scenes
    • Will Vision: Sanctuary Goes to Japan
  • Sanctuary Goes to Comic-Con
  • Bloopers and Outtakes
  • Photo Gallery
Release Dates
DVD Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
June 15th, 2010 October 4th, 2010 June 9th, 2010
BLU-RAY June 15th, 2010


to be added



SanctuarySeason 2
● 01 End of Nights, Part I ● 02 End of Nights, Part II ● 03 Eulogy ● 04 Hero ● 05 Pavor Nocturnus ● 06 Fragments ● 07 Veritas ● 08 Next Tuesday ● 09 Penance ● 10 Sleepers ● 11 Haunted ● 12 Kali, Part I ● 13 Kali, Part II