'Sanctuary' Goes Musical

In this week’s new episode Fugue, an abnormal attacks Will Zimmerman’s (Robin Dunne)’s girlfriend FBI agent Abby  Corrigan (Pascale Hutton).
When she wakes in the Sanctuary infirmary, Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) discovers that she’s being taken over by the abnormal, and learn that the only way to communicate with the creature is through singing.
Written and directed by Damian Kindler, Fugue airs Novemeber 25th.
SANCTUARY is on SyFy Fridays at 10:00 PM/9:00 Central.

'Sanctuary: Monsoon' — Sneak Peek

SANCTUARY: Monsoon

Will (Robin Dunne) and Henry (Ryan Robbins) try to track down a missing Abnormal after a shipping container mixup.
Meanwhile, Magnus’ (Amanda Tapping) mission to a remote African island to meet the Sanctuary’s new financial adviser sets off a tense hostage situation.

Guest starring: Carlo Rota, Sandrine Holt, Martin Cummins, and Pascale Hutton. Directed By Martin Wood, from a screenplay by Damian Kindler.
SANCTUARY airs Fridays at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

'Sanctuary' Returns to SyFy

Sanctuary_S2_DVDSyFy’s SANCTUARY returns tonight, after a nearly four month hiatus, with Pax Romana.
When last seen Helen Magnus (Ammanda Tapping) and her eclectic bunch were seemingly executed in the lost world hidden under the surface of the Earth.
Look for a leaner meaner second half of the third season of the series.
Interviewed at Blastr.com star/producer Tapping said:

“Parts of the season feel really hand-to-mouth.After what happens when we come back…  it’s sort of blown the Sanctuary world wide open, and so there’s a massive amount of hand-to-mouth survival. And we do a couple of really small, sweet singular episodes within that, but then we just kind of keep getting hit… There’s a lot of kind of singular—just getting-whacked-in-the-side-of-the-head-with-a-2-by-4 episodes.”

Co-star Robin Dunne (Will Zimmerman ) added:

“It’s a crazy ride, and you’re going to see us in different times and in different dimensions and the impact that Magnus has had on history… And it’s interesting, too, to be at this point talking about it, because the first half is really the lead-up, and the second half of season three really is where things get crazy with Kate (Kate Freelander, played by Agam Darshi) .”

SANCTUARY airs Fridays at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Beyond Sherwood Forest (2009)

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BEYOND SHERWOOD FOREST – which aired on SyFy Channel last year and arrived on home video in May – tries to hammer the Robin Hood mythos into the sword-and-sorcery genre with terrible results. It is a mess of a film, filled with unimpressive CGI, a problematic cast, and severe story issues.

Beyond Sherwood Forest starts with a young Robin Hood witnessing a crappy looking dragon killing his pa. Flash forward a few decades, and Robin Hood (all grown up and played by Robin Dunne) is stealing from the rich to give to the poor and pissing off the evil Prince John (David Richmond-Peck). So Prince John enlists the help of the Sheriff of Nottingham (a very hammy Julian Sands), who uses the crappy looking dragon from the opening to hunt down and kill Robin Hood. But the twist is the shitty looking dragon is actually a pretty damn cute looking shape shifter, Alina (Katharine Isabelle), and the Sheriff promises to help break her curse of turning into a dragon if she kills both Robin Hood and his merry men. There’s also this “stargate-looking” effect that separates two worlds and is never really explained. Fweh!! Got all that?

Besides the story being all over the place, Beyond Sherwood Forest is weak in the acting department. Robin Dunne, who’s no newcomer to the genre (he was in 2002’s American Psycho 2, 2004’s Species 3, & SyFy’s series Sanctuary) is completely miscast as Robin Hood. He gives no edge to the character and is totally unbelievable as a renegade bandit. Erica Durance (2003‘s House of the Dead and 2006‘s Butterfly Effect 2) as Maid Marian, on the other hand, plays her role with energy that is fun to watch while she kicks ass all over the place (plus, she’s not too hard on the eyes). Finally there’s Julian Sands. Oh Julian. Where’s that quirky, borderline crazy “Julian Sands” that starred in Warlock (1989), Arachnophobia (1990), and Naked Lunch (1991)? Here, Sands is just pure cheese, and you couldn’t help thinking, “Sands is no Alan Rickman!!”

Directed by Peter DeLuise (yes, that DeLuise), Beyond Sherwood Forest feels like a lazy film thrown together quickly. Writer Chase Parker, who also penned the other SyFy Channel flicks Boa vs. Python (2004), Path of Destruction (2005), Basilisk: The Serpent King (2006), and Reign of the Gargoyles (2007) has his formula and he sticks to it. He creates characters with no depth, gives them crappy dialogue, and keeps them the same the entire course of the film (no development here, people).

The result is a completely unnecessary attempt to reinvent the Robin Hood story, with minimal action, poor acting, and really bad effects. You can pass on this one.

BEYOND SHERWOOD FOREST (ScFy Channel, 2009; home video May 25, 2010). Directed by Peter DeLuise. Written by Chase Parker. Cast: Robin Dunne, Erica Durance, Julian Sands, Katharine Isabelle, Mark Gibbon, Cainan Wiebe, Richard d Klerk, Bill Dow, Brent Stait, Paul Lazenby.