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Shallow Sanctuary Picspam and Review of S03E20 "Into the Black" [Jun. 22nd, 2011|06:40 pm]
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I understand the reason they have “previously on”, but watching those bunch of clips, it makes it really easy to predict the story: Hollow Earth, Worth as the villain, fighting against the clock to save the planet being exposed to a plethora of abnormals. Doesn’t make it less fun though ;)

10 seconds in and we already have a “Bloody Hell”. I swear, I haven’t sworn this much due to fandom since I first discovered Tarantino when I was 18.

Why yes, I am that obsessed with Henry. And, yes, I’m annoyed he wasn’t greeted by the TV woman. She greeted Will and Helen, but not him! *pouts*

I took this cap because Henry + technology is my OTP and so him holding the computer tablet… yeah.

Gratuitous Helen because she is pretty.


First time I’ve realised this episode is called “Into the Black”. So, combining it with the last episode… “Out of the Blue” and “Into the Black”. This amuses me more than it should.

Yeah, I like Henry.

I’d shake Kate’s hand.

Urgh. I’m watching this episode after watching X-Men: First Class. Humans are jackasses. I’m sure not all of them are. But it’s starting to feel like it.

Er, isn’t the motto supposed to be “innocent until proven guilty”?

I love Henry and Helen scenes. She’s more than just his employer, she raised him, but it’s nice to see him question her.

I still think they missed a trick by not having the Pteradactyl in Wales, Cardiff in reference to Torchwood, but I guess it could still Myfanwy (headcanon FTW) Still, there is there the trope: Britain is only London Oh well.

Aww, Henry! I can see his point. He wants to be “mutant and proud” as it were. He’s such a woobie, and he’s had to change his own self-identity due to his coming of age wolf storyline. He’s been able to accept the wolf in him and now his mentor is telling him that the humans aren’t ready for abnormals? Ouch!

I understand Helen’s POV too though. This episode is showing the humans as bastards. She’s been alive long enough to have witness the worst of humanity. But poor Henry. He looks so vulnerable in t-shirt and jeans, his hands in his pockets, so naïve and hopeful. (I may be projecting a little, I dunno)

Ooh, I guessed Worth was coming back but I genuinely thought he killed her. Ha! I like being surprised.

Urgh, people are still being jerks.

Henry calls Helen away from a conference meeting.

Knew it! Hello Druitt XD Oh, and he comes baring the news that Adam is alive. He’s never a killer when you want him to be, is he?

Yay for Bigfoot! And at least they show the abnormals being mild jerks too, only accepting help from other abnormals. I feel sorry for Kate. She’s discriminated against by the military and by the abnormals.

Cute abnormal guy who is nice to Kate. He’s either going to get hurt, die or be evil.


If I could draw, I’d love to do fanart of that. Sanctuary would be an awesome graphic novel.

I hate my brain. It now wants to ship Druitt/Worth.

Huh, turns out Worth is still suffering from Dead Little Daughter syndrome and even though she died over a hundred years ago, he wants to use the device he stole from Hollow Earth to save her.

Yikes. Druitt planned to go back in time with Worth, but so he could stop them all from injecting the source blood. He’s doing it so him and Helen could grow old together, live their lives out together. Damn Christopher Heyerdahl for being such a good actor, I really find that romantic.Or maybe just damn me for being twisted.

I don’t blame Helen for being angry and cynical about Druitt because she has every right to be. Changing history is kind of a big deal. Not to mention the emotional baggage between them. Still, Worth betrayed Druitt. My heart is in my mouth for both of them.

Wait, the Maybourne is called “Villanova” in this? That’d be an awesome name for a super villain!

I like it when Helen and Druitt work together. The look on Helen’s face made me lol though.

Whereas this almost made me cry! Helen just told Druitt she never wants to see him again after this is over. I’m sure she’s just saying that to spare herself any more heartache, she did love him at one point and he broke her heart. Very British to push him away after that, even though he’s tried constantly to win her back. He does care for her. He’s just not always himself and he’s not always sane/safe. Ow, my heart!

Wow, Helen is still so beautiful, even when they’re arguing and unloading some really ugly emotions.

Helen: You’d really wipe out the last 100 years without so much as a second thought?

Druitt: To be with you? Oh yes.

Dammit! I squeed. I’m very keen on not changing the past. Cause and effect is a major theme I find myself fascinated by. The lives of Henry, Will and Kate certainly would end up a lot different as well as countless others if Helen’s past was changed. Still, his devotion and passion would make me waver. I’m usually a fairly cold-hearted Brit, but he moves me in ways that slightly scare me. Dammit, I love Druitt more than I should. A lot more!

Meanwhile, some abnormals are causing trouble for Kate and the guy I think she’d like to date.

Will is trying to be diplomatic and prove to the screen humans that they don’t need to act like jerks when he sees a fight breaking out on the monitor. Cute abnormal guy got into a fight defending Kate’s honour. Sweet, but not very helpful.

Helen and Druitt are in abandoned Praxis. I think their expression says all we need to know about the state of that place.

Wow. This is quite a lot of info to absorb. The time dilation bubble that killed Ravi and the town a couple of episodes back was caused by Worth, obviously, but was only able to manifest due to a hole made when Helen trapped the Fire Elemental back during the second world war.

Just as I’ve wrapped my head around that, Druitt finds something else to cause alarm. The walking stick of Helen’s father is in the rubble, snapped in two. Poor Gregory Magnus!

Kate has just overheard the abnormals talking, rallying and rebelling. It really does seem an “us v. them” deal and that never works out fair.

He knows something, but he can’t/won’t tell.

Poor Kate (okay, I admit, this was just another excuse to get another pretty picture of her)

Helen so wears the trousers in the Helen/Druitt relationship. She probably wore them in the 19th century too.

Will finds the Hollow Earth woman dead. No screencaps, because I don’t find a fresh corpse or Will all that interesting.

Creepy, evil, abnormal Thor lookalike is going to use to this cause uproar. I’m betting he’s the one who probably killed her.

Oh Will, you really ain’t a fighter.

I like seeing Will hurt, a lot more than I should. Sanctuary tends to bring out the sadistic side to me, it’s a little scary.

Bigfoot to the rescue! Yay! XD

Aww, Henry. Keep it together dude. You’re doing amazing. He sounds so stressed, bless him. Life at the Sanctuary is never dull. Kate and Bigfoot are still trapped with the Praxis abnormals, Druitt gave Henry the data Helen downloaded from Adam’s computer and Henry has just learned that Praxis has been destroyed.

Now really isn’t the time for me to be thinking that Will’s t-shirt is better suited to Henry. Perhaps it IS Henry’s. Perhaps they’re at a clothes-sharing, slightly slashy point in their relationship. Yeah, I'm kinda bad at focusing. Oops?

He is such a woobie, I just want to huggle him!

Random shot of Will because I like his bruises.

Amanda Tapping’s gun bum strikes again.

Awww, Henry’s face when it’s revealed the BigGuy is being held hostage. And Kate is still in there too!

Helen has discovered that Worth is still there, just inaccessible.

Henry and Will are trying to avoid a massacre. They’re given 1 hour before the military attack the camps. I don’t know how they manage to do it, I’m so anxious and I’m just a viewer but Will and Henry manage to stay calm and talk things through.

I don’t care for Worth a jot but his line “Well, if it isn’t my favourite dysfunctional couple” about Druitt and Helen made me lol. My sentiments exactly.

Actually, scrap that. I do think Worth is a mischievous little bugger. Okay, redoing history is probably more than a little mischievous but I love the way he toys with Helen and Druitt. Worth could only choose one year to travel back to and travelling to Druitt’s chosen year would have meant the future may have changed and Worth’s daughter may not have been born.  Worth couldn’t risk that.

Okay. This Christopher Heyerdahl crush I have is really starting to creep me out. I even got squiggly feelings when Worth talked about how cross Druitt was when he realised, doing that menacing thing with his voice. Guh, his voice!

Meanwhile, Henry uses his tech magic and Will uses his talk magic to realise that Abnormals from Hollow Earth took hostages at the camp in order to create a diversion away from a much larger invasion.

Hehehe. Crazy-pants is now my favourite word/phrase/thing. Thank you Henry.

Druitt is going to sacrifice his sanity/humanity so Helen can get to Worth. I do hope this means Druitt will be the sadistic bad guy again and not just, y’know, die.

Turns out the sacrifice is still too late. A time portal opens up and Worth steps through.

Helen walks through, not even looking back at Druitt.

Henry’s woobie face as he realises the scale of the invasion.

Who knew the 19th century had such CGI? Soo, Helen is stuck there. That’s quite a nice, fanfic-fodder of a cliff-hanger!

A very intense episode but it was the finale, so that was only to be expected. Cliff-hangers don’t really bother me, but I’m looking forward to see it being resolved.

It’s a pity that Tesla wasn’t in this episode, but I’m sure the fanfic writers will make up for that.

I'm a huge fan of time travel and this has made me personally happy. I planned a SL for a small fandom RP of mine which involved Jack the Ripper and time travel, but the RP disbanded before it got to be played out. Looking forward to see how Helen handles this.

As for me, it’s probably a good thing I’m really busy lately or I would be SUPER tempted to write some dark!Druitt fic. And some woobie!Henry fic. Probably both.

Anyway, I have ranted enough. What are your thoughts about the ep and my little picspam/review thing?



[User Picture]From: grav_ity
2011-06-22 05:57 pm (UTC)
I still think they missed a trick by not having the Pteradactyl in Wales, Cardiff in reference to Torchwood, but I guess it could still Myfanwy (headcanon FTW)

You know there's fic about this, right? And I think there should be a sequel, I'm just saying.

Mostly my reaction to this episode is split evenly between:



2. I do like the idea of her living back through time again and picking up after she leaves (timey-whimey...goes ding when there's stuff), but I am less cool with the fact that this will totally not happen, that there will be some sort of magical reset, that they changed Druitt's reaction to electricity JUST TO MAKE HIM EVIL SO THAT HELEN COULD SLEEP WITH SOMEONE ELSE, and that people are finding his whole "genius" plan romantic (see previous re: erasing Helen Magnus).
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[User Picture]From: palmaceae
2011-06-22 06:17 pm (UTC)
but I am less cool with the fact that this will totally not happen, that there will be some sort of magical reset
YES YES. There's this whole discussion about how changing history is BAD because what happened was meant to happen.... except for those last 2 weeks, we can change that because it shouldn't have happened.

Theoretically then, when they do the reset, John won't have gone evil again because it wouldn't have happened. I hope they remember that next season, but I have a feeling they won't.

Lol I feel like I'm stalking you but fando
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[User Picture]From: maekala
2011-06-22 06:31 pm (UTC)
Judging mostly on his facial expression when Helen was talking about erasing the last hundred years and erasing who she is, I honestly don't think John thought of it like that. Did he consider the ramifications to the rest of the world and that history would be changed? Yes, definitely. But I think he genuinely believes that Helen Magnus has always had it in her to become the woman she is today and taking away the source blood wouldn't take away her BAMF qualities, just make their lives shorter and maybe take away the heartache they've both suffered. So she would be the same wonderful woman we know, just faster. Sort of. I really don't think he considered it at all. Of course, that's why I have no problems with how pissed Helen was because that's pretty much all she sees.

I will also freely admit that I love Druitt's character and Helen/John is the first het OTP I've shipped in a LONG time so I'm holding onto it as tightly as I can. I'm hoping that Helen's metaphoric slap in the face to him (never wanting to see him again) will knock some sense into him and make him realize that blind devotion with not enough thought to the consequences will not win her back. Assuming, of course, that there's not some sort of reset.

Basically, I love the ship and the characters because they are pretty much doomed from the start and I have a huge soft spot for those kinds of relationships.
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[User Picture]From: grav_ity
2011-06-22 08:12 pm (UTC)
John never considers the ramifications. EVER. That's probably why Helen loves him in the first place. ;)

SO DOOMED. *hearts them*
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-22 08:12 pm (UTC)
THIS. I think he was so focused on getting back a Helen that loves him that he was oblivious to what else would happen because of it.

Yay! Glad you freely admit your Druitt love. I'm hopelessly head over heels myself.

Loved reading your response. Cheers
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-22 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oooh, point me to the fic, please. (I'll add it to my "to-read" list)

Druitt doesn't really see it as erasing Magnus, merely resetting her to a point in time where she didn't hate him. It's a twisted plan, just as twisted as Worth's but he's really not thinking with his brain, only his heart.

Yeah, the whole changing Druitt's reaction to electricity thing was annoying. Helen/John is such an epic pairing that they've created an obstacle for themselves.

The only way John/Helen could work was if he "erased" the past 100 years, because there is too much for her to forgive, so I see why he wanted that but I can see why Helen is so pissed.

I've not really found any one else who found the plan romantic, more desperate.

Still, I'm reserving judgement until season 4, waiting to see how they handle it. I really hope I'm not disappointed.
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-22 09:28 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!!! *adds it to my "to-read" list until I see the pairing, and then I simply have to read it right now* Cheers x

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[User Picture]From: grav_ity
2011-06-22 09:34 pm (UTC)

When it came up on the Kink Meme, I was all "I DID NOT KNOW I NEEDED THIS, BUT NOW I REALLY, REALLY NEED IT!" and then it HAPPENED and *hearts*
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-22 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yay! Read it and actually saved it to my harddrive so I can reread it again and again.

I'm fairly new to the fandom, but I feel lucky to be in a fandom with such talented writers and imaginative people. So yes, *hearts* indeed <3
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[User Picture]From: grav_ity
2011-06-22 10:44 pm (UTC)
I feel, then, that it is only fair I point you to Six Things To Know About Dating James Watson. And then everything else in that fic tag.

(And then my James/Declan stories, which are on my fic masterlist.)
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[User Picture]From: fellowshipper
2011-06-22 11:51 pm (UTC)
that they changed Druitt's reaction to electricity JUST TO MAKE HIM EVIL SO THAT HELEN COULD SLEEP WITH SOMEONE ELSE

That is my worst fear, especially after all the articles I've read about Amanda wanting a love interest for Helen next season. Pete Shanahan Effect. *shudders*
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[User Picture]From: grav_ity
2011-06-23 01:03 am (UTC)
I would LOVE it if Helen had a love interest next season (particularly if, as Amanda is holding out for, it's a woman. And REALLY if they manage to land, say, Teryl Rothery). But to me that does not preclude Helen/John. I've been waiting for artaxastra to marshal her thoughts and she has, and now I can put words to it as well (not here though, obviously, as it will be long).
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[User Picture]From: fellowshipper
2011-06-23 03:53 am (UTC)
LOL, I could actually support Teryl as a love interest! I just don't want it to be with some random guy who's perfect for her on paper but a total snooze ship on screen. It's happened so many times in shows that I've watched that I'm wary of the whole "love interest" phrase if it's not with an established character. From what I've seen, introducing a character solely as a love interest without letting them stand on their own merits first never works out. (And I'll be especially upset if they end the awesome/angsty/epicness of the H/J ship for it, but I guess we'll see.)
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-23 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yep. Teryl Rothery is an amazing actress and we know the actors have chemistry, so I'd fully support it. I don't think it precludes Helen/John either, but the way the last scene was written with Druitt it seems like the writers are making it seem that way. I just feel like Druitt deserves better. He deserves continuity, he deserves subtlety, he deserves depth and I'm worried he'll lose that in order to make Helen's choice more reasonable.

I'm okay with Helen having another romantic interest, so long as Druitt's character doesn't suffer for it.
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[User Picture]From: maekala
2011-06-22 06:36 pm (UTC)
You know, this is the first time in a LONG time that I've found Will not as annoying. I think it has a lot to do with Abby/Abby-longing not being there. Love the actress, but hate the character. He's also one of those characters that I don't like as much by himself but I love him when he's working with Henry. Because Henry makes everything better...also I ship them, hard.

And on a Henry note! Is it just me or did the second shirt make him look ten times hotter?!? Maybe it's the beard but it made him look less like "the tech guy who occasionally takes messages" to "very important part of the system who you do NOT mess with". I mean, he's always been vital to the system, but now he's looking the part. Yes? Someone tell me I'm not imagining this?
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-22 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yep, I thought Will wasn't actively annoying in this episode. And yes, Henry can make everything better. Especially Will, because Will/Henry was the first thing I noticed.

His first t-shirt made him look like a vulnerable kid, so yeah, I think the second shirt made him look a bit more professional, but you're just comparing utter hotness with utter hotness. I don't think you're imagining it. But then, I am a Foss fanatic, so I'm very biased.
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[User Picture]From: fellowshipper
2011-06-22 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I gotta admit that I also found the whole "I wanna turn back time so I can be with you" thing a bit romantic, though totally twisted. But I also love a serial killer way more than I should, so...

I also think that Druitt wanted a life with his wife and daughter and where he wasn't a killer so much that he was willing to do anything and didn't really think about the consequences. He deserves a little slap in the face but permanently throwing him out of her life is a bit harsh.

As others have said, I'm very interested to see what happens in season 4 and hope that they resolve this adequately. If this whole thing was just an excuse to give Helen a new love interest, I'm gonna be so pissed.
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-23 03:48 pm (UTC)
I'm in two minds about the Druitt as villain thing: he is oddly hot when he's evil, but it does seem an excuse just so Helen can have another love interest. I'm not happy about that, but I reserve judgement until I've seen the potential love interest. I think it would be sort of cool if they brought back Watson for that. I dunno. We'll have to wait and see. Thanks for commenting.
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[User Picture]From: querulouspeg
2011-06-23 02:22 am (UTC)
Argh gah! Amanda is soooo pretty -I'm a little surprised you didn't have a gratuitous leg shot in here!

Always enjoy a picspam so YAY!
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[User Picture]From: beautybecks
2011-06-23 03:54 pm (UTC)
Looks like I missed a trick, because yep, she is.

Glad you enjoyed it.
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2011-11-01 03:09 pm (UTC)
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