Sanctuary: Season 1, Episode 6

Nubbins (7 Nov. 2008)

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Dr. Magnus, Ashley and Will retrieve two species of abnormal that have the ability to camouflage so well that they are near invisible. One appears to be a vicious predator, the other a cute, furry animal but nothing is as it appears.



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The sanctuary team respond to a call for help from a cargo ship and arrive by helicopter only to find that everyone on board has died a violent death. There are several now empty animal cages in the cargo hold but a few are occupied - by creatures they have never before seen. Two of the creatures are cute little things that Ashley calls nubbins. They soon reproduce a litter of 14 little ones and in general, the nubbins have an interesting effect on those around them. When they escape from their cages, they have a major problem on their hands. Dr. Magnus meanwhile that she has been asked in a will to perform an autopsy on Maurice MacRae who was convinced he was an abnormal. His granddaughter Sophie stays at the sanctuary until the autopsy is finalized but senses something strange about the the place. This proves essential to bringing the nubbins under control. Written by garykmcd

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In which they successfully introduce a "Furby" like menace...
21 March 2010 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

In this episode Will, Dr Magnus and Ashley enter an aborted expedition and meet up with two distinct Alien races.The first is a giant dog and the second, which they decide to call a "Nubbin" is a cross between a Furbyand a Critter. They both can turn into a "stealth" mode and disappear into the background. They bring them into the Sanctuary for further studies but when Ashley disobeys her mother's warnings and has a "Nubbin" freed an outburst of the creatures populace puts them into a tight spot. Also the Nubbins appear to stimulate the Mansion's owner's minds in an unexpected way, too.Also we meet Sophie the grand-daughter of a deceased man who thought himself as an Abnormal.

This episode might not be as imaginative as you can expect and it gets down to predictable at some points, especially at the end and the way the "Nubbins" are eliminated, but overall it's good solid entertainment. The actors feel more connected to their characters and the pace is fast. Sophie's story ties well into the main plot and she is a good addition to the episode. The "Nubbins's" menace is effective and could have more development especially since they show us these little buggers can be very brutal. Another thing is the fact that they stimulate the sexual impulses of the character's which could have given some excellent plot lines to exploit in future episodes if the creative team did not water down the whole thing into a "safe-for-all-family mode.

This episode is just a glimpse of what this TV show can become if it gets more serious in the script department. It is a lot better than the previous five installments and has it's moments but it's not perfect yet especially at points where the characters don't act their own age.

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