Sanctuary (2008–2011)
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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.


Peter DeLuise


Damian Kindler (creator), Sam Egan

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Episode complete credited cast:
Amanda Tapping ... Dr. Helen Magnus
Robin Dunne ... Dr. Will Zimmerman
Emilie Ullerup ... Ashley Magnus
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Bigfoot
Ryan Robbins ... Henry Foss
Katharine Isabelle ... Sophie


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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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Ashley Magnus: Henry! Have you had a chance to check out my Nubbins?
Henry Foss: [appears confused] Oh, you mean the... No, but I would like to.
[the creatures turn transparent when Henry approaches]
Ashley Magnus: Hey... Oh, guys, come on, there's nothing to be afraid of
Henry Foss: [sneezes] Oh, man, I think I'm allergic.
Ashley Magnus: Well, you better get used to them, they're the coolest thing we ever brought back.
[the Nubbins rematerialize]
Henry Foss: Hey... huh, I gotta admit, your nubbins are pretty amazing.
Ashley Magnus: Don't you just wanna squeeze them?
Henry Foss: [looks pained]
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Star Trek rip-off
8 March 2016 | by billbrooks02See all my reviews

I wonder if the writers had seen 'The Trouble with Tribbles'? I have seen the first six of these episodes - how on earth did they get four series out of this? The lead characters seem to be charisma-free, Bigfoot is a routine baddie-turned-good. Have any of these actors gone on to better things(or any things!)? There are no surprises or plot twists in this episode; even the vaunted 'strange goings on' between the principals is just skimmed over and not really developed into anything interesting. Special effects are cursory, but scenery etc. is well done and production values are OK. If you're a fan then this will be alright for you but if you're speculating about the series start with a different episode(can't say which one because none of the episodes I've seen rates above a generous 6).

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