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    Default Thinking about trying this series out...

    So I'm a long time fan of sci-fi but didn't REALLY get into what I would call the "culture" of it until this summer, when I tried out Stargate SG-1. Since then I have finished up SG-1, Atlantis, started BSG, and thinking about trying out more shows. This happens to be one of the ones I'm thinking of.


    The main complaint I am getting out of the reviews on Amazon is bad special/visual effects, some so bad they can wreck havoc on suspension of disbelief (which I am willing to be put through to a point). But I have read the plot of the show and I cannot deny that it is an appealing one. For season 2, a lot of the reviews seem to say that the show went downhill quickly..So is this true? And is it worth it?
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    I also recently started watching Sanctuary after finishing all the Stargates. I was drawn to it because Amanda was in it, but I was bit a skeptical at first. After only three episodes, I was hooked.

    I think, with the declining reviews, a lot of people were reacting at first
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    Also, they start to develop the series into more of just an episode-by-episode abnormal hunt and give it more of an overall plot. I actually think this was an improvement. And, IMHO, most of the visual effects are very believable. There is only one that ever really bothered me, and it was very brief. I think this is definitely a show that is worth giving a try: there is a lot of good writing and acting, and who doesn't want to watch a show with
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    The show is quite a ride and always keeps things interesting, while still somehow managing to stay believable (IMHO).
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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    ^ please place spoiler tags around the first line of the second paragraph, if not more

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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    Yeah, you just kind of just spoiled a part of the show for me...lol

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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    Sorry, you said you read reviews, so a) I assumed that meant that you knew that part (since most of the reviews I've seen about the second season are pretty vocal about that particular part of the show), and b)since it is several seasons past that stuff and no longer considered 'spoiler' material. My apologies.
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    Lol, I skip over the ones that are obviously going to be talking about details of the plot

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    I'd say it depends on what you look for in a show. If you're really into special/visual effects, than maybe it wouldn't be the best show for you (but nowhere NEAR as bad as SyFy movies, well not typically anyway). But if you're looking for great story lines and especially great characters, then it's totally for you.

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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dixie_Vampiress View Post
    I'd say it depends on what you look for in a show. If you're really into special/visual effects, than maybe it wouldn't be the best show for you (but nowhere NEAR as bad as SyFy movies, well not typically anyway). But if you're looking for great story lines and especially great characters, then it's totally for you.
    I can live with bad special effects if they aren't bad enough that they can completely ruin suspension of disbelief...Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gen. Chris View Post
    I can live with bad special effects if they aren't bad enough that they can completely ruin suspension of disbelief...Lol
    Well personally I don't think they are THAT bad (not that I would know anything about that kind of thing). They do have their moments, but imo the stories and amazing characters make up for it.

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    If you've just watched Stargate, which has very bad special effects if you look back at the beginning of the show with the technology we have today, then I don't think you'll find the visual/special effects all that bad in Sanctuary.

    Just try it out, if you don't like it just stop watching
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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    Personally I don't find special effect so bad they would usually affect on how enjoyable the show is. Two episodes have suffered from the effects, imho.

    But then again, I actually like the effects in old Star Wars movies

    2nd season and quality of the plot... Some things became different, that is true, and I think some people didn't like the developments.

    In general I liked the changes. Not because they are all that great, but there is only so many seasons one can write monster of the week episodes before it gets boring. The changes were needed, and even when some of the awe I loved in the first season was lost, I think the changes did more food than harm to the quality.

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    Sorry I let this go...


    I'm going to wait on this show until Winter Break or maybe after...I wanna try out other shows as well...The sci-fi genre is mostly untapped for me, and I still have many shows to go

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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    Quote Originally Posted by Gen. Chris View Post
    Sorry I let this go...


    I'm going to wait on this show until Winter Break or maybe after...I wanna try out other shows as well...The sci-fi genre is mostly untapped for me, and I still have many shows to go
    oh okay. sanctuary might not have the best special effects but the storyline is great as are the charcter's and actors.

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    Though Sanctuary has science-fiction window dressing, it really is not science-fiction. Science-fiction is generally the kind of story that could happen. Sanctuary is all about abnormal creatures, species, and things that go bump in the night. It's basically a dark fantasy with sci-fi elements, mostly in the realm of gadgets and such. That said, it is a very fun show to watch. I've only seen the first two seasons, but from that, I can say the show is very entertaining. If you like dark fantasy, give it a go. I've really got to make the time to see the third season. From what I've read, the episodes sound very good.

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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    It still sounds like something I could like...lol

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    So far, the only complaints I have are short seasons (13 episodes) and the departure of a really great first-season character. Usually, I don't mind a change in cast if the actor backs out or the writers feel the character isn't working. When you see the beginning of the second season, you'll know what I mean.

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    Yeah...Well I'm used to short seasons for good shows (later seasons of Friday Night Lights, all seasons of 4400, practically all seasons of The Dead Zone, etc)

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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    I grew up on shows that had 26-episode seasons. 13 episodes is just too short. Two short seasons feels like one regular season with a ridiculously long mid-season break. Star Trek traditionally had 26 episodes a season with rare exception. Stargate had 22, and then 20 episodes a season. 20 episodes is short enough as it is. 13 episodes? Come on! I want to see more!

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    well season 3 is 20 something episodes. and it did seem like a good length (though i watched it in september, so no long gaps for me).

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    Default Re: Thinking about trying this series out...

    I agree...though for non-major networks it seems like 13 or so episodes seems to be normal...Look at USA. Almost ALL shows are 16 episodes a season with rare exceptions. It even affected L&O CI when it switched networks.

    At least it isn't like Doctor Who where it's 13 episodes a season and $50 bucks normal for each season on DVD.

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