A new TV show premiered on the SciFi Channel this year called Sanctuary. Originally a Canadian web series starring several SciFi channel regulars (particularly those from Stargate Atlantis ), the show was given a full season this year using the webisodes to create the first two episodes of the new show.
The writing on the show is excellent in terms of witty banter. The tech guy, Henry, is hilarious. At least once an episode I’ve found myself laughing out loud at something he’s said. The plots are rarely original, but they serve for good Monster-of-the-Week entertainment. There are definite similarities to Torchwood and The X-Files , but they’ve borrowed from whatever source material will give them an advantage.
The latest episode bore a strong resemblance to a classic Star Trek epsiode, The Trouble with Tribbles, but with a bit more gore and violence (in other words, more awesome). Another episode was very similar to the movie The Thing , when a monster impersonates the characters while trapped in an antarctic blizzard. However, even the episodes that seem inspired by other sources impart their own excellence to the story that prevent them from being just more of the same.
If you’re in the mood for a good sci-fi pick with a fair amount of fun, I recommend checking it out.