Saturday, November 21, 2009

TVOD: Sanctuary and the Godly Blitzkrieg


It used to be that "Sci-Fi/Syfy Original Series" usually translated into Secret Sun-ese as "for the love of God, stay far away from your TV set." Over the years, that's slowly evolved into "what the hell, there's nothing else on."

Amanda Tapping starred in some Stargate things, which I didn't hold against her when checking out Sanctuary last night. The premise seems remarkably similar to the BBC's Torchwood series (which I still haven't done much on yet), but distinctly Canadian. I had no idea what was going on in the episode, but found it fairly easy to figure it all out, unlike some of these endless sci-fi serials

Not the best thing I've ever seen, but well-produced enough to keep my interest. Of course, the presence of Erica Cerra in last night's episode (not on Hulu yet) kept things interesting.

Cerra's next role is as Hera in the Percy Jackson film (see PJ-related Sync Log here). Which in turn merits its own Sync Log, since the missus and I originally planned to watch the old Clash of the Titans (Percy-Perseus, get it?) but opted for Sanctuary because she was working late. Synchronicity has a funny way of working around your schedule. 

Speaking of which, there's the new Percy Jackson trailer, part of a godly blitzkrieg which will bring a new Clash, Thor and Hercules to the big screen. This is all part of the Digital Apotheosis - computer technology bringing the rich psychic tapestry of Mythology to life in ways not seen since the Mycenaean Age.

It's going to be a lot of fun tracking what kind of aftershocks this will have in the culture at large, particularly as these stories become increasingly immersive with 3D and IMAX.

You kind of get the feeling that the gods are having the time of their lives these days, able to play out their eternal dramas across these giant movie screens without constantly being bothered by supplicants and petitioners whining for this miracle or that blessing, bla bla bla. But we can talk about all of that sometime in the near future.

UPDATE: Just to bring it all full circle, Reader Justin points us to an article linking the Twilight mythos to Etruscan mythology. Which I'm going to guess is unconscious. 

Bonus sync: the article is written by a Bija Knowles.