Sanctuary: Failed

It was a nice experiment. But it didn’t work.

The creator of Stargate(s) asked some of his friends (including easily-recognizable actors from Stargate and Atlantis) to put together a new live action series that would sell via the web, Sanctuary. They sell four 17-minute episodes for $10, and so far the first episode was released. The series is pretty cheaply-made (more cheaply than the average cheap Sci-Fi Channel series) and the actors are mostly acting in front of a green screen.

Personally, I don’t think that there’s going to be a second episode. The first episode was uploaded to YouTube already and even as a pirated series it doesn’t make as many waves as it should have. Too bad of course, as Internet is the future for TV too. They are a bit too early, I guess. Or, they should have gone through the iTunes market instead…

Update: My interview with the producer published!

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Brent wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 7:28 AM PST:

For another take on internet-based shows, have you seen The Prom Queen daily 90-second soap-opera for teens? Good product values (for teens). A modern equivalent of what ten years ago was called (I think) The Spot. Whaddya think of 90-seconds web TV?


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Eugenia wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 7:34 AM PST:

Not a bad idea… but judging from the few comments in the forum, this idea didn’t catch on either…


Phil wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 9:59 AM PST:

I quite liked it, including the CGI/green screen styling – but then I liked “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”. It’s more interesting than Stargate to my mind. I watch the U.S. Sci-Fi channel often and feel it’s better than a lot of the content they show. :)

>…Personally, I don’t think that there’s going to be a second episode. …

YouTube seems to have the second “webisode” as well.


mikesum32 wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 10:23 AM PST:

It looks like a lame monster movie, but I could be wrong. Oh no, a guy in a rubber suit !

A Dog’s Breakfast, staring “McKay” and “Dr. Carson Beckett,” on the other hand, looks great.


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Eugenia wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 10:23 AM PST:

Yeah, apparently they have shot the whole thing back in January and they release 17 minutes webisodes every 2 weeks.

I do find the premise interesting, I might ask the company behind it for an interview for osnews.


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Eugenia wrote on May 31st, 2007 at 10:33 AM PST:

“McKay” is on Sanctuary’s first webisode too.


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