Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review - Sanctuary Season 3 Episode 11 Pax Romana

Sanctuary has been gone since mid-December! If you can remember all the way back, Helen, Will, Henry, and Kate had been killed by Ranna after trespassing into Praxis. "Pax Romana" begins right where the previous episode leaves off, and the episode is largely with mythology/plot-related material.

The problem facing the city is that there is increasing seismic activity, and the super-abnormal that it supposed to regulate it is currently out of operation. While Helen, Ranna, and Kate go to help the creature, Will and Henry stay behind to track down Adam. After a lot of plot, all is well--John takes care of Adam, the abnormal is saved, the city is saved, and Helen gains partial trust from Ranna.

Just like that, the arc which began very early in the season, stretched on continuously until now is over. Am I disappointed? Considering how long the buildup was compared to the relatively brief payoff, yes. But it was a fine episode by itself and the city still has plenty to be explored.

One thing I'm curious about is the title of the episode, "Pax Romana." There are certainly parallels between the Roman Empire and Praxis--the technology and duration of existence--but does the title imply that Praxis achieved peace by beating their enemies into submission, as the Romans did?

Score: 9.0/10
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