I was just wondering the other day, watching the episodes of Sanctuary from this website, the moment where all this started. Yes, the beginning of this superbly fantastic show, through what was termed as webisodes. I recall there were eight webisodes in total, each with duration of around fifteen or twenty minutes I guess.
And the reception it got was so astounding that the production team and the creator Damian Kindler then created a full fledged show out of it. This whole series was aired bi – weekly from May, 2005 till August of the same year. The star cast in this series included: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Emilie Ullerup and Christopher Heyerdahl, all of them later went on to star in the TV version of the show as well.
The whole concept was unique. Absolutely unique I would say as there are seldom any shows which use internet as their primary distribution medium, selling the web episodes, created in Canada to the audience directly through the official website.
Then, there was this concept of making these web episodes more interactive. The viewers were motivated to speak out their minds through several ways, like participation on discussions raging around on the forums on the site or checking out the blog. I remember a friend and I, used to have this routine of checking out the forums every evening. The friend of mine was also an enthusiast of art and design and used to devote a lot of time on cooking up remixes of the episodes, doing up some art work and even shared screen captures with other fans.
Oh what a time that was! There used to be an official fan site too, where long discussion on episodes, checking out of the designs, and several other things we used to do in whatever time we could possibly spare. It was the uniqueness of the show, I think that charmed us.
The uncut scenes where you can see the stars, seated facing the green screen, could be seen after each web episode, like what is called as an icing over the cake.
Now even though they had said after signing a 13 – episode deal worth Sci Fi Channel that the web series would continue but they are no longer available on the internet.
Just some memories linger on.