Primeval S04E05 (ITV)

Old Primeval cast, via Wikipedia

Primeval is a British science fiction drama television program produced by Impossible Pictures for ITV. The first episode was broadcast on 10th February 2007, and was renewed for a second series by ITV, which started on 12th January 2008.

The series follows a team of scientists who investigate anomalies in time and deal with the creatures that travel through. The team of five is led by Professor Nick Cutter, a palaeontologist determined to find his wife, who disappeared while investigating an anomaly in the Forest of Dean eight years previously.

From the Wikipedia entry on Primeval.

As much as the premise sounds ridiculous, the series is actually quite good. Things really get interesting when the predator from the future arrives in our timeline and wreaks havoc. There is also the enigmatic Helen, Dr. Nick Cutter’s ex-wife, who travels between times. She’s trying to get to the future era, but spends most of her time in the Permian Era.

I actually like the second series a lot more than the new season of Torchwood, and that’s saying a lot. The actors are good in Primeval and they have good chemistry, something that is completely absent from Torchwood. To confound matters even further, Dr. Cutter changed something by traveling into the past. Claudia Brown is missing and no one knows of her. He might have just stepped into an alternate worldline. However, clues are shown that there might be other time traveling agents involved. This show is really getting good.

Most definitely, Primeval is way better that the current season of Torchwood. Primeval is better than the first season of Torchwood. There are better action scenes, the script is better and it’s just plain more entertaining. The team is interesting and although Connor, Cutter and Stephen’s love life is a part of the show, it’s part of the fun. Connor is just the über geek. Stephen is still sleeping with Helen, behind Cutter’s back. Cutter doesn’t know what to do about the Claudia Brown mystery.

I was pretty happy to learn that Primeval would be coming back in 2011. Cutter is still dead, as is Helen, and Danny is missing, but Abby an Connor make it back. Immediately, some of the characters hint toward some kind of conspiracy. It’s been a year since Connor and Abby have disappeared, and much has changed. The ARC facility is now under a PPP, and the new boss is interested in all things relating to the anomalies.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Some dude looking for UFOs finds dinos instead.

Philip offers a job to Connor; he wants him to head his team over at his company, spending all of his time in the lab. He says that the animals are just a distraction; it’s the anomalies that they are interested in. Connor has to square it with Abby first.

Lester is reprimanding Matt and Abby. Matt knows that Philip is up to something. There is an anomaly warning. It’s unstable. Philip wants a team down there. Matt wants to look for the lost Lady and Ethan. James vetoes that idea. He tells him to head out with Connor and Abby. Abby tells Connor that she wouldn’t work with Philip.

The locals are going on about a wyrm. Matt asks Connor about Philip. Connor says that Philip offered him a job at Prospero, his private anomaly research lab. In Witchfield, livestock and people have been going missing for decades.

Abby finds some creature residue. Matt finds the tent that’s been ripped apart. Then, he finds body parts in the river. He sees something swimming towards a fisher. It’s some kind of water-based dinosaur. It looks like a big crocodile.

Jess finds CCTV footage of Ethan kidnapping Emily. James has Jess call Matt in to deal with this. The dino is a labyrinthodont. Philip wants them to find the anomaly. Something is keeping it open. James tells them to disregard that order and go after the creature. Philip makes them split up. Abby goes after the creature. Philip doesn’t know that Matt has gone after Emily.

The locals are dumping something into the sewer. They are worried about the cops turning up.

Jess looks fetching with her hair down. She looks a lot better than when she does her hair up. James has to be ops for Matt and help him find Emily. Ethan can drive a car. There’s more to him.

Connor is tracking the anomaly. It’s in a cave. He hears some more creatures. He tells Abby. She starts the RV she’s been stuck in for a while. She dropped her gun.

Connor finds some strange sludge. It’s the stuff that the locals are pouring down the drain. It’s some kind of acid. The anomaly in acid makes some kind of electrolysis. That’s what keeping the anomaly from being stable.

Abby crashes the RV. She’s out cold. There’s another creature behind Connor. It’s a juvenile and it calls out to its mother. The villager knocks Connor out. His mom comes down. The juvenile is dying from the acid. It’s got something to do with them selling fuel. The village had crafted the gates to keep the creatures in. He opened it so that it would kill the UFO enthusiast. The big one comes back. It kills the mom and son. Connor fights the big creature. He thinks that it ate Abby. Her black box signal is coming from inside of it. Abby arrives. The anomaly is open again. The diesel is keeping it open. The two creatures leave.

Matt finds Ethan. They fight. Emily is in some crypt. Matt finds her. Matt reports to his minder. He’s pissed that he let Ethan go. He wants to use Emily as bait to find Ethan.

Connor tells Philip that he can’t accept his offer. He wants to compromise. He wants to work on Philip’s projects in his spare time. Philip wills set up a lab at the ARC.

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