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.
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 lovelife 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.
Initially, I thought that the second season of Primeval would have 13 episodes, but they will only have 7 episodes. The next season will have 13 episodes. This is the first part of the season finale. We learn much on what Helen is planning, but not exactly what she discovered in the future.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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A wholly Colombian mammoth (hairless) is loose on the motorway and is creating havoc.
Abby tells Connor that he has to tell Cutter. They are having a secret meeting in their gym. Cutter says that someone is working against them. They have access to the anomaly detector. Helen meets with Stephen. He tells Helen about the conspiracy. It’s actually her conspiracy.
Jenny has done her job and contained the situation for now. The mammoth is on a rampage. Cutter needs Stephen, but he’s busy giving Helen the rundown on what will happen. Stephen is all wrapped up in her fingers.
A motorist is trapped in her car with her son. Her legs are stuck. She is making a lot of noise. They need her to shut up. Abby has got an idea. She hops into a Lotus Elise. The bitch in the car screams when Cutter tells her to shut up. He was trying to get the steering column off her legs. She starts to scream. The mammoth attacks their car. Connor hops into a lorry. Cutter is able to get her out finally. The kid honks the horn. It distracts the elephant. Abby comes back with female elephant urine. The mammoth will be attracted to it. The anomaly winks out of existence. Cutter dupes the mammoth into the cab of the lorry. Connor is able to close the ramp.
A reporter is snooping around and wants to find out what is going on. Cutter is confronted with Stephen and Helen. Cutter fires Stephen.
Abby is feeding the mammoth. He isn’t really fired because shows up at the ARC. He tries to talk with her about what he is trying to do. Abby tells him that she is with Cutter. Stephen is talking with Cutter. Stephen makes a crack about Helen. Cutter punches him a good one on the face.
Cutter has Connor do something to the anomaly detector. Leek is watching them program something into the machine.
Stephen and Helen are talking in his place.
Leek signs for a delivery from a van. It’s got the future predator in it. Connor reprogrammed the anomaly to come through the door of the church they are in. The detector will feed false information to the people monitoring them.
Caroline delivers Rex to Leek. She wants to know more. He says that he can show her. Jenny is the one who shows up with a goon squad. He pulls out a gun at her. He asks her who sent her. Leek sent her. Cutter knows who the leak is. It’s Leek. How long will he take to figure out that Helen is behind everything?
Lester finds the ARC deserted and wonders what is going on. Future predator is after him. The predator has already killed people. Leek has left a message for Lester. He tells him that he is going to die. The future predator has got some kind of implant on its head. Lester wanders into the gym and inadvertently starts some music. The music blinds the predator since he uses echolocation to hunt. Camera Obscura is playing.
Lester uses the mammoth to kill the predator.
Jenny is still pissed at Cutter for pointing a gun at her.
Connor hacks into Leek’s personal file. The hack activates a bomb on the van. They’ve got to disarm it. They do so by taking out the van’s battery.
Leek reports to Helen. She is cross with him.
Cutter examines the advanced neural clamp from the predator. He wants to trace the radio signals.
Stephen is starting to doubt Helen.
They trace Leek and Lester leads a military team. Lester is going to the wrong place.
Connor traces Caroline’s mobile and arrives at Leek’s hideout. Leek is waiting for them. He knocks Cutter out. He wakes up and finds Helen kissing him. He finds out she is working with Leek. They are in a holding facility with a lot of predators.
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