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.
So, the next season has started. I’ve been waiting for this show for a while. The unique blend of time travel and dinosaurs actually works quite well. This episode was one of the best ways to start the season. All of the players are involved once again. Helen is back with the Cleaners from the future, Lester’s new boss is actually responsible for trying to get some future tech from Helen, but failed and the crew gets some new faces. Plus they have to fight a giant Egyptian crocodile.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
* * * * *
The show starts at the British Museum. An anomaly appears in the middle of four Egyptian sculptures. It’s called the Sun Cage. It’s some giant crocodile or alligator. The anomaly winks away.
The top man Lester briefs Becker, a new recruit, at the ARC. He’ll be there to beef up security. He wants him to stick with the team like glue.
Back at the Egyptian exhibition, Sarah Page is trying to study the statues but Marion denies her access. She’s running late. Later, Marion discovers the anomaly and ends up dead.
Jennifer tries to make Cutter feel better about losing Stephen. They were about to go out for dinner. Cutter calls Abby. She gets Connor. She sends Rex to wake Connor up. They meet up with Cutter at the museum. Captain Becker is the Special Forces captain in charge of the soldiers. They find Dr. Page running around. She runs off and locks herself in the room with the anomaly. Some kind of gigantic crocodile is after her. It gets out when some men open the storage bay. It’s a Pristichampsus, a giant crocodile that can run on two feet.
Christine Johnson calls Lester. She is in charge of the military liaison with the ARC. She wants to meet with him for a briefing.
Connor and Dr. Page are trying to figure out the Sun Cage. She says that the Sun Cage is cursed. She says that anyone that touches it is cursed for life. Connor keeps breaking stuff. Page says that the Sun Cage was probably made to capture an anomaly, not the sun. The cage is made out of magnetite, a magnetic stone. Connor figures out that when the Sun Cage was moved, the anomaly was moved with it. Another Pristichampsus comes after Connor. Page saves him. The soldiers shoot at it.
Abby and Cutter have lost the tracks. It’s 55 million years old. Cutter finds a tooth and knows that it’s some kind of croc. They go to the river. They figure out the name of the creature, a Pristichampsus. Abby says that it will have to come out for food and warmth.
Lester arrives at the Home Office. Johnson is waiting for him. She gives him compliments on his attire. As quickly as he arrives, Johnson has him sent away when she sees a military man waiting for her. He says that it was a suicide mission. They were trying to retrieve something. The Future Predator was after them. More than one in fact. They had to leave it behind. She says that she wants that artefact. It’s some kind of stone.
The Pristichampsus is already out looking for food.
Connor and Page are putting together a barrier to keep the crocs in. Connor has to fight one back. It gets shocked by the electricity of the lamp he used. Something happened to the anomaly. It’s gone solid. The electric current must have done something to it. Just for a short while. The anomaly becomes magnetic again.
The Pristichampsus wants some breakie and goes after people enjoying it. The croc is after a cleaning lady. Cutter saves her. He has to jump out of a window to get away. The croc goes after them and ends up on the terrace. It heads back to the river. It wants to go home, so Cutter tells Connor to make sure it can get back through. The creature is limping and bleeding.
Page tells Cutter to bow down. The creature used to be revered as a god. It doesn’t attack them and goes back through the anomaly. The anomaly closes up. They bring Page to the ARC.
Cutter gets an idea. He knows now that all or most of the myths in different cultures must have come from creatures that appeared though anomalies. He wants Page to analyze data and examine the myths.
The Sun Cage is being shipped to Pyong Yang, South Korea.
The cleaners, the Sciswell duplicates, arrive with Helen in Londonat their new staging grounds. They’ve got what Johnson wants. She retrieved it. They retrieved it from Future World, a land where man went extinct and Future Predator now rules.
* * * * *