Primeval S04E04 (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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An anomaly opens at a school. Some kids are there in detention. Their teacher gets attacked by a creature. It eats him.

Emily was about to leave Matt’s place. She needs to find Ethan. Philip wants to kill the creatures, not keep them. He tells Abby and Connor. They aren’t happy about this. He was basically informing them of his decision. Lester doesn’t want this to happen either. It seems pretty stupid. They developed these electric guns to incapacitate dinosaurs, and then they’ll just put them down? Philip is paranoid. There is an anomaly warning. Matt leaves Emily alone. She’s not going to stay put.

Matt, Connor, and Becker arrive at the school. The kids are in the security room. They trigger the locking system and come face to face with the creature.

Abby puts Rex in a crate. She asks Jess’ help. She’s going to drive the wholly mammoth out of there into a private zoo.

Connor goes to reboot the system. Becker and Matt go after the creature. Jess sees the kids and tells them to hurry. Beth is in the gym on the trampoline. The creature comes after her. Jess sees this. The creature eats the little girl. They are too late. She refuses to help Abby evacuate the creatures. The therocephalian comes after Matt. He gives it a good few whacks. A therocephalian is half mammal, half reptile. Three more therocephalians are coming through the anomaly.

Lester comes to stop Abby. Then, Lester tries to reason with Philip with some veiled threats. It makes Philip reconsider.

Ethan comes after Emily.

A therocephalian comes after the two boys. Becker finds the anomaly. Four therocephalians are lying around it. They look asleep. Becker wakes them after locking the anomaly and has to shoo them. Becker gets another one. They manage to save the boys. Becker finds a bunch of therocephalians. One of them attacks him. Matt comes after him. There are many therocephalians. Jess calls Connor for help. He takes the kids with him. What a douche! He prepares some kind of a substance.

Matt finds Becker and they go into the meat locker. They try to fight their way out, but then there are some smoke bombs launched by Connor and the kids.

Philip tells Abby that he no longer plans on killing the creatures.

Matt comes back and finds Emily gone. He finds her sketches of Ethan. Ethan kidnapped her.

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