Primeval S04E06 (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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At a wedding, the wedding planner finds some cute puppy dogs. She gets killed by their mom. They look like prehistoric wolves of some kind. A Dire Wolf?

Matt’s minder is dying. He’s dreaming of the prehistoric world. He still wants Matt to use Emily to catch Ethan.

At the ARC, they have a meeting on how to deal with Ethan. They still haven’t told Philip about her. There is an anomaly alert. They head out to the wedding and into the basement. They find the anomaly and close it off. They hear a creature. It’s stalking them. Connor shoots it. There are more around.

Connor runs into Jenny. She’s getting married. Emily escapes from the car. She finds Connor and Abby. Matt catches her quickly enough.

Becker ran a search on Ethan. He’s a serial killer who disappeared in 1902. Following his MO, they find his temporary place. He’s been watching Matt and Emily from a nearby flat. Becker storms it. Ethan isn’t there. He’s going to surveil the place. Jess drops by with some Chinese food. Sometime later, Ethan arrives, but he suspiciously looks directly at the CCTV camera. Becker goes in. He walks into a trap. It’s some kind of primitive pressure trigger rigged to a bomb. Jess gets tired of waiting and goes after him. Jess manages to defuse the bomb.

Matt tells Emily that he knew about the anomalies before the job was available. He made sure that he was the perfect candidate for this. He can’t say anymore.

Connor finds a puppy. Another Dire Wolf arrives. There are two more puppies with him. He gets them drunk and puts them in a box. They fall asleep shortly after. The mom is still around outside. He finds another puppy. He pushes both of the drunk ones through the anomaly. More Dire Wolves comes through the anomaly. Connor tries to warn the guests, but it’s too late.

Emily and Abby trap one of them in a van. The others go after the guests. They manage to contain the situation and send them back home.

Jenny still gets married. James officiates via video link.

Matt’s minder was his father and he dies.

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