Primeval S05E01 (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. 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.

I was pretty happy to learn that Primeval would be coming back in 2011. Cutter is still dead, as is Helen, and Danny has gone missing again, but Abby an Connor make it back. Immediately, some of the characters hint toward some kind of conspiracy. The whole PPP conspiracy with Burton is getting repetitive. Each episode, there’s some new secret that he’s working on with Connor, who can’t say anything to the rest of the team. In this episode, there is a large burrowing insect that comes from the future. Matt unusually knows a lot about it, but won’t say why.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Burton is checking up on the reports of what happened with Danny Quinn through Matt’s report. He didn’t tell Burton everything.

Connor is working on the secret project with Burton. Connor has got some theory about the convergence of the anomalies. Burton tells him that it’s junk. Abby forgets her phone and gets back into Prospero only to find Matt hacking into Connor’s computer. He doesn’t tell her anything. He implies that it’s something that Connor will do in the future. Jess sounds the alarm. James was in a traffic jam. There might have been a creature incursion.

Meanwhile, Burton has brought Connor to some secret facility. He calls it New Dawn. He plans on using the anomalies. He thinks that the anomalies are a resource. Connor meets April, some geek. She’s to be his assistant while he works on New Dawn.

Abby, Becker and Matt arrive on location. They go into the hole. It’s some kind of big insect. They shoot it a lot of times to no effect. They manage to stave it off. Matt says that they need guns to kill it. Their electro guns aren’t making a dent.

Jess discovers that the creature has been here for a long time. It’s dug tunnels under all of central London. Abby thinks that the creature is from the future. Matt also knows more than he’s telling. The creature surfaces and eats another dude. They arrive on scene. Connor joined them. He finds the next through 3D mapping. It goes after Connor and drags him down.

They find the nest and talk with Connor. The creature is dead, but there are more than one. He sees the other bodies wrapped up. Connor wakes up and heads back up an escalator. His coms are working. He finds a lot of creatures. Strangely, the creatures are just sleeping in the store instead of downstairs. Connor thinks about switching on the gas line so that it can blow up the creatures. When he does so, he wakes up the creatures. Matt goes into the store through the tunnels to get Connor with a tank of oxygen. He takes a creature out using a nail gun. They detonate the gas. A creature was trying to get away. Abby and Becker find Connor and Matt stashed away in a metal box.

Abby confronts Matt about coming from the future and the creatures. He’s either come from there or been there. He says that in the future, the planet is dying. Matt’s here to stop it. Something happened in this era with the anomalies. He shows her images on some kind of holo-projector of the future. The earth is being devastated and it leads back to Connor and Burton. He wants her help.

April is a spy groomed by Burton to spy on Connor. She reports on him to Burton. He says that Connor’s theory on anomaly convergence is a missing part of their jigsaw.

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