PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 1 Review

When we last saw the ARC (Anomaly Research Centre) team, they were attempting to stop the series main villain, Helen Cutter, from killing the forefathers of mankind. They seemed to have succeeded, but after a year stuck in the Cretaceous period, Abby Maitland and Connor Temple are back in their own timeframe.

In their absence there have been a few changes. The ARC project is now semi-privatised and the new recruits to the team need to have a military background. In addition, Becker’s team have to use snazzy futuristic-looking taser-type weapons, and the ARC itself has been upgraded to a sleek, sexy design that reminds us at every turn that this show is science fiction. Because, you know, the living dinosaurs, anomalies and science didn’t quite get the point across.

As far as Primeval episodes go, this was a weak outing. The Abby/Connor scenes were tense as we waited to see when and how they would make it back home – and just what trouble would follow them, but the introduction of the new characters at the ARC was dull beyond belief.

We were greeted by Jess Parker, the new Field Coordinator who can’t even keep things straight in the Arc nevermind outside of it. So far she seems to be a glorified SatNav. In fact, the team could benefit from satellite navigation as that would save Jess from having to give them directions. Abby and Connor have only been gone for a year in-series, surely a SatNav speaking to them wouldn’t be seen as a completely alien concept.

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