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PRIMEVAL (UK) Series 5 Episode 6 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 5 Episode 6 -  After last week’s little mishap with the New Dawn anomaly, Connor wakes up in the future and under threat by creatures. Matt and Abby come through the anomaly to save him and bring him home – which they do, but not before we’ve learned the fate of humankind: they’re all dead. Back in 2011, the group find a humbled Philip. He claims he didn’t want any of this to happen, he thought what Helen wanted was for the best. Abby points out that Helen uses people and Connor convinces Philip to help stop the anomaly. Philip’s only idea is to self-destruct the building housing the anomaly, which he does, killing himself in the process. But the anomaly is large enough to survive without a power source. How will the ARC team stop it? Read More... //

PRIMEVAL (UK) Series 5 Episode 5 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 5 Episode 5 -  This week the ‘convergence’ started and anomalies began popping up concurrently all across the globe. With creatures running amok (including a T-Rex in a city centre!), episode five of Primeval delivered an incredibly entertaining affair that could easily have been an explosive series finale. I can’t wait to see how they top this in next week’s episode (which really  is  the series finale). The episode started with the ARC team (as well as background teams) going out to try and deal with incursions caused by the convergence. Somewhere in the middle  everyone split up, Matt going to try and stop Philip  from starting up the New Dawn project. By the end the ARC team – and life as we know  it – had potentially been changed forever. As far as plots go, this one kind of wavered all over the place and wasn’t all that great if you look too deeply into it. But I’m not going to because, look, there was a T-Rex and people running all over the place and sometimes mindless entertainment just needs to keep on being mindless. Read More... //

PRIMEVAL (UK) Series 5 Episode 3 Review

PRIMEVAL  Series  5 Episode 3 –  Remember how in last week’s episode Matt found out Emily’s fate back in the Victorian era ? Well this week’s anomaly handily linked to 1868, the year – nay, even the day  – Emily was committed to Bedlam. After stopping a raptor in an art installation and accidentally ushering it through the anomaly into Victorian times, Matt decides to follow and capture it before it can kill anyone. Of course, he finds Emily there. She’s a kickass dino hunter with a husband who thinks she’s both a bit of a tart and a bit insane. They spend the episode trying to find the raptor  and  keep Emily out of Bedlam. And you know what? It goes surprisingly well. The raptor is easy to find (hell, it finds Emily at one point) and they stun it after a fun  little action scene involving a whip and some blades, and that is that. A sad goodbye and Matt is gone. If Emily had been the same woman we met back in series 4, I would have wanted the episode to end there with her stuck in 1868 and possibly still headed for Bedlam, instead of the ending we got with her coming through the anomaly and her husband being killed. But the Emily we met in this episode was a little bit sharper and lot of sexy. Come on – who didn’t love her whipping out those two blades and looking totally badass? I’m not sure my love for her will extend past this episode – I don’t think Lester would be down with her wielding machetes instead of a stun gun , no matter how good she looks – but I hope she still keeps that badass edge. Read More... //

PRIMEVAL (UK) Series 5 Episode 2 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 5 Episode 2 -  This week the ARC team go aboard a submarine to deal with two different dinos – a pliosaur on the outside and a therapod on the inside. Things get a little worrisome when the team find themselves without power – and drift through the anomaly, millions of years into the past. After a particularly violent jolt renders the captain unconscious, it’s up to the Back on land, Lester tries to stop defensive action from being taken in the form  of a nuke aimed at the anomaly. He fails and the missile is fired, but the submarine reappears just in time and the missile is disarmed. Disaster averted. There’s really not much to say about the middle  part of the episode. Redshirts dying – check. Ailing dino that needs to be delivered back to the attacking dinos – check. The apprentice becoming the master  (aka Sam becoming the captain) – check. The main characters busting out skills we never knew they had – check. The only surprise was that the ailing dino was a therapod, not a baby pliosaur. Read More... //

PRIMEVAL (UK) Series 5 Episode 1 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 5 Episode 1 -  When a roadworker falls into a sinkhole and is eaten the existence for an entirely new species of giant beetle-thing is revealed. The team try to track the beetle down before it can do even more damage and manage to fatally injure it. Alas, the beetle abducts Connor before it dies. Is it even a beetle? I have no clue. An injured Connor wakes up in a new, empty shopping centre, the dead creature’s nest, and discovers the area teeming with even  more  beetles. He decides to turn on the gas and, with help from Becker and his detonators, fry them. Thankfully Matt manages to get to Connor and help him to safety before the explosion. Meanwhile, Lester takes part in a character interview for a knighthood (just not  his  knighthood, it turns out) and Abby’s suspicions lead Matt to tell her why he joined the ARC; he’s from the future, he’s trying to save earth from life-ending anomalous anomalies and Connor plays some part in it all. Read More... //

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 7 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 7 - This week is the finale of series 4 (never fear, series 5 will be airing later this year). We, surprisingly, get a conclusion to the Ethan storyline, something that has been pottering along but never quite hit its climax. I’ll admit, I was more than a little surprised that he wasn’t going to be a factor in series 5. His existance seemed like something major. But it turns out Ethan is ‘Patrick’, Danny’s brother who went missing 18 years ago, as seen in episode 3.01. He’s spent nigh on 20 years travelling through anomalies and being all angsty because his big brother didn’t come to rescue him. Clearly facing off with creatures in the past and present is a major mindfrak because why else would Patrick be so irrational? What exactly was Danny supposed to do? It’s a wonder he ever found out about the anomalies at all. Read More... //

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 6 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 6 - If this were all real, anomalies and creatures from times past and future, I would feel much safer teaming up with a bunch of spork-wielding DaemonsTV readers than leaving my fate in the hands of the utterly inept ARC team. I love me some character building and backstory and angst, and I understand putting the creatures on the back burner to give room for it, but I would gladly forgo it all if the ARC team would stop acting like half-hearted LARPers. This week we had Hyaenadons on a country estate where, coincidentally, Jenny Lewis is about to get married. They find one Hyaenadon and then go to get drunk, embarrass themselves and wear pretty dresses. Presumably Becker’s men (sans Becker) are keeping an eye out for any remaining Hyaenadons, but given that none of them see the litter of small ones or the two big ones or even bother to stay in the basement where the anomaly is , they’re about as much use as a chocolate teapot. Read More... //

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 5 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 5 - A few weeks away from the end of series 4, we’ve finally hit upon a surprisingly strong episode that reminds us how good Primeval can be when done right. Prehistoric worm-like creatures have been terrorizing an idyllic coastal town for decades – apparently. The locals refuse to acknowledge the legend. The ARC team are dispatched to investigate an unstable anomaly, end up finding and cornering the creatures, and solve both problems with volatile liquids. Awesome. I won’t lie, it took me a minute to work out exactly what Connor was saying. There were keywords and the big ‘aha!’ moment and major confusion on my end. In case you’re still going ‘…what?’, it was apparently something to do with the energy from the anomaly passing through acid (created from stripping dyes from diesel, which they then sell as commercial fuel) which caused electrolysis which was stopping the anomaly from opening fully. And bismuth was involved. And petrol diluting the acid, which stopped the electrolysis, which slapped the cat who killed the rat who ate all of the cheese. Sheesh. Does anyone else have the urge to study chemistry just to fact check this show? Read More... //

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 4 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 4 - Now this is more like it: dinosaurs, death, destruction, mayhem. The pretty girl doesn’t miraculously survive until the end, the geeky guy really doesn’t get the girl, and just when you think they may be getting a handle on things – a whole nest of dinosaurs in the canteen . This was a good episode. That’s not to say that I can’t find anything to complain about – I always do – but at least there aren’t any massive plot errors like last week. Connor once again calls Philip ‘the most awesomest man that ever lived – ever!’ (paraphrased, natch), having seemingly forgotten that Philip’s add-on program caused a lockdown of the facility because Philip was too much of a dumbass to a) tell Connor anything useful, b) give himself a secondary way of shutting down the system and c) double-check to make sure that no dinos were out and about for whatever reason. But I digress. Read More... //

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 3 Review

PRIMEVAL Series 4 Episode 3 - The series continues with freakish tree creeping lizards, visitors from another timeframe, and the ARC going into an unexpected lockdown. A decent enough episode, it suffered from weak dialogue, showed up a few practical changes the series could make – and a showcased a few moments of sheer stupidity from the ARC staff, Burton in particular. The episode went thusly: people from another timeframe came through an anomaly and accidentally brought tree creeping lizards through with them. The lizards get dealt with, one woman stays with the ARC team and a man escapes out into the world. There’s also a lockdown at HQ because Burton is a moron, but everything is fixed by Connor’s romantic side. Not a rip roaring episode, but a fun watch nonetheless. Below are a few thoughts I had while watching:  Read More... //