Primeval: Season 1, Episode 2

Episode #1.2 (16 Aug. 2008)

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Connor and Abby join forces to investigate another anomaly suspected of being in the New Forest (Hampshire/Dorset). Meanwhile gigantic bugs (beetles? spiders? ancient...) attack people on ... See full summary »

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Connor and Abby join forces to investigate another anomaly suspected of being in the New Forest (Hampshire/Dorset). Meanwhile gigantic bugs (beetles? spiders? ancient...) attack people on the London Underground and Professor Cutter concludes that another anomaly has opened up, to a much earlier prehistoric era --- the carboniferous. After a special forces sortie, he is persuaded to allow Abby to join the team as they go to see for themselves after Lester has agreed (under protest) to stop trains through the affected tunnel section. Written by Anonymous

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Connor Temple: The same thing happened to me once with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I admit she's a fictional character but, you know, when it feels real... then she starts hanging around with this badly animated dog and it all got a bit... weird. They always break your heart in the end, don't they?
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"That's the saddest thing I've seen since Matrix Revolutions." Decent second story.

Primeval #1.2 starts on the London Underground where a pest controller (John Gomez) is bitten by a large spider scorpion type monster, he is taken to hospital but dies later that day. Home Office official Claudia Brown (Lucy Brown) is informed & quickly realises that there may be another anomaly, she rounds up Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) & the rest of the team who not only discover these spider things crawling everywhere but a huge monstrous centipede type creature which bites Stephen (James Murray). He is taken to hospital but the Doctor's need a sample of the venom to counteract it, somehow they need to get the centipede to give up a sample of it's venom or Stephen will die...

Episode 2 from season 2 of this made-for-British TV sci-fi adventure was directed by Cilla Ware this is a pretty decent way to spend 45 minutes & I thought was slightly better than episode 1. The script by Adrian Hodges obviously has been inspired by numerous giant bugs on the loose type horror films, it also seems to borrow from Aliens (1986) as there are a few scenes of armed soldiers walking through dark corridors as nasty things lurk in the shadows & it has a fair amount of Scream (1996) style self referential film geek dialogue, whether you want to describe it as a homage or a rip-off this episode does have a somewhat familiar feel about it. At a brisk 45 minutes in length it moves along at a nice pace, it's just about long enough to develop a story without outstaying it's welcome & there are some good sequences here particularly the ones involving the huge centipede creature. This is one of those show's where the character's are developed throughout the series in the background even though each show has a distinct storyline within it so it's advisable to watch the series in order otherwise there may a few things that are spoken about or referred too that won't make much sense in the context of a single episode.

Being made for British TV I expected the budget to be low & the special effects poor but that's not the case at all & the CGI computer effects are in fact excellent with the centipede again standing out as an impressive beast. Don't expect a history lesson though, the monsters used in the series up to now have been totally fictitious. It would have been cool if there were more attacks on passenger trains as it would have been more effective since millions of people use the underground & can relate to it rather than confining the action to a bland faceless room. The acting is alright but nothing overly special although the star of the show are definitely the monsters. Interestingly, or not as the case may be, the recap at the start of this episode contains footage that's not actually present in the first story.

Primeval #1.2 is a good episode, it won't change your life or anything but it'll pass 45 minutes harmlessly enough. Worth a watch if there's nothing else on.


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