Primeval (2007–2011)
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Episode #1.2 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Emily Dobbs ...
Woman on Tube
Connor Temple (as Andrew-Lee Potts)
James Bradshaw ...
Stephanie Street ...
Dr. Lewis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Cutter (credit only)


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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16 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Connor Temple: Oh, God! You know what? All my life I've wanted to be in a crime-busting gang! And now I am. So... I don't suppose you'd consider giving me a cool nickname, would you?
Professor Nick Cutter: No.
Connor Temple: I thought not.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Prehistoric bugs in the Underground
22 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the adventures in the opening episode Connor can't keep quiet about what he has seen and tells a couple of friends… inevitably they don't believe his story and decide to play a joke on him. This leads Connor to go to the New Forest with Abby to investigate a monster sighting; it soon becomes apparent that they have been the victims of a hoax and when Cutter learns that Connor has been talking about what they have seen he loses his place on the team. Meanwhile a worker is attacked by a giant bug from the carboniferous period. A team of Special Forces soldiers is sent down but they are soon chased off. Connor, Stephen and Abby head down to the area where the creatures are seen and as well as the spider-like creatures they see a giant centipede that leaves Cutter trapped. Stephen goes back down to find him but is bitten by the centipede; while he lies on the ground he is approached by Helen Cutter… is she really there or is he hallucinating? Desperate to find out exactly what the creature is Connor is brought back in because of his encyclopaedic knowledge of prehistoric creatures.

This was a solid second episode; it was interesting that we didn't have more dinosaurs and the giant creepy-crawlies were suitably scary… a scariness helped by the claustrophobic setting. There was a good level of threat to the protagonists; being only the second episode no character, with the possible exception of Cutter, could be considered established enough to guarantee their survival. The subplot involving Connor telling his friends about what he has seen wasn't strictly necessary but it provided some laughs and got him some time alone with Abby… even though that didn't go quite how he hoped. The scene at Abby's flat was also a bit unnecessary; it seemed as though it was just there to show Hannah Spearritt walking around in her knickers and a vest… Abby is a good enough character without turning her into 'Little Miss Fan Service'! The monster effects were pretty good, especially given that they were made for a TV series almost ten years ago. The question of Helen Cutter's fate is once again returned to; clearly this is going an ongoing mystery which I am finding intriguing. Overall I'd say this was a good second episode; it has plenty of scary moments and just the right amount of humour.

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