The conspiracy unravels and people working closely on the project die -- or do they?

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Lorraine Wickes (as Claire Spence)
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As her plot to control the anomalies and the future of the human race begins to fall apart Helen continues to play Steven and Nick against each other. Nick and Leek have a confrontation surrounded by Leek's future creature horde (his "Praetorian Guard") and most of the rest of the team manages to escape the compound which is overrun with creatures from the zoo that have been unleashed by a computer crash. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Pouring water on to a keyboard would only short circuit the keyboard, it would not cause damage to the computer system it was attached to. See more »

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Oliver Leek: You see, people like me and you, we don't get the pretty girls, Connor. We're the nerds, the losers, the uncool.
Connor Temple: Speak for yourself.
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Tragic Perfection
7 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I don't normally cry as a result of a film or TV series. Perhaps it's because as a viewer, I'm not as emotionally attached to it as I really should be, or do not pay enough attention to be truly gripped by it. The finale of Series 2 of Primeval is an outstanding exception to that. I absolutely love this show. I watched the very first episode when it was broadcast on ITV back in 2007, and have loved it ever since. For me, Series 2 is the grand zenith of the entire show. In my opinion. it's a masterpiece from start to finish. Often the finale fails to live up to the rest of a show, and I'm glad to say that this was not one of those times. To recap the previous events, Nick had come to realize that there was a traitor on the team, and was working to uncover a conspiracy involving the anomalies. It was revealed to be Oliver Leek who was behind all this, with the assistance of (somewhat unsurprisingly) Helen. At the end of the last episode, Nick, Jenny, Connor and Abby were taken captive by Leek's men and found themselves in a facility where Leek was keeping dozens of prehistoric creatures, taken from the anomalies. Now that's over, we can move on to the actual review. The finale begins with a scene between Jenny and Nick in their cell, in which Nick reminisces upon his relationship with Helen. The sad music begins to play in the background, and it almost brought me to tears, because it's so effective on the viewer. As a result of this, I partially dreaded the ending scene, because I've watched it many times before and it's a hundred times as sad. Jenny also informs Nick that her fiancé has left her, but lately she's been feeling 'different'. It's not too difficult for the viewers to piece together what this might mean. It sets things up so well for a potential future relationship between the two characters in the next series, which makes it even more disappointing that, for some totally inexplicable reason, the writers decided not to develop this in Series 3 and just abandoned it. Throughout the episode, the actors' performances are top notch, as usual. One of the reasons the show is so fantastic and captivating is because the casting is perfect, and each actor suits their role so well. Oliver Leek (Karl Theobald) makes a very good villain. The special effects, including the creatures, are perfect. Although that part isn't exclusive to this episode, as they're always brilliant. There was a scene in which Abby was quite irritating, but that applies to many parts of the show and the episode will not be marked down based on this. I was really glad that Jenny was given an action scene, as the other characters have had their moments, and she's possibly the best character, in my opinion. The finale also ensures that all the actors are given an adequate amount of time on screen, as it's sometimes the case that a certain character appears for little or no time in an episode. Obviously, the creatures are all there too, so even if they're the only reason you watch the show, you certainly won't be disappointed. Then of course, there's the end of the episode, which I mentioned briefly before. Nick stares out of the glass window and is powerless to stop his friend, Stephen, from being killed by the creatures. It's a truly heartbreaking moment, and it's made even sadder by the fact that in the previous episode, we saw the total disintegration of Nick and Stephen's relationship, yet Stephen sacrifices himself to save his friend's life, which will surely cause Nick to regret the way he behaved earlier on. Like I said before, I did cry. There were already tears at this point, however we then see Stephen's funeral, which is even more tragic. It's one of the most touching things I've ever seen. After the service, Nick and Jenny walk across the graveyard together and Jenny asks if he'd like to go for a drink. He doesn't reply, and shortly afterwards, when he's alone we see him taking out the photo of him and Claudia, and he rips it up. It's hugely powerful, and the impact it has on the viewer is phenomenal. It's the main reason why the episode is a masterpiece. Overall, the Series 2 finale is a potential contender for 'best Primeval episode ever', and after seeing the competition, I know that's huge accomplishment. A solid 10/10 from me.


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