Primeval (2007–2011)
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Whilst Lester appoints Jenny as temporary leader and Connor perfects his machine to close anomalies, a Giganotosaurus, a huge carnivorous dinosaur, appears in an aircraft hangar and eats a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Connor Temple (as Andrew-Lee Potts)
Sarah Page
Alex McSweeney ...
Captain Wilder
Jack Maitland
Documentary Presenter
Helen Cutter (credit only)


Whilst Lester appoints Jenny as temporary leader and Connor perfects his machine to close anomalies, a Giganotosaurus, a huge carnivorous dinosaur, appears in an aircraft hangar and eats a television crew summoned by greedy reporter Harper and his editor. To the team's initial annoyance, Danny Quinn arrives but proves his worth when they have to save a besieged air crew from the monster. Lester is suspicious that his boss Christine Johnson is conducting secret experiments in the ARC. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The 747 involved in the Gigantosaurus fracas was retired British Airways 747-236B G-DBXJ. It was modified for use as a prop in the movie Casino Royale. Its inboard engines were replaced with a mock-up of a pair of engines and its outboard engines were replaced with simulated fuel tanks. It was given the fictitious registration N88892 and was located at Dunsfold. See more »


When the juvenile dinosaur comes through the anomaly, the Documentary Presenter identifies it as a "...velociraptor...from the late cretaceous". This is correct, and he then goes on to say that it's "...eighty million years old". However, the estimated range of the velociraptor species is 75 to 71 million years ago. Furthermore, the Giganotosaurus predated velociraptors by some fifteen million years, so unless the other end of the anomaly is shifting, the two creatures could not have come from the same time and place. In any case, the chronological age of any living thing passing through an anomaly is not changed by the number of years it has traversed. See more »


Jenny Lewis: You saved people's lives today.
Danny Quinn: Ssh, don't worry about it.
Jenny Lewis: Now I'm going to have to arrest you.
Danny Quinn: Well, we all have our own unique way of showing appreciation.
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The Sun Always Shines in Primeval Park
19 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

After watching this episode the only thing I'm sure is that it's one of the worst Primeval episodes so far. Now Nick is out of the picture I was really wondering how Impossible Pictures would manage to run the show but in my opinion they didn't succeed. First the creature was really disappointing. It's like if they traded Nick for it. For the budget the visual effects weren't bad but a CGI creature running in bright day light when you don't have Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) resources to back it up, it just doesn't work. Because of it all defaults showed up : Bad lightning like in King Kong (2005), incrustations with the real scenes (Specially the one with Connor), flat textures… The pill was even harder to swallow considering there were some obvious references to blockbusters. Moreover like for the 15th episode filming some scenes at night would have been far much more scary and hidden most CGI mistakes. There're reasons why films like Jurassic Park and Godzilla had most of their action scenes occurring at night and under a pouring rain. In fact reviewing King Kong it was my main complain, because Skull Island looked like a Disneyland attraction.

But beside these irritating bad decisions there were still good moments. For example the beginning was very emotional and you could feel how sad they all were. Connor crying over the artifact, Jennifer hanging around… In fact I don't know if it's the knight within that spoke but I enjoyed her short scene with the creature. How can you resist a damsel in distress ? Moreover it was interesting to see her struggle all along trying to control things, take the right decisions, find the strength to enter the creature lair… His interaction with the dark rider was specially enjoyable and I think he's a great addition to the cast. However the character development wasn't flawless and I didn't see the point of the whole Abby and Connor side story. They should have focused on other plots instead because it just felt they were forced to include the scenes when we don't really care anymore about them. What about Connor's new invention ? He came up with it after falling from his bed ? The reporter was also a bit annoying because I think journalists aren't all bad. I mean there's nothing wrong with uncovering the truth. However denouncing journalism abuses was probably the strongest argument of the episode.

As for the anomaly arc some interesting ideas were developed. First now it's obvious Christine and James don't really work together when she's supposed to be her boss. So like Helen it seems she has her own agenda. Her first scene with the soldier was great and reminded me of Independence Day. The phone call one was also good and quite intriguing. For example I can see Christine and Helen working together, or at least on the surface. And what about Sarah's new mission ? However Captain Becker is the only new character that hasn't grown up on me yet. I think he lacks charisma and made me realize how good Stephen was. They shouldn't have replaced the hunter by a boyscout.

So overall I was disappointed by this episode. I already mentioned it and I know Primeval is family-friendly but it doesn't work anymore for me. I'm a huge fan of films like Mimic so for me a scary CGI creature rendered in bright day light is a waste of money. But hopefully there're still some trump cards to use, like the new story elements and characters. Moreover the previews revealed some interesting upcoming events so for now I think I'll stick around a little longer…

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