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09 June 2011 @ 08:20 pm
Primeval 5.01  
I'm incredibly impressed that I can download this via iTunes. The quality of the download is much better than you would get from many *ahem* alternative means and as a bonus it's perfectly legal, quick and simple.

Primeval has come up with a lot worse season openers than this one. It may be because this was filmed back-to-back with season 4 and there was less pressure to (re)introduce characters, but it managed to be pacey and have a reasonable amount of (for Primeval) not too ridiculous plot. I was irritated by the sub-plot involving Lester and the knighthood but I suspect that was more because it both contradicted fandom's characterisation of Lester and basically relied on the comedy of embarrassment (which I loathe) than because it was inherently flawed in any way (beyond, you know, it is extremely unlikely that you would conduct an interview like that without first establishing that everyone was talking about the same person, but that's just standard Primeval levels of silliness).

I remain deeply confused about what the script editor thinks is going on with Abby and Connor. Despite the far greater strains placed upon them by Burton's ultra-secret shenanigans we are getting a glimpse of a much more believable and functional relationship, as we did in the last episode of season 4 and I'm just left puzzled by what the apparent estrangement for the rest of last season was supposed to be about. I much prefer them like this but I feel the characters continue to suffer from very uneven writing. April just made me roll my eyes. I'm not even going to dignify the femme fatale disguised as a geek stereotype with any analysis.

However the interactions between Matt and Abby and Connor and Abby were nice. The action sequences were well put together and not too reminiscent of previous monster encounters on the show. I'm even beginning to warm to Jess, especially in the way she interacts with Lester. All in all I thought this a promising start.


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fredbassettfredbassett on June 9th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
I had the same objections to the Lester story as you, but apart from that I enjoyed the ep. Favourite moments were Becker and the tank, and his lovely jazz hands when he went off to get the explosives.

louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on June 10th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
I suspect for the general public, Lester's just this background bureaucrat figure, especially given his relatively few appearances in S3 and S4. An awful lot of fandom's characterisation is based on the last episode of S2.
lukadreaminglukadreaming on June 9th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
I have a low embarrassment threshold, so I disliked the Lester and the knighthood plotline a lot. But his exchanges with Jess were rather fun.

I'm liking Matt and Abby's relationship. I don't even want to talk about Abby and Connor. Beyond bored. Really really bored.
louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on June 10th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
I have a low embarrassment threshold

So do I, and yet so many sitcom stories are basically driven by someone making a complete tit of themselves that I have to assume that the general public doesn't have this problem.