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11 June 2011 @ 03:33 pm
Primeval 5.02  
Even before we got to the opening credits B. had had a few choice things to say about whales "nothing that has ever lived has been as large as a whale" and the behaviour of animals in general including ones in the sea "they keep away from novel objects". He also had some thoughts on what you might or might not tell the commander of a nuclear sub about potential hazards to navigation - though he was later slightly mollified when it turned out not to be a nuclear sub.

This reminded me very strongly of season 4s episode set in a school. It wasn't trying to do anything particularly complicated and, as a result, ended up being more coherent, tense and gripping than Primeval often succeeds in being. The submarine setting was genuinely fresh for the show and the director made good use of it. Some imaginative thought had gone into the sort of threats you might face in such an environment. Meanwhile the sub-plot back at base with Lester and the Admiral was equally tensely played (even if you had to suspend your disbelief slightly at the idea that the option of first resort would be nuclear).

Niggles about the behaviour of plesiosaurs and the enthusiasm of the navy for nuclear weapons aside, I noted Becker was, once again, absent. I assume this was because of actorly commitments elsewhere. Once again the show didn't choose to even provide a one-liner explaining where he was. I'm still liking Connor and Abby (and still wondering what was happening most of last season) but I did want to shake Abby when she told Matt about Emily. It was hard to see how the information would do him any good at all, given the relatively low chance of a convenient anomaly opening to enable a rescue attempt (though meta-fictionally I'd say the chances of that happening are about 1, since we're now aware of her damsel-in-distress status).

After it all finished B said, "if it wasn't quite so silly, Primeval would sometimes be very good." I didn't disagree.

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fredbassettfredbassett on June 11th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
I liked the Lester stuff the best in this. The exchanges with him and the navy types were well played, especially the pissing contest over coffee, which Lester won hands down. Also the 'Have a nice apocalypse' line was lovely.

The thing I liked least in the ep was the casual use of the injured raptor as bait. I thought that went totally against the way the show has always treated the creatures, where killing them was a last resort, and it particularly goes against Matt's treatment of the dracorex in ep one of s4. That bit really grated on me and I think it could have been much better scripted. I felt it was out of character for Matt to suggest it and even more out of character for Abby to go along with it.

Other than that, I missed Becker but Lester almost compensated for that. As reruns of Voyage to the Bottom of the sea go, it wasn't a bad one.
louisedennis: primevallouisedennis on June 11th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Primeval's thinking on the critters is incredibly messed up. However B remarked with a certain amount of sarcasm, "Oh! So it's all right to kill them back in their own time is it?" and, to be honest, that wouldn't surprise me if that wasn't precisely the reasoning. It could have done with a line or two of explanation though.
fredbassettfredbassett on June 11th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Without giving away spoilers, there's an incident in the next ep that bothered me as well.

It's on my list of things to take up with the creators as the chances are we'll be doing a follow-up interview at some point when the season airs.

I am actually horribly sensitive to anything that smacks of animal cruelty, and the bit with the raptor in this really squicked me.