Primeval – Series 3, Episode 1

Well, Saturday TV has suddenly improved. Not only do we have new Robin Hood, but we also have more from Primeval. Back for a longer run – ten episodes this time, the third series of the time and monsters show started quite nicely.

For a start, the location: they actually got to film in the actual Egypt galleries of the actual British Museum. Which is as cool a setting as you can get, really. Anyway, the usual strange sparkly thing anomaly[1] turns up inside an interesting ancient Egyptian artefact – a group of four gods facing inwards in a square, arms linked as if to form a cage. We later learn that it’s known as the Sun Cage…

Of course, a nicely aggressive prehistoric animal comes out, mangles a member of staff, and manages to escape out of a loading bay. It heads off to the Thames, with Cutter and Co in pursuit. Naturally, it manages to use the steps by Cleopatra’s Needle as a route to the river. It hangs about there for a while before leaving on the south side, where it makes a bit of a mess of the Royal Festival Hall[2]. After falling from a high level, it heads back to the Museum…

Lots of other stuff going on, too. There’s something dodgy going on at the Home Office, with covert operations going on to retrieve something from a site on the other side of an anomaly, and somebody wants more military involvement. Lester’s not happy that his contact at the Home Office for this is Christine Johnson, a woman who seems to be an old friend. Or an old something, anyway. Lester describes her as “like a velociraptor, only better dressed”. What we know and he doesn’t is that she’s in charge of the dodgy anomaly operation…

The Sun Cage turns out to have unusual powers over the anomaly, which seems to be trapped by the magnetic stone it’s made of. And Connor accidentally discovers that electricity has an odd affect on anomalies, too…

And during all this fun, the team gets a new member[3] – Sarah Page, who met the lovely creature, a relative of crocodiles with the name Pristichampus. Being an Egyptologist, she recognises it as being the image of an Egyptian god. The theory is that it popped through an anomaly from its own time to ancient Egypt, where it was suitably venerated, and then turned up in the present. Cutter decides that there must have been other such cases in history – that legends of monsters might have their origins in creatures from other times popping up in unexpected times and places. And Sarah is just the person to do the research on that.

We also have a new security chief, Captain Becker, who seems to be a little sceptical about the work of the team.

And finally, in the closing scene, Cutter’s estranged (and frankly, bloody strange) wife Helen shows up in her new secret headquarters with her cloned army and a mysterious object that Christine Johnson’s soldiers failed to get hold of due to being to busy being eaten by future predators.

Loads of fun, with what looks like a good set of plots to run through the series.

[1] Chances of me stopping doing that are minimal
[2] Following the usual rules of TV drama: kill one, get a new one…
[3] This kind of thing is so much more fun when you know the locations

4 thoughts on “Primeval – Series 3, Episode 1

  1. Les Post author

    I don’t think Helen is meant to be all that likeable…

    And why wouldn’t [4] be correct?[6]

    [6] Any accusation that I took the hint and fixed a borked footnote will be denied, of course

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