Primeval – Series 3, Episode 6

The story opens with the gang all dressed up and having a bit of fun. Connor and Danny are in elegant dinner jackets, and Abby and Sarah in vintage dresses. A gramophone is playing, and they all seem to be having a lovely party, which is interrupted when they come back, and the gang are on the run from Big Bird. Well, not the one from Sesame Street, but actually a bunch of Phorusrhacids, otherwise known as Terror Birds. think giant ostriches with attitude. Giant carnivorous ostriches with a really bad attitude, that is. So, how did they get into that mess? Flash back eight hours, and we find out…

While Danny test’s the ARC’s security, with the delightfully devious Christine Johnson spying through cameras that aren’t supposed to be there, there’s a bit of comedy with Connor and the increasingly amusing Sir James Lester, who seems to be finding it harder to pretend he isn’t very fond of his team, and it seems that Abby’s little brother is up to no good, too….

Connor and Sarah manage to activate the artifact with a laser – for a moment it projects a complex diagram into the air, which looks a lot like Cutter’s bonkers machine for predicting anomalies. They don’t have a lot of time to play with that, because Danny has found Christine’s cameras, and they decide it’s best to go away before she arrives with her goons.

While the gang head for a safe house conveniently hidden in an old minefield, Christine arrives at the ARC and has Lester removed. She orders Captain Becker to retrieve the artifact. He, being a good soldier has no trouble obeying his new commander’s orders…

The “safe house” turns out to be a wooden building which seems to have been abruptly abandoned many years previously. But Connor finds a generator in a nearby bunker and brings it up to a quite lively state. He also finds a dead body and a journal, from which we learn that something nasty has happened there previously.

Back at Abby’s flat, Jack’s invited some friends around for a game of poker. Having lost all his money, he puts up Rex (Abby’s prehistoric flying reptile pet from the beginning of the first series) as a stake. Now that can’t possibly lead to anything good…

And it’s at this point that everyone dresses up in the clothes they find in the safe house. And that an anomaly opens in the bunker, letting through Big Bird. A fun chase follows. But as the anomaly has been detected at the ARC, Christine sends her soldiers to sort it out, and they turn up at the no longer quite so safe house. But since they manage to get themselves variously eaten by Big Bird or blown up in their car (I did mention the minefield, didn’t I?), they turn out to be not mcuh use.

With eveyone barricaded in the safe house, which clearly isn’t going to resist Big Bird and hus buddies for long, what with it being made of wood and all that, things are happening at the ARC. Christine is a bit upset, and rejects Becker’s suggestion that she should let the Minister know what’s happened. In fact she makes it quite clear that she thinks the Minister is not very bright, and that she certainly doesn’t need him to tell her how to do her job. Becker offers to go and sort things out and collect Danny and the gang. And the artifact, of course.

While Becker’s on his way, the gang sort out Big Bird (record sounds like a distress call, lures them through the anomaly, which conveniently closes). They’re just about to congratulate tehmselves on a job well done when Becker arrives and points a gun at them and suggests that they should come along with him. Danny is a bit annoyed and calls Becker a good little soldier boy for obeying his orders…

Back at the ARC, things look bad. Christine’s in charge and she’s got the artifact, so it’s at this point that Lester strolls in. Chrisitne suggests that he shouldn’t actually be there, but he tells her that the Minister wants to see her, and he’s not at all happy. Captain Becker had recorded her comments, passed them to Lester, who in turn passed them to the Minister. :laugh:

And so, it’s back to normal at the ARC. Abby goes home to find Jack being a little evasive. Where’s Rex? More fun next week.

I have to say that Primeval is really devloping very well this year. It’s survived the loss of some major characters, it’s got some nice plot threads which will no doubt build to a climax over the remaining four episodes, and it’s still a whole load of fun. Great stuff.