Daily Archives: Sunday, 16th Jan 2011

Primeval – Series 4, Episode 4

Moving right along…

It’s a Saturday morning, and in true Breakfast Club style, three kids are in detention at McKinnon school. There’s Beth, who can’t be bothered with exams, on the grounds that she’s going on X Factor, and will be a star so there, and Darren and Steve, who are told that they’ll be in detention until the smell they created in the Chemistry lab disperses…

The teacher who’s supposed to be supervising them is unable to carry out his duties due to a slight case of being eaten by a venomous creature which bursts out of a vending machine.

At the ARC, Philip has decided that all the creatures that have been captured and are currently in the menagerie should be killed to avoid any danger of them escaping, and of course to avoid them suffering from being out of their normal environment. Abby’s a bit upset about this, and even more upset when Connor, rather than helping her, selfishly goes off with Becker to the anomaly alert that’s just come up.

Presumably because it’s Saturday, Matt’s at home[1]. And so is Emily, who’s still worried about Ethan being on the loose. Matt leaves her there, after helpfully explaining about his tracking device and leaving four spare ones on the kitchen counter.

At the school, the usual fun and games follow. While Beth plays on a trampoline, the boys play with the school computer systems. First, they put set a mildly embarrassing video of Beth as “the screensaver on every computer in the school”, then when they see Connor, Matt and Becker prowling around with their zap guns, they lock all the doors, to avoid being caught by what they assume are the police.

At the ARC, Abby concocts a plan to get all the creatures out, and asks Jess to help with the doors and security, even though she’s a bit busy with hacking into the school’s CCTV. When Jess sees that Beth has been eaten, she decides she’d rather not help Abby let more thingies out. Abby’s even more annoyed, and decides to do it anyway…

More chasing follows, with loads of the creatures – Therocephalians, mammal-like reptiles with lots of teeth and a poisonous bite – coming through the anomaly. Presumably because it’s the weekend, the usual bunch of disposable soldiers aren’t around, so it’s Becker who has to be bitten and rescued by Matt, and they both have to be rescued by Connor and the boys who concoct some dubious smoke/gas/whatever bombs in the science lab.

Talking of rescues, Lester catches Abby before she can do anything, and tells her not to make him call security. She does impassioned speech number 3a, and he looks thoughtful. He then goes to see Philip, who notes that Lester hasn’t co-signed the executive order to destroy all the creatures. Lester agrees that he hasn’t, and isn’t going to. Philip responds that it doesn’t matter, he can do it anyway. Lester agrees, then wonders aloud what posterity would have to say about it. Philip looks as confused as if he’d just been talking to Garak, oh sorry, I said I wasn’t doing any more DS9 jokes, didn’t I? Anyway, Lester points out that there’s no way all the anomaly, ARC and dinosaur stuff will remain secret forever, and eventually it’ll get out, and how would Philip like to be remembered as “the dinosaur killer”. Philip asks if Lester is threatening to leak things, which he obviously denies.

Philip tells Abby that he’s changed his mind about killing the creatures, she realises that Lester sorted it out, and accuses him of being secretly nice, which he obviously denies, with added threats of lawyers if she says anything like that again.

Jess flirts with Becker, Matt goes home to find Emily gone. He doesn’t immediately notice that some of his spare tracking devices are also missing.

Emily has had a nice reunion with Ethan, who has her tied up in the traditional disused warehouse.

So, the Emily thing looks like carrying on for a while, and we’re no closer to knowing what Gideon and Matt are up to. Good stuff.

[1] So why Connor, Abby, Philip, Jess, Becker, Lester, and numerous other people are at the ARC is a mystery. Is there some kind of weekend rota?

Primeval – Series 4, Episode 3

Yes, I’m a bit behind again. I blame the lurgy. While I’m generally a lot better, and only coughing a bit, I’ve been low on energy for most of the last week, so I’ve been lacking the motivation to get typing. Anyway, here we go with a look at last week’s episode.

Given the multiple threads going on, I’m not going to attempt to describe everything as it appeared, I’ll just piece it all together in my own way. Sort of.

An anomaly opens in a theatre. Three actual humans come out of it, closely followed by a dinosaur of a previously unknown variety which has a nice prehensile tail, ideal for grabbing prey from above. We later learn that the humans are called Charlotte, Ethan and Emily, but we don’t need to worry about Charlotte, because she dies quite soon. Ethan’s more of a problem, and Emily will be a different kind of problem, but we’ll get back to that later.

Matt, who apparently isn’t required to keep normal business hours[1], or indeed to keep in touch when he’s out and about plotting with Gideon, is indeed plotting with Gideon, who we learn is dying, and that he’s quite keen that Matt works out which member of the ARC team is the one. The one what, we still don’t know, but apparently whoever it is could be dangerous without knowing it.

Philip (not calling him Bashir this week, unless I forget) Burton tells Connor he wants him to commission the new security system rather than going off with everyone else to the theatre when the anomaly alarm goes off[2]. We’ll come back to that later, too.

Lots of fun follows in the theatre, with Matt breaking all the rules by following Emily back through the Anomaly, meeting some more of those nice tree-dwelling, dangly-tailed, big-toothed dinosaurs, and generally having fun.

And there’s more fun in and around the theatre, with the creatures heading out, and generally causing property damage here there and everywhere.

All that gets sorted out in the usual way, except that Emily, or Lady Emily Marchant, to give her full name, was apparently born in 1840, and has been playing with anomalies for a while, is a bit worried about her associate Ethan, who is a bit too keen on killing people. Rather than keeping her safe in the ARC, Matt takes her back to his flat, which can’t possibly lead to any trouble.

While all that was going on, Connor fires up Philip’s new security system, which scans the whole place, detects Rex just as Philip happens to have found him too, and puts the base into Lockdown which very helpfully shuts down all the computer systems, or at the very least leaves them scrolling lots of text on their screens, locks the doors, oh, and pumps all the air out of the room where the creature has been detected. It’s Philip’s great idea for making sure that none of the creatures in the menagerie can escape, and can only be cancelled by “senior staff”, with retina print authorisation, which is a problem because the only one who can do that is Philip, and he’s a bit busy being locked in a sealed room and running out of air to do that.

Connor suggests that anyone who’d devise a security system like that must be an idiot, and I’m inclined to agree. Philip, though running out of air, suggests that it’s a good system really, and as he’s dying Connor needs to know about a secret project called New Dawn. Jess reminds Connor that while there’s a load of new bits and bobs, the underlying systems running the ARC are the ones he devised a few years ago, so maybe he could get in. He then recalls that he left a backdoor into the system, and then realises that he can’t recall his password, until he remembers that it was ABBY TEMPLE (awww, bless, etc). Lockdown off, Philip rescued. Rex was a little the worse for oxygen deprivation, but was also soon revived.

Having fully recovered, Philip apologies to Connor for underestimating him, but declines to tell him about New Dawn[3].

Still good fun, and with some more threads left untied….

[1] More muttering about that to come
[2] Of course, it’s in close range of the ARC.
[3] Sounds dodgy to me. My guess it’s either what Gideon’s up to, or what Gideon’s worried about.