An anomaly opens up in a highschool, and these mammal-lizard missing links come through and try to make the place their new home. They kill the teacher in charge of detention and one of the students that wandered off when the teacher didn’t return, which Becker takes badly; he’s sure he should have been able to save them, even though he was poisoned and almost died at the time. Connor is trapped separated from the team by the intervention of two geeks who thought they were under attack and hacked the school’s security system, which leaves him as the only field agent who can save them when the creatures start digging through walls.
Meanwhile, Phillip’s experience with the lockdown last episode has left him bitter about every creature, and he’s decided to put Abby’s whole menagerie down. She decides to save them, and goes rogue when Jess won’t help her. Lester saves them by pointing out to Phillip that it would be unfortunate if the media heard about his decree when the ARC is forced, eventually, to go public.
Ethan tracks Emily to Matt’s apartment and kidnaps her.
This week’s dino: Thereocephalians.
It always amazes how much they can cram into a show that’s only 45 minutes long. Three whole storylines, and most of the important information is conveyed through looks and single lines– a specialty of British TV. As we near the middle of the season, things start to heat up, and we’re starting to see new things: Matt has a heart, even though he pointedly keeps almost everything to himself. Becker has a hero complex. Abby probably cares more about those animals than she does about people– which, admittedly, we knew from the start, but has managed to survive living for a year where those same animals were trying to eat her– and will do almost anything to help them.
The unexpected death of the girl. How often does the kid die on TV these days, when there’s a hero not far away? And the fact that she died because she was snobby and wouldn’t stay with the boys was brilliant. No comeuppance, no character growth: she basically got herself killed, and that was not at all how we thought that would go.
Lester is amazing when he gets territorial, and it’s great to see how much he cares about his team, even if he maintains that grumpy boss-ness. It’s especially charming how he interacts with Abby, who is so much his opposite.
It’s nice to see that even though Emily is basically a perpetual Damsel in Distress, she’s smart enough to take a tracker with her. Thinking on her feet makes her much more interesting, and makes sense for someone who’s been living in a violent past for years.
There’s seriously not much to complain about with this show. The only real issue is that there isn’t more of it: only a few weeks after this, there won’t be any more season four at all, because of the short seasons on UK TV, and it’s so great to have had the show back again.
Primeval, Saturday nights at 10 on BBCAm.
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