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Time for my Primeval thoughts.


Likable enough start to the second season. They played up the camera angles much to create the sense of disorientation, not a major issue but I think used good.

There's the much lamented over inconsistencies with the tranquiliser guns which is irksome, though my brian seeks to fill plotholes and I came up with half a theory as to why
a) little Raptor didn't die
b) why Abby didn't die either

It consists of the handgun having a lower dosage, though really why would it unless it physically couldn't hold enough? Really it's not much of a mend for that but hey, I'll overlook it.

As for the 2nd Raptor taking 3 darts before it went down, I'll chock that up to it being more robust (don't want to presume/make judgement but was it male? could they have more adrenaline?) and the third dart tipped the scales hence the rapid going down.

What bothered me more was why they never sent backup for them. Surely a quick debriefly of Special Forces on Raptor behaviour would work well enough. More people sent in to die perhaps but also more people got your back - having a small mostly untrained team of 4 deal with it seems unrealistic. Guess I simply have to overlook that too to enjoy the show.

Anyhow, the radio interference and Nick pointing it out to Connor was a nice touch. They did the relationship bits really well I think, with each person's reaction to Nick's revelation being interesting. Sweet to see more interaction between Nick and Abby and Nick and Connor too.

Despite the tranq errors, the action was pretty good. Connor was more than a little incompetant but he gets forgiven that, his attempts at action!Connor are amusing and sort of adorable too often enough. Whee slushie!love in this episode. :D

So yeah, fun start. Tons of Nick angst, that's to be expected but raptors broke it up and made for some thrills. Nice to see they went their prepared too.

I'm glad they have the ARC but want to learn more about what they're doing there since it's massive but they've not obviously been doing anything well if they've completely missed the frequency as a precursor to the anomalies. It's not like we saw ARC members going with them to study it or wanting the raptors captured for study - but hey, maybe that was only because they're too dangerous? We'll have to see how it ends up used.


I'm curious if the Abby jealousy, which did seem odd with instant dislike and OTT, is related to the slightly differently timeline.

Anyhow Caroline seemed nice enough but I don't care much for her character right now. Good on Connor but still, on her specifically, just meh - maybe it's that she's too forward for my liking, strolling in to collect her phone without knocking... Even if a door's open I personally still expect virtual strangers to knock - it's polite to. Not to mention randomly going home with a guy you don't know/have just met is odd, but could be my personal preferences obscuring normalness of that, I don't know.

Abby's kickboxing was cleverly done, though I couldn't help but think she was attacking something which had spiky bits so shouldn't she have hurt her hands/arms?

Though for the airvent scenes I really didn't see why they couldn't drag the leafblowers - it wasn't that cramped! Plus they so overdid Abby all over Connor. I shouldn't complain too much, I like the pairing, but it's like Caroline introduction made Abby go into try hard mode to underhandedly distract his attention back to her.

Also, need to rewatch, did Jenny's guy at the door say something that indicated he's definitely a boyfriend/whatever. I thought he said darling or dear but didn't catch it properly and am curious if Nick could have read into it wrong. Poor Nick.

But I had a total WTF to the photo he carried, when was that meant to be taken?! So looks like a promo pic - not even some odd squeezed into a Boots passport photo booth deal. Is it meant to be a cut off part of a team photo or what? Anyhow, they're succeeding on selling the Nick distraught over Claudia to me, even though it did seem he was only mildly interested most of last season. Don't know what you got until it's gone.

I do hope the weird bit with the cleaner reappearing is, as doylefan22 says, leading into a decent explanation for why the hell they don't send in backup this season (and also why the cleaner would be let in despite the night manager apparently sealing it all off - I'd have thought he'd mention any staff left in there). For a minute I thought the guy in the corridoor would by Ryan though. ;P

What else? The Connor dummy was so thin it looked ridiculous but even so the random head sucking was ace! As was Stephen fighting off the worms with office equipment.

I kind of expected the firewoman to stick around, shame her proffered fireaxe got lost so quickly too.

I would however really like to know, in a too much information but I'm insanely curious, how the worms killed people - was it they suffocated in the fog, smother your head like we saw or is it something else? I only want to know because Connor seemed to suffer no ill effects from his brief attack and I don't remember them seeing teeth or finding bodies - did the victims get dragged back through the anomly and if so why couldn't that change the timeline somehow?

As for Jenny, ah you are teh dumb! But the evolving relationship with her and Nick was excellent. It's good to see she is not just Claudia a little different, but succintly her own character, and to have Nick realise was good - just he obviously can't quite get over that she looks the same.

The boyish Helen haircut at least has the point that it'd be practical not to have long hair when chased by dinos...I'm still a bit mystified what exactly went on at the begining with her and the pterosaur? Was she cutting her leg to have an excuse to visit Stephen or did she have a reason to in order to get a tooth from it/sharp rock she fell on out, or the like?

Also, what happened to the egg she stole? I considered she might take it for food, gross as baby dino sounds she is dedicated to doing what it takes to survive, but if she can nip back to the present easy enough is she doing so they can be bred at some secret facility? Inquiring minds hope to find out later on this season.


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Jan. 20th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
I loved this series, i'm so glad they're back. Hopefully I'll get to see it later on :D

Is there much Conner/Abby ship? (they're my pairing of choice) lol *hopes*
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
I think this season is shaping up nicely for the ship (is my favourite too). Plenty of fic fodder, though I can't believe how little fic I've found for the pairing. I may attempt to rectify that though. ;)

Already posted 1 fic for them and another is in the works - though I imagine that's no use for you if you've yet to see the new eps. I think the combined DVD boxset (Region 2 at least) comes out quite soon after the 7th episode airs though. :)

Jan. 20th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Woot! any chance of a link to the fic? :D

I'm so happy this is back, it's like all the best shows have come back onto tv after a painfully long hiatus!
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Sure, I post my fic on this journal - under "my primeval fic" tag - there will be another up hopefully tommorrow.

The first one is kind of angsty and character spoilery for 2x02, but if you don't mind either of those points...it's here
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
re 2x01
I'd think that it's only reasonable to put less tranquilizer in a handgun -- you would use the rifle for something you can't get too close to (ie really big and-or dangerous), and they did say that they had no way of knowing what had come through - you wouldn't shoot a Eudimorphodon with something rigged to paralyze a T.rex.

Good point on how the other adult 'raptor took more to bring it down...if it was the sex that (in its genus) does most of the fighting with other species and others within its species, then it makes sense that it would have tougher skin and more hormones coursing through it.

A very good question about what purpose the ARC serves...
...though, to be fair, the invention of metal detectors, radiation meters, or even longitude (vital for seafaring) were none of them developed very quickly.

Though, ages ago, what happened that required the creation of the ARC?
Jan. 20th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: re 2x01
I'm guesing there's some point where Leek's managing of the siutation, or lack of?, meant the Home Office dealt differently with the crises and their involvement meant the creation of ARC? Just a differing timeline sequence of events I reckon, nothing major but significant for Nick coming into it.
Jan. 20th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Can I just say I had the same WTF reaction to photo in the wallet moment, I think I actually screamed at the TV "when the hell did that happen". I kinda miss the Claudia/Nick relationship, I've yet to warm up to jenny but it's only the 2nd ep so I'm giving her a chance.
Totally Loving Conner this season !!!
Jan. 20th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think their primary focus was to make her distinct from Claudia this ep, so she came off as bossy/bitchy, rather unlikable in comparision as a side effect of that agenda. I'm sure she'll get a more adequate exploration of her character coming up. :)
Jan. 20th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
I forgot about the soldier at the Arc. I was wondering if was some weird anomaly thing-Nick being right about the world going to hell in a handbasket because something was changed. But that would get so complicated with all the dino wrangling and not!camping they're doing, not to mention Helen.

I did the same WTF with the picture. Yes, his grief is believable, but only that I believe he's upset. Not in that I think he really had something going on with her-it *really* doesn't gel with what little they had last season.

I think Abby wasn't hurt because those spiky things seemed more floppy than anything. Perhaps more like feelers or almost!feet that some worms, and little critters have.
Jan. 20th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
I really liked the second episode. Thought it was better than the first.

I really want to know what Helen is up to. She always seems to be scheming something!

I'm liking the Connor/Abby and Nick/Jenny-Claudia stuff because those are the 2 pairings I liked last year. Jenny was such a dumbass at the start of the episode LOL. Loved the end though. She looked more like Claudia when she was at the door and Nick was cute. Why Helen was there though I have NO idea.

It will be interesting to see what is going on with cleaner man.

I think series 2 is starting to shape up nicely. :)
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