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29 March 2009 @ 01:03 pm
Primeval 3x01 aka "We didn't want to waste an interesting story on the first episode..."  
Well that was....okay. That's about as enthusiastic as I can get about it to be honest. Just a big pile of 'meh'. It was fine, certainly not bad, I just didn't think it was that interesting.

Obviously designed to set up some of the arcs of the series and one of the new characters, the monster seemed basically incidental. That was the disappointing part I think - your bog standard monster of the week which could have been done more interestingly.

Cutter was pushed aside a little in favour of Connor and the new girl. He had his bit of man pain about Stephen but was openly talking about him by the end, probably supposed to represent the fact that he's moving on.

Abby has finally been given a proper job to do -Stephen's. I always thought she should be doing the tracking and animal handling stuff anyway yet Stephen tended to get a lot of that, sometimes making Abby a bit superfulous. Glad she's got a proper place now. Although I really don't like her harsh new hair.

Sarah was introduced fairly well as was Becker. The characters weren't forced in an their inclusion seemed natural and made sense. Becker clearly has a lot to learn and I wouldn't be surprised to see him making a big mistake at some point and having a whole 'we shouldn't always do things by the book moment'. Sarah was a good mixture of vulnerability and guts, and her reason for joining the team were surprisingly valid.
Lester was one of my favourite things about the episode. He got the best lines again ("There was an eyewitness. A young woman from the museum." "Well, you know, have her shot and dispose of the body discretely"). Also interesting to see him rattled in confrontation with the clearly worrying (if somewhat cliched) Christine.

Jenny/Claudia - who was that? She was listed as Jenny. Cutter jokingly called her Claudia. She has seemingly taken Claudia's old job, her look has softened down as has her personality. She's pretty much Claudia again - will that be a plot point or are we supposed to believe that Claudia and Jenny were always really the same person, just Jenny had greater confidence?

Helen's appearance at the end wasn't a surprise but it added a bit of intrigue at least. Liking her new look though. Better than the warrior explorer gear she had going on last year.

Overall it was fine but let down by an uninteresting main story. I currently have no desire to watch that episode again which I think is indicative of how it stands up as a piece of entertainment - nice but once is enough.

So, this week's Robin Hood vs Primeval goes to the men in tights.
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steamshovelmamasteamshovelmama on March 29th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
First eps are always difficult - you need to reestablish all the storylines, characters and themes in a way that is accessible to the average Joe Viewer who tunes in for the first time.

I thought this ep was fine - I wonder whether the creature focus will generally be slightly less than we've had so far? Now we have shiny artifacts to worry about.

Let's see whether Christine remains a cliche - that may be down to establishing her character and role straight away with a minimum of fuss. It was great seeing Lester wrong footed.

The writers have said that there is more of the Jenny/Claudia arc to come - personally I think it'll tie in with Nick's arc this season.

Can't ABIDE Robin Hood - too many pasants who looklike they've just got back from the local beauty salon. I've always thought the writing was very poor, too.
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on March 29th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Jenny/Claudia - who was that? She was listed as Jenny. Cutter jokingly called her Claudia. She has seemingly taken Claudia's old job, her look has softened down as has her personality. She's pretty much Claudia again - will that be a plot point or are we supposed to believe that Claudia and Jenny were always really the same person, just Jenny had greater confidence?

YES. That made me go BUH? I always thought the whole random change of Claudia --> Jenny was strange. I hope the writers have some really awesome explanation for it eventually.
charly07 on March 29th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Have to agree with most of your comments. As an opening episode of a long awaited returning series goes, it was as you've said, not terribly interesting. I don't think I've ever described any other Primeval episode as such. Worrying.

Jenny was shockingly and disappointingly unrecognizable from her strikingly "sleek & lipsticked" (courtesy of Paul Kearney in "The Lost World") self in S2. What was the point of making her so deliberately "different" in S2 just to have her boomerang back to almost 100% Claudia, both physically and personality-wise? There was always that essence of "Claudia" in "Jenny" as seen in S2 that Lucy Brown delicately allowed to bleed through in subtle and imaginative ways which was what made for such intriguing viewing between her and Cutter.

It's not just the Jenny/Claudia clonish aspect. I was prepared to have new characters interrupt the "old" dynamic but to have my "old" dynamic come across as peculiar and disconnected from S1 and S2 made for disgruntled viewing.

And on a shallow note, Jenny's wardrobe needs a do-over in the worst way.
reggietatereggietate on March 29th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I was expecting to be both more and less disappointed than I actually was in the end. I thought Sarah and Becker were great, but I'm less certain of Christine - seeing Lester wrong-footed was fun in some ways, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea to undermine him like that. I'd rather have seen him softening a bit towards the team. But it may just be a preparation for a payoff further along the line.

Cutter's relative sidelining may be symptom of needing room to establish a lot in the first episode. Then again,m it amy be more to do with what's going to happen to him lateron, and they're just making it obvious now. Hope not.

Jenny/Claudia - who was that? She was listed as Jenny. Cutter jokingly called her Claudia. She has seemingly taken Claudia's old job, her look has softened down as has her personality. She's pretty much Claudia again - will that be a plot point or are we supposed to believe that Claudia and Jenny were always really the same person, just Jenny had greater confidence?

I think this threw me the most. Whatever you might say about Jenny and her dress sense of such from last year, she was a strong character, and I liked her very much by the end. I think I'd rather have kept Jenny as Jenny instead of kind-of-Claudia, especially as we haven't see the transition from one to the other at all. I definitely thought it would be better to keep Jenny's darker more severer hair-style at the very least, and maybe the trademark lipstick, too.
bigtitch: primeval_flirtbigtitch on March 29th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
I thought it was a good first ep as first eps go - a bit overloaded with new characters and setting up the plots. Like Sarah. Becker not so much - too young for his job and basically not Ryan!
reggietatereggietate on March 29th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
LOL! That poor boy is destined to go down in history as Not-Ryan :-)

Given that he isn't Ryan, I liked him, but I want to see how he handles a stubborn Cutter before I really make a judgement.
fredbassett: Ryan 4fredbassett on March 29th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
LOL, no-one will ever handle Cutter as well as Ryan!
keeping it vaguely imaginary...: Abes // __kali____kali__ on March 29th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
I found it ever so slightly better than RH, but both episodes were surprisingly weak.
eriah211: Connor_S3eriah211 on March 29th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I too thought that the introduction of the new characters was going to be a bit awkward but it was ok. I was determined to not like the egyptologist but she played it nice and funny so I kind of like her. And Lester´s lines are alwas the best.

I did see too that they pushed Nick a bit aside inthis episode, but in the next want it´s more noticeable.
fredbassettfredbassett on March 29th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
I liked Sarah and well, and the interaction between her and Abby was nice to see. I thought her introduction went very well.
fredbassettfredbassett on March 29th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
I liked it a lot more than I was expecting, so I guess I was pleasantly surprised.

I liked the new characters, and seeing Abby used more was good.

I'm intrigued by the way they have made Jenny far more Claudia-like. I wonder if we'll see more of that change?

Becker wasn't bad, although nowhere near as good as Ryan, IMHO.

But yeah, overall, I did like it, and I;m watching it again now and enjoying it again.
knitekatknitekat on March 29th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Interesting start.. another conspiracy though? So does this mean Helen was telling Stephen the truth about their being a government conspiracy? Christine has obviously been doing something with anomalies.
I've also been wondering if Becker and the soldier's are so bad because they are meant to be.. I assuming that Christine choose them.
Random bits I also liked/other comments:
- The wrong-footing of Lester.. be interesting to see a battle for power between him and Christine.
- Abby's method of waking Connor.
- Becker's not bowing comment, thought the whole bowing to a man-eating beast does seem a little odd.
- The new characters were OK, Sarah better than Becker.
- Cutter's Claudia comment - to prove her point about changing the past as wrong. And their interaction in general in the ep.
- Jenny's becoming more Claudia like, a continuation of her having felt strange comment from 2.07?
- Are we going to get a three-way fight here between Helen, Christine and the ARC team for the artifact?

Overall, good start esp. as had to introduce two new characters, probably a good thing didn't try to do all 3!