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19 April 2009 @ 02:17 pm
Robin Hood and Primeval 3x04 aka Primeval fights back...  
Robin Hood
Another very solid episode if somewhat lacking in comparison to the previous three...

- The Sheriff. After being great last week I thought he was a bit too OTT this week. He seemed to shout every other line. I know he’s supposed to be losing control but it was a little too much.

- The Nottingham guards are still utterly useless. Shouldn’t they recognise Robin by now? How is he able to ride a wagon out simply by pulling his hood up? Although in their favour they practiced the important skill of turning later on and managed t do it in time.

- Rufus. A nicely ambiguous character, part villain but victim. A sympathetic back story but still a git. A bad guy with a proper motivation. In fact, as the story went on, you found out he and Robin were basically on the same side but Rufus went about it all wrong. Shame he couldn’t live to return although his ending was rather fitting. Can’t imagine he would have changed.

- Edmund was nicely portrayed too – treading a fine line between loyalty to his father and doing the right thing.

- Oh Much...how did you ever survive war? By being rather nimble it seems (as evidenced by his dodging the sword later on when they were trying to capture Rufus)

- Kate finally in the gang proper. I like her and Allan’s relationship from a friendship pov – his insulting her and no nonsense approach seemed to bring her down off her high horse very effectively. Much still clearly pinning for her. I rather hope he gets the girl even though she’d walk all over him.

- Some good meaty fight scenes too. In the past the fights have sometimes seemed a bit lacklustre but these were very dynamic. Especially liked John’s blunt escape plan (I’ll just bash through this wall...). It was very him.

- The crack. Not as much but...What was in that kiln? Are they meant to be that explodey? And exactly how high did that arrow go?! If this was the old, cracky version of the show, Kate would have ended up dancing the Macarena...Sometimes I miss the cracky version...

It was a good episode although not as fun as the last few. Glad to see Guy back next week...and that he’s apparently bathed. The last episode didn’t miss him too much but I think this one did.

Primeval
Easily the best episode of the series so far – better paced and less boring. Pity the first couple couldn’t have been at this quality.

- How long has passed? The ARC seems to be rather back together again (except for Nick’s mechano set). No funeral scene for Nick. Seems like a bit of a poke in the eye really but maybe the creators were just pissed with Henshall bailing out before series end...I am rather because I’m becoming more and more certain that they had a very different series 3 in mind.

- Jenny. Firstly, what have they done to Lucy? She looks incredibly washed out at times and they keep putting her in the most unflattering clothes. Give the girl a break. Secondly, I don’t buy her apparent lack of confidence in this. She was quite happy in episode 2 to be leading a team out and last series we saw how tough she was under the hardest of circumstances. The writing for her character is so painfully inconsistent at the moment. She’s the one I really don’t think the writers ‘get’.

- Sarah. Being given next to nothing to do still. It makes sense that she’s not a field agent but some scenes with Lester perhaps may be nice.

- Lester. Notably that he says ‘work’s the best thing for us’ – he’s definitely becoming more united with the team now. The ‘threat’ of Christine helps that. His slight moment of losing his temper was so well played by Ben. You can really tell that Lester is rattled and that does not bode well.

- Becker. Allowed to be all action hero and a bit cocky still but the boy’s got heart. I liked his apology to Jenny at the end. Most military characters would never be shown doing something like that.

- The Black Stig. Danny. Really liked Danny this episode. He was a lot more fun, a bit more cocky and a bit more heroic. Didn’t really like the character at first so I hope he stays more like this. But two flying lessons? That was a bit too daft. Helicopters are pretty difficult to fly, especially like that.

- The ‘Abby’s brother’ side story rather superfluous given what else was happening. I just don’t think it added very much to the episode. Also, if Jack needs somewhere to stay, why can’t Connor stay there too? There’s always the sofa! I didn’t see the point of Abby missing half the episode because of this.

- The G-Rex was well done if somewhat skinny. Part of what made Jurassic Park’s T-Rexes so frightening was their bulk. I think some artistic license could have been used here... Also wasn’t entirely convinced it would get up so easily from its fall – predators easily break bones in falls like that when they’re chasing prey. Still, maybe he was just lucky...

- Nigel sodding Marvin. Deserved to get eaten for the mess that was Prehistoric Park. Could have done without him completely though.

- The press storyline is hopefully at an end – I think it was certainly something worth covering, but it was done in the most clichéd way possible. Those reporters were such awful stereotypes. Looking at it again, I’m still not entirely sure what was supposed to have happened to them. Don’t think they were eaten. It looks like they were trampled...Or were they meant to have been kicked through the anomaly?

- Plot wise, very solid except for one thing; why did Connor use the tow truck to lead the G-rex away? It was too slow and too unstable. The Mini would have been a better prospect. Seems they only did that to have a reason for Danny to come in and save the day. A bit sloppy.

Not perfect but an awful lot better.

Robin Hood and Primeval on par this week. I thought Hood was better quality, but Primeval more entertaining.

 
 
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inamac: Lester - Oh Shitinamac on April 19th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Hood was definitely better quality. Having missed last week's Primeval I was very disaponted in this one - too many characters who all look the same (not sure that you need both Becker and Danny - or the two clone girls...)

You've almost saved me doing a post.
doylefan22: lots-rahldoylefan22 on April 19th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
I thought Primeval finally had a great monster to deal with this week - if they hadn't managed to make a good episode out of this one, I'd have been worried!

I did start to wonder if it was a competition between Becker and Danny as to who can out 'heroic' each other - they need to have more defined roles in the team I think otherwise what's the point...

Hood just seems to be better written at the mo.
reggietatereggietate on April 19th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
- How long has passed? The ARC seems to be rather back together again (except for Nick’s mechano set). No funeral scene for Nick. Seems like a bit of a poke in the eye really but maybe the creators were just pissed with Henshall bailing out before series end...I am rather because I’m becoming more and more certain that they had a very different series 3 in mind.

Think they probably left out the funeral because it would just be repeating Stephen's funeral scene. I'm still annoyed with Dougie, too, because Cutter's departure has definitely derailed the series as it would have been.

- Jenny. Firstly, what have they done to Lucy? She looks incredibly washed out at times and they keep putting her in the most unflattering clothes.

I'm not minding the clothes so much - jeans make sense in this job. But I don't understand whey they've made her so like Claudia, rather than the old Jenny of S2. With Cutter in the whole series it might have been something to do with her remark about 'feeling different' (in 2.07) but since they knew he was going in ep 3 it seems redundant to have her start looking more like Claudia. Why not just keep her like the old Jenny?

Having just watched the ep again, I like Danny a little more - what I don';t like is him being the all-action hero coming in to rescue the rest of them. I could have done without him altogether, really - Jenny and Connor made a great pair as joint leaders, and I think with some thought that could have worked. The helicopter was just OTT. Why do they feel they have to totally top Cutter? That really annoys me.

I agree about Abby's brother. He could have slept on the bloody sofa! And Jack is one character too many, given all the changes we're having to get used to.

I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, but I still miss Cutter and I'm not entirely sold on the total change of direction the series seems to have taken with his demise.
eriah211eriah211 on April 19th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
And Jenny. Firstly, what have they done to Lucy? She looks incredibly washed out at times and they keep putting her in the most unflattering clothes. Give the girl a break. Secondly, I don’t buy her apparent lack of confidence in this.

I could bear her new wardrobe (it makes sense) but the luck of makeup is a bit disconcerting (for me it was the main difference between her and Claudia ^_^)

I liked a lot this episode, except maybe the cliché part of Danny saving the day.

And about Robin Hood, I haven´t seen it yet because Guy is not in it *pouts* Guy´s character is a bit lame but Richard Armitage (and particularly his voice... I loved the way he used to say Marian´s name) is too hot for his own good.

steamshovelmamasteamshovelmama on April 19th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
"Jenny. Firstly, what have they done to Lucy? She looks incredibly washed out at times and they keep putting her in the most unflattering clothes."

I'm wondering whether there's a suggestion that Jenny is taking Nick's death so hard as to be a bit depressed - comig so soon after Stephen's death she may be struggling to cope.
reggietatereggietate on April 19th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
Except she was like that more or less from the start, looks-wise...
steamshovelmamasteamshovelmama on April 19th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I thought the makeup was paler generally but she was wearing some and that dreadful turquoise blouse was, at least, bright! This ep she's wearing almost no makeup and her clothes are entirely dull. I think this is a Build Up to Something.
steamshovelmamasteamshovelmama on April 19th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well, okay, we know what it's a build up to but I was being automatically spoiler conscious!

I think Jenny can't cope emotionally which started with Stephen's death. She's floundering and the increased responsibility doesn't help. All of this leads her to go.
fredbassettfredbassett on April 19th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
It's interesting to speculate on what might have been if DH hadn't thrown his toys out of the pram. I get the impression that some of the plotting is of the "make do and mend" variety, and they really don't seem to know what to do with Jenny, and isn't next week meant to be the one where she bails out as well? I rather suspect that's going to annoy me, Big Time.
reggietatereggietate on April 19th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too, even though it at least gives us a bit of angst for Cutter and works in terms of the story in a way. BUt it's just too many people to lose in a short space of time :-(
steamshovelmamasteamshovelmama on April 19th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
I still wonder whether she'll be back.

It does feel like too many changes in too short a time span.
reggietate: newlookjennyreggietate on April 19th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I still wonder whether she'll be back.

Judging by what I've heard about the remainder of the series, it doesn't sound as if she is coming back, though it's still a remote possibility. I know a little about eps 9 and 10, but not enough to confirm whether she's in them or not.

It does feel like too many changes in too short a time span.

Definitely. They'd have done much better to keep the line-up as steady as possible, and Jenny would be an ideal character to keep things familiar for the audience while retaining a link t Cutter at the same time as forging new relationships with Danny and Sarah.

The trouble is, all the characters were linked to Cutter, he was the central point, and without him they need to find a new centre. I don't see how Danny can be it without a lot more work. he may be fun, but there's not real reason for us to actually care about him much. The dead brother doesn't count, that's just a poor retread of Helen, in my opinion.
Purpleyin/Hans: suavemissyvortexdv on April 19th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the Jack storyline was just a setup for later eps where Jack may appear presumably and milked for all the Abby/Connor angst they could manage. As for Connor going away, not sure if it's to get the Dictodons? away from Jack, if he hadn't already seen them, but surely any other friend of Connor would ask as many questions unless ARC staff (which might be equally bad if they weren't meant to have them).

I'm curious what exactly happened to the press people, sounded like a scream but not shown. If they weren't eaten/trampled then their odds won't be too good on the other side with a herd coming...I know someone who thinks this is ambigious incase they later want to use the characters. Who knows, maybe Helen saves one of them or something slightly ridiculous like that?

As for the mini versus tow truck. I simply assumed the tow truck got used because there's more target for the G-Rex, lots that isn't the front section Connor is in, but I don't know really.

steamshovelmamasteamshovelmama on April 19th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
"I'm curious what exactly happened to the press people, sounded like a scream but not shown."

It was very ambiguous. Mr S thought they'd been trodden on, I thought they'd been chomped and taken through the anomaly.

Upon rewatching it isn't much clearer. Mick Harper (and *really*, Mick *Harper*? Mick Alam, Mick Patel, Mick Anything To Suggest an Indian Heritage but not Mick *Harper*) Ahem. MH is standing close behind his boss, the G. Rex bends its head and sweeps forwards. MH and boss disappear from view. So, definitely through the anomaly but whether swept through generally or snapped up and carried through - who knows?

As you say, given DQ reported a herd of G Rexes the chances of them surviving is small and yet... and yet...

... that's a weird ending to the story arc given the amount of time spent on it.
Eruvadhril Edainweneruvadhril on April 19th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
The last episode didn’t miss him too much but I think this one did.

As evidenced by the Sheriff's every other line being about how he misses Guy. And damn, does Guy look good. He now has haircut!Marian hair rather than normal Marian hair, and he's had a shave, and... well, he's back.
Does this mean we get to see Prince Rochester soon?
I am desperately hoping that Much finds happiness now that he's got a love interest who isn't Robin. Unfortunately, I foresee a Look Animosity It Must Be Love relationship between Kate and Allan, and Much's crush being treated as a running gag, because Much's only purpose in life is to be the butt monkey.
Also Gisborne's sister is going to fall in love with Robin and oh God shoot me now she's going to be Marian 2.0 Now Comes With Actual Family Ties. Please, show, prove me wrong.
whimsywinx: PE-StephenNotImpressedwhimsywinx on April 19th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
OK, I came for Robin Hood, but Primeval's showing?! *kicks lack of info in America* And, WTF about Cutter? What the hell is happening to my cracky shows?