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19 January 2008 @ 10:33 pm
Primeval 2.02 - Where they borrow the worms from King Kong  
Well it was certainly an improvement on last week. It made me remembered why I liked the show so much last series. Still a few problems but the pacing was much better.

- Nick - I seemed to spend a lot of this episode going 'awww Nick...'. Bless him. He's clearly not coping with not!Claudia Claudia very well. It's quite amazing how he kept his feelings for her fairly close to his chest for most of the previous series and now he's absolutely besotted with her. He keeps a picture of them in his wallet fgs! And it only took her being erased/replaced by an accident of time for him to release how much he likes her....I loved the bit at the end when his first reaction was to ask Claudia if she's all right. His little face when he went to explain it to her at the end and saw her boyfriend/fiance/husband...awww Nick...(I have a feeling this will be my phrase of the series).

- Helen - She seems to have stopped in at the old prehistoric hair dressers – which was a mistake because it makes her look like a boy.  And she apparently stabbed herself in the leg to have an excuse to go and visit Stephen? Well she’s committed, I’ll give her that. (Or she should be). With her stalking Nick at the end this may be an indication that Claudia's disappearance is her doing.

- Nice to see that since the Torchwood writers have neglected to use Myfanwy, she's gotten work on Primeval instead.

- Jenny - Good job by Lucy in making her a different character from Claudia. She's obviously not as smart or a lot more arrogant than Claudia (don't take the lift you daft cow!) She's also a bit of a bitch. The part at the end without all her vamp make up was really messing with Nick.

- Abby’s suddenly jealous of Connor meeting a girl even though she’s barely shown an interest in him before was just weird. I know the two of them are together in real life but that doesn't mean they have to be on the show. And what happened to Abby liking Stephen?

- Talking of Stephen - he has a Spice Girls mug?!

 

- Aside from the character stuff the plot was simple but fairly decent. I thought they missed a trick with the actual reveal of the worms. They were just there - a missed opportunity for a tense, jumping out of the fog moment.

- Connor with his head in a worm however was much better – genuinely unexpected. And pretty funny.

- And then there was the return of the cleaner who got attacked by a raptor who Connor conveniently left behind so he could be a plot point later. Could be interesting - is he really special forces and was he sent to spy on the team? That would be a better explanation for perhaps why the SF never seem to bother turning up to these incidents any more.

- The best crack moment of the show? Abby kickboxing a worm and Stephen sticking one’s head in the photocopier.

Overall, better than the opener (partially I think because of the Nick/Claudia storyline, partly Helen and partly just a better constructed story). 7/10

Next week looks interesting with the sabre tooth at Thorpe Park. Hopefully it can pick off a few of the chavs that too often ruin the place.
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Purpleyin/Hans: chocolatemissyvortexdv on January 19th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Maybe the Abby jealousy thing is meant to come in with things being slightly differently in the new timeline? Though I can honeslty understand it fine since she's had him mostly to herself - he's lived there for a year and whatever friendship they have I think she took for granted, so someone randomly luring him off meaning being irked I can buy. Was a bit OTT, instant dislike but could be worse and in interviews at least Hannah Spearitt made comments that Abby had gotten over Stephen, lost cause, moving on.

The 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?

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.

I do hope the weird bit with the cleaner reappearing is as you say 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

The masculine Helen haircut at least has the point that it'd be practical not to have long hair when chased by dinos...

Plus, on the Nick/Claudia photo her carried - WTF? When is he meant to have had that taken?
stargatecrazystargatecrazy on January 20th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
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.

My mum said to me, "Oh I bet her husband will come to the door" and then when a man DID appear I almost cried (okay-the ending as a whole did make me cry! I was so sorry for poor Nick. And then I saw Helen and was all "OMG! WTF! Does Helen KNOW something???!!)but then my mum reminded me that it might not have been her husband...we don't know!

Plus, on the Nick/Claudia photo her carried - WTF? When is he meant to have had that taken?

I have to admit, that made me SQUEE and awful lot! But I did wonder where the hell it was taken!

I thought Episode two was better than the first but I kept feeling incredibly sorry for Nick. Especially when he kept calling Jenny, 'Claudia'. And when he was yelling at her for saving him (when he had the worm attached to his leg) I could so see the sexual tension he has going. Shame that Jenny is a manipulative bitch who actually likes Lester and is mean to people! (Just like Nick realised)

I really hope Nick finds a way back to his timeline or finds a way to right the timeline he's in or something, so we can have Claudia back!

SGC