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I enjoyed this episode best of the season so far. This only re-emphasises for me a growing realisation that I place quite a high value on a decently plotted and interesting A story. I like the way primeval has relatively complex characters who are relatively consistently written and portrayed (as I've said elsewhere I think it manages this much better than new Who) but its Monster-of-the-week plots have a tendency to be unimaginative, occasionally a little dull, and sometimes just plain rubbish. I'm no fan of Nu Who's plotting but it is a lot more imaginative than Primeval (though obviously, it has a lot more scope to be so) even though it frequently has plot holes you could drive a truck (loaded with every plot hole that's ever occurred on Primeval) through them.

So it was nice to see a reasonably interesting set up this week (though how/why exactly did the shark eat just Lucien's shoe and football?) with the monster story being worked into the character stories rather better than in the preceding weeks. There were niggles (shoe and football aside), why was Stephen so certain the monster was in the canal (was he being misled by text messages from Helen?), what were the future walruses doing? were they trying to communicate in some ham-fisted fashion (our initial assumption) or was this just some sort of larder building exercise ? There were certainly signs of intelligence on display which makes the unexpectedly violent attitude of our heroes (they spend episodes nearly getting themselves killed while faffing around with tranquiliser guns but happily pull out automatic weapons at the first sign they are dealing with something with higher sentience - B said Nick must only care about saving pretty creatures).

The reveal that (the sadly underused so far this year) Helen is involved with Leek was genuinely surprising, while feeling entirely natural. Though I've been having some interesting discussions over on [livejournal.com profile] primeval_itv about how this could be interpreted, I think we are meant to take it at face value. Helen and Leek are up to something - given Helen's apparent desire to get to the future last season, and the fact that they've found a recurring future anomaly, what's the betting that Leek is not going to simply conceal it under layers of concrete?

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Date: 2008-02-04 12:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-shepherd.livejournal.com
I gather Cutter and Co have no compuction about shooting future beasties because that won't affect the present. (There was a line somewhere - I need to go back and find it.) Practical, but hardly altruistic.

Some of my friends list want to know why they are always hostile predators and why are they perpectually hungry? (A particular concern about the sabretooth.)

However, if you think I can come up with an explanation for the shoe and the basketball you'd be wrong...

Love the user pic, by the way!
Edited Date: 2008-02-04 12:01 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2008-02-04 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com
But they didn't know it was a "future shark" until after Stephen had riddled it with bullets... and Nick was fretting about killing photogenic things long before he knew time could change... and he didn't seem particularly concerned about damage to the time stream from those worms...

I had this theory that future Walrus and future Shark had a tussle over Lucien with Walrus getting the boy and the Shark getting the shoe and ball. But Lucien's comparatively decent state of health and lack of any mention of a Shark/Walrus creature fight over him makes it pretty far fetched.

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Date: 2008-02-04 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] king-pellinor.livejournal.com
I assume he dropped the ball and kicked his shoes off while in the water, and the shark ate those for want of anything better (as there wuold of course be no other random rubbish in the docks...)

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Date: 2008-02-04 01:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bunn.livejournal.com
Right at the end when Abby's hand is slipping out of Connors, how does Nick grabbing hold of Connor levitate Abby so that she's no longer slipping....? that bit was just soo cheesy it wasn't true.
All good fun...

I liked the future walrusses, it was a pity they ended up as yet another monster of the week.

Also a pity that like all the predators so far, they announced their intention to attack by standing still and going 'RAR!' first. I can't think of any real predators that do that. Seems like more of a defensive primate kind of move. 'RAR, see my scary teefs, don't come towards me!' Presumably that's why it's primate telly. I bet if there was a Walrus-made series with the same concept the predators wouldn't go 'RAR!' before attacking...

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Date: 2008-02-04 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com
I love the idea of Walrus telly? Do you suppose what we saw was an intrepid first contact team sent back through the anomaly, rescuing ignorant bipeds from sharks (minus shoe and ball) and then being ruthlessly slaughtered by the other bipeds they found and tried to show where the one they rescued was?

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Date: 2008-02-04 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com
... and then, of course, all the RAH! ing is friendly "Hi guys! can we be friends? do you like the biped friend I've brought you?"

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Date: 2008-02-04 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-shepherd.livejournal.com
Oh, *snork*.

I do so want to see the Walrus TV version!

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Date: 2008-02-04 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com
whole vistas of crackfic opening up...

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Date: 2008-02-04 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-shepherd.livejournal.com
Though to be fair in this particular case they may have been thinking of elephant seal beachmasters roaring like crazy...

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