Holy crap! What an episode! On a Saturday night that saw ITV (poor track record in Sci-Fi drama) going up against the BBC’s [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] and Robin Hood, my guess would have been that the Beeb would have creamed ITV. But wow, the third episode of Primeval pushed all the right buttons and came out better than the Time Lord and medieval do-gooder.
In a nutshell
- A mini-invasion of Diictodons in a hospital sees Cutter and his team having to round up the creatures and deliver a baby. All in a day’s work!
- Helen Cutter’s nefarious scheme is revealed – she’s creating voice controlled suicide-bomber clones, and tells Cutter that creatures from The Arc will eventually end all life on the planet and that she has witnessed this.
- Helen takes over the Arc and her clone of Cutter blows the place up. The team escape to safety, but Cutter goes back inside to rescue Helen, but she shoots him thinking that this will prevent the future incident she thinks he will cause. Before he dies, Cutter passes on the artefact that Helen left behind. He gives it to Connor and tells him to work out what it does.
I have to admit, I was wondering why Cutter hadn’t been at the forefront of the first two episodes. Being a recent convert, I’d heard loads about Cutter and didn’t quite understand why he was taking a backseat role in the show. Now we know: he was bowing out.
And what a way to go – his carefully detailed model up in smoke, the Arc in ruins and killed by his ex-wife. And all this after he showed a sensitive side by delivering that woman’s baby.
By the way, who would’ve resisted the temptation to hold up the baby dinosaur and pretend that was the woman’s baby? I was sooo disappointed when that didn’t happen!
I’m intrigued now about what Cutter’s death means for the series as a whole. I don’t get the impression that he’s coming back through some flimsy Anomaly-related storyline. The ARC is destroyed, their leader is gone: will the Primeval team regroup and will they be different?
It looks like Danny Quinn (the policeman from episode 2) will be joining the cast, and from the previews of episode 4, it looks like even Connor gets a much needed shot of testosterone. Will the focus of the series change now? I wonder. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of this series, which is definitely improving.