I'm still struggling to like this show and sometimes I'm not that bothered if I catch it or not, evidenced by the fact I missed two and a half episodes this season. I want to like it because it has so much going for it; Douglas Henshall is a fantastic actor, Ben Miller adds the aloof comic touch, Connor and Abby's will they/won't they relationship, a good sci-fi premise, and bucket loads of creatures. Where the series fails are the gaping holes in logic and the formulaic episodes.
- Why are all the anomalies located within an easy car journey from the hub?
- Why are there never any recorded instances of past anomalies appearing and letting creatures out, say for instance in Victorian times?
- Why are only creatures stumbling through the anomalies? Surely if there are ones in the future people from that time period should be able to visit?
- Anomaly appears.
- Monster enters through it and starts killing people.
- The team wade in with out any preparation.
- One or of the team find themselves in danger and in need of rescue.
- Team member is rescued.
- Creature captured.
- The team realise there is another creature on the loose.
- Other team members put in danger.
- Team members rescued yet again.
- Second creature captured.
- Anomaly closes.
- Rinse and repeat.
The other thing that gets me is that Prof. Cutter never carries a weapon...never, ever!!! Now I'm sorry, I don't care how high it is you don't go after monsters armed only with your I.Q. If I was chasing monsters, deadly ones known for their killing abilities, I'd be armed with as many big fuck off guns as I could carry. You just wouldn't walk into a situation and hope you will find a matchstick with which to fight off a Sabertooth Tiger.
The early episodes of Smallville were formulaic, centering around the 'freak-of-the-week'. The producers soon realised that this format wasn't going to work if they were to retain their viewers. So the formula changed and the series became a hit. I can't help feeling that if the producers of Primeval don't up the ante, move away from the formulaic, and start taking some risks with the story, then there won't be a fourth series.
So what do you think of Primeval?