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Primeval 5 Seasons

Season 3
4.3 out of 5 stars (393) IMDb 7.3/10

Monster hit Primeval roars back onto the screens for an extended third season. Still reeling from Stephen's death and with the depth of Helen's betrayal now revealed, Nick Cutter must fight to re-focus his embattled team. Cutter's crew are joined by some new recruits in the form of maverick policeman Danny Quinn, spunky Egyptologist Sarah Page, and the new leader of the ARC's security forces Captain Becker. Prepare for more explosive action as Primeval bares its newly sharpened teeth.

Starring:
Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt

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Season 3
1. Episode 1

When an exhibition of ancient Egyptian relics comes to the British Museum, an anomaly opens in a mysterious monument called the Sun Cage. A creature emerges from it - a kind of monstrous crocodile that can run on two legs. The team is joined by the ARC's new Head of Security, Captain Becker, and an archaeologist from the Museum, Sarah Page. The race is on to track the creature down before it hits the streets of London.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 16, 2009
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2. Episode 2

Cutter's research leads to a prediction about where the next anomaly will appear. They wait to see if an anomaly will appear, but get more than they bargained for when they discover a camouflage beast from the future is living in the house. They also have to deal with a cop, Danny Quinn, who takes an instant dislike to them. The team faces one of their hardest missions yet - how do you catch a creature you cannot even see?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 23, 2009
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3. Episode 3

Some cute but surprisingly dangerous burrowing creatures called Diictodons nearly cause a disaster at a hospital when an anomaly opens from the Permian era. Calamity is averted by the team, which manages to get the creatures back to their own time whilst simultaneously delivering a (human) baby. Meanwhile, Helen and her army of 'Cleaner Replicas' attack the ARC.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 30, 2009
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4. Episode 4

The largest anomaly the team has yet encountered opens at an airport and a Giganotosaurus comes through. Affectionately (or not) known as a G-Rex, it's like a T-Rex but bigger, meaner and more dangerous. The team has their work cut out as they try to rescue a crew trapped in a 747 and get this mighty predator back through the anomaly. They are helped by Danny Quinn, who turns up unexpectedly and refuses to leave the scene.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: June 6, 2009
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5. Episode 5

The team faces one of its most unusual and dangerous of threats - a deadly flesh-eating fungus. The fungus literally takes over any human who comes into contact with it, turning the unfortunate victim into a hideous shell of their former self, intent only on spreading the fungus further. Can the team find a way to stop it before it's too late?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: June 13, 2009
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6. Episode 6

The team is investigating a mysterious artefact when the ARC is invaded by a Government official backed by the military, in search of it. Taking refuge in a mysterious old hut in some woods, the team finds itself besieged by birds from the Pliocene era when an anomaly opens nearby. Phorusrhacids may look like armoured ostriches in shape, but they are infinitely more dangerous.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: June 20, 2009
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7. Episode 7

When a medieval knight comes through an anomaly chasing what he believes to be a dragon, the team don't just have another dinosaur on the loose, but also a knight intent on slaying it!

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 27, 2009
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8. Episode 8

When an anomaly opens at a race-car test-track, the team must draw on all its skills to capture and return a lethal, giant carnivorous insect from the future. Things become even more complicated when Abby's brother Jack inadvertently goes through an anomaly to escape the Megopteran. The team sets out on a rescue mission and find themselves in a future world filled with terrifying predators. Can they save Jack and get back alive?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 11, 2009
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9. Episode 9

A herd of Embolotherium comes through an anomaly at an off-road motor course. The team arrives, but these seven-tonne rhinoceros-type beasts from the Eocene era do not budge easily. The pressure is on to lure the lumbering creatures back through the anomaly without causing a stampede or being crushed in the process. Danny finally arrives, with Eve, a mysterious woman from the future. To be continued...

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 18, 2009
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10. Episode 10

When the anomaly at Johnson's headquarters reopens, Sarah and Becker head off to check it out. Helen decides the only way to stop the destruction of life on Earth is to stop humans ever evolving and goes back in time to kill Hominids, the very first humans. The rest of the team must stop Helen at all costs. They endure a harrowing journey back through time via several anomalies, battling future predators, raptors and pterasaurs along the way. One of the team also has a life-changing encounter with the earliest humans, Hominids.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 25, 2009
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This show could be excellent. The problem is Helen. She is a scientist, who all of a sudden becomes a survivalist and master criminal. It's not realistic. Yes, I know, we're dealing with dinosaurs and other monsters here, but the Helen storyline is so laughable it ruins the whole show.
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The first season is great....loved the characters and the critters that come thru from other times/worlds are the only bad guys in the show! The second season is fine until Cutter comes back and everything has changed----Helen is a total pain in the rear-end and she RUINS the show....she makes it so annoying that it is not fun or interesting to watch any more! Why did they have to change things----the show was good just the way it was with adventures and fun-friendly characters....I hate the changes to bad guys everywhere and stupid tricks and OUR characters dying! BAD-BAD-BAD! We are not going to watch the show any more....Cutter dying was the last straw....never should have happened! Whoever put that in the script sure knew how to kill a person's desire to watch a show....get a clue and realize what matters to viewers is feeling connected to the characters....you blew it by taking Cutter away....just so wrong!
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The lack of character depth and initial low budget had been overcome by season 3. Given that the Helen story line was just so bad I won't waste space other than to acknowledge it as the second worst story line to killing off Cutter JUST when the characters were developed enough to make me watch and I now see why I never followed this series through. You just don't kill off the main characters who just barely got developed and move on and expect people to follow. There were already enough huge plot holes and cliche writing to overcome without whacking the two main characters in what was the best season. How it made 5 seasons is beyond me. I'd give it 2 stars, but until season 3 there was at least hope of something good coming of this series.

-- I stand corrected --

After completing the series I now realize that the fluidity in the character base is part of the story line. I still take issue at having so few issues per season, but after watching the whole series I've changed my mind moving my rating from 3 to 4 stars. Season 3 is actually the beginning of the best and what makes the series worth watching through (a little extra funding to improve the cinematography and tighten up the writing didn't hurt). What was so upsetting about season 3 makes Primeval stand out from other shows by using a fairly dynamic cast play into the story lines and in the end not merit 4 stars on the standard criteria but just because it is fun to watch because things move quickly and things simply don't follow a pattern from show to show, season to season, just deliver good entertainment. It may have taken 3 tries to get past the frustration of the constant change developed by season 3, but once accepted as part of the story it makes for a very entertaining ride. Just Enjoy It!
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The plot and characters are mostly OK, but some of the directing decisions, events and effects make no sense and break any suspension of disbelief that might otherwise be achieved. The series is interesting enough to keep watching, but the production overall has an amateur or low budget feel to it.

Helen is an exception to the general acceptability of the characters, as her character evolution and some of her actions are rather absurd. There are a few other characters and actions which can't really be explained, but hers is by far the worst.

Many of the creatures, besides being just silly, are very CG - ones that come to mind: the seal like creatures that were collecting people in an early episode; the mammoth, specifically it's walk; the 'worm' in a later episode. With both of the more fictitious creatures, there seemed to be moments when their poses are unrealistic (eg. 2/3 of their mass is off the ground and in front of the nearest point of support).

I'm not sure if it's a side effect of being British, but most scenes involving firearms are comical. Back to the seal-creature episode, the dramatic rifle toss at the end was just ridiculous. Abbey has repeatedly shot large tranquillizer darts out of what is at best a .22 pistol. For some reason, they take shotguns instead of 50 cal rifles to combat prehistoric rhinos.

Some of the camera work would make it seem that the director learned a new trick over the weekend and decided to apply it to everything. Specifically the episode where Rex gets gambled away and the team is combating raptors in the woods, there's a zoom effect that's way overused.
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This season is not as good as the first 2 seasons but it is ok. Fun show good for whole family. Special effects are terrific, better than on American tv shows. The characters are likeable. Nog scary so good for young ones too. main characters quit the show for "real serious acting jobs" on crime shows or for B movies. Their characters should have been replaced with the same kind of character (2 scientist professor types with both knowledge of animal history geological history & the media consultant who was supposed to keep the public in the dark). Without out the science part provided by the professors creating a whole government agency around a former cop, a brilliant undergrad student and former zookeeper assistant is implausible. So switch off your brain , just watch it for fun & effects & forget reality . There are hundreds of holes in the stories & things that don't make sense but it is relaxing & mindless.
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