I just saw the first two episodes of series two and I'm having trouble getting used to the show's pace. I really enjoyed the first season but this one is pacing different or somthing. Its not the same. I'm wondering if anyone else feels the change?
Meet the new boy on 'Primeval'
Wednesday, July 30 2008, 19:36 BST
By Neil Wilkes, Editor
Here's the first look at Primeval's new addition, Captain Becker:
Played by newcomer Ben Mansfield, Becker is drafted in by Lester to help protect the team in the aftermath of Stephen's death. I caught up with Ben in the middle of filming the new series to find out more about the show's new military presence.
How did you get the role?
"I auditioned for another show, Merlin, and got down to the last two to play Arthur. The casting director was also casting Primeval and suggested I come in for this. I didn't expect to get it: I had long hair at the time, which isn't really a military look."
Not that there's anything wrong with long hair. This is your first role, isn't it?
"This is my first sort of long-term TV gig. It was a bit intimidating at first, but [the cast] have been really accommodating."
What's Captain Becker's background?
"He comes from a military family, went to military school, did some special operations and then got seconded to this mysterious outfit."
Is he in the field quite a lot?
"Yes, I'm now part of the team. I go everywhere and watch their backs. I shoot the dinosaurs... and Helen's minions!"
How does he get on with the others in the team?
"He's a bit perplexed with Connor - he sees him as this weird, geeky guy and they have a sort of amiable friction. When he and Cutter first meet, Cutter tells him 'I'm in charge' but Becker insists 'I'm just here to look after you'. They develop a working, professional relationship. He gets on with the others fine."
How do you think you'll cope with attention from female and male fans?
"That's fine with me but I'm not entirely sure that that's going to happen. I would find the idea very amusing."
Would you be happy being a pin-up? Topless shoots for Cosmo, maybe?
"I don't think they'd want to see me topless. Maybe after I went to the gym a bit more."
Finally, how do you feel about stepping into the shoes of the much-missed Captain Ryan?
"Those are difficult shoes to fill, I think. Hopefully I won't have a similar demise!"
The new series of Primeval begins on ITV1 early next year.
'Primeval' producer promises changes
Sunday, December 7 2008, 00:16 GMT
By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor
Primeval's new producer has promised story-enhancing changes for the third season.
Tim Bradley told Digital Spy: "We do have a little more character development this series, and we do have some very dramatic plot points and a different grouping of characters. So the energy's there and we'll have a lot more story."
"It's easy to get a bit stale," continued Bradley. "A creature will come through and terrify people, then either it gets shot, lured or kicked back through an anomaly. So we're changing that a bit."
"In each episode we've tried to vary the creatures, so some will be different from those you've seen before," he added.
Is 'Primeval' back with a bang?
Sunday, March 29 2009, 06:00 BST
By Ben Rawson-Jones, Cult Editor
After two years of mediocrity, Primeval is back on our screens with a new addition to the cast and various anomaly-hopping beasties in tow. Yet there's very little in the third season premiere to suggest that the ITV show will be anything other than disposable, if watchable, pap.
A lacklustre pre-credits sequence kicks off proceedings with a whimper, as a prehistoric monster pokes its head through an anomaly in a deserted museum, then promptly scoots off again. Perhaps it took a look at the script? It's a real wasted opportunity, as the opening couple of minutes need to instil a sense of jeopardy and excitement instead of a general response of 'meh'.
Thus ensues the usual, predictable runaround as Nick Cutter and his team pursue the Mega Croc around London before coaxing it back home. It quickly becomes frustrating that the monster will always spend ages roaring at one of the key protagonists, allowing them to concoct some kind of escape plan, yet will move straight in for the kill on any random extra. Still, extra brownie points for the quick dispatch of a traffic warden, plus Cutter's inventive use of a fire hose to lure the Croc off a balcony.
As Sarah, Laila Rouass is seamlessly inducted into the Cutter crew, with the actress exuding an impressive air of sensuality and vulnerability. Far from the usual damsel in distress, she can even raise the blood pressure of the average bloke while discussing embalming and demon goddesses ripping out your heart. It's too early to tell whether Lester's new foil, government bod Christine, will prove to be a success, although she could well prove to be a good foil.Attempts to elevate Nick Cutter's character from a dour block of wood fall flat, with his emoting over the deceased Stephen proving rather nauseous. Such attempts to give a layer of emotional depth are painfully shoehorned into the action, especially when Abby quips "Stephen would have known what to do." Cue Cutter grinding to a halt, putting his hand over his face before Abby issues a quiet apology. It's all too painfully obvious.
As ever, Ben Miller tackles the role of Lester with relish and soaks up the bulk of the (rare) good lines. Let's hope he hits the front line again very soon, as his dino-blasting at the end of the last season was pure escapist pleasure.
Slick direction helps to compensate for the stale and overly formulaic writing to an extent, with some swift editing ensuring that the pace rattles along nicely. One particular sequence is a tour de force of family-friendly action, involving a flashback to the government soldiers' doomed attempts to retrieve an artifact from the clutches of a rather sinister bunch of vampirical monsters. The visual feel of the episode, including various bits of London iconography and the CGI beastie, is generally of an impressive standard too. Furthermore, the aesthetic qualities of the lead characters are also well developed and make them look distinguished and individual, as Abby's new streamlined look complements Connor's attempts at bohemian chic and Cutter's bedraggled state.
Sadly, the episode ends as it begins - in a very shoddy manner. In a blatant bid to kick off a story arc that will simmer until the inevitable season finale face-off, Cutter's ex Helen returns to the scene and we're treated to a flashback of her nabbing the artefact. Who cares? We have no idea what her motivations or plans are, or who is at risk, so it's an ineffective end to a patchy beginning to the third season. Will Primeval ever hit its stride?