Primeval Season 3: A Brief Summation
God, its been crud.
What? – you want more than that? Really? … fair enough.
Okay, just to give you something to ponder, four of Season One’s 6 episodes were written by Adrian Hodges, with #4 by Richard Kurti & Bev Doyle and #5 by Chris Lang. Three of Season Two’s 7 episodes were written by Adrian Hodges, with #9 by Kurti & Doyle, #10 by Cameron Mcallistor, #11 by Ben Court & Caroline Ip, and #12 by Paul Cornell. In Season One, the directors were Cilla Ware and Jamie Payne (directing 4 episodes and 2, respectively); in Season Two, the directors were Jamie Payne (3 eps), Andrew Gunn (2) and Nick Murphy (2).
In Season Three, so far, Adrian Hodges has written no episodes, and the directors have also been new names, apart from Cilla Ware who has directed the season’s 2nd episode and tonight’s. From the wikipedia page on Primeval episodes I note with trepidation that the writer of the last episode of the season is the guy who penned the clod-hopping idiocies of the 1st, to whit one Steve Bailie. Whose screen creds include writing for Spooks and The Bill, not unlike James Moran who has also written for Spooks and Law & Order. Hmm, I detect a pattern here…well, mainly the pattern of duff writing.
So, tonight’s Primeval – will it be a sparkling gem of screenwriting brilliance, or a slung-together heap of slop, bubbling with corrosive cliches? On past performance, I give odds of 5 to 1 on the latter.
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