Micheal Cobley

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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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Other Posts of Potential Interest:

  1. Primeval Season 3: What The Hell Happened? – Updated
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  3. Primeval S3 Ep5: Wince And Wince Again
  4. Primeval S3 Ep 4: The Call Of The Mild

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  1. Victor Says:

    June 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Yep, this 3rd series of Primeval has pretty much taken the show to hell, with little chance of recovery. This entry is the result of research — I was wondering if anyone esle had noticed that this show was starting to fail.

    There have been recent notices that Warner Bros. and screenwriter-mediocre Akiva Goldsman had licenced the show’s rights for a feature film and possibly an American television show.

    Mmy questions: 1) Had they seen the entirety of series 3 before they made the offer, and; 2) Are they going to be sticking to the first 2 seasons or re-imagining ‘Land of the Lost’?

  2. Primeval fan Says:

    June 7th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    This blog is so biased.

  3. rockitboy Says:

    June 7th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Bias is a good thing, so long as you’re honest about it. A well-staked out and firmly argued position is preferable to a milk-toast exhibition of fence-sitting.

  4. Primeval fan Says:

    June 9th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I only have that position for biased reasons though.

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