Primeval S3 Ep6: Turkeys Of Doom
This series is rapidly becoming a showcase of non sequiturs which in dramatic terms means the use of story elements which serve no purpose other than the writer thinking they were cool. Having the cast dress up in 30′s cocktail garb, get Connor and Abby dancing to an old 78 while Danny reads something from an old paper, then use a bit of that as the opening teaser followed by ’8 Hours Earlier’… but why would they dress up when they’re hiding out from Christine Johnson’s goons? (And what is the point of the Johnson character anyway? We know that Diabolical Helen is driven by knowledge of Humanity’s fate in the far future, but what is Christine Johnson’s motivation? – civil service advancement? A higher salary and bigger office? We’ve seen how her goons went into the future and tried to grab the ARTEFACT, but…why? How? What’s her gameplan? What’s the fudging point of this storyline??)
Also, difficult to miss is the proliferation of scenes where Danny gets to punch, club, kick or otherwise stomp his way through to a solution. Can’t help thinking that Cutter would have gone about things differently (and you have to wonder, did Dougie Henshall get wind of the way the series was going, the upping of the action quotient, and decide it was time to bail?)
My favourite example of gonzo idiocy this time was when they climb out of the car after the collision and Danny tells Abby and Sarah to leg it back to the house – this was after they drove at speed off through the forest, chased by the Big Bird, so they must have been at least a mile away. But off they go, through countryside where more of the carnivorous Big Birds are wandering. Pure, gold-plated gonzo idiocy.
Actually, I hope that none of the cast or crew of Primeval chance upon this blog because they might well get upset. Suffice to say that I know that none of them are to blame – they have a job to do, and the script is in hands other than their own. Sadly, it appears that the writers have neither the instinct for nor understanding of science fiction. I’ve read more convincing stories in the Dandy.
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