Season 1 Episode 2

Series 1 Episode 2

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Feb 17, 2007 on ITV
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Episode Summary

In the London Underground, a cleaner is fatally bitten by a gigantic spider. Nick Cutter's team is sent to investigate. In their search, they discover a maze of unused tunnels, and come nose to nose with an even more frightening creature.

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  • Three times in two episodes?

    Still building the dynamics of the group and learning who each one are. Good dialogue that is a bit dry and witty in some places without being overexplicit pausing and pointing out what is a joke and where to laugh. "Does anyone have a really big slipper?" Abby says after seeing a huge spider.

    Only real problem I see is the part where Stephen is at the hospital. It's a bit too early in the story line for us to really bother what happens to him. Us as viewers hasn't established a real relation to him yet.

    Two Wilhelm screams in this episode. With the one in the first that's three ones in just two episodes.moreless
  • A show with a serious lack of credibility. Looks good from a distance (i.e. the trailers) but doesn't bear any form of critical assessment.

    Well I missed the first episode, and was quite disappointed at that, until I caught the second one. I'd been looking forwards to seeing this show, until after missing the first episode I found out that the show was produced by the same people that made Prehistoric Park, a "mockumentary" that had such huge plot and credibility holes in it you could get a Triceratops through it, impressive for something that's supposed to be a documentary. Well Primeval upped the ante and took a whole herd of Triceratops through the boundaries of plot and credability.

    So lets look at the premise of the episode, some prehistoric creepy crawlies turn up on the Tube. Special forces turn up to stamp on the bugs. Could've been good...

    So lets look at some of the holes.

    First victim is a guy spraying poison in the tunnels, now they bothered giving him a protective suit, but completely forgot to give the poor guy a mask. So the guy would've been seriously ill breathing in the poison he was spraying in an enclosed space. Though of course a mask would get in the way of the attack later, so it's conveniently not there. Then he's eating his lunch, in the same tunnels he's spraying, and drops his apple on the floor then picks it up and eats it, which even if he hasn't sprayed there yet it will have poison off his boots regardless of the other stuff on the floor. So this guy is obviously immune to any form of poison, makes what happens to him next even more laughable.

    So when he's known to have been attacked, bitten in the neck by something, they send down the tough guys in full body armour, but hey look, exposed necks and faces - yeah right.

    The spider things are sensitive to light and run away from a standard torch. Yet they happily run directly into a super bright glowing anomaly.

    Later you get unarmed unprotected scientist guy, going back down to rescue someone from huge vicious centipede. OK, his boss had told him not to go, but it never occurred to him to ask for backup from burly body armoured guys who didn't appear to be under the same chain of command. Of course not, that would have been the sensible thing to do.

    The list goes on, the episode is full of lack of credibility, plot or motivation. The actors seemed to be divided into two camps, you had some thought they were in a serious drama, and others hammed it up for a kids show, then they throw in a gratuitous "girl in panties" shot for the Hollyoaks generation - pick a style guys, so we know what to expect.

    It's a real shame, it could have been so much more. Sadly I was right to be worried when I found the Prehistoric Park link. Come back Nigel all is forgiven.moreless
  • What were they thinking???

    Giant bugs? ***Spoilers***

    Okay, this show had promise, but badly written characters, and really poorly plotted episode made this seem unwatchable.

    The first half of the show is boring, building up more history. Helen Cutter makes an appearance again, this time leaving a message for Proffesor Cutter to meet her on the other half of the anomoly. I groaned at this, why is she running around in the night? Or wanting secret meetings? It doesn't seem rational or interesting. The writers are stretching my patience.

    There is little to like about this program.

    The CGI was better than the pilot.

    But so may story holes it was painful.moreless
  • Ok......

    Well its the second week of Primeval and after a impressive first week i was hoping the second installment would be even better,... How wrong was i. This Episode really wasnt good it was filled will errors and flaws the creature this week was boring and not very exciting. There were a few good momments in this episode however.I enjoyed the growing bond between connah and abbie and between claudia and nick, and im also enjoying the myterious helen who seems to be popping up every once in a while. All in All: This was a fairly disopointing episode or Primeval but i still have faith in this show.moreless
  • The team investigates an anomaly in the underground.

    This week the team investigates the underground area and deals with creatures such as the solifugae after a cleaner / exterminator is fatal bitten by one of them. The episode was ok. There was a couple of really awkward action sequences especially the one where the solifugaes are coming down from the ceiling attacking the "scout team" that went in first to check on things. There was a little character development in this episode as well saw Connor very excited to be an official member of the team and what he has to deal with from friends who don't believe him. Hopefully next weeks episode will be just a little better :)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Connor said in episode one that his website contained data on extinct vertebrates, however he has data on it regarding Arthropleura even though it is an invertebrate.

    • If the spiders are so scared of light, why would they enter the brightly sparkling anomaly?

    • It is very unlikely that a group of highly-trained Special Forces would just flail wildly upon encountering an ambush.

    • The high levels of oxygen make the soldiers' guns malfunction yet has no affect on Stephen's brazing torch.

    • In the opening scene, you see a Jubilee Line train stuck in a tunnel - the driver announces that it's because of a delay at Parsons Green. The Jubilee Line doesn't go to Parsons Green, no tube line does, it's part of the District line "metropolitan" network. Actually Parsons Green is on a section where the line runs at rooftop level.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Connor: Oh, God! you know what? All my life I've wanted to be in a crime-busting gang! And now I am. So, I don't suppose you'd consider giving me a cool nickname, would you?
      Nick: No.
      Connor: I thought not.

    • Nick: The only way to short cut the process is to collect a pure sample of venom from the creature that bit him.
      Claudia: How the hell are we going to do that? Ask it to fill a specimen jar.

    • Nick: They don't even know what they're looking for.
      Stephen: Well there can't be that many types of venomous predator under the old bridge.
      Claudia: You should see the last tube home on a Friday night!

    • Connor: If I don't come back, you can have my Star Trek: Next Generation Top Trumps.
      Abby: I'll treasure them.
      Connor: You know what - on second thoughts, actually, maybe you should bury them with me.

    • (About Connor)
      Duncan: He's lost it.
      Tom: Totally. That's the saddest thing I've seen since Matrix Revolutions.

    • Abby: I'm not really much of a spider girl.
      Stephen: These are actually more like scorpions.
      Abby: Thanks, that makes me feel much better!

    • Connor: It looks to me like another anomaly, we, we should check it out.
      Abby: What does Cutter say?
      Connor: I haven't actually told him yet, you know, I could be wrong and I do not want him to think I'm an idiot.
      Abby: He already thinks you're an idiot.
      Connor: Thanks very much.

    • Connor: I swear on my Empire Strikes Back first edition poster, signed by Luke Skywalker and Dave Prowse.
      Tom: Ooo, careful, that's invoking a sacred relic.
      Duncan: Yeah, like the Bible.
      Connor: Yeah, I know what a sacred relic is Duncan, I have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    • (A large spider crawls past)
      Abby: Does anyone have a really big slipper?

  • NOTES (2)


    • Connor: With Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I admit she's a fictional character, but, you know, when it feels real. Then she starts hanging around with this badly animated dog and it all got a bit weird.
      Plucked from a vapid life of cheerleading and parties and forced by her mystic destiny became a steely general in a never-ending war against the forces of darkness, Buffy Summers was the titular star of the cult hit "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" which ran from 1997 to 2003. The role was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar who went on to star as Daphne in the disappointingly camp "Scooby Doo" movies.

    • Claudia: I don't care if she's Doctor Dolittle.
      Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children's books first published in 1920 by Hugh Lofting. He is a medical doctor who prefers animals patients over human, and with whom he converses in their own languages.

    • James: I'd rather have him inside the proverbial tent than out.
      "If the camel once get his nose in a tent, the body will soon follow" is an ancient Saudi Proverb much along the lines of "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer". James wants Nick where he can watch him.
      Alternatively, an allusion to Lyndon B Johnson's famous quote about J. Edgar Hoover: "I'd rather have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in."

    • Connor: Yeah, I know what a sacred relic is Duncan, I have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark.
      "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a 1981 spectacular, cliff-hanger, breathlessly-paced, non-stop action/adventure film. It was an immensely successful summer box-office hit. The film was conceived by producer George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. The relic in question is the Ark itself, the fabled Ark of the Covenant said to hold the tablets of the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mt. Sinai.

    • Connor: I swear on my Empire Strikes Back first edition poster, signed by Luke Skywalker and Dave Prowse.
      The middle film in first trilogy of George Lucas's enormously popular "Star Wars" science fiction films is a darker, more somber entry than "Star Wars", considered by many fans as the best in the series. Connor obviously has a slim grip on reality at times, for whilst Dave Prowse is the actor who played Darth Vader and can sign an autograph, Luke Skywalker is the character played by Mark Hamill and therefore cannot.

    • Tom: That's the saddest thing I've seen since Matrix Revolutions.
      "The Matrix Revolutions" is the much-anticipated but ultimately disappointing conclusion to the Wachowski Brothers' cult sci-fi trilogy, whose previous entries were "The Matrix" and "The Matrix Reloaded".

    • Connor: If I don't come back, you can have my Star Trek: Next Generation Top Trumps.
      "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (often abbreviated to TNG) was the second live-action Star Trek TV series, set in the 24th century, about 80 years after "Star Trek: The Original Series", "Star Trek: The Next Generation" features a new crew and a new starship Enterprise.. Like its predecessor, it was created by Gene Roddenberry. It aired in first-run syndication 1987 to 1994.
      Top Trumps is a card game, available in a variety of different sets. Its cards are printed with lists of numerical statistics, and the game is played by comparing these numbers.