Season 2 Episode 5

Series 2 Episode 5

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2008 on ITV
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Episode Summary

When a young girl is trapped in the Silurian era, the team find themselves in serious trouble - giant scorpians are terrorising them, and the anomaly has closed.

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  • Sand monsters can totally ruin a day at the beach.

    This story is in the wrong place. it would have worked better before the previous one as it's quite a weak story.

    Basically if you have seen the film Tremors then you have seen this episode pretty much.

    This would have worked better as a two parter to allow time for the suspense to build up and the viewers to fear for a missing child's safety.

    There is very little in character development other than Connor dumping his new girlfriend Caroline... by text!

    If I hadn't seen this episode I wouldn't have felt I had missed out on anything important.

    Most series should improve and grow with each season. I felt this one was more like an first season episode than a second season.moreless
  • great !!

    yes ! it appers that primeval may be back on track after weeks of dodgie story telling primeval is starting to give some good tense funny episodes agian and this was no exception. Nick and Steven getting stuck in the past was exciting and the young girl they were with was actually finally and was a good little actess. The Cleaning man story appers to be intresting and exciting and im looking forward to see what eles will come of that . Abbie and Connahs relationship was also enjoyable this week. However i am still finding it differcult to connect with Jenny. A good Episode !! :)moreless
  • Cutter and Stephen get stuck back in time after the anomaly closes on them.

    This was really a great episode of Primeval. The little girl Taylor (Mabel Rogers) did a great job at interacting with Cutter and Stephen. The scorpions? I guess you would call them were pretty convincing creatures to have for this episode. When I saw the sand like that I was thinking something along the lines of tremors! lol. I am glad that Connor's and Abbey's relationship may finally take flight after Connor broke up with that girl. However I feel for poor Rex, poor little guy he took quite a beating from her. This episode also was a great setup for what I believe it going to be an awesome season finale this coming Saturday and I can't wait for it :)moreless
  • As Helen and Leek each seem follow their own agenda regarding ARC, Nick and Steven become trapped on the wrong side of an anomaly, over 400 million years in the past with a teenage girl and giant scorpions that want to eat them.moreless

    Yet another relationship-development episode. Helen Connor clearly has plans for Steven, while Leek has plans of his own for the whole research center. Connor finally decides to dump Caroline, even if via text-messaging... but poor Rex pays the price - never hang around a scorned woman. Lester admits that Nick Cutter is not so bad to have around, especially with Connor as an alternative leader to lead the field research, but it may be more of damning people with faint praise than anything heartfelt. And Jenny is finally beginning to succeed in catching Nick's eye... as well as the eye of practically any other straight man with that revealing sun dress she has chosen to wear for this ep.moreless
  • nick and Stephen are trapped in the past after trying to rescue a girl who went through the anomaly.

    This was a pretty good episode, are girl goes running through an anomaly a while chasing after a dog and get's trapped on a rock while being chased by some giant sand scorpions. that guy we've seen in a few episodes following the team get's himself killed in this episode, being eaten by a sand scorpion, it's rather strange that that girl has more sense than those army guys climbing onto the rock. there's also a cliffhanger at the end of the episode when we wonder what has happened to Abby's pet lizard. also we see cutter get really pissed about something at the end of the episode, I'm not quite sure what.moreless
Mabel Rogers

Mabel Rogers


Guest Star

Jay Simpson

Jay Simpson


Guest Star

Tim Faraday

Tim Faraday

The Cleaner

Guest Star

Naomi Bentley

Naomi Bentley

Caroline Steel

Recurring Role

Karl Theobald

Karl Theobald

Oliver Leek

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Near the end of the episode, when Cutter is held at gunpoint by the mercenary, he tosses the portable anomaly detector. As he tosses it, you can see the antenna is fully extended, yet when it lands, it's fully retracted.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Taylor: Oi, you! Can I come and work with you when I leave school?
      Nick: Yeah, all right. You'll be pretty good at it.

    • Jenny: I though I was never gonna see you again.
      Nick: Yeah? I bet you were devastated.
      Jenny: Inconsolable.

    • Abby: (In the ball pool) Connor? Connor? Connor? (Connor emerges) What are you doing?
      Connor: Just having a bit of a play, aren't I? I'm a massive ball pool fan!
      Abby: If you wanna have ball pools Connor, now's not the time!

    • Abby: (Talking about Connor's invention) Is that my hairdryer?
      Connor: Might be. Now I know what Galileo had to put up with.

    • Nick: (Talking about the anomaly) It's over here it's in the drainage pipe, you have to contact the builder's and close this site down.
      Jenny: Sure, probably throw some building code violations at them.

    • Jenny: This better not be another false alarm.
      Nick: Why? Were you busy?
      Jenny: Engagement party.
      Connor: Very nice, anybody we know?
      Jenny: Mine actually, not my idea my rich mother-in-law. All rather dreary.
      Nick: So you'd rather be with us?
      Jenny: Well I was going to say any excuse, so yes, even you!

    • (After learning of Nick and Stephen's disappearance)
      Jenny: So what do we do now?
      James: Carry on. Daphne and Scrappy will have to take charge of the anomaly operation.
      (Connor and Abby look at each other)
      Connor: You mean us?
      James: Unfortunately, yes. God help us.

    • Connor: (About Jenny) She looks amazing.
      Nick: So does a velociraptor.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Animal Appearances:
      Geralinuridae, a carnivorous uropygid.
      Pneumodesmus, a terrestrial myriapod.
      Coelurosauravus, a flying diapsid.


    • This episode has allusions to the movie and TV series, "Tremors", about giant prehistoric creatures that travelled under the dirt and chased down prey by sound vibrations they made on the dirt, and then dragged them underneath to eat. Staying on solid rock formations was the only way to stay safe from the burrowing predators.

    • This episode has several "Doctor Who" allusions. A spunky young British girl named Taylor gets trapped in another time zone on the other side of an anomaly in the Silurian Period, and adjusts to the situation without almost any psychological trauma whatsoever. The Silurians were one of the Doctor's enemies, having come from the Silurian Period, and from the Ninth Doctor onwards, one of the Doctor's frequent on-again, off-again, time travelling companions was a spunky young British girl named Rose Tyler.

    • The radio-controlled device Connor whips together to view objects and test the atmosphere on the other side of anomalies is similar in look and function to the radio-controlled M.A.L.P. used by Stargate Command to view objects and atmospheres on the other side of wormholes in the "Stargate" TV series.

    • James Lester refers to Abby and Connor as Daphne and Scrappy, respectively. These are two characters in the "Scooby-Doo" cartoon. Daphne is nicknamed "Danger Prone Daphne", as she always winds up getting into trouble or kidnapped by the bad guys, and Scrappy is Scooby-Doo's little nephew who always tries to act like a grown up by charging into situations too big for him with his fists instead of his head.

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