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Please note: Seasons 1 and 2 of this popular U.K. import air as one complete season in the U.S. The past and present collide in this energetic new sci-fi thriller. When evolutionary zoologist Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) discovers prehistoric creatures alive and well in the present day, humanity faces a threat to its very existence. Unexplained anomalies are ripping holes in the fabric of time, allowing creatures from the very earliest stages of Earth's development to roam the modern world. Cutter and his team struggle to keep the looming disaster secret, while dealing with savage dinosaurs and other deadly foes. Cutter also has to deal with a deeply personal dilemma when he discovers that his wife, Helen, who disappeared eight years ago, is not dead as he believed, but has been traveling in time. She can tell him more about the riddle of the anomalies, but is it something she's willing to share? Cutter, his research assistant Stephen Hart, zoologist Abby Maitland, and student palaeontologist Connor Temple, race to understand what's happening, while shadowy Government officials James Lester and Claudia Brown, insist they have to keep the danger secret from the public. As the past threatens to invade the present and destroy the future, Cutter’s crew faces a life-and-death race against time.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||An apparent dinosaur sighting leads Evolutionary Zoologist Nick Cutter and his team to the Forest of Dean-the same forest his wife disappeared into years ago. While searching for the mystery beast, they make an even stranger discovery.||46:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||When a giant spider attacks on the London Underground, Cutter’s team descends into the maze of tunnels to investigate. However, there are more than spiders lurking in the darkness and soon the team comes face to face with an even more ferocious predator.||46:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||When an ancient, vicious sea monster is loose in the water system, Cutter realizes the key to stopping it may lie with his long-lost wife. Cutter must travel through time in a desperate attempt to find her and bring her back to the present.||45:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||A flock of dodos comes through the anomaly and the docile birds bring a deadly parasite with them. Connor’s suspicious friends tail him and steal one of the dodos, but when one of them is bitten, they must find him before he can infect anyone else.||45:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||A golfer is killed by a huge winged dinosaur and the team argues over whether to kill it or send it back to the past. When Connor and Abby trek into the forest to find Rex, they quickly learn that the winged creature did not come alone.||45:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||A highly evolved predator from the future is stalking the team and, even worse, breeding. To figure out what caused its arrival the team travels back into the past, but their journey through time causes an unexpected and radical change in the present.||45:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||Night at a local shopping mall. Something on a CCTV monitor grabs the attention of the security guards. They investigate, only to be attacked by a ferocious Jurassic-era Utahraptor. The anomalies are back…At the original anomaly site, as Cutter grapples with Claudia Brown’s disappearance, a new second-in-command has taken her place in the team – the oily Oliver Leek. Not only that, but the team now has a headquarters. A hi-tech, highly sophisticated operations base called the Anomaly Research Center, or ARC. No one believes Cutter when he tries to explain that the present has altered, resulting in Claudia’s disappearance. In fact, they think he has gone mad. But there is not time for idle chat, as the team gets a call reporting the creature incursion at the shopping mall. Once on site, the team members arm themselves with tranquilizer guns. Stephen tries to discuss his youthful affair with Helen, but Cutter is unwilling to confront the issue. A sense of unfinished business lingers between the two old friends. While the others investigate the anomaly behind the bowling alley, Connor heads for the confectionary, only to find a very hungry raptor lurking amongst the sweets and soft drinks. Despite a narrow escape, Cutter remains adamant that they should capture the raptors and put them back where they belong – alive. The team face another scare when they hear what they think is the creature coming back for them – only to find it is a cleaner who has been left behind when the mall was evacuated. Cutter and Stephen find the raptor in a laser games arcade. Stephen is at the creature’s mercy, and urges Cutter to shoot it with his dart gun – but the gun jams. Confused by the lights and noise the creature escapes, and Stephen demands to know why Cutter didn’t shoot it when he had the chance. He refuses to believe Cutter’s protestations that the gun failed to work. The deepening rift suspicion between them is worse than ever. As Abby and Connor escort the cleaner to safety, he is attacked by a baby raptor. Connor races to the rescue and accidentally shoots Abby with a tranquilizer gun. He finally manages to neutralize the baby raptor and then goes in search of Cutter, leaving the cleaner apparently dead. When they return, the cleaner has mysteriously vanished and Abby is out cold. Cutter thinks the raptors might be a family unit and he is right. They lure a third, and much bigger raptor to the bowling alley, but it escapes to the car park before they can capture it. Using trail bikes, Cutter and Stephen manage to coral it back inside and they eventually bring it down with tranquilizers. Now all they have to do is put it back in the Jurassic era….something Cutter insists he has to do alone. During their battle in the mall Cutter notices that all the radios seemed to be suffering from some kind of mysterious electronic interference and he suspects it is connected to the anomalies. He realizes they can now build a detector tuned to the same wave length to locate new anomalies. Charging Connor with the task there is a possibility that the team can now gain the upper ground. Back at the ARC, Lester is told by Leek that a new media relations manager (basically a super spin-doctor ) is to join the team. Lester is beginning to feel the pressure for results from above. While the rest of the team welcome the new addition, her arrival at the ARC sends Cutter into a tail spin. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to a girl he once knew, Nick Cutter’s new reality is about to get even weirder.||46:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 8||Cutter and the team are joined by a new PR guru, in the guise of Jenny Lewis. Sharp, cynical and witty, she almost immediately develops a sparky and adversarial relationship with Cutter. The fact that she looks every inch like Claudia Brown but has no recollection of her doppelganger, adds even more intrigue. Meanwhile, Connor is picked up in a video store by a beautiful young woman called Caroline. Poised, well-connected and effortlessly sexy, Caroline is everything Connor is not, and her interest in him is all the more surprising for it. But Connor isn’t waiting around to analyze his good fortune. Right from the beginning Abby takes against Caroline, for reasons even she herself doesn’t quite understand. But meanwhile, a gleaming new skyscraper in the center of the city has quickly developed a reputation for teething problems in its electronics, so no one is surprised when smoke is spotted creeping out from the server room. On inspection, the janitor finds a thick layer of mist hugging the floor and a foul sulfurous smell – but no fire. Then something moves in the mist and he is suddenly yanked out of sight by a shadowy creature. The mist continues to spread... Cutter and Connor get down to the serious work of trying to build an anomaly detector system. For the first time since the crisis began the team will no longer be dependent on luck to find the anomalies. Lester is skeptical of the plan but Leek is enthusiastic and Lester reluctantly agrees on a budget. Connor is immediately set to work. At the skyscraper panicking staff flee as the sinister mist oozes down the stairs and lift wells, accompanied by a foul stench of rotting matter. A fire crew arrives and enters a surreal office waist high in sulfurous fog. They are attacked by shadowy, giant creatures; we see tantalizing glimpses of these odd, frightening beasts that seem to live inside the mist. The skyscraper is evacuated but in one glass-walled meeting room a group of executives assumes the warning alarm is nothing more than a drill. They cannot yet see the mist enveloping them...By the time the team arrive the skyscraper is filling with fog. While they explore offices full of abandoned chairs and desks they discover that there are giant carnivorous worms moving inside it. Leaping from desk to desk they only just manage to escape with their lives, while a fireman is killed horribly. Jenny, who has been appointed as operations manager on the ground (reporting directly to Leek and Lester) is given her first taste of her new job and nearly breaks down with horror when she realizes what she is dealing with. But she recovers, showing real guts in the process and Cutter cannot help being impressed, even though the two of them find themselves in almost constant opposition. The race is on to rescue the executives in the meeting room before the worms get to them first. In the process Stephen gets separated and gets trapped in a lift shaft. Cutter realizes the worms can’t survive outside the fog and Connor and Abby set about turning up the heating in the building. They succeed in doing this but no one is prepared for the effect the heat has on these deadly creatures.||45:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 9||A cocky young paint-baller in a holiday adventure park is being stalked through the undergrowth. His screams echo through the wilderness as he is torn to shreds by a terrifying creature (of which we see only glimpses). Cutter and Connor unveil the new anomaly detector. Everything appears to be in working order, but the machine apparently fails at the first time of asking when reports come in of the new creature attack. Lester is furious, but Cutter is convinced there is nothing wrong with the machine. Cutter and the team arrive at the adventure park. Valerie, the nervous deputy manager, agrees that the park should be evacuated, but Jenny is having none of it – this will be the surest way of drawing more attention from the press – and she is backed up by Lester. Reluctantly, the team has to accept that the holiday park will not be evacuated. Cutter comes to believe that the attack, although horrible, could be relatively conventional. The animal to blame could be a rogue big cat. As the team goes in search of the animal, Connor is left to look after the safety of the holiday-makers. He disgraces himself when he shoots the furry park mascot, thinking it is a real beast. Unbeknown to him, the real menace is lurking very nearby. On his way home, the unfortunate mascot is attacked and ripped apart at a railway station. Stephen, who is with Valerie, hears the attack and rushes to investigate. He sees the huge animal but is forced to let it flee, as he looks after the terrified Valerie. He is convinced it is too big to be any surviving species of big cat; it must be a creature from an anomaly. But with no firm evidence and no clear sighting, the team is baffled. To Jenny’s horror, a train-spotter has caught the attack on camera and has uploaded pictures to the internet. While she deals with the media fall-out, Cutter is more concerned by what he finds on the pictures. The creature is a Smilodon, or saber-tooth cat. There can be no doubt, this is an ancient creature. But why did the anomaly detector fail to work? While Cutter and the team prepare traps for the creature, they find a mutilated body buried in a shallow grave. The man was clearly mauled by the Smilodon and, equally clearly, there must have been human intervention to bury him. Before Cutter can work out the implications of this, the cat attacks them, drawn by the scent of the fresh meat they have put out as bait. Cutter is forced to take refuge on an adventure walkway slung between the trees, only to find the gigantic cat following him. Left clinging by his fingertips, he finally manages to cut the rope bridge and send the cat tumbling to the ground, but it rights itself and lands gracefully before escaping. Cutter now realizes the answer to at least one riddle: the cat must have come through as a cub and the anomaly has long since disappeared. The saber-tooth was marooned and someone has been looking after it.||45:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 10||When a disco boat hosting a fancy dress party comes under attack from a killer shark, Cutter and the team realize they have a new underwater incursion. But a grisly discovery during the post-mortem suggests the creature may not have come from the past. The creature’s secret weapon is a ferocious, giant proboscis that shoots from its jaws to trap its prey. Cutter has never seen anything like it and is convinced they are dealing with a species from the future. On the other side of the city, a group of teenagers is playing basketball near a flooded drain. When one of the boys wanders too close, something snatches and drags him below ground. Cutter arrives and discovers the flooded drain leads directly to the canal where the disco boat was moored. It looks like a second shark may be at large and has swum up the drain. Cutter and the team pursue the creature back towards the canal only for it to disappear without trace. With no sign of any anomaly, Cutter is at a loss to explain where the creature has gone. Cutter starts to wonder if they could be looking for a second, entirely different creature. Perhaps something that could even move comfortably out of the water and onto dry land. He realizes he could be searching not for a sea creature but some kind of mammal. Cutter wants to widen the search but is over-ruled by Lester. Stephen annoys Cutter by siding with Lester. Cutter is left bristling with frustration. Cutter decides to go it alone and searches the site of the original attack – the disco boat. He hears some kind of strange, deeply affecting whale song coming through the hull of the boat. Someone or something is calling to him. He drags Abby and Connor along to investigate but disaster strikes when they try playing the whale song back underwater to lure the creature – Abby is brutally snatched and disappears. Cutter and the team fear she must surely be dead. The whole team is devastated, but the terrible news hits Connor hardest of all. Cutter retreats from the investigation, overcome with guilt. But Claudia visits him later that night and says the team needs his help. She believes he has the key to finding the creature responsible. Stephen continues the underwater search at the canal, employing a remote-controlled submarine to help search the canal. But it is Claudia who makes the breakthrough when she investigates the flooded basement of a nearby building. Could this be where the creature is hiding out? Abby is alive, being kept prisoner underground along with the boy from the basketball pitch. When she makes a bid to escape she comes face to face with her captors – a weird future mermaid creature – part humanoid, part walrus. Cutter searches the flooded building with Claudia, joined by the distraught and angry Connor, who blames Cutter for Abby’s death. Meanwhile, Stephen’s remote controlled submarine detects an underwater passage. Could this be the creature’s secret escape route? Cutter and Connor break through into the underwater chamber where Abby and the basketball player are being held captive. But Abby is gone – the mermaid creatures have dragged her off. Cutter and Connor realize Abby is alive, but they come under attack. Cutter desperately fends the creatures off while Connor sets off to find Abby. While Cutter battles with the mermaid creatures the frantic Stephen realizes he needs to swim up the underwater passage and help Cutter before it is too late. Connor finally tracks Abby down but there is one final surprise – the creatures have brought Abby here as an offering to their Queen – a vast Jabba the Hut leviathan of ferocious strength. A battle to the death ensues, with Connor and Abby finally vanquishing the giant Mer-Queen. The team is left exhausted but happily reunited.||46:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 11||Taylor and her dog are sent to get fish and chips, but she gets more than soggy batter when she enters an anomaly in a nearby alley and finds a whole new world of rocky terrain, desert and twinkling stars. But her wonderment quickly turns to horror when the sand rises up like a monster and starts chasing her dog. Meanwhile, things in our world seem pretty quiet. Leek is alone at headquarters and the gang is enjoying a ‘normal’ night off. That is until the detector alerts them to the new anomaly. By the time the gang congregates at headquarters, however, the detector has crashed and they have no idea where the anomaly has formed, nor where Leek is. As Cutter waits impatiently for Connor to fix the machine, Leek is at the site instructing armed mercenaries to carry out some kind of secret mission. The men pass through the anomaly and see Taylor waving frantically at them. They ignore her – but Taylor isn’t asking for help, she’s trying to warn them.||46:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 12||During his adventure in the Silurian period Cutter discovered conclusive evidence that someone has been following the team and spying on them. His suspicions fall on either Claudia or Lester. At the same time Stephen is visited by a very unwelcome guest – Helen. Swearing him to secrecy about her presence she tells Stephen she needs his help with a project that will affect the whole future of the world. Stephen is suspicious and reluctant, and wants to tell Cutter, but Helen swears him to secrecy. After a routine malfunction, Connor investigates the anomaly detector and finds it has been sabotaged. Cutter takes the opportunity to set a trap, letting only Connor, Stephen, and Abby in on his plan. They fake the appearance of an anomaly to see who will go to it first, knowing that whoever it is must be the traitor. Cutter is shocked when it is Claudia who arrives, but he believes she must be the one who has been betraying them. When the team confront her Claudia claims to have no idea what they are talking about, but Cutter does not believe her.||45:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoEpisode 13||Rex manages to escape and flies up through the tunnels to hide in the ventilation system… he watches as Leek leads the captured team into a refurbished part of the complex where they discover a saber tooth, giant scorpions and even a raptor kept alive in the cages. But even this pales with the revelation that Leek is breeding future predators. Cutter wants to understand why Leek is doing all this but Leek tells him there is someone else who can explain things more clearly – and Helen appears. By now Stephen has gone over to her side – he thinks they will be leaving soon to travel through the anomalies together. The rest of the team is dismayed. Leek throws the team in a spare cage next to the raptor and forces them to watch as he demonstrates the destructive capacity of the future predator by having it fight a saber tooth cat – which it rips to pieces. Leek says this is a terrible vision of the future – animal against animal, human against predator.||45:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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Great spin for the imaginative at heart
Do you refuse to believe that the past is finished? well, so does this show. With creatures returning from the Dinosaur age and stunning plays on the typical cast (dino obsessed kid, proffesor with a secret, reptile lassie, etc.) this show is not below par of the typical show of its type, the only thing that keeps it from five stars is that it IS only the typical type of show that it is. Theres only so many spins on dinos in real life that you can do, and Jurassic Park's already claimed one. This show plays off the "portal" idea, but does so rather well. The actings not bad, I'm not a movie conossuir, so it didn't bother me one bit that maybe it wasn't top notch, and the animation was believable enough. there's always a better for anything. The plot shows even more promise in that they won't stick solely to dinos, whch is the main downfall in my opinion of this type of show. It appears though, after one episode and one synopses of the next that the plot might get redundant unless they can think up a new swing to the "creature come to modern day, we fight/send back/do something about it" theme. hopefully later episodes will think up a creative twist, the plot witht he professor's wife seems like they might tye to create a plot line to rationalize or build the dino land around. If you're a dino fan, you'll be sure to get a kick out of it. If all you're looking for is the next great drama about who sally's gunna date next, then I might steer you away. If you keep and open mind and clear imagination, this show is sure to entertain. The prehistoric period knowlege thrown in as a bonus (no typical triasic, jurassic, cretatious here kiddies)
Primeval was such a shock. I'm not sure what I was expecting exactly, but I was thoroughly intrigued by this episode. The graphics were good and the storyline definitely caught my attention, I didn't want to stop watching it. In fact, if Itunes had other episodes I would have downloaded some immediately. I can't wait for more.