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     Thursday, February 08 2007 @ 08:09 AM EST
    I'm just amazed that what I had thought to be a fairly long running program lasted for so few years, and that it actually had a cast change of which I have absolutely no memory. The original theme song is so catchy, and so ingrained that when I recently heard the season 3 theme song I couldn't believe how utterly wrong it was.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 09:06 AM EST
    Here's a screen cap from yesterdays first episode. I've tried to pick one not too spoilerey -

    Oh a verdict - a bit better than the first Torchwood episode -

    BUT not sure yet whether it's for kids or for family viewing.

    here
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     Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 09:57 AM EST
    Just finished watching the pilot. I wasn't thrilled, but I wasn't horriby dissapointed, either. Just kind of ho-hum. Confused I suppose it will fill some time waiting for season 3 to start.

    Pat

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     Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 10:20 AM EST
    I think it did what it said on the tin. I'm still reserving judgement on the series though because there were one or two bits that I just couldn't accept.

    For example:

    1.) Dinosaur attacking little boy through bedroom window and leaving room and front porch devastated while no-one else in the street hears a thing and mother being inexplicably thick when it comes to wondering about how her son could have ripped out the bedroom window single-handedly and also removed most of the roof tiles from aforementioned front porch. The only possible logical explanation for her lack of surprise that her son might be responsible for this is that said son is in fact possessed by Satan and such occurrances are not unusual ("Darling, did you hear that?"..."Yes dear, it's just the child next door rotating his head through 360 degrees and projectile vomitting green slime again."..."Ahh ok. Well as long as it's nothing serious. ...[Then, after long pause to suggest listening]: Hmm, what do you think "eat me" means?")

    2.) Dinosaur turns up at school and no-one notices except child and teacher during attack. There doesn't even appear to be a stereotypical caretaker in the school moaning about "bloody kids" or toilet rolls.

    3.) Dinosaur is attracted to the house by the smell of the child's blood after he scratches his hand at the edge of the field near to his house. If the dinosaur's sense of smell is that strong how come it has never attacked anyone or anywhere else or been attracted to nearby houses by - say - the smell of food being prepared or household pets?
    Next week's episode, featuring giant creepy crawlies in the London Underground looks intriguing though.

    Abersoch

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     Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 02:36 PM EST
    I wasn't overly impressed - I wasn't unimpressed either.

    I recorded it to check it was suitable for for son (the 7:45 start time threw me a bit) - he's sat watching it as I type and is totally engaged by it all!

    I'll certainly watch it again next week but I wouldn't kill to see it like I would the good Doctor Wink

    One thing though - I didn't enjoy the adverts - I'm not nomally bothered by them but on this programme I thought they broke it up too much - obviously I'm a BBC boy at heart! Big Grin

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     Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 05:49 PM EST
    What's the verdict for kids? I have an 11-year-old who watches all Doctor Who, but not Torchwood.

    Is Primeval safe for kids?

    Sean.

    One solid hope is worth a cartload of uncertainties.
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     Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 06:35 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  seanhuxter] What's the verdict for kids? I have an 11-year-old who watches all Doctor Who, but not Torchwood.

    Is Primeval safe for kids?

    Sean.


    Judging on the first episode I'd say fine - there is even an 11 year old boy in it.

    10 and over should be fine - think Jurasic Park on a TV budget.

    Although in the preview for next week, Hannah Spearritt (ex. S Club 7 singer) does appear in atire to please the dads :-)

    Cheers, daveac

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     Sunday, February 11 2007 @ 07:02 PM EST
    Yeah, sorry, that was WAY better than Torchwood. In fact, it's kinda more along the lines of what I thought Torchwood shoulda been. That was a fantastic opening episode. Now, I'm not so sure how much potential life there is in the setup, but inasmuch as it's a pilot's job to get you simply to come back next week, it succeeded brilliantly.

    Just to briefly compare this to Torchwood, it's clear that Torchwood is missing a lot, dramatically, by not having retained London Torchwood—or some body of higher authority than the Cardiff team. The notion of a Home Office "boss" nominally in charge of, and at odds with, the heroes adds a lot of layers of potential drama. And they spent enough time with each of the other characters, defining their basic roles in the drama such that you understand where they fit in with each other.

    The FX aren't quite up to speed yet—I knew I was looking at CGI—but they do tell the story.

    The challenge for this show, I think, is in finding a way to sustain itself. Early days yet to know whether it's got enough hooks to keep forward momentum on a story line.

    All-in-all, I think I'm very glad this show isn't directly up against Doctor Who all season long. That could be messy.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 09:18 AM EST
    For more background and info on Primeval check out this page:-

    here

    EDIT - Official site here (requires Flash)

    here

    Cheers, daveac

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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 10:49 AM EST
    Doctor Who versus Primeval in a fight.... I know who would win.

    I really did not think this show had any legs - it seemed all budget, no class to me. Which is a shame actually because I think a good sci fi show on ITV would force the BBC to up their game EVEN FURTHER stop fiddling around on spin offs and just blow every show out the water with season three (I suspect DW will hit that mark anyway from what I have already heard). Moreover I really like Douglas Henshall and all the work he has done so far, I would have liked him to have done a cameo in DW but I doubt tht will happen now. I think this might have worked better as a Channel 4 concept - far more Ultra Violet meets Dinos than 'Look guys we really feel like we have to jump on the intelligent-Sci-Fi-for-kids lorry here so what do you think of this?'. I think if C4 took the concept and ran with it as an E4 show then it would have kicked Torchwood's ass though.

    In general I doubt I'll bother watching another episode. It's not giving me my Who fix (I'm only getting that from Heroes at the moment which makes my knees knock with glee)

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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 12:56 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  whodovoodoo]
    I really did not think this show had any legs - it seemed all budget, no class to me.

    In general I doubt I'll bother watching another episode. It's not giving me my Who fix (I'm only getting that from Heroes at the moment which makes my knees knock with glee)


    I think it will be worth you giving it a few shows - I don't think it will be the same dinosaurs every week.

    The portal or whatever may well open onto different times and places.

    Slight spoiler:-
























    Looks like giant insects next week.

    Cheers, daveac

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     Sunday, February 18 2007 @ 10:26 AM EST
    I dunno. I'm still impressed with the show after episode 2. And I have to say that I'd love to see Douglas Henshall be the Doctor one day. He's got a clear talent for passionate, but understated, authority. I realize that I'm sorta being manipulated by the series to think of him kinda as the Doctor anyway, but I sill think he'd be a really good choice. I really don't know the guy from any other work, so maybe I'm being hasty, but I find him imminently watchable already.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Sunday, February 18 2007 @ 06:45 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] I dunno. I'm still impressed with the show after episode 2. And I have to say that I'd love to see Douglas Henshall be the Doctor one day. He's got a clear talent for passionate, but understated, authority. I realize that I'm sorta being manipulated by the series to think of him kinda as the Doctor anyway, but I sill think he'd be a really good choice. I really don't know the guy from any other work, so maybe I'm being hasty, but I find him imminently watchable already.


    Well I'm sorry to say I was a bit disappointed with this second episode - although the clip at the end for episode 3 looked promising.

    Oh! Call me shallow but there was one part that impressed me:-

    here
    Cheers, daveac

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     Sunday, February 18 2007 @ 06:56 PM EST
    Gosh! I wonder why she's in the series. I expect it must be because of her undoubted abilities as an investigator and to demonstrate to us all that, underneath everything, beautiful people are also clever people too. Wink

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     Sunday, February 18 2007 @ 07:22 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Abersoch] Gosh! I wonder why she's in the series. I expect it must be because of her undoubted abilities as an investigator and to demonstrate to us all that, underneath everything, beautiful people are also clever people too. Wink


    There was actually a plot reason see was (un)dressed like that - she had the heating up high because of a small 'reptile' she had at her apartment - well I thought it was a good enough reason Rolling Eyes

    Cheers, daveac

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