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     Sunday, February 18 2007 @ 08:17 PM EST
    she's "A zoo animal handler with a specialist in reptiles" -

    I haven't watched this yet so I probably shouldn't comment - but my initial reaction is SHAME ON THEM! Does NOBODY have any original ideas anymore? Shameful! People can actually make a living pitching copies of other shows? I mean, spin-offs have a certain kind of silliness - but copies?? Maybe this show will wind up being great - maybe it will outlive Torchwood - but frankly, I think it's disgraceful.

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     Monday, February 19 2007 @ 06:52 AM EST
    I'm not sure it actually does exactly copy another program, despite The Land of the Lost talk at the beginning of the thread. It's sorta similar in basic effect as Jurassic Park, but has no common cause with that film series. I mean, we're only two stories in, so maybe it'll turn out to be a clear copy of something, but so far it seems a decently original spin on the "dinosaurs are in my bedroom" genre.

    The closest analogue I can think of really is "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" from Doctor Who, but we don't really know anything about why or how these dinosaurs have invaded 21st century Britain.

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     Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 04:33 PM EST
    Just finished listenning to Podshock #67 and wanted to post a couple of comments about Colin's remarks on Primeval.

    I agree with his main comment 'It does what it says on the tin' something that Tochwood definately did not.

    Colin said he didn't know why this 'gateway' or whatever hadn't been spotted before causing problems and 'incidents' in the area.

    Well as one of the team members spotted with the loss of magnetism these portals seem to appear and disappear quite quickly.

    As to the teacher and the boy being the only one's to notice the dinosaur in the school - it was after school - the boy was in detention. Although it was bad that the fire-door was locked.

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     Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 04:53 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] I'm not sure it actually does exactly copy another program, despite The Land of the Lost talk at the beginning of the thread.


    That was just my poking fun at the description offered of the program without my having seen any of it. I'm sure that any resemblence to any program existing or wiped is purely coincidental and unintended except where prohibited by law. It did get a bit further than my little dig occupying valuable bandwidth in this thread, for which I refuse to apologise, but it was meant in jest!

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     Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 06:43 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  daveac] As to the teacher and the boy being the only one's to notice the dinosaur in the school - it was after school - the boy was in detention. Although it was bad that the fire-door was locked.


    Ooh no, sorry Dave, I don't accept that one on it's own. When I was at school there were always caretakers on site and if I remember correctly teaching regulations these days don't allow a child to remain alone with a teacher in case of.....erm....well...in case of dinosaur attacks presumably.

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     Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 06:53 PM EST
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    [Quote  by:  daveac] As to the teacher and the boy being the only one's to notice the dinosaur in the school - it was after school - the boy was in detention. Although it was bad that the fire-door was locked.


    Ooh no, sorry Dave, I don't accept that one on it's own. When I was at school there were always caretakers on site and if I remember correctly teaching regulations these days don't allow a child to remain alone with a teacher in case of.....erm....well...in case of dinosaur attacks presumably.


    I don't mean 'there was no one else in the building' I just mean it was after 'most' of the school had gone home. Others may have been about somewhere in the building.

    But I take your point - in Junior school the whole idea of 'detention' isn't on - and if the boy was in his first year at Secondary ( it looked a big school) even then it's unlikely.

    But I suppose the 'almost empty school' was used to add to the fright value.

    Cheers, daveac

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     Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 07:08 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  daveac] But I suppose the 'almost empty school' was used to add to the fright value.
    Like in School Reunion

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     Tuesday, February 20 2007 @ 07:42 PM EST
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    Oh! Call me shallow but there was one part that impressed me:-


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     Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 01:13 PM EST
    I got to see the first episode. I thought it was mostly entertaining. I don't think they made clear exactly what the Home Office is. I expect they were trying to give it one of those cool vague names you often hear in Sci-Fi and Thrillers like The Company or The Agency or something. I just didn't get what Nick Cutter's relationship with the Home Office was. Did he work for them in the past? Did his wife? When Claudia Brown met him and said she was with the Home Office I couldn't figure out why he wasn't more questioning? Other than that, I'll probably keep up with it for a while. Hannah Spearritt (Abby) is just too cute for words.

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     Monday, February 26 2007 @ 10:01 AM EST
    I guess I assumed the "Home Office" was just that: the UK gov't's "Home Office" where the "Home Secretary" works. I mean, those were some serious bureaucrats there....

    It really is a silly little show, but I am finding it entertaining.

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     Monday, February 26 2007 @ 03:26 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Linquel] I'll probably keep up with it for a while.


    Just got around to watching Episode 3 after the disappointing - to my mind - episode 2.

    This was quite a bit better and worth a watch - with hints that the series focus might be changing.

    Definately still worth a look.

    Cheers, daveac

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     Monday, February 26 2007 @ 05:54 PM EST
    I think the main difference between Torchwood and Primeval is in their use of the space/time rifts. In Primeval they give the impression that they have already decided what they are all about and how they work, whereas with Torchwood it was all "oooh, it's a big mystery. No one knows what they do or why they happen. Will you find out this week? Oooh maybe.....or perhaps maybe not." And in the end it got to the stage where I was convinced that the series writers hadn't got a bloody clue what to do with the rift and so chucked in an ubiquitous CGI demon from hell just to make it seem like it meant something.

    Of course it may turn out that Primeval goes the same way, but at least for the moment they seem to give the impression that they have a handle on the running theme for the series - which is more than I got from Torchwood.

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     Tuesday, February 27 2007 @ 06:22 PM EST
    Personally I find it rather limited but the blonde bit will keep me watching.

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     Tuesday, February 27 2007 @ 07:52 PM EST
    I have to say that episode 3 was not bad at all. I liked the temperature differential in the lake, the flooded basement, and most of all the attack on the water's edge. That was pretty good effects.

    And the whole while all I can think of is how good that guy would be as the third new Doctor. You know, once Tennant's tired of it.

    -M-

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     Wednesday, February 28 2007 @ 09:02 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  seanhuxter] I have to say that episode 3 was not bad at all. I liked the temperature differential in the lake, the flooded basement, and most of all the attack on the water's edge. That was pretty good effects.

    And the whole while all I can think of is how good that guy would be as the third new Doctor. You know, once Tennant's tired of it.

    -M-


    Which guy? the one playing Nick or the one playing Stephen?

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