Leggy’s back! Okay, it might not be that much of a surprise, we all knew he’d be making a repeat appearance the minute Lt Leeds kidnapped (birdnapped?) him at the end of episode 4. But I, for one, was thrilled to see him.
This episode answered so many questions about Leeds. My suspicions after last week that he wasn’t in as much control as he thought were confirmed. While the comedic aspects of the character, so perfectly played by Geoff Gustafson, are a lot of what I find so appealing about Leeds, every so often we see the analytical, efficient and intelligent side of him that can only be an asset to the team. I get the feeling he uses his bumbling personality as a disarming mechanism and when he steps up as he did in this episode, it takes everyone by surprise. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a way to spring him from military custody. He seems ready to share the knowledge he has and obviously has a growing mistrust for his superiors.
Leggy’s attempts at walking on the ice actually vaguely reminded me of how I look on skates! But aside from that comic relief, from the time they locked themselves inside Thunderbird Arena with Leggy and the soldiers, the episode was full of suspense. Once again we got to see the MacGyver-like abilities of Evan, patching together a decoy signal using Dylan’s cell phone – may it rest in peace! As soon as Leggy had been shot I had a feeling there was not going to be a happy ending and I’m sure I can’t be the only one who shed a tear at the big bird’s demise. Even more heartbreaking was Dylan’s reaction when she shouldered the responsibility of euthanizing him. Once again her love for the creatures was a strong motivator for doing the right thing and even Evan seemed disappointed that they hadn’t been able to save Leggy.
A throwaway comment piqued my interest. When they realised that the dinosaur sighting they were tracking was not linked to the opening of an anomaly, Dylan posed the question of what they would do if they couldn’t return a creature to its time. Evan said that it was something he was working on and it made me wonder if we’ll eventually see a version of the UK’s Menagerie. Maybe he could convert the creepy freezer room where he’s currently keeping frozen Mac and memories of his dead wife. That would be a nice closure!With more great guest stars this week – I always enjoy seeing Dan Payne’s imposing presence in a military uniform – and another great directorial outing from Amanda Tapping, the story arc definitely took an interesting turn and I feel we’re going to have a lot more questions before we are given answers!
Primeval: New World airs on SPACE on Tuesdays at 10e/7p