Every so often a TV show puts out an episode that stops you dead in your tracks. This episode of Primeval: New World did exactly that. From the incredible directing of Martin Wood, the outstanding writing of Jon Cooksey and the stellar performances of every cast member, this will be an episode to be talked about for a long time to come. The opening sequence showing Dylan and Mac running through the laboratory set the scene for one of the most tense and thought-provoking episodes so far.
Dylan and Mac worked really well together again, and I like that Mac will always be willing help out despite his misgivings about Evan. This shows that he believes in what they’re working for, something that I hope will bring him back into the fray soon. Their discovery of the necropsies on the dinosaurs was a heart-breaking moment. There were some really tender moments when Dylan realized that the animals in the lab were the ones she had fought so hard to save.
Louis Ferreira (Motive, Stargate: SGU) perfectly portrayed the intimidating and persuasive interrogation techniques of Colonel Hall. Evan saw right through his disarming techniques though; he had all the right counter-punches, gave all the right answers – at least until Hall started playing dirty. Ferrer and Niall Matter gave incredible performances, their back-and-forth banter was completely gripping.
To start out with I was rooting for Lt. Leeds. He lied to Col. Hall to protect Evan and Dylan, demonstrating a loyalty that I had hoped meant he was absolutely on their side. The revelation that he has been taking missions through the anomalies this whole time shocked me. I was suspicious of him but I didn’t realize his betrayal went quite that deep. He did come through in the end, though, by refusing to allow Hall to use him to get to Evan, which was the side of him I had been hoping to see. I see it as too little, too late though.
Evan was devastated to learn that he had been tricked by Leeds and that seemed to be when the chinks in his armour started to show, something that Hall picked up on immediately. While a lot of Hall’s theories on how the anomalies could be the way to end global warming were valid, Evan managed to stick to his guns and maintain that there were too many unpredictable consequences.
That was, however, until Ange showed up. I did not see that coming, and that was where Evan’s vulnerability came to the fore. I don’t understand why Ange would be convinced that Hall is in the right. She obviously hated that Evan was there, and while I see that she has always believed the military should have been involved, as soon as their real plan was revealed I had hoped she would see the light; but it seems the deaths of the Cross Photonics employees affected her deeper than she was ever going to admit, and seems to have made her loyalty waiver. She didn’t see why Evan would not want to be involved with Project Magnet or why logic could not enter into his decision. I’m hoping her visit to Hall at the end of the episode was to plead Evan’s case but something tells me she’s much deeper involved in Project Magnet than we think. Some of the most emotional scenes in this show are between Evan and Ange, and once again Miranda Frigon and Niall Matter devastated us with their performances.
I feel that the Evan Cross we were first introduced to would not have chosen the freedom of his colleagues over his technology. The fact that he agreed to work for Project Magnet despite Dylan and Mac telling him they needed to stick together showed that he is finally seeing them as friends that he needs to protect. Burying the alternate Mac was further evidence of that; it was definitely a tender moment for them to share, and I see this whole experience as one that will bring them all closer together.
I don’t remember moving or even breathing throughout the whole show. This episode was full of twists and surprises and was pure quality programming. I cannot wait to see in what direction this takes us.
Primeval: New World airs on SPACE on Tuesdays at 10e/7p