History Series / Primeval

19th Apr '18 8:38:45 AM Malady
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* OneWordTitle: The word connects to ancient things, and the show is about things from the past time travelling to the present.
19th Apr '18 8:37:42 AM Malady
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** More an example of {{Panthera Awesome}}, since Smilodon is of the standard big cat variety.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: An {{egregious}} user of this trope, especially early on. All deaths in the first series (whether special forces or civilian bystanders) are male and it takes until the third episode of the second series for a female one-shot character to die. [[spoiler:And even though she's a ''[[WellIntentionedExtremist villain]]'' responsible for several deaths her own death is apparently so much more tragic than the two men that die in the same episode that Cutter goes into HeroicBSOD.]] A few episodes later a giant scorpion attacks a beach. Despite the ''dozens'' of women around the only visible victims it eats are men. The show's been getting better about this: one episode of series 4 has the heroes fail to save a girl while managing to save two boys, although the heroes are upset about their failure, they don't dwell on it ''too'' much.

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** More an example of {{Panthera Awesome}}, PantheraAwesome, since Smilodon is of the standard big cat variety.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: An {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} user of this trope, especially early on. All deaths in the first series (whether special forces or civilian bystanders) are male and it takes until the third episode of the second series for a female one-shot character to die. [[spoiler:And even though she's a ''[[WellIntentionedExtremist villain]]'' responsible for several deaths her own death is apparently so much more tragic than the two men that die in the same episode that Cutter goes into HeroicBSOD.]] A few episodes later a giant scorpion attacks a beach. Despite the ''dozens'' of women around the only visible victims it eats are men. The show's been getting better about this: one episode of series 4 has the heroes fail to save a girl while managing to save two boys, although the heroes are upset about their failure, they don't dwell on it ''too'' much.
17th Apr '18 7:27:11 PM nombretomado
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** Stephen is saddled with a particularly {{egregious}} one in Season 2. (See HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.)

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** Stephen is saddled with a particularly {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} one in Season 2. (See HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.)
10th Feb '18 8:00:27 PM schoi30
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** An especially jarring example would be the ''Hesperornis''. It is depicted as featherless, despite the fact that it is a '''''bird'''''.



* FeatheredFiend: The phorusrachids, and to a lesser extent, the Hesperornis and the raptors, which did have some light feathers, which you will notice, if you look closely, enough. Also, the dodo bird (albeit only [[spoiler:when infected with a fast-acting and deadly parasite]]).

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* FeatheredFiend: The phorusrachids, and to a lesser extent, the Hesperornis and the raptors, which did have some light feathers, which you will notice, if you look closely, enough.closely enough. ''Hesperornis'' also counts, if it weren't for the fact it is depicted as featherless. Also, the dodo bird (albeit only [[spoiler:when infected with a fast-acting and deadly parasite]]).
6th Jan '18 8:32:13 PM nombretomado
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''Primeval'' (2007-2011) is {{ITV}}'s answer to the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''[[note]]''Series/TheTomorrowPeople1973'' being their weapon against the classic ''Doctor Who'' series[[/note]], with less traveling through the cosmos, but more death (of recurring characters, anyway) and more underwear. Or, more accurately, {{ITV}}'s answer to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.

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''Primeval'' (2007-2011) is {{ITV}}'s Creator/{{ITV}}'s answer to the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''[[note]]''Series/TheTomorrowPeople1973'' being their weapon against the classic ''Doctor Who'' series[[/note]], with less traveling through the cosmos, but more death (of recurring characters, anyway) and more underwear. Or, more accurately, {{ITV}}'s ITV's answer to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
13th Dec '17 9:49:45 PM PaulA
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-->'''Connor:''' That's funny Matt, I thought we could all just stick our hands out the portholes and paddle back to the 21st century.

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-->'''Connor:''' --->'''Connor:''' That's funny Matt, I thought we could all just stick our hands out the portholes and paddle back to the 21st century.



'''Lester:''' Well, you know, have her shot and dispose of her body discreetly. ''(as he's leaving)'' [[RefugeInAudacity Just kidding.]]

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'''Lester:''' Well, you know, have her shot and dispose of her body discreetly. ''(as ''[as he's leaving)'' leaving]'' [[RefugeInAudacity Just kidding.]]



-->'''Claudia''': [[BondOneLiner Hole in one!]]

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-->'''Claudia''': --->'''Claudia:''' [[BondOneLiner Hole in one!]]



-->'''Abby:''' No he didn't. He really didn't, Connor. That was what ''Helen wanted''

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-->'''Abby:''' No he didn't. He really didn't, Connor. That was what ''Helen wanted''wanted''.



** The future predators are quite similar to the nightstalker of ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'', which are also blind, flightless futuristic bats. Incidentally, the author of the book, Creator/DougalDixon, was pretty much of an influence on speculative creature concepts (as Creator/PeterJackson can tell), so its likely that the authors of ''Primeval'' got the idea from the book.

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** The future predators are quite similar to the nightstalker of ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'', which are also blind, flightless futuristic bats. Incidentally, the author of the book, Creator/DougalDixon, was pretty much of an influence on speculative creature concepts (as Creator/PeterJackson can tell), so its it's likely that the authors of ''Primeval'' got the idea from the book.



-->'''Lester:''' Sorry, does that sound [[Literature/HarryPotter familiar]] to anyone...? ''({{beat}})'' ...Anomalies! Chop chop!"

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-->'''Lester:''' --->'''Lester:''' Sorry, does that sound [[Literature/HarryPotter familiar]] to anyone...? ''({{beat}})'' ...Anomalies! Chop chop!"?



[[subscript:Connor:I think we're all right.*giant worm swallows his head*]]

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[[subscript:Connor:I --->'''Connor:''' I think we're all right.*giant right. ''[giant worm swallows his head*]] head]''
13th Dec '17 9:46:08 PM PaulA
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** Most notably Lester who goes from SmugSnake to to BenevolentBoss and walking [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Sarcasm]] as the series progresses.

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** Most notably Lester who goes from SmugSnake to to BenevolentBoss and walking [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Sarcasm]] Sarcasm as the series progresses.



* CombatPragmatist: Danny. However HeyYouHaymaker / GroinAttack [[CrowningMomentOfFunny fails against knight in plate armor.]]

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* CombatPragmatist: Danny. However HeyYouHaymaker / GroinAttack [[CrowningMomentOfFunny fails against knight in plate armor.]]



** Done by Leek to Lester in Season 2 with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Of course, Lester comes out of it with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, taking out Leek's Future Predator assassin with a mammoth, so that kinda backfired.

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** Done by Leek to Lester in Season 2 with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Of course, Lester comes out of it with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, taking takes out Leek's Future Predator assassin with a mammoth, so that kinda backfired.



* InfantImmortality: Children and cute animals don't die. Even if they wander into the Silurian or are directly in the path of a Columbian mammoth. [[spoiler:Subverted in Season 4. Therocephalians are loose in a school, and one of them [[TearJerker kills a teen]] before Matt and Becker can save her.]]

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* InfantImmortality: Children and cute animals don't die. Even if they wander into the Silurian or are directly in the path of a Columbian mammoth. [[spoiler:Subverted in Season 4. Therocephalians are loose in a school, and one of them [[TearJerker kills a teen]] teen before Matt and Becker can save her.]]



* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler:Connor, when Nick Cutter dies.]] [[TheWoobie His expression]] [[TearJerker makes it so much worse]].

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* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler:Connor, when Nick Cutter dies.]] [[TheWoobie His expression]] [[TearJerker makes it so much worse]].]]



* SummonBiggerFish: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Summon Columbian Mammoth.]]

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* SummonBiggerFish: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Summon Columbian Mammoth.]]



* TenMinuteRetirement: Lester is forced into one of these during Season 3. His return was both a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Sarcasm]] and a CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Lester is forced into one of these during Season 3. His return was both a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Sarcasm]] and a CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming.
13th Dec '17 9:43:21 PM PaulA
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* CastingGag: Christine Johnson, Lester's bitter arch-rival... was played by (at the time) Ben Miller's real-life wife.



* DoublingForLondon: Season 4 was filmed mostly in Dublin but is set in London. (In a particularly jarring instance for Irish viewers, the second episode of series has numerous shots of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poolbeg_Generating_Station unmistakable Poolbeg Power Station chimneys]] in what is supposedly London Docks.)
13th Dec '17 9:40:33 PM PaulA
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* TheCameo: Nigel Marven, star of ''[[WalkingWithDinosaurs Chased By Dinosaurs]]'' and ''Prehistoric Park'' has a nice cameo... [[DeathByCameo in which he's eaten by a dino]].

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* TheCameo: Nigel Marven, star of ''[[WalkingWithDinosaurs Chased By Dinosaurs]]'' ''Series/ChasedByDinosaurs'' and ''Prehistoric Park'' ''Series/PrehistoricPark'' has a nice cameo... [[DeathByCameo in which he's eaten by a dino]].
19th Nov '17 1:32:17 PM Silverblade2
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''Primeval'' (2007-) is {{ITV}}'s answer to the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''[[note]]''Series/TheTomorrowPeople1973'' being their weapon against the classic ''Doctor Who'' series[[/note]], with less traveling through the cosmos, but more death (of recurring characters, anyway) and more underwear. Or, more accurately, {{ITV}}'s answer to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.

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''Primeval'' (2007-) (2007-2011) is {{ITV}}'s answer to the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''[[note]]''Series/TheTomorrowPeople1973'' being their weapon against the classic ''Doctor Who'' series[[/note]], with less traveling through the cosmos, but more death (of recurring characters, anyway) and more underwear. Or, more accurately, {{ITV}}'s answer to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
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