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Primeval drabble: Time Flies
I was incredibly slow to get into ‘Primeval’. What I heard about it initially didn't appeal to me and I didn't watch the first season at all. Recently I saw the trailer for the episode with the sabre-tooth at the amusement park, was interested enough to watch it expecting to see fun badfic, and found that it was in fact excellent on every level. This weekend I made a point of watching both of the final episodes of the season. I’ll get the first season on DVD as soon as I can, followed by the second season when it is released, and catch up. I’m impressed by their use of the less common monsters from the past rather than only the blatantly obvious ones of ‘Jurassic Park’. Permian gorgonopsids rock!

I doubt if I'll do much ficcing of the show, as a lot of the appeal is visual, but Helen is a great villain and I like Connor and Abby, and so I can't rule it out. It does have the advantage that I can leave the spell-checker set to ‘English (United Kingdom)’! I’m starting off with a drabble. I’m afraid that it won't mean anything at all to those who don't watch ‘Primeval’. 100 words, PG for one very mild swearword.

Time Flies

“The enhancements to the anomaly detector were counter-productive,” said Lester.

“Damn,” said Nick. “How come?”

“We found billions of tiny anomalies, only a centimetre across,” Lester explained. “Their distribution matches isotherms. They connect days when the temperature drops below 17 Celsius with points the following year when it rises again.”

“Odd,” Nick commented.

“Inexplicable,” Lester agreed, “and they clogged up the whole system with false positives. We had to abort. There was one useful outcome as a side-effect. We’ve solved a mystery that has perplexed thinkers for centuries.”

Nick frowned. “Which one?”

“Where do flies go in the winter time?”

Current Location: A.R.C.

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kazzy_cee From: kazzy_cee Date: February 24th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL!!! I love it - Primaeval (sorry, can't resist making the title ENGLISH spelling!!), is such well done hokum isn't it!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 25th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
ffutures From: ffutures Date: February 24th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Works for me.

Must say the last couple of minutes of the finale greatly restored my faith in the show. Paul Cornell also said something at Picocon that implied that there really is a plot with some hard SF lurking there somewhere and starting to unfold.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 25th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
If they'd mentioned the hard SF plot in the early advertising I'd have watched the show from the start but they made it sound like random prehistoric creatures popping up for no reason other than to show off the CGI.
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: February 24th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've missed a few episodes, but I thought season 1 was better. It's watchable fun though.

Now what about wasps?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 25th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mentioning wasps would have taken it over the 100 words.
From: peasant_ Date: February 25th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Primeval is great stuff, it appeals to the inner ten year old in all of us. I must say though that I thought the Sabre-tooth was pants. A bit better in the finale than the episode you first watched, but still not really graceful in its movements.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: February 25th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
The real sabre-tooth may have been somewhat awkward in its movements - the prey animals were lumbering hulks and it was an ambush predator.

I felt the Columbian mammoth rearing up on its hind legs was rather unrealistic, however; I've seen plenty of wild elephants (including actually being chased by one) and rearing is not a move I've ever seen them make.
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