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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Primeval (2007-2011) is ITV's answer to the revived Doctor Whonote The Tomorrow People (1973) being their weapon against the classic Doctor Who series, with less traveling through the cosmos, but more death (of recurring characters, anyway) and more underwear. Or, more accurately, ITV's answer to the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood.Primeval involves a group of crack scientists and experts note (well... depending on your series, a paleontology professor, his TA, one of his students, an ex-zookeeper, an SAS guy, and a couple of Home Office boffins; or an ex-copper, an archaeologist, a PR lady, the student and the zookeeper, the Home Office guy and an Army guy; or a time-traveling ex-army guy, the student, the zookeeper, the army guy, now ex-army and with a shiny new guilt complex, a computer whiz and the Home Office guy, and occasionally a time-traveling Victorian Lady) protecting modern Britain from trans-temporal threats. These mostly consist of extinct, usually prehistoric, beasties trolling around the South of England after coming through magnetic time portals known as "anomalies".Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Actual dinosaurs other than birds didn't appear till the second season (despite the show being often initially billed as Torchwood with dinosaurs); Season One focuses primarily on the more ancient time periods, with some dodos, a pterosaur, a sea reptile, and a predatory creature from the future thrown in for flavor. In the later seasons, some completely fictional prehistoric species (justified, since only a small fraction of species have been discovered) and more future creatures appear along with the dinosaurs.The series launched in 2007 and ran for three seasons until its cancellation in 2009 due to budget problems. Two years later, it was revived and ran for two more seasons, the last of which ended in late 2011. Adrian Hodges, Primeval's co-creator, claims that a sixth series will someday be made, but that they must wait for commitment from a major network.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })A Darker and Edgier Canadian spinoff, Primeval: New World, started broadcasting on Space Channel on October 29th and aired on Syfy (and was added to Hulu) in early 2013. An American Big Damn Movie (currently in Development Hell) was also announced. Unfortunately, New World was cancelled in February 2013.Episode Guide pages for both the main show and New World have started.
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Headphones = Isolation
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Headphones Equal Isolation: In the pilot and 3x01.
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
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Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Lester has done this at least once with every single other protagonist. For one of the best instances of this, take a look at how many times he asks about Abby and Connor in 4x01.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: At least six major characters (depending how you class Claudia's alteration into Jenny and Captain Ryan's status as a major character) and many minor characters died. Taken to the furthest extreme with the death of the main character in Series 3. By Series 4, only three of the characters remained, with the rest having died. Of the characters introduced later on, Sarah is heavily implied to have died in between Series 3 and 4, Jenny left and Danny got stuck in the past, then ended up wandering through time via anomalies, before also putting in a brief reappearance, have been Put on a Bus, probably permanently. Becker survived.
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McLeaned
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Sarah ends the Season 3 finale saying "I've got an idea." But when production moved from the UK to Ireland, actress Laila Rouass opted to stay to care for her young daughter. And so Sarah was abruptly McLeaned - with the only clue being a brief flashback to her screaming "Becker!" as a creature attacks her car.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: The time-displaced Sir William has one during the episode with the Dracorex during which he briefly becomes a Death Seeker. He is redeemed by The Power of Love though (and a Stable Time Loop).
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Season Finale
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Season Finale
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Does This Remind You of Anything?
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Does This Remind You of Anything?: A parasite that causes its host to become very aggressive, spreads itself through bites and alters the colour of their eyes? Add on the photosensitive factor, and there's another thing it (or rather, its host) resembles...
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Hero Antagonist
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Hero Antagonist: Philip Burton. He does have his villainous moments: trying to blow up the ARC team to prevent an infestation of beetle monsters, leaving Connor trapped in a car while prehistoric monsters are roaming around: but they're all done in the name of saving the world from the threat of Anomaly Convergence. When it turns out he was duped by Helen, and that in saving the world he opened a stable Anomaly leading to a Bad Future full of Future Predators and toxic winds, he attempts a Heroic Sacrifice, proving that even though he is willing to let people die to save the world, he's at least decent enough to include himself in that.
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate Done repeatedly, although the stand out moment is Becker hoping that getting to Christine's anomaly is as easy as getting in the unguarded gate. It isn't. Poor Connor seems the victim of this more often than anyone else. The monsters seem to wait on cue for him to say something reassuring. Even more spectacularly in episode 4.1, where he cheerfully assures Matt that he can easily close the anomaly (with Abby even saying he's done it loads of times before). Needless tos ay, he's wrong, and the team's stuck with a Spinosaurus rampaging through London as a result.
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Not-So-Abandoned Building
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Not-So-Abandoned Building: Most prominently in Season 3, with the vacant house taken pretty much straight out of American Horror Story. It is, of course, inhabited by a creature, that may or may not have gone mad during its long stay in our time period.
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Genre Savvy
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Genre Savvy:
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Misplaced Wildlife
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Misplaced Wildlife: The show has a convenient Hand Wave for this. Since anomalies pop up everywhere, any creatures in the wrong time could have wandered through one. More than a couple of episodes have dealt with a plot like this.
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All There in the Manual
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All There in the Manual: Miscellaneous character trivia. Some of it (like Helen's maiden name and Claudia being a Lethal Chef) never showed up in the series proper, some (like Lester having kids) showed up in very minor ways, and some (like Stephen being in a relationship that ended badly: with Helen: prior to the series proper) played a role.
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Artistic License – Biology
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Artistic License – Biology: The creators do this knowingly and willingly for the sake of Rule of Cool. Most notably, the Dracorex looks less like an ornithischian dinosaur and more like a dragon, with wing-like dorsal crests, exaggerated horns, and no cheeks. Also, while the time for tranquilizer darts to take effect varies, it's usually more than ten minutes, as opposed to less than five seconds. In the first episode, Cutter comes across a human skeleton. He is initially worried that it may be his missing wife, but he soon realizes that it's a male skeleton and thus can't be her. Fair enough, but the way he checks is by counting the number of ribs. Never mind that this is based solely on the Biblical account, which even then only affected one individual from who knows how long ago (it was never said to be a hereditary trait). Checking the shape of the hipbones would be easier. An especially jarring example would be the Hesperornis. It is depicted as featherless, despite the fact that it is a bird.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: Phillip's Security Lockdown program. It locks down very well... UN-locking, however...
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Becker. Stephen and Connor normally get this treatment too.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: Nigel Marven, star of Chased By Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Park has a nice cameo... in which he's eaten by a dino.
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The Stoic
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The Stoic Cutter after Season 2. His clone is an even bigger one.
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Balls of Steel
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Balls of Steel: Used in Series 3, Episode 7, where Danny tricks a knight with the old Look Up routine, only to discover out his groin is armour-protected.
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The Virus
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The Virus: The fungus in S3.
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Those Two Guys
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Those Two Guys: Geeky Tom and Duncan.
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf Subverted with the raptor in the Season 2 premiere: It eats the baby raptor after the little critter gets used as bait to try and draw it out. Played straight with the Future Predators.
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Ominous Latin Chanting
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Ominous Latin Chanting: The music (name unknown) that accompanies the Alpha Mer-creature.
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Terse Talker
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Terse Talker: The clone of Cutter, most likely due to Helen only bothering to teach him the bare minimum to communicate.
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Praetorian Guard
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Praetorian Guard: In the Season 2 finale, Oliver Leek refers to the small army of Future Predators he's gathered as his "very own Praetorian Guard". Of course, as soon as they're free of his control, they promptly eat him.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: The death that takes place at the beginning of most episodes to introduce the creature is often Played for Laughs, often showing the victim screaming exaggeratedly and making them an Asshole Victim.
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Alpha Bitch
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the Alpha Bitch who gets eaten by a Therocephalian, though she's something of a zig-zagged example, since the team are quite clearly pissed that a child's been hurt
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: The numbers on the artifact.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: After Cutter returns from the anomaly in the Season 1 finale, Claudia Brown somehow never existed and grew up as Jenny Lewis instead. The show looked like it was exploring the conflict of a romance between them - where Cutter loves Claudia and not Jenny - but Cutter dies and Jenny leaves the team, later showing back up to get married to someone else. Season 2 ended with Helen vowing things could change over Stephen's grave, with an army of clone/alternate Cleaner mercenaries giving the impression she could somehow bring him back. The next season dropped Helen's obsession with Stephen entirely, and James Murray revealed he'd never been contacted about a return. Sarah ends the Season 3 finale saying "I've got an idea." But when production moved from the UK to Ireland, actress Laila Rouass opted to stay to care for her young daughter. And so Sarah was abruptly McLeaned - with the only clue being a brief flashback to her screaming "Becker!" as a creature attacks her car. Jess moving in with Connor and Abby looked like the set-up for a comedy arc, then... nothing. Danny Quinn chasing Patrick Quinn through the anomaly. Neither returned in Season 5 so they either both died or are still running around searching for each other.
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Genre Blindness
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The fat guy at the barbecue in 5x01. If you see a gigantic insect coming out of the ground and slowly moving towards you, get off your ass and run away. Do not offer it your half-eaten hot dog.
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: April
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Bald of Evil
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Bald of Evil: Captain Ross (one of Christine's soldiers) sports one.
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Post-Kiss Catatonia
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Connor and Abby leading to the aforementiond Post-Kiss Catatonia in a textbook perfect example of these tropes.
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More Dakka
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Used by Stephen in the first episode against the Gorgonopsid. It saves Nick and Claudia from becoming monster food, but doesn't actually kill the creature. Liberal application of dakka is what kills it.
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Famous Last Words
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Famous Last Words: From Sarah... sort of. "I have an idea." Yeah... apparently that idea is getting killed! (Technically, according to The first webisode episode, she was trapped in a car, mauled by a Future Predator and her last words were actually "Becker! BECKER!") Also Cutter, "Tell Claudia Brown that....never mind, it doesn't matter."
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My Favorite Shirt
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My Favorite Shirt: Connor, Danny and Abby lose Becker's favourite gun.
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Must Make Amends
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Must Make Amends: Connor does this in episode 5 of series 5, though he shows the intention a little before hand.
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Hospital Hottie
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Hospital Hottie: Abby is a qualified vet.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: "All right, Leek. You've had your nasty little joke." This comes from Helen Cutter, of all people. One of the mercenaries in Series 2 Episode 5 is horrified at The Cleaner refusing to help a girl who's lost in the Silurian desert.
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Extra-Strength Masquerade
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Extra-Strength Masquerade: The series veered into this pretty soon with either the mammoth on the (crowded) motorway, the Egyptian prehistoric crocodile on the rampage in central London, or at the very latest the prehistoric rhino stampede over a camp ground.
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Portal to the Past
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Portal to the Past: Time on either side of an anomaly is synced until the anomaly evaporates (when you are dealing with multiple interlinked anomaly trips try not to think about it).
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Appeal to Inherent Nature
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Appeal to Inherent Nature: Orphaned sabretooth tiger upholds its natural instincts when it comes to the woman who raised it. At least for a while.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: Leek attempting to feed most of The Team and Caroline to a Smilodon as "dinner theatre" while Cutter helplessly has to watch. Caroline's treatment of Rex. She somewhat redeems herself of this in the Season Finale when they interact following Caroline's Heel Realization. A presumably unintentional one, but in Episode 2 of Season 4, a woman finds a small reptile-like creature in her house at night. Being Too Dumb to Live, she tries to pick up the wild animal with visibly sharp teeth, and it bites at her. She responds to this how? Trap it under a box? Call the RSPCA? Of course not. She grabs the little thing and flushes it down the toilet. Bitch. Hasn't she ever heard those Sewer Gator legends?
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Lingerie Scene
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Lingerie Scene: In the first series, Abby has to keep her flat very warm for the prehistoric lizard she is keeping as a pet, so at home she usually wears just her camisole and knickers. When staying at Abby's flat, Connor also tried stripping down to his undershirt and boxers. This was played more for comedy than for Fanservice.
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Dinosaurs Are Dragons
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Dinosaurs Are Dragons: The Dracorex was understandably mistaken for a dragon when it wandered through medieval England.
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Rule of Cool
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Rule of Cool: While the show's website (at least the older version of it) and interviews makes it clear that the filmmakers do their homework, they occasionally enlarge the creatures for dramatic purposes (Pristichampsus, for instance, was about ten feet long in real life, but the creators acknowledge that they enlarged it for the show). They had raptors chasing characters who were riding motorbikes through a mall. Rule of Cool indeed.
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: In spite of the Anyone Can Die status, high Karmic Death count and Bridge Dropping, Primeval manages to stay pretty well on the Idealistic side of the scale.
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Stable Time Loop
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Stable Time Loop Originally, the predators and Megopterans may have been a result of this. A few hundred years in the future, humanity is eaten into extinction by these creatures. Where did they come from? The future, through anomalies opened by the ARC. They then hung around until the anomalies appeared to let them into the past to eat humanity in the first place. Something similar happens in the alternate timeline of Seasons 4-5, also with the predators and other future creatures. It's confirmed that all life on Earth died out with the exception of three or so carnivorous species, which would eventually starve to death from lack of food, and that's only a few decades in the future—they couldn't have evolved in that time. The campsite seen in the first episode was left there by the cast in the first season finale. The camera taken by Nick was later used in the finale to take the exact pictures that were downloaded from it in Episode 1.1, then left there alongside Tom Ryan's skeleton for Nick to find. Sir William knows to go back and marry Elizabeth because the writing on his own grave tells him to. And also because of Helen, the totality of human history. Connor also figured out how to create Anomalies, thus potentially being the cause of the very reason he joined the ARC in the first place... Episode 5.6: The Bad Future that Matt came from is caused by the anomaly that Phillip opened expanding and swallowing up the entire planet. Said anomaly opens to... Matt's Bad Future.
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The Hero Dies
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The Hero Dies: Cutter, the main protagonist of the first two seasons, is killed off early in Season 3.
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Engineered Public Confession
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Engineered Public Confession: Lester and Becker end Christine Johnson's takeover of the ARC by recording her less-than-complimentary comments about the Minister of Defence.
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Pac-Man Fever
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Pac Man Fever: Averted. Connor plays The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on the Xbox 360 at one point with actual gameplay and sound effects.
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Actor Allusion
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Actor Allusion: Abby is played by Hannah Spearritt, who before this was best known for being a member of S Club 7. In the Season 4 premier, when she turns on music in an arena to distract a dinosaur, what plays? "Don't Stop Moving" by S Club 7. At several points in Series 5, Lester hints that he has a less than peachy relationship with his wife. Christine Johnson, who could be described as Lester's Evil Counterpart in Series 3, is played by Ben Miller's real-life wife. In the season 3 finale Connor gets injured when he's not ready for a grenade's explosion. The same thing happened to Andrew Lee Potts in Band of Brothers though at least he lived this time around.
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Bigger Is Better
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Averted in Season 3 with Giganotosaurus, used instead of T. rex because it's bigger, faster and meaner. Later in the season, a Dracorex shows up.
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The Smart Guy
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Connor was always very intelligent, though his intelligence was exaggerated in the fourth and fifth series, to the point where he can even create machines that can open anomalies.
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Kill 'Em All
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Originally, the predators and Megopterans may have been a result of this. A few hundred years in the future, humanity is eaten into extinction by these creatures. Where did they come from? The future, through anomalies opened by the ARC. They then hung around until the anomalies appeared to let them into the past to eat humanity in the first place. Something similar happens in the alternate timeline of Seasons 4-5, also with the predators and other future creatures. It's confirmed that all life on Earth died out with the exception of three or so carnivorous species, which would eventually starve to death from lack of food, and that's only a few decades in the future—they couldn't have evolved in that time.
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Pietà Plagiarism
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Pietà Plagiarism: Connor, when Nick Cutter dies.
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Character Development
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Character Development: Most notably Lester who goes from Smug Snake to Benevolent Boss and walking Crowning Moment of Sarcasm as the series progresses. Also Abby has undergone a transformation into an Action Girl, and Connor is Taking a Level in Badass, on an installment plan.
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Ragnarök Proofing
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Ragnarök Proofing: The apocalyptic city ruins in the future in Season 3, which appear to be in relatively good condition all things considered, suggesting the future time period is no more than a few centuries after the Apocalypse How. Even [[spoiler:the future ARC's technology is still in working order, and the indoor paint hasn't peeled off.
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Ptero Soarer
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Ptero Soarer: The Pteranodon from Season 1 is actually quite accurate, if a little large. In Seasons 2 and 3, they are shown to be aggressive toward humans only if their eggs are in danger. The little Anuragnathus aren't as friendly. In the Canadian spinoff, a far more aggressive species of Pteranodon appears, though it was only killing humans to collect things to decorate its nest with. Furthermore, the pterosaurs shown are all bipedal and lack pycnofibres (though the anurognathids are at least quadrupedal enough to duck under a door in episode 5.5 of the original series, and the Pteranodon from the spinoff does have a few pycnofibres if you look closely).
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Ungrateful Bastard
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Ungrateful Bastard: Abby's brother Jack when he gets marooned in the future. Despite the dangers of Megopterans and Future Predators, the team risk it all to save him - and he promptly blames his sister for not telling him what her job was, despite his stealing her anomaly detector and going off to look at an anomaly. His reaction to Becker's seeming Heroic Sacrifice for him is "so"? Really, it's a miracle Danny didn't just leave him to be eaten.
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Infant Immortality
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Infant Immortality: Children and cute animals don't die. Even if they wander into the Silurian or are directly in the path of a Columbian mammoth. Subverted in Season 4. Therocephalians are loose in a school, and one of them kills a teen before Matt and Becker can save her.
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Tyrannosaurus rex
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Tyrannosaurus rex: Downplayed. While the Tyrant Lizard King does appear, it's only in a supporting role in Season 5, episode 5.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Manipulative Bastard: Oliver Leek
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: From the episode 3 of season 1:
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Happy Place
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Happy Place: Abby encourages Connor to find his when they're both stuck in a Cretaceous tree. She suggests a beach and Connor runs with the idea: He starts with the beach, adds Abby to the Happy Place, makes the water warm, and then puts Abby in a bikini. She's mildly amused, while we get pissed cause we know we're never going to see it.
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Meanwhile, in the Future…
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Meanwhile, in the Future…: Mostly averted. A notable exception is in season 4 episode 3, where a creature is shown stalking Matt in the Cretaceous after he goes into an anomaly, while repeatedly cutting to the present where it shows Connor and Abby arguing with Becker over whether they should open it to let him out.
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Dropped a Bridge on Him
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Dropped a Bridge on Him: As befits an Anyone Can Die show, Primeval likes dropping bridges. The most egregious example so far is probably Sarah, who was last seen saying she had "a plan" to get Connor and Abby back from the past. A year later, they get back on their own, to discover she died offscreen at some point, apparently in some undescribed attempt to save them. Yeah. As it turns out, her plan was to go to the future and find Abby, Connor and Danny... great idea! You die. In a car. Mauled by a predator, while crying out for Becker...
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent: A few minor characters in seasons 4 and 5 don't bother attempting accents and we have a strange situation in one episode where a son has an English accent but his mother is Irish. Could be justified for episodes in the city since Britain does have a lot of Irish immigrants.
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"Not Important to This Episode" Camp: The Season 3 finale sent Lester to this.
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Villainous Rescue
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Villainous Rescue: Helen does this to Claudia once.
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Honor Before Reason
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Honor Before Reason: Nick Cutter
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: A season 4 episode has a pack of prehistoric creatures loose in a school during Saturday detention. A parent who sent their child off to do detention in an empty school and find out that there is some kind of wild animal or dangerous person on the loose. To make matters worse, the teacher is the first to die leaving the students alone. To make matters even worse one of the children wanders off and gets eaten before the team can save her. A season 2 episode has a little girl and her dog disappearing through an anomaly. The girl in question had lost both her parents and was being taken care of by her neglectful stepfather. And she was outside and found the anomaly because he was lazy and made her take the dog out. Imagine having someone in your care lost somewhere where they can't get back as a result of you neglecting them.
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold
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Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Both Cutter and Lester are examples of this trope. They aren't expressly unlikable people, just a bit acerbic. Cutter seems a mild example of a Jerkass Woobie later on in the series.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: Connor... sort of. Jack Maitland
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Combat Pragmatist
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Combat Pragmatist: Danny. However "Hey, You!" Haymaker / Groin Attack fails against knight in plate armor.
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Humans Are the Real Monsters
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Humans Are the Real Monsters: Which is why Helen wants to kill us all.
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Fish out of Temporal Water
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Emily, a lady from the Victorian era, in modern London in S4. Her and Ethan also reference groups of time-displaced humans who wander through anomalies and manage to be every variant of Fish out of Temporal Water at once. However, Emily, since she was from a time closer to our own, and a time that wasn't as superstitious as the Middle Ages, became accustomed to life in the 21st century more easily than De Mornay did.
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Exact Eavesdropping
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Exact Eavesdropping: Done enough times it is practically the preferred way of getting information.
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Lost Him in a Card Game
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Lost Him in a Card Game: Not a person, but Team Pet Rex, lost by Abby's brother in a poker game.
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Land Mine Goes
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Land Mine Goes "Click!": Used to blow up a phorusrachid, as well as Captain Ross.
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Honey Trap
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Honey Trap: Caroline for Connor in season two. (She's working for Leek.)
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Improvised Weapon
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Improvised Weapon Connor does this a lot. He's not the only one. Golf club, anyone? Once again, Lester and the mammoth count. Sort of. I think a 15-ton charging mammoth with 10-foot tusks is just as, if not more, an effective weapon than any firearm, especially considering that Future Predators seem fast enough to dodge bullets.
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Bizarre Alien Senses
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Bizarre Alien Senses: The "future predators" use echolocation, represented on-screen with distorted false-color imagery and concentric, pulsing rings of sonic energy. This is probably due to their bat ancestry.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: Leek. He would be a Magnificent Bastard if he didn't sneer quite so much. We're almost sorry when he meets his death at the the teeth of his own predators.
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Holy Backlight
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Holy Backlight: When Emily goes back through the anomaly in series four.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror The fungus monster. "I'll never look at athlete's foot the same way again." The parasite from 1.4, which literally destroys its host from the inside. It's even seen crawling under the skin.
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Our Demons Are Different
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Our Demons Are Different: The "Camouflage Beast" of Season 3 is an intelligent primate-like creature with highly advanced camouflage that lets it all but disappear at will. They also speak in creepy whispering noises. They are implied to be the basis for legends of ghosts, spirits, poltergeists and demons.
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Bond One-Liner
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Bond One-Liner: "Good boy."
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To Unmasque the World
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Mick Harper and his boss Katherine Kavanagh wanted To Unmasque the World for news profit, and they end up getting killed by one of the creatures they attempt to expose to the world. In Kavanagh's case, her death occurs precisely because she (apparently in the midst of a Villainous Breakdown) cared more about filming the Giganotosaurus that's rampaging towards her than about saving her own life.
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Not Using the
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Not Using the "Z" Word: Future Predators could totally be called Chupacabras. The dodo worms? "Mongolian" death worms.
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Prehistoric Monster
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Prehistoric Monster: Subverted. While most of the creatures have some dangerous aspect to them, they tend to be presented more as lost and frightened animals than as rampaging monsters. An exception can possibly be made for some of the large predators, but even they are not quite portrayed in a villainous manner.
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Jumped at the Call
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Jumped at the Call: Connor did this in Season 1. After learning about the existence of the anomalies, Danny went out of his way to pester the ARC crew until they let him join.
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Happy Ending Override
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Happy Ending Override: Lester fought against Christine's plans in Series 3 to insist that the ARC team be replaced with military-trained soldiers. In Series 4, we learn that he put the same rule in place himself after Connor, Abby and Danny got stuck in the past. Needless to say, Connor and Abby were not pleased when they got back.
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Evilutionary Biologist
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Evilutionary Biologist: Helen
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Primeval / int_546e23f6
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Ripple Effect-Proof Memory
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Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Cutter recalling Claudia.
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Redshirt Army
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Redshirt Army: Christine's security forces
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10-Minute Retirement
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10-Minute Retirement: Lester is forced into one of these during Season 3.
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Never Smile at a Crocodile
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Never Smile at a Crocodile: The show features a Pristichampsus in episode 3.1, and later includes a Kaprosuchus in episode 4.2. Both are large, prehistoric terrestrial crocs. If you thought crocs were bad in the water, just wait till you have to deal with them on land.
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Primeval / int_59a9605d
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Government Conspiracy
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Government Conspiracy: Tossed around a few times. Subverted in Season 2. Leek wasn't stockpiling creatures on behalf of the British government, he was just creating a small conspiracy ring within the ARC and the government. Done a little more deliberately in Season 3 with Christine Johnson's plan to take over the ARC and gain power. Finally played straight in a spin-off book of all things. Primeval: Fire and Water has a conspiracy within the government to use anomalies to go back in time and get oil from the past, using an oil refinery in South Africa as a front.
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It's All My Fault
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It's All My Fault: Cutter tends towards this. It's implied he feels this way about Claudia Brown ending up Ret-Gone, and he tells Connor the latter's right to blame him when they believe Abby is killed by a creature in Episode 10. After Stephen's death, Cutter admits in the Season 3 premiere when told "It's not your fault" that he knows Helen is to blame but still can't help feeling somewhat responsible. Connor also does this sometimes. In Episode 4, he briefly declares Tom's death happened because he was involved with The Team. He feels this way about the Apocalypse How in Season 5 after he aided Philip's New Dawn project. Compounding his guilt is that he should've known better than to put Philip's hubris on a pedestal, but instead he ended up betraying everything that Cutter ever believed in. Becker feels responsible for The Team (which is his job, but it also goes a bit deeper than that), and after Sarah's death and the disappearances of most of the team, it's implied he's still carrying around guilt for feeling he was unable to do that job.
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Dying to Be Replaced
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Dying to Be Replaced: Nick Cutter bites it to make way for Danny Quinn early in Season 3.
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The Lancer
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The Lancer: Stephen. Abby occasionally slips into this trope, too. Danny also until he's put in charge.
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Primeval / int_60b21fa3
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BigDamnKiss
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Big Damn Kiss:n Season 1 between Cutter and Claudia and in Season 3 between Connor and Abby.
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Primeval / int_61375e57
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Heel–Face Turn
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Heel–Face Turn Helen flirts with this trope throughout Season 3 and even briefly plays it straight to save some campers from stampeding prehistoric rhinos, but in the end it's all a fake as virtually all the other spoiler tags on this page confirm. Played straight with Caroline.
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Primeval / int_617f0563
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Demoted to Dragon
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Demoted to Dragon: Defied by Helen Cutter in Season Two. She serves Oliver Leek as part of a deal, but her psychotic disposition makes pretty clear she wears the pants regardless. When he finally makes his power play and puts Helen in her place, she near immediately switches sides to avoid playing the trope straight.
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Primeval / int_61881f59
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Sacrificial Lamb
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Sacrificial Lamb Tom Ryan was originally supposed to die at the end of the first episode, in a classic example of this trope. However, the creators liked the actor's job so much that they kept him around until the Season Finale. Douglas Henshall (who plays Cutter) says that he was pushing for the character to be killed in every single episode, and then back again with no explanation. If anything, Connor's friend Tom (yes, they coincidentally have the same name) is one, especially since the last episode he was in was spent around the team trying to save him, but ultimately failing.
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Primeval / int_61996785
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer
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Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The whole ARC crew according to Lester (and probably Lester too, given his relations with Whitehall).
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Primeval / int_61b8f9e2
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Panthera Awesome
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More an example of Panthera Awesome, since Smilodon is of the standard big cat variety.
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Sinister Subway
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Sinister Subway: Season 1, Episode 2. It was full of big bugs.
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Cowardly Lion
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Cowardly Lion: Connor, before beginning his installment course in badass.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice Stephen in the finale of Season 2. Season 3 finale: Connor is prepared to pull one of these to save Abby, but Indy Ploys his way out of it. Becker a couple of episodes earlier, but he's Not Quite Dead. Phillip tries to perform one at the end of Series 5, but it isn't enough. Matt riding off into an apocalyptic anomaly. Fortunately for him, it wasn't actually lethal.
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Primeval / int_6439de78
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Always Save the Girl
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Always Save Rex: Abby repeatedly goes back into danger to save Rex.
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Primeval / int_64edb99c
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Flynning
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Flynning: Danny and a couple of iron bars + Knight with broadsword = Flynning in large quantities.
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Primeval / int_65331274
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Cannot Spit It Out
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Cannot Spit It Out: Helen seems to be trying to prevent the end of the world, but instead of explaining that to the ARC team she prefers to drop cryptic hints that serve only to antagonize them and hurt her cause. Probably because her idea of saving the world involves eradicating humanity.
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Primeval / int_653c5c73
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British Brevity
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British Brevity: Every series is six or seven episodes long, except series three which went for ten.
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Animals Lack Attributes
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Animals Lack Attributes: Mostly played straight, but averted with the Mer; the alpha has noticeable small breasts.
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Primeval / int_665136e6
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Herbivores Are Friendly
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Herbivores Are Friendly: For the most part. They're just as prone to panicking as any animals, though, which can cause them to become violent at times. The Dracorex and Pachycephalosaurus are prime examples.
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Primeval / int_6660aaf
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Giant Flyer
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Giant Flyer: Giant Flying Praying Mantis' from the future in Season 3 and the Pteranodon in Season 1. Also subverted the predatory subtrope by not having the big Pteranodon as the human killer, but small, probably-insectivorous Anurognathus. In the Canadian series, the species of Pteranodon featured was deadly during its mating season.
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Primeval / int_67677940
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Hand Behind Head
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Hand Behind Head: Connor and, lately, Abby seem quite fond of this.
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Primeval / int_6826612e
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Room Full of Crazy
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Room Full of Crazy: In episode 4x02, Connor's friend Duncan has been keeping track of creature sightings on a Wall of Crazy in his flat.
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Primeval / int_6941e30b
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Raptor Attack
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Raptor Attack: Season 2 has the first one; a few minor examples occur in other seasons. The raptors are never named on-screen, but are variously called Velociraptor, Dromaeosaurus, and Deinonychus. Seasons 4 and 5 feature a featherless monkey-like tree-climbing "raptor" with a stick-thin tail still capable of lifting a human off the ground and lynching them effortlessly. In the Canadian spin-off, the raptors are confirmed to be Utahraptor and are marginally more accurate than the original ones.
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Primeval / int_695efde3
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A Death in the Limelight
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A Death in the Limelight: Poor Tom...
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Birth/Death Juxtaposition
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Birth/Death Juxtaposition: The episode where Cutter dies.
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Primeval / int_6b7e3069
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Name's the Same
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If anything, Connor's friend Tom (yes, they coincidentally have the same name) is one, especially since the last episode he was in was spent around the team trying to save him, but ultimately failing.
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Primeval / int_6bedf674
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FanService
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When staying at Abby's flat, Connor also tried stripping down to his undershirt and boxers. This was played more for comedy than for Fanservice.
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Primeval / int_6bf93fc7
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Oblivious Janitor Cut
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Oblivious Janitor Cut: In the pilot.
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Night Swim = Death
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Night Swim = Death: A couple is swimming in a public pool at night, when a mosasaur joins them...
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Beware the Silly Ones
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Beware the Silly Ones Connor is a total Genius Ditz who likes Scooby Doo and video games. He's almost never serious and is repeatedly ridiculed for being a complete idiot, plus guilty of several counts holding the Idiot Ball for the episode, but do NOT make him angry. Sometimes when a team member is seriously hurt or thought to be dead, a darker side comes out and he will stop at nothing to either rescue them or get revenge. After he Took a Level in Badass, anyway.
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My Car Hates Me
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My Car Hates Me: Jenny tries to start up her car. There is a Giganotosaurus trying to eat her. Predictably, the car fails to start.
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Endangered Species
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Endangered Species: Until-recently-extinct species. Also, the dodo birds were endangered in the time they came from.
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Casting Gag
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Casting Gag: Christine Johnson, Lester's bitter arch-rival, was played by (at the time) Ben Miller's real-life wife.
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"Shut Up" Kiss Connor and Abby leading to the aforementiond Post-Kiss Catatonia in a textbook perfect example of these tropes. 5.06 gives us one involving the "finger to the lips" gesture between Matt and Emily. It crosses a bit with Now or Never Kiss.
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Primeval / int_6eeba1f2
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Masquerade
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Masquerade: The team uphold it the best they can, but you can't help but wonder when it's going to come apart at the seams. Mammoth — hu, escaped large circus elephant on the M25, anyone?
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Primeval / int_6ef09297
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George Jetson Job Security
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Special mention should go to the idiot in the fungus infection episode who, stumbling back through an anomaly after being infected, choking and unable to speak, calls his boss instead of the local emergency number.
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Idiot Ball
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The guy in the same episode who got the fungus virus. After he sneaks into the ARC's lab and finds the fungus growing inside a sealed container, he sticks his hand inside and touches it. Because he clearly couldn't just find a pair of gloves lying around.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "Who are you people?", often said by innocent bystanders in series 2.
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Primeval / int_7464705c
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See the Whites of Their Eyes
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See the Whites of Their Eyes: "Don't fire 'till you see the whites of his teeth."
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Jenny puts herself on one, Connor's two geeky friends are either Put on a Bus or have a bridge full of prehistoric parasites dropped on them. Either way, they are gone. Until the second episode of the 4th season which features Duncan...as a homeless wreck tracking creature sightings. Yay?
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Primeval / int_754df088
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Full-Body Disguise
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Full-Body Disguise: A hologram that obscures the face with a totally different one, as used by Eve/Helen.
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Spotlight-Stealing Squad
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Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Connor and Abby. Their relationship is the only subplot with no direct relation to dinosaurs or anomalies that lasts more than a couple of episodes. By Season Four, they're arguably the main characters, even if they're not in charge yet. The first two episodes of Season Four are largely devoted to their return from the Cretaceous and reintegration with the new team.
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All Myths Are True
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All Myths Are True: Or at least some of them. The animals that travel through the anomalies explain gaps in the fossil record, Lazarus taxa, the Loch Ness monster, mermaids, chupacabra, dragons, sea serpents and other monsters, thunder birds, Egyptian mythical beasts and even gremlins and haunted houses.
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Hot Scientist
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Hot Scientist: Sarah Page; Connor; Cutter...
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Irrelevant Sidequest
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Irrelevant Side Quest: In the Season 3 finale, the second anomaly at Christine's former HQ is a Red Herring to justify the team splitting up and Becker and Sarah staying behind.
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Real Life Writes the Plot
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Real Life Writes the Plot: Laila Rouass was reluctant to relocate to Ireland to film Season 4 when the show was picked back up again, and Jason Flemyng was busy with other commitments in America. As a result Sarah is killed off in between seasons and Danny only comes Back for the Finale.
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Digging Herself Deeper: Jess discussing Becker's relationship status in episode 4x02.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Shell-Shocked Veteran: Season 2 Cutter has definite elements of this. Comes of being the only one with Ripple Effect-Proof Memory. It's fully there in season 3, after Stephen's death.
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All Love Is Unrequited
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All Love Is Unrequited: Connor —> Abby —> Stephen —> Helen —> Nick —> Claudia. At first, anyway.
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Container Maze
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Container Maze: In episode 4.2, featuring an extended face-off against a Kaprosuchus.
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Celebrity Paradox
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Celebrity Paradox: The S Club 7 song "Don't Stop Movin" is heard in the first episode of Series 4, thus creating the possibility that Hannah Spearitt exists in this universe.
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Summon Bigger Fish
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Summon Bigger Fish: How does Lester take out a Future Predator? Summon Columbian Mammoth! Also used when Cutter and Stephen escape a Silurian scorpion by using their vibrations to bring in a much bigger one.
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Dying Declaration of Love
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Dying Declaration of Love Matt and Emily, crosses "Now or Never Kiss". Claudia and Nick in series 1.
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Good Animals, Evil Animals
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Good Animals, Evil Animals: Animals from the past vary from Non-Malicious Monsters who merely strike out in panic at their new environment to ruthless carnivores, whereas creatures from the future appear to be universally dangerous towards humans. note This is partly that they can't kill creatures from the past without risking the present but creatures from the future are "downstream" and thus fair game.
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Done by Leek to Lester in Season 2 with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Of course, Lester takes out Leek's Future Predator assassin with a mammoth, so that kinda backfired.
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Trapped in Containment
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Trapped in Containment: Season 3, episode 5. With The Virus.
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Tsundere
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Tsundere: Jenny Lewis (Type B) is clearly cut from this mould (making her relationship with Cutter the ever-popular duo with Belligerent Sexual Tension, albeit cut short by the events in season 3). Abby occasionally acts like this towards Connor.
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Expanded Universe
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Expanded Universe: There are four Primeval novels based on the TV series. The novels are canon, and each one is set between two episodes of the TV series.
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Expository Hairstyle Change
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Expository Hairstyle Change: Helen between Seasons 1 and 2, Nick between 2 and 3, and Abby between 3 and 4.
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Our Mermaids Are Different
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Our Mermaids Are Different: The "Mer" creatures are seal-like marine apes. Cutter jokingly suggests that they may have evolved from humans.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! season 5 episode 3, they accidentally send a raptor back to the Victorian era. Matt has to go in after it, which results in his being reunited with Emily. Also, Connor throughout season 4 and up to episode 4 of season 5, by helping Philip who was tricked by Helen Cutter and almost destroyed the world.
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Left Hanging
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Season 5 ends with Matt being warned by a battered future version of himself that he has to "go back". A very bad place to leave it.
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Embarrassing First Name
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Embarrassing First Name: When asked by a fan, ITV revealed that Captain Becker's first name is Hilary.
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Plucky Girl
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Plucky Girl: Taylor in 2x05.
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Action Dress Rip
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Action Dress Rip: Abby and Sarah in episode 6 of S3. "Great for dancing, not so much for cross-country."
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Always a Bigger Fish
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Always a Bigger Fish: Cutter's saved in the nick of time from the incredibly quick and vicious Future Predator by the even bigger and meaner Gorgonopsid at the end of season 1.
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Cool Car
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Cool Car: In Season 3, the anomaly appeared at Racetrack full of Lotus Exiges.
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
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Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: As Lester says, the team are a group of "rank amateurs who just happen to be brilliant at what they do", with Becker as the Only Sane Employee.
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Kill All Humans
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Kill All Humans: What Helen is really up to. In Season 3,at least.
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Timey-Wimey Ball
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Timey-Wimey Ball: Ran into this early on with the Jenny/Claudia thing, but this got lost in the Aborted Arc, so presently the show is remarkably consistent in it's portrayal of Time Travel. You Already Changed the Past, it's just the characters aren't quite aware of this yet. When time travel is explained by such lines as "The creatures are proof that the past exists as a fourth dimension..." you know that nobody knows what's going on.
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Asshole Victim
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The reporters from season 3 insisted on filming the Giganotosaurs that was trying to eat them, standing directly in its path and practically begging for it to eat them. Predictably, it does.
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Cliff Hanger
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Cliffhanger Season 1 ends with the disappearance of Claudia. Season 2 ends with Helen creating an army of clones. Season 3 ends with Connor and Abby stuck up a tree in the Cretaceous, Danny in the Rift Valley at the Dawn of Humanity, and Sarah having a plan to save them. Season 4 ends with Matt leaving the anomaly to Victorian London (to which he had sent Emily back through) to plan his next move to save the future while Philip takes Connor into his automobile to discuss Connor's theory of convergence. Season 5 ends with Matt being warned by a battered future version of himself that he has to "go back". A very bad place to leave it.
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Karmic Death
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Journalist Mick Harper in Series 3. Fortunately, he only bothers the team for a few episodes, before he and his boss suffer a Karmic Death while Going for the Big Scoop.
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Apocalypse How
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Apocalypse How: In the future a couple times. In Season 3, a Class 3a or possibly a Class 2 has occurred in the future seemingly not long after the present; leaving the ruins of modern-looking manmade cities standing atop cliffs and mountaintops which give way to forests, which are now inhabited by Future Predators and Megopterans. Helen Cutter heavily implies that the apocalypse's fallout actually reaches Class 4 levels. The season never bothers to properly wrap this Story Arc up nor explain what happened, but Helen claims that humans created Future Predators as Bioweapon Beasts, and she and other characters believe they got loose and "humanity never stood a chance." Word of God here somewhat supports Helen's claim and suggests it occurred as a direct result of public knowledge of the Anomaly crisis. In the last two seasons, the world in the future has suffered a severe Class 4 and is approaching Class 6 extinction (in Matt's words, everything is "either dead or dying"); with the planet's surface reduced to a dead, hostile wasteland where resources are scarce, only a few future creatures and some humans are still alive, and everything except the Mutated Future Predators need to adapt to live underground. It's ultimately revealed that Philip Burton's New Dawn project caused this when it created a giant man-made Anomaly.
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The Bus Came Back
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The Bus Came Back: Jenny reappears when the team detects an anomaly at her wedding. She is really not happy about that... the Anomaly, I mean, not the team; she doesn't mind seeing them, invites them to the wedding and beats a Hyaenodon with a candlebra. Danny reappears at the end of season 4.
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Ret-Gone
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Ret-Gone: Claudia's fate and Helen's plan for humanity.
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Revenge
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Revenge: Danny's brother was killed by a gremlin. Danny kills the gremlin. Except Danny's brother wasn't killed...
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It's Quiet… Too Quiet
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It's Quiet… Too Quiet In episode 1.5, Abby notes that they can't hear any birdsong... out in the country... on a clear day. "Where are all the predators?" in Season 3.
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LampShading
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Connor runs down a list of popular dinosaurs they might bump into in S3's finale including T. rex, Raptors, Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus. Turns out to be raptors again Spinosaurus does show up in the premiere of Series 4.
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Set Right What Once Went Wrong
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Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Matt and his father Gideon came from the future to prevent destruction of mankind by stopping the one who is responsible for it.
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Only Sane Employee
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Only Sane Employee: Becker is flat-out told that this will be his job description by Lester. This is fair description of Lester's role, too.
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A-Team Firing
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A-Team Firing: Lester tries to kill a Future Predator with an L110A1 Light Machine Gun. Despite firing an entire belt of ammunition, he only manages to hit it twice. Lester was a Home Office bureaucrat and therefore probably a Non-Action Guy.note Considering the job he was doing though, he might have had light firearms training. However, light firearms don't have the stopping power to take down a Future Predator and Lester's actual combat experience is next to non-existent. The fact that the lights are flickering, he's injured and panicking probably didn't help matters. Also, the Predator is so fast that it would be hard to hit it even with that many bullets.
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Big Bad
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Also, Connor throughout season 4 and up to episode 4 of season 5, by helping Philip who was tricked by Helen Cutter and almost destroyed the world.
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Men Are the Expendable Gender
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Men Are the Expendable Gender: 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. And even though she's a 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 Heroic BSoD. 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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Odd Couple
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Odd Couple: Implied, when Connor briefly moves in with Lester. We don't get to see much of the shenanigans, but we see plenty of exasperated Lester, which is just as good.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: Connor says he's taking risks because he's like Cutter, who wanted to change the future.
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Re-Release Soundtrack
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Re-Release Soundtrack: "All Sparks" by Editors used during the closing credits for the TV broadcast of Series One, which was replaced with the series original opening theme for the DVD release. Series Two just used the main theme for the closing credits from the get-go.
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Been There, Shaped History
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Been There, Shaped History: One plotline in series 3 suggests that creatures coming through anomalies into other times can be the answer to many of the myths and legends of our time - from Prisochampus being mistaken for the Egyptian god Ammut to modern day cryptid sightings like the Yeti and Loch Ness Monster. Pops up again in season 5 when a raptor turns out to be the inspiration for Spring-Heeled Jack.
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Stock Ness Monster
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Stock Ness Monster The Mosasaur. Liopleurodon appears in one of the novels and in episode 5.2.
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Evil Counterpart
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At several points in Series 5, Lester hints that he has a less than peachy relationship with his wife. Christine Johnson, who could be described as Lester's Evil Counterpart in Series 3, is played by Ben Miller's real-life wife.
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Kill It with Fire
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Kill It with Fire: Subverted, as the fungus monster reproduces faster when exposed to high temperatures. "DO NOT USE THE FLAMETHROWERS!"
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Time Travel
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For a show making use of Time Travel and with a few Official Couples§, it's kinda strange that Matt and Emily in S4/5 is the first example. He's from the far future, she's from Victorian London, and they meet in the 21st century. It's all a bit "Time Traveller's Wife" isn't it?
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: In 5x05, after dealing with a T. rex, Becker makes a comment about the EMDs actually being able to take one down. In the first episode of season four, while arguing with Matt over the effectiveness of EMDs, Matt said that they could take down a fully-grown tyrannosaur.
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Lizard Folk
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Lizard Folk: Episode 4.3 features Treecreepers, apelike theropod dinosaurs. They are implied to be at least semi-sentient, as they travel in family groups and communicate in primate-like hooting and chittering.
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Phlebotinum Rebel
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Phlebotinum Rebel: Valerie mistakenly thinks the Smilodon is this.
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More Expendable Than You
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More Expendable Than You: The reason behind Stephen's Heroic Sacrifice.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Phillip when he realises Matt's predictions were right and his anomaly is going to destroy the world.
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Benevolent Boss
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Benevolent Boss: Lester, albeit acting like a jerk, but that is just an act. And if you think that the ARC employees don't know this, take a look at the round of applause he gets after his (forced) 10-Minute Retirement.
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Paparazzi
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Paparazzi Journalist Mick Harper in Series 3. Fortunately, he only bothers the team for a few episodes, before he and his boss suffer a Karmic Death while Going for the Big Scoop. The masquerade finally is bust right open in season 5 episode 5, when a T. rex attacks London city centre.
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Evil Chancellor
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Evil Chancellor: In many ways, this is Leek's role in Season 2.
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 Primeval / int_a3c6c2b7
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"Facing the Bullets" One-Liner "Oh, and one last thing? You really are a tiresome little man." Of course, Lester doesn't actually die, but still. Cutter's death. "You know what, Helen? You're not as smart as I thought you were..." (Beat, then Helen pulls the trigger; even SHE is crying.) Note, these aren't actually his last lines, (which were, "Tell Claudia Brown ... oh, never mind ..."), as he had a conversation with Connor, but his last lines before being shot.
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Stripped to the Bone
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Stripped to the Bone: Implied with the Anurognathus, but there's a Gory Discretion Shot, so it might not quite be all the way to the bone. Likewise implied with the Jurassic beetles, future beetles, and Daemonosaurus.
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Da Chief
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Da Chief: Lester slips into it every so often.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: Episode 1.4 contains this: the tension is broken when the dodos come through. Then Tom gets infected, and the show goes darker than it's ever gone before when he dies. Episode 3.3: the first half of the episode is very light-hearted with non-violent cute creatures running around a hospital whilst Cutter and Abby successfully help a woman give birth. The mood changes when they return to the arc to find that Helen has taken it over. Helen then proceeds to blows the arc up and kill Cutter.
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Extreme Graphical Representation
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Extreme Graphical Representation: The anomaly detector in the ARC.
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MacGuffin
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MacGuffin: The Artifact.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity: Leek puts on a convincing show of incompetence during his employ at the ARC which disguises his true intentions.
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Adults Are Useless
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Adults Are Useless: One very specific example in the very first episode: after the Gorgonopsid attacks Ben's house, very clearly smashing in the window from the outside, Ben's mother proceeds to blame him for the (wrecked) state of his room after he scares it off. She doesn't even come to check on her son despite the loud roars of the creature.
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Mega Neko
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Mega Neko: The Smilodon. More an example of Panthera Awesome, since Smilodon is of the standard big cat variety.
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Embarrassing Middle Name
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Embarrassing Middle Name: Word of God is that Lester's middle name is Peregrine.
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Hero Stole My Bike
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Hero Stole My Bike: In the first episode of Season 2.
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain: Philip. Unlike Helen, who went crazy and tried to kill humanity, Philip really believed he was saving the future and only wanted to do good. After he realizes the mistake he made, he goes through a Villainous BSoD just moments before he sacrifices his life in an attempt to undo all the wrong he's caused.
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Red Shirt
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RedShirt: The ARC goes through a few of these.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: The expression on Helen's face just before her Karmic Death by Raptor. Beautiful, just beautiful.
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Apocalyptic Log
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Apocalyptic Log: In 3x06.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker Lester gets the all best lines in the show. Cutter and Becker have had their moments as well, but Lester is still the king of this trope. Connor develops a tendency to do this under stress.
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Face–Heel Turn
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Face–Heel Turn: During Christine's takeover of the ARC, Becker switches sides and becomes her loyal soldier. Or at least she thinks he does, in reality he is a Reverse Mole for Lester.
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Loophole Abuse
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Loophole Abuse: How Lester keeps Connor and Abby in ARC employment after they return in season 4. Since they were employed before the military background rule was implemented, and technically never quit, it doesn't affect them.
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Now or Never Kiss
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5.06 gives us one involving the "finger to the lips" gesture between Matt and Emily. It crosses a bit with Now or Never Kiss.
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ReTool
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Retool: At the end of Season 1 the creators took the opportunity to tweak the casting slightly, give the team a wider scope, and gift them with a new base. More slight tweakage occurs in Season 3 where they quietly drop the Claudia/Jenny arc in the wake of Cutter's death.
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Feathered Fiend
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Feathered Fiend: The phorusrachids, and to a lesser extent, the raptors, which did have some light feathers, which you will notice, if you look closely enough. Hesperornis also counts, if it weren't for the fact it is depicted as featherless. Also, the dodo bird (albeit only when infected with a fast-acting and deadly parasite).
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Honorable Elephant
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Honorable Elephant: A Columbian mammoth once saves James Lester's life.
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: Any and all deaths at the beginning of the episode to introduce the Monster of the Week. These are intentionally moronic to make it funny. The best one? The business agent from 3.5 entering the anomaly and, instead of hurrying back into the present, putting his face directly over the fungus. The guy in the same episode who got the fungus virus. After he sneaks into the ARC's lab and finds the fungus growing inside a sealed container, he sticks his hand inside and touches it. Because he clearly couldn't just find a pair of gloves lying around. The reporters from season 3 insisted on filming the Giganotosaurs that was trying to eat them, standing directly in its path and practically begging for it to eat them. Predictably, it does. Valerie, although she wasn't exactly in a good frame of mind. The real estate agent from 3x02. Connor and Abby find him hiding in a bathroom screaming and tell him to be quiet so he won't alert the gremlin in the house. After he nods and shuts up, what does he do? Run down the stairs screaming like a moron. The gremlin quickly pounces on him and claws at his back. The fat guy at the barbecue in 5x01. If you see a gigantic insect coming out of the ground and slowly moving towards you, get off your ass and run away. Do not offer it your half-eaten hot dog. The girl running from the T. rex in series 5 should count, since she basically makes all of the wrong decisions when it comes to surviving, but Matt manages to save her. One of the most hilarious examples occurs in series 5 episode 4. An ARC employee flings a beetle back through Connor's New Dawn prototype which it emerged from. Almost immediately, thousands more start literally pouring from the anomaly. What do you think the guy does? He frickin' stands there and watches as they move toward him in the millions. He does panic once they start to crawl on him and eat him alive, but anyone in real life who wasn't commiting suicide would have reacted sooner!
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The Ark
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The Anomaly Research Center (ARC) is shaped like a large ship.
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They Do
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They Do: Connor and Abby, and Matt and Emily. UST is now being provided by Becker and Jess.
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High-Heel–Face Turn
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High-Heel–Face Turn: A particularly jarring example in Caroline who was clearly depicted as amoral and even outright sadistic (including stuffing Rex into a fridge) but then suddenly developed sympathetic qualities.
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Fantastic Romance
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One could argue the UST between Cutter and Jenny in Series 2 was a Fantastic Romance. It's certainly not normal for the main source of angst in a relationship to be that one party can't tell whether the other party looks lovingly at her because he actually loves her or whether it's just because she reminds him of the girl he loved in a timeline that he accidentally destroyed by changing the past.
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Stock Dinosaurs
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Stock Dinosaurs: This show actually manages to play this trope totally straight while averting it at the same time; While almost all of the prehistoric creatures to appear are more obscure than those seen in most media, the first actual dinosaurs to appear are the ever-popular raptors. (Unless one counts the birds from Season 1, Hesperornis.) Averted in Season 3 with Giganotosaurus, used instead of T. rex because it's bigger, faster and meaner. Later in the season, a Dracorex shows up. Connor runs down a list of popular dinosaurs they might bump into in S3's finale including T. rex, Raptors, Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus. Turns out to be raptors again Spinosaurus does show up in the premiere of Series 4. There are quite a few Stock Not-Dinosaurs used, however. Cases in point: Pteranodon, Smilodon, Mammoth (although not a Woolly Mammoth), and Mosasaurus. Series 5 features a T. rex.
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Knife Nut
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Knife Nut: Emily; Helen
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Cool Gate
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Cool Anomaly: It looks like shattered glass and is very bad luck.
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Genius Bruiser
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Genius Bruiser: Nick Cutter
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Knight Templar
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Knight Templar: A literal one in Sir William's case. A straighter example of this trope in the case of Helen Cutter, who eventually ends up as a Nietzsche Wannabe.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: "You know what I'd forgotten, Helen? Sometimes you can be a real bitch." Not exactly the grade of swear that's often used, but the profanity in this series generally doesn't rise above "Damn it!", so it probably qualifies.
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Berserk Button
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Berserk Button: Lester is normally a very composed guy, who will nevertheless use every means at his disposal to take you down if you either a) usurp his authority or b) threaten his Jag. The former involves political connections and clever subordinates. The latter involves an EMD. An understated bonus point: don't try to usurp his authority while simultaneously implying that the genius he's a bit of a Team Dad towards should fetch you coffee. Even Team Pet Rex seems to have one of these. Call him "that thing" and he will bite your finger off, as Caroline learned the hard way. Jenny, crash her wedding, and you WILL pay, as the Hyaenodon found out.
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Plucky Comic Relief
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Plucky Comic Relief: Connor
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Brief Accent Imitation
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Brief Accent Imitation: Well, Jenny did ask for Cutter's exact words...
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Mission Control
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Mission Control: In the revival the ARC employs Jess as the Voice with an Internet Connection variety.
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Indy Hat Roll
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Indy Hat Roll: Connor does one (sans going back for anything) in S2, episode 1.
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Weaksauce Weakness
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Weaksauce Weakness: The future Predators hunt by echolocation, which opens up some avenues for a canny ARCer to get the better of them. Lester turns an iPod dock up very loud, which briefly causes the Predator extreme discomfort, allowing him to escape. Cutter comes up with an even cleverer solution: when cornered by the Predator in a greenhouse, he shoots out the glass, causing the poor Predator to go nearly catatonic with confusion.
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Getting Hot in Here
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Getting Hot in Here: Abby keeps her flat at high temperatures during Season 1 for Rex's comfort, so she goes around in her underwear (even when she has company...). This is also Helen's excuse for frequently stripping—she travels in time periods with higher temperatures than the present day.
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Evil Gloating
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Evil Gloating Done by Leek to Lester in Season 2 with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Of course, Lester takes out Leek's Future Predator assassin with a mammoth, so that kinda backfired. In in the Season Finale of Season 3 Helen gives Danny a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and Motive Rant that is cut short by a Velociraptor just as she reaches the gloating stage.
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Outrun the Fireball
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Outrun the Fireball: Helen, after she blows up the hotel in Episode 5. Nick does something similar in Season 3.
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Fun with Acronyms
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Fun with Acronyms:
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Big
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Big "NO!": Abby does this in S2, episode 4. Impressively enough, Hannah Spearritt actually makes it work.
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Car Fu
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Car Fu: Used by Stephen in the first episode against the Gorgonopsid. It saves Nick and Claudia from becoming monster food, but doesn't actually kill the creature. Liberal application of dakka is what kills it. Used by Matt in Season 5 against a T. rex.
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Affirmative Action Girl
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Affirmative Action Girl Sarah in season 3. Jess and Emily in season 4.
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm: Conner, after he gets a few levels of badass under his belt.
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Boom, Headshot!
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Boom, Headshot!: The first Future Predator is killed in this way.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: Brutally exploited in the episode with the mammoth. A woman is in her wrecked car with her terrified young child, and her feet are trapped under the dashboard. A young man appears, tells her he has a crowbar in his vehicle, and promises to come right back with it and help her get free... oops, he just got gored to death right in front of her.
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Nice Hat
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Nice Hat: Connor's brown trilby.
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Horrible Judge of Character
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Horrible Judge of Character Stephen. What else can you say about a man who trusts Helen Cutter? Nick is a minor example of this, at first. He pretty quickly stops trusting her. Connor in Series 4-5. Stops trusting him [Philip] in episode 4 of series 5. And Philip himself is yet another guy who trusted Helen.
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Big Damn Movie
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Big Damn Movie: In an interview on Radio 2 the cast revealed a Big Damn Movie is in the planning stages.
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The Dulcinea Effect
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comment
The Dulcinea Effect: Emily has one on Matt.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out The future predators are quite similar to the nightstalker of After Man: A Zoology of the Future, which are also blind, flightless futuristic bats. Incidentally, the author of the book, Dougal Dixon, was pretty much of an influence on speculative creature concepts (as Peter Jackson can tell), so it's likely that the authors of Primeval got the idea from the book. The Anomaly Research Center (ARC) is shaped like a large ship. Episode 5.6, James Lester gets a call from the Minister, who reports that a train left from King's Cross Station and disappeared into thin air.
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Plausible Deniability
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Plausible Deniability: Jenny Lewis' job is to maintain this for Lester. Which she does mainly through Blatant Lies. People seem to buy it, though. Possibly because the reporters that didn't ended up getting eaten by a Giganotosaurus.
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted; whatever Sarah's plan was to get Danny, Connor and Abby back, it doesn't work and gets her killed offscreen. (Prequel webisodes show that she and Becker went into the future anomaly, where Sarah gets trapped in a car and mauled to death by a Future Predator.)
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Perma-Stubble
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Perma-Stubble: Cutter
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1.0
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Primeval / int_c91dcba1
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Spiders Are Scary
 Primeval / int_c92bd7ed
comment
Spiders Are Scary: Especially when they're a meter across and falling on you.
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1.0
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 Primeval / int_cb3adcb7
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Kill It with Ice
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Kill It with Ice: Works on the fungus monster. Almost works on Connor. Sorta works on Jenny. Oddly no-one thought of fungicides or even bleach.
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Reverse Polarity
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Reverse Polarity: How Connor's device works to freeze the anomalies.
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Killed Off for Real
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Killed Off for Real: So far, Cutter, Stephen, Helen, Ryan, Sarah, and a whole host of minor characters.
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1.0
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Monochrome Casting
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Monochrome Casting - Until Sarah, and then again after her. This was Russell T Davies' single criticism of the series, who otherwise called it excellent.
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Animals Not to Scale
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Animals Not to Scale: Many of the prehistoric creatures are larger than their real-life counterparts for Rule of Cool, though the series did get better at portraying the creatures' size a bit more accurately as time went on.
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One-Word Title
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One-Word Title: The word connects to ancient things, and the show is about things from the past time travelling to the present.
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Eureka Moment
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Eureka Moment: Sarah talking Egyptology lets Cutter figure how to plot anomalies appearances, or at least begin to.
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In Spite of a Nail
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In Spite of a Nail: Leaving baby Future Predators in the past specifically switches Claudia Brown with Jenny Lewis, introduces Oliver, and gives the team a new home base? Okay. Lampshaded repeatedly. Early on, Stephen points out how odd it is that so little changed, as do several other characters (including Cutter) later on. Toward the end of Season 2, it's suggested that the sheer implausibility of it all is significant to the understanding of the anomalies. There were also other things that changed, or may have, that were never mentioned. Abby has a different apartment, no longer walks around in her underwear, and seemed to have no romantic feelings for Stephen. Connor seems a bit more shy: compared to him asking Abby for a kiss is Series 1: and his friends are never mentioned, which could imply he never had them One of them (ie, the surviving one) pops up in 4.2. His taste in clothing also changes as instead of button downs and sweaters/sweater vests, he wears mostly tee shirts, hoodies, and button vests. Also, instead of being a dinosaur expert, he instead becomes a computer genius. Lester's suits are a lot less tacky, and he's no longer a knight (check the credits) or an asshole. There are other things as well (the gorgonopsid never died, the scutosarus never returned to its time, etc.).
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Primeval / int_d243518d
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Teen Genius
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Teen Genius: Jess is just 19 but is the head ARC team coordinator.
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Improbable Age
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Improbable Age: Jess is just 19 and holds an vital post in the super secret ARC. It's said that she's a superb team co-ordinator but while she certainly seems capable enough she hasn't displayed the sort of brillance that would justify someone so young holding a position like hers. In fairness she does seem excellent at keeping an eye on the ARC operatives and making important connections. 5x05 shows us that she's really, really good at what she does. She sets up multiple tactical teams in minutes and coordinates all of them, only losing her cool briefly. She's quickly talked out of her panic by James "Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other" Lester, and goes right back to work.
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Hoist by His Own Petard
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Hoist by His Own Petard: Oliver Leek, the villain of series 2, is killed by his own army of mind-controlled Future Predators after the mind-control device is broken.
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1.0
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Primeval / int_d397657d
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Redshirt Reporter
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Redshirt Reporter: Not being smart enough to come in out of a storm is one thing, but not being smart enough to run away from a rampaging Giganotosaurus? Come on!
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Primeval / int_d51343eb
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Our Dragons Are Different
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Our Dragons Are Different: The Dracorex in Season 3 is a kind of dinosaur that gave inspiration to the actual dragons of medieval myth after they made a habit of traveling to the Middle Ages through an anomaly.
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Primeval / int_d88e125e
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I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin
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I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: Passed over from Nick to Connor.
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Hijacked by Ganon
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Hijacked by Ganon: Invoked by Carter in season 2 when a "Cleaner" mook is killed while infiltrating the ARC. He states that it has to be Helen, and that it's always Helen. And Carter's got a point: a lot of the time, troubles can be traced back to Helen one way or another.
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Portal Cut
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Portal Cut: Happened once, to a dinosaur.
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Action Girl
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Also Abby has undergone a transformation into an Action Girl, and Connor is Taking a Level in Badass, on an installment plan.
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Primeval / int_dae5c997
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Cat Fight
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Cat Fight: Abby vs. Caroline toward the end of Season 2 Averted slightly in that they are both well trained martial artists and it's a genuinely dangerous fight.
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Mid-Season Twist
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Mid-Season Twist: The seventh episode of series 4 (which like Doctor Who is the finale thanks to British Brevity — 4 and 5 are treated like one large series) reveals that Matt Anderson is from a future Earth that is a sterile wasteland (except for a few lifeforms), and that he and his father came to the present to prevent the disaster that destroyed the Earth. Connor also finds out that the anomalies are growing more frequent.
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Primeval / int_ddb233c1
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Stock Scream
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Stock Scream: Used liberally. Every episode of the first two seasons has a "Wilhelm".
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Primeval / int_de0df7a0
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Bad Future
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Episode 5.6: The Bad Future that Matt came from is caused by the anomaly that Phillip opened expanding and swallowing up the entire planet. Said anomaly opens to... Matt's Bad Future.
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Innocuously Important Episode
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Innocuously Important Episode Season 3 episode 7 re-introduces the concept of a Stable Time Loop with Sir William's grave, and the finale takes it to its logical conclusion with the fossil records in the rift valley. Episode 2 of series 5 directly references what happened to Emily when she returned to the 1860s, but also indirectly references the murder spree of "Spring Heel Jack" at the same time. Both these things are hugely important in episode 3.
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Primeval / int_dee56696
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear Mama Embolotherium in this case. Abby's relationship with Rex sorta counts, too.
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Primeval / int_e13156e1
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Last-Name Basis
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Last-Name Basis: Nick Cutter, James Lester, Oliver Leek, and both Captains. Each of these have exceptions. Understandable in the case of Becker, given that his first name is Hilary.
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Primeval / int_e28f88b8
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Indy Ploy
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Indy Ploy: Several, but Danny Quinn hijacking a helicopter to lead the Giganotosaurus back into the anomaly is the most well-known example. Hell, virtually any and all episodes with Danny Quinn in them. He carries this trope in his pocket.
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Morality Pet
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Morality Pet: Jess acts like this for No-Nonsense Becker, as notable in the episode he's almost crying when she nearly dies from her allergy to bug bites.
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Primeval / int_e3b0cd87
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Not Quite Dead
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Becker a couple of episodes earlier, but he's Not Quite Dead.
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The Charmer
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The Charmer: Danny attempts to be this to Jenny. Unfortunately for him it doesn't work.
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Flanderization
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Flanderization James Lester originally was more serious while making a few sarcastic comments in Series 1. In Series 2 and 3, his sarcasm and comedy was a bit more obvious, but in Series 4 and 5, he is a complete goof. In Series 5, Abby's tendancy to keep cool in tough situations disappears. Connor was always very intelligent, though his intelligence was exaggerated in the fourth and fifth series, to the point where he can even create machines that can open anomalies. Helen has also grown more psychotic as the series progresses. It could be argued that her psyche is simply degrading, though, and she just does keep getting crazier.
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The Mole
 Primeval / int_e70127
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The Mole: Connor's girlfriend in Season 2.
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All Animals Are Dogs
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All Animals Are Dogs: Rex often exhibits some very doglike behaviour despite being a prehistoric Coelurosauravus lizard. He is extremely playful and curious, begs for attention, crouches low to the ground and quivers when scared, and frequently wags his tail and cocks his head in a doglike manner. Subverted, however, in that he displays just as many typically reptilian behaviours.
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The Plan
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The Plan: Most characters are pretty good at this.
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PlayedWith
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Played With by Philip Burton, who has a Heel Realization and makes a Senseless Sacrifice, being killed by the same artificial Anomaly that he created.
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Monster of the Week
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Monster of the Week: Just what will come through the Anomaly this week? Gorgonopsid? Mammoth? Velociraptor? Future predator? Knight in Shining Armor? The show also has a Story Arc that ran parallel, with the heroes battling human villains while still handling the Monsters Of The Week, who filed both sides under "dinner".
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The Team
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Leek attempting to feed most of The Team and Caroline to a Smilodon as "dinner theatre" while Cutter helplessly has to watch.
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Big Creepy-Crawlies
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Big Creepy-Crawlies: Many of them, both from the past and the future. There are giant camel spiders and centipedes from the Carboniferous, vicious Silurian whip-scorpions, mutant ants from the future called Megopterans that have wiped out humanity, and burrowing beetles the size of cars.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: Stephen is pretty much a walking Big Damn Heroes moment. Even comic relief Connor gets one of these moments in Season 2, episode 4. Connor gets another in Season 3 when he saves Abby from a Raptor Matt and Becker get several of these in Series 3 (Becker) and Series 4 and 5 (Becker and Matt).
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Jerkass
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Jerkass: Leek, Christine, and Helen. Jack Maitland, a little, albietly unintentionally in 3.8 as he's not sad about Becker's apparent Death.
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Cain and Abel
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Cain and Abel: Danny and Ethan. Because Ethan is Patrick, Danny's long lost brother.
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One Steve Limit: Averted. Season 1 has two characters named Tom. They both die.
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Anti-Climax
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The most egregious example so far is probably Sarah, who was last seen saying she had "a plan" to get Connor and Abby back from the past. A year later, they get back on their own, to discover she died offscreen at some point, apparently in some undescribed attempt to save them. Yeah. As it turns out, her plan was to go to the future and find Abby, Connor and Danny... great idea! You die. In a car. Mauled by a predator, while crying out for Becker...
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Never Say Goodbye
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Never Say Goodbye: Between Danny and Sarah when they split up to tackle two separate anomalies.
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The Starscream
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The Starscream: In Season 2, Helen spends her time playing the Starscream to Leek.
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Guarding The Portal
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Guarding The Portal: The team tries to guard the anomalies to prevent pre-historic creatures from passing through, or contain them if they do. The problem is that the anomalies tend to form in random places and may be there for some time before anybody notices.
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Chekhov M.I.A.
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Chekhov M.I.A. Helen Cutter at first. In season 4 Danny's long lost brother returns (as does Danny himself)
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Spring-Heeled Jack
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Spring-Heeled Jack: Whilst the boogieman doesn't appear in the show, he is referenced in an episode where the team has to track down a wild raptor that's loose and has been killing several people in Victorian London, with the natives mistaking it for Spring-Heeled Jack. Matt and Emily are also framed for the murders by the people. They eventually manage to return to the present and send the raptor back to its own time.
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Redemption Equals Death
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Redemption Equals Death Stephen at the end of Season 2. Philip as well at the end of Season 5, though, unlike Stephen's, his was all in vain.
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Last-Second Word Swap
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Last-Second Word Swap: "Smells like... something rotten."
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Inspector Javert
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Inspector Javert: Danny is introduced as one of these. He gets better.
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Identical Stranger
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Identical Stranger: Jenny Lewis and Claudia Brown. Justified by In Spite of a Nail.
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Lamprey Mouth
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Lamprey Mouth: The giant pre-Cambrian worms.
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No Peripheral Vision
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No Peripheral Vision Seriously. It's like Predators have the ability to turn off their target's peripherals or something. Amusingly Lampshaded by Helen, who states that the Predator has "an almost supernatural ability to stalk its prey." A human version pops up late in series 5: a Mook manages to catch Matt completely off-guard by running straight at him from the side. Emily's attacker grabs her from behind, saving her from being a victim of this trope.
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Selective Magnetism
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Selective Magnetism: The Anomalies tendency to emit magnetic fields as and when the plot requires it.
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute
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Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Despite Primeval being an Anyone Can Die this is pretty much averted with the exception of Becker replacing Tom Ryan (this could be a Justified Trope as the role is (para)military minder so you wouldn't expect much variation).
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Murder Is the Best Solution
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Murder Is the Best Solution: Becker is a strong advocate of this approach.
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Roadside Wave
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Roadside Wave: Done to Connor in Season 2, courtesy of a roller coaster.
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Metamorphosis Monster
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Metamorphosis Monster: In season 3, the team encounters a nastily infectious fungus that converts its hosts into hideous mutants which of course are infectious as well.
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FacePalm
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Face Palm: Abby does this right after Connor throws dirt in the eyes of a raptor in the last episode of series three. "That was a stupid idea; I've just aggravated him!"
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I Call It
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I Call It "Vera": Danny's stick is called "Molly". Not sure if he's still sane; he's been gone almost two years...
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The Dog Bites Back
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Oliver Leek is torn apart by the same Future Predator he had fitted with neural clamps when they're freed from his control, in an instance of The Dog Bites Back. Adding to this trope, he's killed in the same "dinner theatre" room where earlier, he attempted to have The Team and Caroline fed to a Smilodon For the Evulz.
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"Friends" Rent Control: Matt's father Gideon is a refugee from a dystopian future who doesn't seem to have a job in the 21st century, yet is somehow able to afford a mansion and servants.
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Team Pet
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Team Pet: Rex
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I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before
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I've Never Seen Anything Like This Before: In Episode 6, Connor says the Home Office's science lab said this when they identified a blood sample from the Monster of the Week as possessing extremely-scrambled bat-like DNA. Connor says as much in Series 2, Episode 6 regarding the neural clamps used on the Future Predators.
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Beware the Nice Ones
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Beware the Nice Ones: While she never exactly gets serious, it's probably not a good idea to underestimate Jess. She is able to keep relatively composed while being instructed to dismantle a bomb, she was able to shoot a two-inch beetle from about ten feet away while hallucinating and half-unconscious, and she even managed to, somehow, go from one side of the ARC to the other, while running into about four Future Predators, and with an injured Lester, and do all of this without getting so much as a scratch. And she also had to have switched guns between Point A and Point B, which is important to note because when the whole incident started, only one gun in the entire building was loaded.
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Gallows Humor
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Gallows Humor:
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Bring It Back Alive
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Bring It Back Alive: What they do with animals they can't send back through their anomaly or are forced to kill.
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Ridiculously Cute Critter
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Ridiculously Cute Critter The Diictodon. They're basically the Adipose of Primeval. Rex, too.
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MacGyvering
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MacGyvering: Fixing Helen's Omniscient Database with torch batteries, amongst other things.
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Skyward Scream
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Skyward Scream: Lester waits until he's in his office before letting out one, when he realises that the person the government want to give a Knighthood to is Philip Burton and not himself.
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My Future Self and Me
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My Future Self and Me: Matt is warned to "go back" by what is apparently a battered future version of himself at the end of Season 5.
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Suspiciously Stealthy Predator
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Suspiciously Stealthy Predator: It sometimes gets hard to believe that displaced creatures aren't showing up on youtube or the evening news every day.
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Palate Propping / int_f0841a69
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Praetorian Guard / int_f0841a69
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Prehistoric Monster / int_f0841a69
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Real Song Theme Tune / int_f0841a69
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Redshirt Reporter / int_f0841a69
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Robinsonade / int_f0841a69
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Shoo Out the Clowns / int_f0841a69
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Short Run in Peru / int_f0841a69
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Sinister Subway / int_f0841a69
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Slaying Mantis / int_f0841a69
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Speculative Biology / int_f0841a69
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Summon Bigger Fish / int_f0841a69
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Super Hearing / int_f0841a69
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Super-Persistent Predator / int_f0841a69
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Survivor Guilt / int_f0841a69
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Take Up My Sword / int_f0841a69
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Team Pet / int_f0841a69
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World of Silence / int_f0841a69
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