|Broadcast||17 March, 2007|
|Preceded by||Episode 1.5|
|Followed by||Episode 2.1|
When the original Anomaly in the Forest of Dean reopens and a string of disappearances plague the area, Helen Cutter returns with a warning for Nick Cutter and the team about the deadly, elusive new creature the team are struggling to track: it is not an extinct beast from the past, but an evolved, deadly and ruthless predator from the future. Nick and Helen both want to go on an Anomaly containment mission into the past to stop the future from altering history, which ends in terrible consequences.
At the Central Metropolitan University, Nick Cutter is in his office playing makeshift golf with a mug as the hole and gets a hole-in-one. Claudia, who has appeared at the office door without Cutter seeing, is impressed, alerting Cutter to her presence. Claudia sits to discuss the Anomaly operation's situation with Helen Cutter, and Claudia admits that she is now unsure about whether or not Helen is the team's enemy or ally after she saved Claudia at the Anurognathus incursion, and Cutter notes that he has himself given up on thinking it possible to predict Helen's behaviour since he learned the truth about her departure from him through the Anomalies eight years ago. Though Cutter believes that Helen's mysterious reasons about leaving through the Anomalies to have likely not involved the two's relationship issues, Claudia suspects it may be possible since Cutter is not a very emotionally open man. When Cutter tries to prove this wrong by challenging Claudia to get him to open up about anything, Claudia asks whether Nick still loves Helen, prompting Nick to immediately instead try to change the subject. Cutter asks why Claudia really came since he doubts it was only to discuss Nick's personal love life, and Claudia says to Cutter that they need to try and work on their progress in the Anomaly project, as she thinks that they can't just keep on responding after the Anomalies and creatures appear and need to find a way of predicting the next Anomalies before they open. Cutter states he has a few ideas on predicting the Anomalies but needs more time to prove them, but Claudia is not feeling as patient. Cutter tries to get back to his golf game, but the argument and Claudia's expressed concerns are now causing him to start missing the shots. Claudia seems to give up on the argument, but appears to be somewhat internally haunted. Cutter notices and is concerned, and Claudia explains that she's been having poor sleep and bad nightmares recently. Claudia then goes to leave, but at the office door, she turns back to Cutter and brings up Cutter kissing her when the Anurognathus were attacking them. Cutter becomes highly awkward about this subject, and Claudia jokingly warns Cutter that harassing a civil servant is a great criminal offence. Claudia then heads out, her and Cutter both smiling happily to themselves.
At the original former Anomaly site in the Forest of Dean, something is heard happening inside the Anomaly site perimeters, and a Special Forces guard arrives to find that the Anomaly at the site has just reopened. The guard then hears metal grinding from somewhere off nearby and heads to investigate it, and finds the source of the sound at the Anomaly site perimeter - something has violently broken through the perimeter fences out of the Anomaly site. The Special Forces guard immediately calls the security breach in over his radio, while nearby, something is spying on him with a sonar-like soundwave-detecting field. Later on, the other Special Forces have arrived at the breached Anomaly site in the Forest along with Cutter and Stephen. At the breached security fence, Stephen has found that there are no tracks or trails or any other signs of a creature and relays this to Cutter and Captain Ryan. Cutter is still suspicious, but Stephen is unconvinced a creature has escaped as he believes the team would have found it by now, and Ryan assumes the creature must have gone back through the Anomaly. Cutter turns and looks over at the reopened original Anomaly ahead in the perimeter, smiling to himself. At Wellington Zoo, only one of the lions in the lion enclosure is active and awake. On the roof above the enclosure, a mostly obscured and unseen, clicking, arboreal, wingless bat-like creature arrives. In the enclosure below, the one active lion seems to become frightened and aggravated, as above, the creature begins tearing and raking through the enclosure's net ceiling and leaps in at the lion.
At Abby's flat, she and Connor are getting ready to go over girl-in-bar chatting-up lines and techniques to improve Connor's success with women, with Abby acting as the girl in bar for Connor. As the two begin practicing, the only lines that Connor can give are ones that Abby gives to him when he has difficulty, so she asks Connor to try and use subtle small talk. Connor then makes an effective line of recognising the woman-in-bar and offering to get her another glass (jokingly calling Rex, who is curiously watching nearby, the barman), but it turns sour when Connor asks the girl-in-bar about Marvel characters. Abby explains to Connor that women don't typically have the same comic book love that he does, and that to be more successful with them Connor will have to compromise in small talk on what the girls themselves like. Connor notes that that way will be rather boring for him, and he thinks he'll do well anyway because he can still talk to Abby; Abby says that with her it doesn't count in this respect as she feels she and Connor are just friends, although Connor clearly hasn't given up hope of intimacy between them. Abby's mobile phone then goes off, and she finds on it that she's been called over by Wellington Zoo to deal with a problem. At the Home Office, Claudia is discussing with Lester Cutter's reliability to the Anomaly operation as the expert and team leader. Claudia is willing to pardon Nick's keeping Helen's return secret because of the pressure it was putting him under, and she believes that Nick has proven to be the best and closest they have to a real Anomaly expert in his past feats of predicting the temporal fault lines and the Anomalies reopening. When Lester learns from Claudia that Cutter is however still not revealing how much closer he is to more progress or solving the Anomaly crisis, he is upset, as Lester believes that it is only a matter of time before they face an Anomaly which releases thousands of creatures upon humanity.
At the University, Stephen is alone in the campus fields, as someone glimpsed over his shoulders follows him from behind. Stephen seems to notice something, and turns around but sees no-one there, and Helen Cutter then reveals herself, seeming happy to see Stephen. Stephen wants to know why Helen is present, but she initially seems to try and brush it off with a comment on how lazy a species humans have become through their urban way of life. Helen notes to Stephen that humanity's current state of being able to stay this way without facing any predators is changing with the Anomaly crisis, and Helen suggests she and Stephen talk over what she wants over a cold beer. At Wellington Zoo's lion enclosure, Abby leads Connor into the enclosure, where the staff have found and are investigating the aftermath of the predator's break-in earlier, and she explains to Connor that they have found one of the lions has disappeared from the enclosure; though Connor is unconvinced it is anything concerning an Anomaly incursion. While the staff and Tim Parker continue to talk, Connor notices and silently points out to Abby a bloody leaf on the ground which indicates something got wounded when the lion went missing. Connor takes a sample of the blood on the leaf to try and confirm whether or not a creature is responsible for the lion's disappearance, but Connor notes that there's still no solid proof of a creature attack and he is still a little sceptical that it is indeed an incursion.
At the University, Stephen and Helen are talking over a beer in the café. Helen explains to Stephen that she wants to meet with Nick and Lester the next morning at a location and time she gives on a note, without any more ambushes or tricks from Lester, to talk with them. Stephen is doubtful that that will go Helen's way because of Lester and Nick's distrust of her, but Helen notes that they'll have to because of the seriousness of what she wants to discuss - within the last two days, three people have disappeared, and Stephen realises that Helen believes a creature to be responsible. Stephen wants to know what creature they are dealing with, but Helen brushes it off and ends the meeting, telling Stephen that she'd always favoured him as a student for his integrity and idealism. Helen then packs up and kisses Stephen on the lips before leaving. Helen notes that she's "missed that," and Stephen is left noticeably haunted and awkward by it. At the Home Office, Claudia arrives to work to find the offices completely empty, with all the other workers and staff gone and her completely alone. As Claudia looks around for anyone else, she stops when she hears inhuman thudding and growling behind her, and she slowly turns to see a Gorgonopsid arrive behind her. The Gorgonopsid targets on Claudia, who immediately puts herself behind a glass door. The Gorgonopsid attacks and charges, smashing through the glass door at Claudia. Claudia then suddenly wakes up at her desk in the populated Home Office, the Gorgonopsid attack having apparently been a nightmare. As Claudia looks around at the Home Office and staff to confirm this, the Gorgonopsid suddenly reappers and roars at Claudia. Claudia then abruptly wakes up in the Home Office yet again, having previously only dreamt she'd woken up from the nightmare.
In the enclosure fields at Wellington Zoo, Abby is alone, throwing out food in the fields for the animals, but it is then seen that the creature from the Forest of Dean is spying on an unaware Abby with its sonar field. But the zoo's elephants then arrive for the food Abby is throwing out, the loud noise the elephants are making disrupting the creature's sonar and leaving it unable to detect and focus on Abby properly. As the elephants eat around her, Abby looks up from feeding the animals, but there is nothing out of the ordinary in sight among the landscape. Elsewhere in the Zoo, an unaware Tim Parker is being watched by the creature with its sonar as he passes through a holding pen when he talks over his phone about the missing lion. As Tim heads through the holding pen, unnoticed to him, the creature to which the sonar belongs (the chiropteran predator that attacked the lion enclosure) is stealthily following and stalking him from behind among the holding pen; then when Tim goes out of the pen still on the phone, the predator speeds after him.
At the Home Office, as Lester, Cutter and Claudia arrive, Connor and Abby watch to themselves from nearby. Abby discusses odd behaviour that Stephen has been exhibiting all morning and is concerned about what's going on, although Connor finds it to be nothing relevant as Stephen also arrives. Connor then remembers and tells to Abby that the DNA results from the blood they found in the zoo's lion enclosure have come back from the lab - the results indicate that while some of the blood was lion blood, a small amount of the blood was from a bat. Abby doesn't see anything odd about this because of how common bats are, but Connor explains to her that the bat blood's DNA is very warped and unlike anything the lab has ever seen before. Abby then looks at her phone as though expecting a call, which Connor asks about. A concerned Abby explains to Connor that Tim Parker has recently disappeared with no trace other than his things, having bizarrely just vanished just like the lion. Elsewhere in the Home Office, Cutter, Stephen, Lester and Claudia are discussing Helen's message to Stephen in private. Lester is unhappy and is convinced that Nick should be the one to work this out if anyone, although Claudia tries to defend Nick by noting that Helen has already once saved her life. Lester is unconvinced that the disappearances involve the team as there's no solid evidence that a creature is responsible, but Stephen notes that that could change. As Lester's elevator then arrives, he wraps up the argument; bitterly agreeing to play along with Helen for now, but warning that if this turns out to be another one of Helen's tricks and manipulation, then she will immediately be declared their most wanted enemy again.
Later on, Helen arrives at a park and meets up with Cutter, Stephen, Lester and Claudia on a bridge. Helen tells the team that they are indeed facing a creature incursion, of a highly formidable and deadly ambush predator. Claudia is sceptical that the team wouldn't have noticed that there is a creature on the loose, but Helen explains that the creature is behind the three recent disappearances, having killed the three people and taken them to a lair for food; and Helen also reveals that she knows this from a close shave she has had with the creature. An impatient Cutter and Stephen ask Helen about what creature it is, and Helen tells Cutter that it is an unnamed species and states that it doesn't come from the past. Nick is confused by what Helen means, and Helen states that it is something Nick always knew since learning about the Anomalies would happen one day - a creature incursion from not the past, but the future. Everyone seems quietly shocked and worried upon hearing this. Back at Wellington Zoo, Abby is alone, heading down the zoo hills towards the sea lion house, noticeably feeling watched. As Abby heads down to the house, unnoticed to her, the Predator is heard following her from beyond the hill.
Back at the park, Helen talks with Cutter, Stephen, Lester and Claudia about the Future Predator, describing it as a very intelligent, agile and deadly stalker and predator unlike any other creature Helen has ever seen. Claudia still seems doubtful that the Predator would have allowed Helen to see it if it's as deadly and effective as it seems, and Helen explains that she saw the Predator in the Permian while it was distracted feeding, and describes it to Nick as a large, arboreal and very agile and fast animal. Cutter is hopeful that the Predator may actually just be an archaeologically undiscovered species, but Helen discredits this as the Predator is unlike anything in the entire past. Helen theorises that the only possible explanation is that the Future Predator came through an Anomaly from its future home into the Permian before eventually moving on to the present. The team are now apparently convinced that Helen is truthful and correct about the Predator being from the future, and Lester is especially stressed and dismayed that they now have to deal with creatures from the future as well. Claudia asked how the Future Predator got to the present from the Permian, and Helen claims she doesn't know and that she decided to do her best to help the team after she realised that it had entered the present (of which Lester seems both grateful and slightly skeptical). Helen then tells Lester that the team can contact her at the Cutter house, to Nick's dismay.
Later, at Cutter's house, Helen is making herself at home again and discussing with Nick how he hasn't redecorated or changed the house since she last saw it eight years previously. Nick then demands the truth from Helen about what she said to the team, having recognised she was lying about something. Helen initially tries to deny lying, but an unimpressed Nick sees right through her. Helen then tells Nick that she was telling the truth about everything she knows about her encounter with the Future Predator in the Permian, and what the detail she left out is: when she discovered the Predator in the Permian, she unintentionally gave herself away and the Predator went after her, forcing Helen to flee to the present to escape the creature. Nick in turns realises from this that the Predator reached the present by following Helen in her escape route through the Anomaly and thus this is Helen's fault. However, Helen defends her mistake by pointing out how she chose to stay and help rather than leave the team to deal with the Future Predator themselves. Helen assures Nick that she is still human and still cares, and that she still loves Nick. This seems to reach and stun a silent Nick.
At Cutter's study at the University, Stephen and Connor are talking about what Helen told the team at the park, with Stephen having apparently relayed it to Connor. Connor thinks it may have something to do with the scrambled bat DNA from the zoo's lion enclosure, which he fills Stephen in on, and notes how a lion and Tim Parker have both gone missing at the zoo since the day before. Upon hearing about the two disappearances at Wellington Zoo, Stephen becomes concerned about Abby and where she is. When Connor tells Stephen that she's working late at the zoo, Stephen immediately goes to leave, instructing Connor to meet him at the zoo with maximum Special Forces backup. At Wellington Zoo, Abby is alone in the sea lion house, watching the sea lions in the water through the glass, when Stephen suddenly appears behind her, startling her. Stephen apologises and says he hadn't meant to sneak up on her, and then fills her in on the new creature incursion and how he thinks the Predator may be at the zoo and be responsible for the lion's and Tim Parker's disappearances. Abby is touched Stephen came out of mere worry for her, and Stephen then tries to awkwardly rule out the intimacy by saying he was also concerned for the sea lions. Suddenly, Stephen backs Abby up against the wall and gets her to stay still and silent, having noticed something - there is a shadow moving up ahead. As Stephen and Abby stay quiet and still against the wall, the Future Predator then arrives in the corridors up ahead. However, the Predator's sonar is unable to properly detect and focus on Stephen and Abby because of the sounds from the sea lions in the water behind the glass. The Special Forces then arrive in the sea lion house, prompting the Predator to immediately escape with lighting-fast agility and reflexes and to flee from the sea lion house with a burst of speed back into the countryside.
Later in a part of the zoo where Helen is sitting silently and alone, Claudia comes in with a Special Forces soldier and speaks with the soldier about the Predator incursion as Helen quietly watches. Claudia is in the middle of telling the soldier they need to contain the Future Predator before it kills anyone else, when Helen interjects and says they'll need dogs to track down the Predator's lair. Claudia then dismisses the soldier so she can talk with Helen in private. Claudia first thanks Helen for saving her life at the Anurognathus incursion, then shows suspicion of how late into the creature attack Helen interfered to help. Helen states that it was because it was only when Nick left that Helen thought Claudia needed help, and Claudia defends Nick's actions by stating Nick left to get Claudia help. Helen bluntly notes that Nick is attracted to Claudia and Claudia apparently reciprocates the feeling, and Claudia tries to deny it and brush it off. When Helen says this is her business because Nick is her husband, Claudia reminds Helen of how she abandoned Nick eight years ago. Helen is unfazed by this, and observes that Claudia is Nick's type of woman - independent, strong and intelligent. Claudia then asks that they get back on-subject and asks what Helen knows about the Future Predator. Helen explains the Predator is incredibly fast and well-camouflaged in most environments, and that the creature is also very adaptable and therefore very dangerous. Helen also speculates that the Future Predator may be how humanity ends in the future - by becoming prey to a stronger and deadlier species like the Predator.
Out in the fields, Cutter and Ryan are leading Connor, Stephen and several soldiers with hounds towards the woods in their hunt for the Future Predator's lair. Ryan asks what they'll do with the creature when they find it, and Cutter declares they'll kill it. Ryan doesn't understand why they're now ignoring Cutter's policy they only kill creatures in self-defence. Cutter explains that it's because the Future Predator is too dangerous to be kept alive, and even so Cutter believes that as it is a creature of the future, killing it won't affect the past or present. Ryan is happy about this change in policy, as he was starting to find the one to avoid killing creatures humiliating. The group subsequently head down into the trees, and the Special Forces begin scouring the area - mostly with the dogs, which begin growing crazy - while Stephen searches the ground for tracks. One of the soldiers is suddenly pulled from behind to behind a tree by the Predator from out of nowhere, and the entire squad and team suddenly begin searching around among the trees for any sign of the Predator, the soldiers with their guns drawn. There is no sign of the creature anywhere as everyone looks around, until they hear snapping and crunching of twigs and branches from around in the woods but can't pinpoint the source. Cutter recognises the sounds as coming from above them, up in the trees, and alerts the team, who look up for any sign of the Future Predator. The team spot the Predator up in the trees' branches, but it leaps from tree to tree before Stephen can even aim at it, then leaps down to the ground, just over Cutter's head. Stephen, Ryan and the Special Forces aim their weapons at the ready, but the Predator is already completely long-gone in that one second. Stephen, Cutter and Ryan are stunned at what their have just seen of the Future Predator's speed and elusiveness, and Cutter notes to Stephen that they're going to need better weapons than guns.
- Douglas Henshall as Nick Cutter
- Juliet Aubrey as Helen Cutter
- Lucy Brown as Claudia Brown
- Andrew-Lee Potts as Connor Temple
- Hannah Spearritt as Abby Maitland
- James Murray as Stephen Hart
- Ben Miller as James Lester
- Mark Wakeling as Captain Tom Ryan
- John Voce as Tim Parker
- Nick Cutter
- Claudia Brown
- John 1 (first appearance)
- Stephen Hart
- Helen Cutter
- Captain Tom Ryan
- Connor Temple
- Abby Maitland
- Tim Parker
- Oscilloscope (first appearance)
- Home Office
- Forest of Dean
- Permian hills
- Wellington Zoo
- Abby Maitland's flat
- Central Metropolitan University
- In the woods scene, when the lone Special Forces soldier is suddenly ambushes and pulled behind a tree by the Future Predator, no Predator or anything else at all is visibly as he is suddenly pulled from behind.
- ↑ http://www.bbcamerica.com/primeval/guide/season-1/episode-6/
- ↑ http://www.fernsehserien.de/primeval-rueckkehr-der-urzeitmonster/episodenguide/staffel-1/8020
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