|Broadcast|| June 14th 2011 (UK, Watch)|
July 7th 2012 (UK, ITV)
|Preceded by||Episode 5.3|
|Followed by||Episode 5.5|
Philip and Connor secretly open an anomaly within the ARC, only to be invaded by a mass of scurrying future-beetles, who force the ARC into lockdown. The team have just moments to save the day before the ARC and the beetle threat is destroyed when Philip threatens to incinerate the building.
Philip and Connor secretly open an anomaly within the ARC, which connects to a time far in the Future. But they're invaded by a mass of scurrying future-beetles, who force the ARC into lockdown. The team have just moments to save the day before the ARC and the beetle threat is destroyed when Philip threatens to incinerate the building.
Connor reveals to Philip that the prototype had worked and that he was sorry for losing the anomaly. Philip however tells Connor not to worry and that he is greatly impressed with his work.
Matt meanwhile manages to hack into Connor's hardrive where he finds anomaly readings. The ARC's anomaly detector goes off and the team arrive to find that the anomaly is in fact inside the ARC! Matt, Abby and Emily arrive at Connor's lab where Matt demands that Connor let him in. They arrive to find the tiny anomaly pulsating on the New Dawn prototype. Matt angrily demands that Connor lock it. Connor tries to persuade the team that this is the most important breakthrough the ARC has ever seen and Philip agrees before threatning to have Matt removed. Matt, realizing that he can't win this, leaves. Philip goes to New Dawn and leaves a guard to guard the anomaly. Matt tells Abby that destroying the prototype won't work as it is likely sending data to a massive, larger power staion. Abby realizes that he is right and goes to confront Connor. While Connor is convinced this is what Proffesor Cutter wanted, Abby tells Connor that this is in fact what Helen wanted.
Jess meanwhile spots something come through on the security cameras. When Matt recognizes the creature, he and Emily run off to the lab. A tiny beetle has come through however the guard sent it back through. Jess tells Matt that it was sent back however this seems to panic Matt even more- and for good reason. Seconds after the guard sent the beetle back through, thousands poured through the anomaly. They quickly move towards the guard and cover every inch of him and promptly eat him until not a shred of him remains. The ARC detects the creature incursion and a lockdown ensues. Becker arrives and orders that Emily also be evacuated. Emily appears annoyed that she is not important enough to stay around and help but leaves anyway.
Connor tells the team that the oxygen will be sucked out of his lab but Matt points out that there is still an adequete oxygen supply flowing through the anomaly. They soon realize that there were less beetles in the room then before and while they at first think they are going back through the anomaly, they are in fact chewing through the solid concrete walls and escaping into the ARC. Soon a strange chitter ensues and the team watch in horror as a massive beetle squeezes its way through the anomaly and follows the others. The Queen. Matt however see's this as an oppurtunity- the beetles follow the queen like mindless zombies and will go wherever she does. This could be a way to control them. Matt installs a trapdoor in the ceiling where he knows the beetles will go down. The team then get pesticide (and discover that Emily never left) and prepare to kill the beetles. Matt then goes to Connor's lab where he locks the anomaly and destroys Connor's device.
An angry Philip then calls demanding why the anomaly was locked. Connor tries to explain to Philip that a man has been killed and that they are at risk but Philip only seems to care about getting more data from the anomaly.
The team get ready and let the beetles fall through the ceiling where they spray the beetles with pesticide however it doesn't work. Meanwhile, a stray beetle falls on a screaming Jess which then bites her. Becker comes to her rescue. Becker then kills the Queen but to the team's dismay as the beetles then scurry in all directions. Their one way of controlling the beetles gone. Jess meanwhile appears to have gotten ill. The beetle had bit her and she is allergic to insect bites. She tells the team that she needs medical attention and Becker and Emily take her to the medical wing.
Philip meanwhile reveals he has a plan to terminate the beetle threat. A self destruct system was built into the ARC and that the team must die in order to save the city from the beetles escaping. Connor urges Philip not to conisder that option.
Connor, Abby and Matt arrive in Connor's lab where Connor plans to reverse the anomaly's energy and cause it to form a massive gamma ray burst however Matt has already destroyed the device with his EMD. With the data lost, Matt decides to reveal that he and Abby had made a copy of his hard drive. Connor feels betrayed but uses it anyway.
Becker and Emily realize that there is no adrenalin in the medical wing and take Jess to her car where they can't find any either. Realizing that they need to get to a hospital but unable to due to Philip keeping the lockdown on, they try to keep her warm.
Abby runs off to the bomb shelter as once the anomaly goess off, the energy will kill everything in the ARC. Matt and Connor however realize they are trapped as the beetles are gathered right outside the lab. Matt and Connor then force themselves out and towards the bomb shelter. Abby meanwhile runs off to find Rex.
Connor and Abby find Rex together and get in the bomb shelter just as the gamma ray burst sweeps through the ARC and kills the beetles. The lockdown is taken down once Philip learns this and Jess is taken to go get medical help.
Connor later checks the ARC's computers and learns that Philip had in fact tried to use the system but the beetles had chewed through the wiring. Connor realizes that his hero had tried to kill them all.
Connor later arrives at New Dawn and checks the computer terminals and to his horror, realizes that he had in fact had tie with Helen Cutter. He later tells Matt and Abby that he realizes that they were right and that Philip really is connected with Helen Cutter. He tells them that Philip is building a massive project of some sort.
Meanwhile at New Dawn, April watches as a giant machine begins to power on and a grinning Philip watches with a dark smile on a balcony as he watches the machine turn on.
- Ciarán McMenamin as Matt Anderson
- Andrew-Lee Potts as Connor Temple
- Hannah Spearritt as Abby Maitland
- Alexander Siddig as Philip Burton
- Ben Mansfield as Hilary Becker
- Ruth Kearney as Jess Parker
- Ruth Bradley as Emily Merchant
- Janice Byrne as April Leonard
- Juliet Aubrey as Helen Cutter (voice)
- Jacqui Carroll as Cerise (Uncredited)
- In Germany this episode is called Der Prototyp which means The prototype.
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