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The Special Forces were a military squad of armed soldiers, trained to perform unconventional missions, who worked with the Home Office and Anomaly Research Centre. They were used to guard Anomalies and to battle against the creatures if they became a threat to the public or members of the field team. The Special Forces had different divisions, including soldiers, divers and medics. One particular division was known as the SAS (Special Air Service).
The Special Forces were assigned to guard the Anomaly in the Forest of Dean after it was found by the Home Office, and one of them, Captain Tom Ryan, was sent through with Nick Cutter on the exploration mission, to protect Cutter from any danger on the other side of the Anomaly.
After the Home Office became aware of a new Anomaly incursion in the London Underground beneath Arsenal Station, the Special Forces went to assist in the incursion. Claudia Brown chose to first send a Special Forces squad in to locate the creatures, and the soldiers were attacked in an abandoned bunker by Carboniferous Arachnids before retreating from the Underground. The Special Forces later used light from bright torches to clear the Arachnids out of the Underground and drive them back through the Anomaly, and then helped search the Underground for the Arthropleura.
In the new timeline, the Special Forces along with the Anomaly research branch of the Home Office moved to the Anomaly Research Centre. However, Cutter was anxious to impact history as little as possible, so the Special Forces were often put on standby on most of the incursions. (Series 2)
After Abby was taken by a Mer Creature in Isle of Dogs, the Special Forces soldiers were called in to help search for her. Later on, after the field team found her and the Anomaly in a warehouse, the soldiers guarded the Anomaly until it could be sealed.
When Oliver Leek was revealed himself as the traitor, Lester led the Special Forces to a building where they thought Leek was hiding out but found it empty. (Episode 2.6) The Special Forces took care of all the creatures Leek had threatened to release and later travelled to Leek's Creature Prison to contain the creatures and rescue the field team who had been kidnapped. (Episode 2.7)
Sometime after the death of Stephen Hart; Lester hired a Head of Security to help secure the ARC building and protect the field team from the creatures. Captain Hilary Becker, while not from the Special Forces himself, would commanded the soldiers. Becker and Nick Cutter lead the soldiers to the British Museum to deal with a Pristichampsus incursion. The Special Forces later followed the creature across the River Thames, through a shopping centre and back to the museum, where they pretended to bow with the field team as to not-threaten the Pristichampsus so it would return through its Anomaly.
A soldier guarded the Anomaly at the Junkyard while the team rounded up a Dracorex and a Medieval knight. Sarah Page tricked him into letting her through the Anomaly so she could find out information on the knight. Later on, Connor Temple enlisted the help of Captain Becker and two Special Forces soldiers armed with Heckler and Koch G36Cs to 'persuade' Tony to give Rex back. (Episode 3.7)
The Special Forces conducted four missions, lead by Becker, to find Connor, Abby and Danny after they headed into the future. After the missions ultimately failed, the Minister suspended the ARC and operation until further notice. (Episode 3.10, Webisode 1)
Approximately four months later, the Minister reinstated the ARC and subsequently the Special Forces. Matt Anderson was brought in as the new field team leader, and on his first day, he argued with Becker about the Special Forces wearing their black military uniforms. Matt believed them to be too conspicuous, while Becker said they promote unity and confidence in his men. (Webisode 2, Webisode 3) It was decided there would be no changes to the uniform. (Series 4)
Matt introduced new non-lethal Electro Muscular Disruption Weapons to the ARC so the Special Forces and the field team could use them for creature incursions. Later, Matt and Becker lead the Special Forces to Liverpool to contain an Anomaly. The soldiers found Connor and Abby and initially arrested they before Becker released the pair.
A Spinosaurus came through the Anomaly and rampaged down the street, so the Special Forces pursued it. Two soldiers remained behind to guard the Anomaly, but Abby and Connor stole their truck. Matt and Becker lead the dinosaur into an arena and the Special Forces used the EMDs for the first time to takedown the Spinosaur.
One soldier was guarding an Anomaly in the Cooper Street theatre, but he was strangled to death by a Tree Creeper. Another soldier was guarding Emily Merchant, who came from the Anomaly, in the hospital. When he found her bed empty, she sneaked up behind him and smashed a vase over his head, knocking him out.
Special Forces guards were present at the Prison when two anomalies opened there. Ethan (really Patrick Quinn) either killed or disabled one guard in order to gain entry however he is captured before he could reach the anomaly. He is escorted to the ARC to be interogated by Matt Anderson and later by Danny Quinn. Patrick begs his brother to take him back to the anomaly and in exchange he will never attack someone in the present day again however Danny refuses. Patrick then either kills or disables a guard and uses his EMD to shoot Danny. Patrick then captures Emily Merchant and goes back to the prison where he once again either kills or disables a guard who was watching over the locked anomalies.
No Special Forces soldiers, including Captain Becker, were not allowed to help with the North sea anomaly incursion because the team had to go in a submarine.
A number of quickly assembled emergency teams made up of Abby Maitland, Hilary Becker, all other Anomaly Research Centre personnel and Special Forces soldiers. They were called in during the 2011 Convergence to deal with the hundreds of creatures making their way to the present day, and the entire operation was coordinated by Jess Parker and James Lester. The pair sent all the teams to any new Anomaly sites were they would deal with any creatures and lock the Anomalies. Like in many military systems, teams names were assigned using the NATO Phonetic Alphabet (e.g. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, etc). Many teams, such as Team Delta, did not survive the encounters, and even more failed to stun the creatures and lock the anomalies.
|Captain Tom Ryan||Episode 1.1 - Episode 1.6||Anomaly-operation leader for the Home Office||deceased|
|Captain John Willoby||The Lost Island||SAS Leader||deceased|
|Sergeant Callum Fox||The Lost Island||SAS mountaineering expert||alive|
|Corporal Peter Farnsworth||The Lost Island||SAS demolitions expert||deceased|
|Lance Corporal Anita Watts||The Lost Island||SAS communications expert||deceased|
|Private David Doody||The Lost Island||SAS medic||alive|
|Private Joe Bristow||The Lost Island||SAS heavy weapons expert||deceased|
|Captain Hilary Becker||Episode 3.1 - 3.10|
Webisode 1 - present
|Anomaly-operation leader for the Anomaly Research Centre||alive|
|Private Jamie Weavers||Fire and Water||Soldier||deceased|
|Numerous Special Forces||various||Soldiers/divers/medics||various|
- Episode 1.1 (first appearance)
- Episode 1.2
- Episode 1.3
- Episode 1.4
- Episode 1.5
- Episode 1.6
- Episode 2.1
- Episode 2.2
- Episode 2.3
- Shadow of the Jaguar
- The Lost Island
- Episode 2.4
- Episode 2.5
- Episode 2.6
- Episode 2.7 (mentioned)
- Extinction Event
- Episode 3.1
- Episode 3.2
- Episode 3.3
- Episode 3.4
- Episode 3.5
- Fire and Water
- Episode 3.6
- Episode 3.7
- Episode 3.8
- Episode 3.9
- Episode 3.10
- Webisode 3 (mentioned)
- Webisode 4
- Webisode 5
- Episode 4.1
- Episode 4.2
- Episode 4.3
- Episode 4.4
- Episode 4.5
- Episode 4.6
- Episode 4.7
- Episode 5.1
- Episode 5.3
- Episode 5.4
- Episode 5.5 (latest appearance)
- The Special Forces appeared to have a comedic nature in Series 1:
- Their leader, Tom Ryan was always making sarcastic comments.
- In Episode 1.4 , the special forces rushed to an apartment, all stood around the front door with guns loaded then knocked on the door and waited.
- In Episode 1.5 , the special forces all rushed into an elevator, waited as the doors closed with guns loaded.
- The Special Forces were mostly background characters in Series 2, Series 4 and Series 5, rarely helping with incursions, only majorly appearing in 1-2 episodes. In Series 3, they helped with most of the incursions but were still background characters.
- The soldiers can be considered the "Red Shirts" of Primeval; their purpose is almost exclusively to give the writers someone to kill who isn't a main character with almost all of their major appearances involve one of them dying.
- Although they were (presumably) a British force they never used British army standard weapons (SA80) but instead used American (Colt M4 carbines) and German (Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles) weapons.