- Actors: Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller, Ben Mansfield
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 3
- Studio: 2entertain
- DVD Release Date: 6 Jun. 2009
- Run Time: 600 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 162 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004VMALU2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,838 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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OK so series 1 was a bit lightweight, but still did just enough to pique my interest. Series 2 was a welcome progression, introducing a few darker and more adult themes. Series 3 brings it all together with a far greater scope, more intelligent and involved story lines, improved CGI and much better characterisation. There are a few shocks along the way as a major character gets killed off, changing the whole dynamic of the team. And yet it all still works. The major new addition to the team is Jason Flemyng (of Lock Stock and Benjamin Button fame) who plays the new macho tough guy with just the right amount of ironic posturing and humour. Some of his stunts would make James Bond gulp in disbelief! A couple of the episodes struck me as a tad weak and whimsical (episode 2 with the invisible gremlin-like creature and 5 with the downright silly fungus man), but that was more than compensated by other intelligent and even profound plots. My favourite has to be episode 7 with the medieval knight still fighting dragons in today's London. The CGI was superb in this - the dracorex loping across those English country lanes was beautifully done. The 'Green Man' Inn figuring in the two time lines and the knight discovering his own tomb were genuinely profound and thought-provoking scenarios. Then, as if that wasn't enough, the writers stepped it all up a notch, switching from apocalyptic future glimpses, to an act of near-genocide at the dawn of humankind. It all ends on a real cliff-hanger and I hope they employ some very clever script-writers to provide us with plausible continuity for the start of season 4! As for the main players, Connor and Abby are as likeable as ever (you'll cheer when that long-awaited kiss occurs!), Helen makes a great comeback as a sexy but thoroughly evil villainess, new girl Bollywood star Laila Rouass is both feisty and beautiful and even the long-suffering Lester gets a few good lines and a moment or two of glory. The extras include the genuinely interesting Cutter's Odyssey - an entertaining and whimsical look back over the three series and a short feature showing how a competition-winning creature design was transformed into one of the most menacing monsters on the series.
The ARC is still under threat from MI5 but Helen sees to that in her own inimitable way, before deciding that the existence of man on earth is a bad thing. As the plot unwinds so does her mind. The "romance" between Hanah Spearitt's character and her would-be suitor does develop but one way adn onother other relationships split up. Not quite a Dr Who beater but well worth watching and far less predictable.
This has to be one of the best British Sci-Fi series alongside BBC's Doctor Who, so why the production of this was originally scrapped after series 3 amazed me. I am relieved to learn it now has a reprive, thanks to new investors, and a further two series are in the pipeline, although not until 2011. Still, purchase this DVD of series 3, and it will keep you going until we see more on TV next year.
I am pleased with my purchase, so if you have enjoyed the previous two series', then this is a must to add to your collection.
Written in May, 2010.
When a series moves away from the original, rather fun, premise of dinosaurs in the swimming pool, it's because they don't seem to feel confident in that original concept. Shame, really, as it is why we started watching it. Back to basics, more quirky appearances of pteranodons in the park and it will all be right.
Season three delivers 10 episodes that are well worth watching more than once.
We will just have to finish the story using our imagination.
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