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Abby Meta - Part 14. Episode 3.1



Series 3, episode 1

Cutter calls Abby late at night to tell her there’s an anomaly. Abby goes into Connor’s room, and calls him but he doesn’t wake up. She nips down to the kitchen, grabs a box of salad leaves, and goes back up to throw them over Connor’s face. Then goes back downstairs to tell Rex to go and get his breakfast. It’s definitely back to showing these two as the fun, comedy characters, but on a practical note, it would surely have been quicker for her to simply go over and shake Connor awake properly the first time, rather than going up and down the stairs three times when they were in a hurry?

When Abby and Connor arrive at the museum they are both carrying tranquiliser guns. Did they go via the ARC to pick them up, or are they taking them home now, so as to be able to get to a site faster if they are called out of hours? It seems unlikely they would be allowed to take them home, so either they went via the ARC, or perhaps their preferred weapons had been packed and brought for them in the cars, and they picked them up when they arrived at the museum, which seems a more sensible arrangement.

Cutter introduces them to Becker, and tells them, “He’s here to protect us, so do as he says. Unless I think he’s wrong.” Abby glances at Connor with a slightly surprised look, but they don’t comment. This scene establishes something of the pecking order within the team, and it seems that Connor and Abby are still almost at the bottom of it (the only people who seem to at all answer to them are the random soldiers, and that is only when Becker isn’t around to contradict them).

There is a brief amusing exchange between Abby and Connor as they walk through the museum, the joke mostly being at Connor’s expense about his fear of museums, but then it’s all serious when they find a dead body. Abby is the one who identifies it is an animal kill, although she offers no suggestions about what type of animal. Back in 2.3 she identified the marks of a big cat attack with ease, so it’s odd that she seems to have no idea what did it here. Perhaps it is simply that she needs more time (and better light) to examine the body before she can draw any more detailed conclusions.

When they find Sarah (again), Abby is the one who gets straight to the point and asks what she saw. Abby then runs off to investigate the open loading bay doors, and reports tracks, biped and quadruped, but again is no more specific as to what kind of animal it might be. Apparently in Stephen’s absence, Abby is now the resident tracker. Quite where or when she gained these skills is unknown.

Abby and Cutter go off after the creature, but after a while Abby loses the trail. Her comment that Stephen would have known what to do seems strange and out of character, and almost entirely designed simply to show Cutter’s reaction. Abby doesn’t normally waste time wishing for things that she knows she can’t have, especially in a potentially dangerous creature related situation. Perhaps she is still adjusting to taking on some of what were previously Stephen’s responsibilities, and knows that she is not matching up to his standard. Even if that were so, however, it’s not like Abby to say it out loud in those terms.

A short while after that they find a body in the street, and Abby shows remarkably little reaction as she pronounces him dead. I know they’re trying to track down the creature, but surely one of them ought to have put a call in to Jenny that there is a body to be dealt with before it attracts attention and causes a public panic? Cutter finds a tooth and passes it to Abby, and she identifies it as a crocodile. Becker joins them as they head off again, this time towards the river (let’s not even ask why Becker wasn’t with them to begin with, once they knew a large and dangerous creature was out roaming the streets).

Abby notices anomalous behaviour now they suspect it’s a crocodile – crocs normally drag their victims into water, and it is walking on two legs. This conversation seems mostly designed to provide Cutter with enough information to identify the creature as a pristichampus, but it does show Abby making use of the available evidence to help put the pieces together. She then predicts that it will soon come out of the river because it’s too cold – a prediction that proves to be accurate.

Abby, Cutter, Jenny, Becker and Becker’s soldiers arrive at a restaurant/conference centre type place to find scenes of chaos, and Becker tells them if the first tranquiliser dart doesn’t put the creature down they will have to use live rounds. Abby doesn’t look happy, and glances at Cutter to see his reaction, but neither of them comment or object.

Abby and Cutter chase the creature upstairs while Becker and his men are helping Jenny to evacuate the building. It’s tempting to suggest they go off alone on purpose to make sure they get to the creature first and have chance to try using tranquilisers and non-lethal methods.

Abby doesn’t appear to be having a good day at all here. Cutter dives to push a random civilian out of the creature’s way, while Abby points her tranquiliser gun at it. The next moment she has put the gun down, and is throwing a chair at the creature to distract it from Cutter and the woman, and then picks up the gun again when the crocodile turns around to focus on her. When Abby finally does shoot it, she misses, and almost hits Cutter. Then things get even stranger, when she apparently drops the gun, kicks the croc, and then hides under a table (because a thin table cloth is exactly what you want between you and the jaws of a pissed off giant crocodile!). Cutter manages to distract it and Abby grabs the gun again and starts to reload it, but by the time she has done that, Cutter has already dived out of the window with the civilian, and the croc has fallen after him.

This scene seems largely designed to give Cutter his heroic moment with the insane window leap, but the way the writers went about it seems particularly nonsensical, with Abby’s failure to shoot it when she had the chance right at the start, and the conspicuous absence of any of the soldiers who had entered the building with them. Perhaps we can argue that she opted for the chair throwing distraction rather than shooting it because she knew it would take time for the tranquiliser to take effect, and thought that Cutter and the civilian were in imminent danger.

Abby repeatedly claims that the creature is injured and too cold, and that it wants to go back home. A reasonable assumption, as it turns out, when it leads them back to the museum. When Sarah suggests bowing to it, Abby adds that if it doesn’t think they are a threat, it might not attack. A rather worrying claim, considering that it has already killed at least two people, and maybe others that they don’t know about. Nevertheless, Cutter trusts the two women, and they are proven correct when the crocodile leaves through the anomaly without attacking anyone.

Why they didn’t just back out of the way and let it get to the anomaly unhindered is another question entirely, but let’s not go there, eh?

When Abby learns of Sarah’s ‘curse’ joke on Connor, she smiles, and tells Sarah not to tell Connor that she made it up. Not yet, anyway. It’s too good an opportunity to make fun of him.


Link to part 13 - episode 2.7
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fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: May 21st, 2012 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Another confused ep so far as the use of the soldiers is concerned, and as you say, quite a few things don't make a lot of sense. But it's interesting to see it set out like thie.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
The use of soldiers in series 3 is generally quite dreadful and badly thought out, unfortunately. It's a shame, because series 1 showed that you *can* have a sensible military presence without detracting from the heroes being the ones doing most of the action stuff.
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: May 21st, 2012 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll be interested to see what you make of the rest of season 3. My instinct is that the writing throughout was sloppier than we see in the other seasons and this would seem to bear this out with more oddness and nonsensicality than is normal.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
If you think this one was bad, wait until you see the meta for ep 3.2! The plotting and characterisation were so awful that I pretty much gave up on trying to take a professional approach to the the analysis, and it was a struggle to come to any sensible conclusions about anyone's behaviour!

I think you're right, though, in that series 3 is generally worse than the previous series were for this type for thing. Eps 3.2 and 3.5 in particular stick out in my mind as being especially badly thought out.

Edit And come to think of it, 3.9 has some pretty impressive howlers as well!


Edited at 2012-05-21 11:34 am (UTC)
freddiejoey From: freddiejoey Date: May 21st, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Food for thought.

I'm always impressed by your analysis.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, they're really interesting to do, so it's nice that other people are enjoying them as well.
judithjohn From: judithjohn Date: May 21st, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
really nice look at this ep. I enjoy reliving it all this way.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks.
nietie From: nietie Date: May 21st, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the mentioning of Stephen in this ep just had the function of letting the audience know the team was still thinking about him.

I think S3 was the weakest of all series when it comes to writing and consistency/logic.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I do think the mentions of Steohen were something of a nod to the fans who liked him, but also largely there to show Cutter's reaction as well.

I think S3 was the weakest of all series when it comes to writing and consistency/logic.

Having now done the meta for the whole of S3, I'm inclined to agree... :-(



Edited at 2012-05-21 05:32 pm (UTC)
dreamer_98 From: dreamer_98 Date: May 21st, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't noticed all the inconsistencies in Abby's actions in this episode as opposed to the first two series. Perhaps that was due to a new writer, but still, it doesn't make Abby look very good in canon.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's definitely not one of Abby's beter episodes. I know they may have had new writers, and a few new characters to introduce (Sarah, Becker, and Christine), so the focus may have been elsewhere. But Abby really doesn't come out of the episode very well at all, unfortunately.
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: May 21st, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really don't remember them ever making good use of Becker's team... half the time they're nowhere to be found and when they are there, it's just to hover in the background with their guns or to get killed! And, wow, that bit with Abby and Cutter and the creature does sound terribly sloppy and un-Abby-like!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
See my comment further up the thread about the use (or rather, *mis*use) of Becker's men. They usually just end up being eaten by creatures, if they do anything at all.

Yes, that scene with Abby and Cutter fighting the crocodile is particularly odd. Clearly it was designed to give Cutter a heroic moment when he leaps out of the window and saves the civilian, but surely they could have found a way to do that without making Abby look stupid?
darkhorse_99 From: darkhorse_99 Date: May 21st, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
*no soldiers come with them to chase the creature* I know right? They use the soldiers like accessories, just to look good.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! That is about all they're good for in series 3, unfortunately.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: May 21st, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* Not a very good ep for Abby, but I think we can blame the need to make Cutter look good ;)

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, definitely. And some bad writing, I think!
natchris From: natchris Date: May 21st, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting indeed. Thanks so much.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 21st, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked it.
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: May 21st, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are all very interesting, and yeah Season 3 was a bit haphazard. Maybe 10 eps were too many for them to cope with? :-)

"let’s not even ask why Becker wasn’t with them to begin with" - it's because he's probably off somewhere running around waving his gun and his arms around in a very coordinated and professional soldiery manner.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Series 3 really was a bit dodgy in places. There were several good episodes, but there were also several that you just think, how did this get past the editors?

he's probably off somewhere running around waving his gun and his arms around in a very coordinated and professional soldiery manner.

Sporfle! That must be it!

kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: May 21st, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

LOL - Rex has to be given his moment to shine, regardless of logic fail *G*

I only watched some of the Season 3 episodes, and the PlotHoles Of Increasing Size were one of the reasons why I didn't watch them all. Congrats on trying to navigate and explain them!

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 22nd, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Episode 3.2 in particular caused much head-desking as I tried to make sense of it. This one is positively sensible in comparison!
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: June 3rd, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've hardly rewatched any series 3, I'd forgotten how truly bonkers some of the characterisation gets.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: June 4th, 2012 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I know, but the next one, 3.2, is truly the worst of the lot!
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