PRIMEVAL, VOL. 2 (SERIES 3) (2009)


Primeval, Vol. 2 (Series 3)

Actors: Douglas Henshall, Jason Flemyng, Andrew-Lee Potts, Lucy Brown, Hannah Spearritt
Format: Box set, Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio:
Number of discs:
BBC Warner
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time:
445 minutes



The third series of this British TV series, about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures intruding into our modern world via random rifts in time and space, feels vaguely directionless even though it only consists of ten episodes . . .

It is as if the writers subconsciously knew that the show was to be abruptly cancelled and couldn’t make up their mind whether to tie up existing plot strands or not. It is also never particularly clear who the main villain is. Is it the bitchy ambitious civil servant behind a covert military operation to use the creatures as weapons? Or is it the murderous misanthropic ex-wife left over from the previous season? (Interesting that both villains would be alpha females though – one is sure that someone somewhere can write a scathing feminist screed on the show one day.)

That said, the third series does end on a cliff-hanger, one which is unlikely to be resolved . . . ever. At the time of writing there are no plans for a fourth season even though the producers have promised to keep “Primeval alive in other ways.” Maybe they refer to the rumors about an American remake of the show – who knows? (Primeval was apparently cancelled not because of low viewership figures, but because its TV station found itself in financial difficulties. Since the show is heavy on special effects – mostly CG rendered dinos and other beasties - it is not hard to imagine that the episodes were rather on the expensive side to produce.)

WORTH IT? The question the viewer will be asking is whether it is worth investing time and effort in something that clearly has no resolution. The answer is yes. Sort of. Primeval is still an entertaining show despite the change in casting. (Hint: a major gets it less than a third into the series, but it is no surprise who it is since that character is no longer featured on the DVD cover art. Lousy stupid spoilerific cover art!)

Primeval is more than a “monster-of-the-week” show as it indulges in sci-fi tropes such as alternate realities, cloning and so forth, which keeps viewer interest. Many of the show’s idiocies – mostly plot contrivances by writers to create tension - however remain in place in this season. One wants to tear one’s hair out your skull in frustration because the show’s characters are often made to do bizarrely stupid things simply because the screenwriters require them to. Perhaps it’s a British thing (British street police famously do not carry any firearms), but if my job involved coping with large vicious predators such as wild man-eating dinosaurs on a daily basis, I’ll make sure that I go to work each day pretty much armed to the teeth!

Also, if I had to appoint a special team to protect the public from such predatory creatures, I’d be sure to hire some professional big game hunters outfitted with tons of tranquilizer darts instead of the rank amateurs who seem to be pulled off the street that make up this particular team!

RECOMMENDATION: Fans should check out Primeval – Volume Two. Despite its faults it remains an intelligent, action-filled show that will appeal to sci-fi fans.



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