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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true hidden gem
Primeval is a really good SF series! It has very likeable characters, a quite interesting plot and well done special effects. While it does have this specific UK feel to it (as Torchwood does as well, for example), it only comes out as more 'exotic' rather than of lesser quality than the big blockbuster USA series.
So what this is saying I suppose is that if you like...
Published on 15 Feb. 2010 by Krzysztof Zieba

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2.0 out of 5 stars Primeval 2 slightly better than 1
Primeval is a popular show. There are already many reviews praising this series but I am going to put a different view. A lot of people like it. That is fair enough, but I do not feel that this series is a good advert for British Science Fiction TV.
The concept and special effects (They truly are very good effects) make it worth while watching this series but...
Published on 4 Jun. 2011 by Marcia


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true hidden gem, 15 Feb. 2010
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Krzysztof Zieba (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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Primeval is a really good SF series! It has very likeable characters, a quite interesting plot and well done special effects. While it does have this specific UK feel to it (as Torchwood does as well, for example), it only comes out as more 'exotic' rather than of lesser quality than the big blockbuster USA series.
So what this is saying I suppose is that if you like dinosaurs and are looking for a good TV series to spend some time with, Primeval is a very good choice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Primeval, 10 Jun. 2009
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Ms. M. Beecher "Rilla" (Barnsley, S Yorkshire.) - See all my reviews
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I love this show! When I first started to watch these I wasn't too impressed. However now I can't get enough of them, I have even managed to make the rest of my family fans of this show.
Ok, the graphics are not as good as Doctor Who but for exitment, Primeval occasionally exeeds Doctor Who.
Season two has a nice (or not nice, depending on how you look at it) range of creatures, the story lines have picked up thier pace with a bit more complexity, loads of great action. (Love the Raptors in the mall, hate that a principal character dies.)
The only thing I can complain about is they don't make enough episodes per season.
All in all, well worth the price and will provide entertainment for all the family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment, 27 May 2008
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ITV are to be congratulated on this sci-fi series.
I think it borders on 'going where no man has gone before' and has the potential to become a classic.
Time/space anomalies, ruptures in the space/time continuum, baddies trying to alter the natural timeline for their own advantage and an ideosyncratic bunch of heroes trying to save mankind.
As well as all that it has creatures from the past,creatures from the present and one of the least predicable story lines.
If you're a fan of sci-fi or fantasy this should fit the bill.
Roll on series 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens, 15 May 2010
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The new timeline changes. Douglas Hershall still has a nutty wife he thought was dead but no girlfriend - hell hath no fury like a women that can change timelines. The ARC has come into existence and his previous love interest has a different name, a different life and doesn't know he exists. There is betrayal, double dealing and not a few red herrings as we move towards the realisation that there are a number of players trying to map out time and use it to their own ends. Very watchable and much underrated series. The new boss of the ARC adds a an extra dimension and a counterpoint to Hershall's unorthodoxy by being the not-so-civil servant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE SCARES! MORE ACTION! MORE BETTER!, 21 Dec. 2010
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this is the 2nd series of PRIMEVAL. It is scarier, more action-packed and is probably better! i did really love series 1 but this has more romance, betrayal and sadness. One epispde made me cry! it was so upsetting! the last episode was probably the best! loads of cool parts! such evil and betrayal. The traitors do turn good in the end, but i wonder if that will change! cant wait for tomorrow, because i'm gonna watch series 3! bring it on!

Who will come back from the dead?

Who will survive the next series?

And who, most important of all, will begin to feel that they might just be evil!

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars anomalous anomalies, 3 April 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Primeval: The Complete Series 2 [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
second season of primeval, a show about a group of people who hunt dinosaurs and monsters that get loose in present day britain via anomalies in time that bring the creatures through from either the past or even the future.

If you haven't seen season one then go and watch that first, because the first episode of this continues right from where that left off, which was a major cliffhanger that altered the status quo of the show, and it doesn't make any concession to new viewers. so you'll be better off starting there.

But for those who are familiar with the show, this is season one refined. more monster hunting, but the characters now feel more rounded and better developed, and there is an intriguing ongoing storyline as well. This is good solid and entertaining tv with some appealing characters and it's the kind of thing that the whole family can sit down in front of the tv together and enjoy. just like doctor who. and that's the only similarity it has to that show!

The dvd spreads the entire series of seven episodes over two discs. the first disc contains the first three episodes, english language subtitles, and go to the extras menu to access a commentary from the writer and producers for episode one, and a documentary about the making of the show. this was written and directed and is presented by andrew lee potts, who plays the character connor. he does all the links in the documentary in character which looks as if it might be annoying at first but actually you'll find quickly that it works very well. running for over forty minutes it's a good and comprehensive documentary and very entertaining watching.

a minor annoyance is the way the menus are presented as it scrolls all the options up and down. so miss what you want and you'll have to wait a few seconds for it to come back. but that's a minor irritation nothing more.

disc two has episodes four to seven. for the commentary from the writer and producers on episode five, there's no extras menu, you just access it via the episode selection menu.

An entertaining show, and a good dvd package for it
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Creatures Squad Returns", 1 July 2014
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Building on the strengths of series 1, Primeval returns for a confident 2nd run. Yes, it's still "Anomaly of the Week" stories, but how could it not be? There are additionally, stronger story arcs (no pun intended) than in series 1.
At the end of series 1, Cutter and Helen came back to find something had changed but no one else can see it. the Team now work from an impressive Anomaly Research Centre (the ARC) and Ben Miller's Lester now has an assistant Leek, who every one else seems to know.
The confusion and near paranioa Nick Cutter suffers as a result of knowing they changed the present somehow back in the past, gives Douglas Henshall something extra to add to his already strong portrayal.

Personal relationships are ramped up; Stephen involved in an unwise relationship with Helen, Cutter thinking of Jenny Lewis as the missing Claudia Brown (to whom she is identical) and Abby and Connor growing closer. New character Caroline is a fly in the ointment for Connor and Abby as she latches onto Connor becoming his girlfriend.

A good range of stories; there's a poignant one involving a sabre tooth in an adventure park and a similarly strong story where Connor risks his life to save Abby, a softer story where Cutter & Stephen must rescue a young girl trapped in a desert the other side of an anomaly and action romps like the opener-raptors in a shopping mall, plus the calavacade of monsters in the finale.

Underpinning this is the growing conspiracy. A chance discovery leads to the creation of an anomaly detector (an anomaly locking device is created the same way in series 3) which works but the signal is being intercepted by someone else.

Strong performances from all the regulars plus newbies Karl Theobald and Naomi Bentley (Leek and Caroline respectively) are good additions. Missed opportunity to add Caroline to the team for series 3.

Great range of creatures from raptors, fungoid creatures who live in a poisonous fog, sea creatures, a sabretooth and the return of the future predators. All realised well except for the Sabretooth which is a little below par-to be fair fur is notoriously difficult to realise via CGI.

Good direction and location work.

Through the Anomaly is Connor actor Andrew Lee-Potts' documentary. A little less polished than The Making of Primeval but with more energy and a wider range of things covered. He covers as well as realising creatures, shooting sequences and so on; downtime for actors-a pool match, costumes and the creation of action figures. Although I found his T4 style links irritating, it's still a good doc.

2 commentaries eps 1 & 4, these are an addition to the documentary being quite informative & there are some good factoids e.g. there are no dinosaurs in series 1 & how they almost got Hannah singing. Tim Haines and Adrian Hodges co-creators discuss the genesis of ideas and praise their cast and crew-Hannah Spearritt being a particular trooper.

A good run of stories and a good package of extras-recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Primeval reaches its peak, 26 April 2012
This review is from: Primeval: The Complete Series 2 [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
Primeval is one of my favorite series and the second season couldn't have come sooner than it did. And when it did come it brought terrifying new monsters, new antagonists and some epic premises irresistible to writer and audience - this time it's raptors in a shopping mall, Smilodon in a theme park and most impressive of all - James Lester's worst nightmare - Mammoth on the M25! As the team struggles to deal with nastier monsters, they slowly are finding more about the anomalies but new players have entered the field, as well as the departure of Claudia Brown - but not in the way you'd imagine.

Kicking off the second the last season left off, Nick Cutter, confused and disoriented with grief, betrayal and the loss of a woman he loved is stuck in the new 21st century in a differently evolved world. Instead of the Home Office the team is based at the Anomaly Research Center and Claudia has been replaced in job by Oliver Leek and in person by Jenny Lewis, the new PR worker of the ARC. Meanwhile Helen, struggling with rejection and betrayals of her own continues to find her way back to the 21st century, and her relationship with Stephen intensifies, but she'd clearly working with a new set of antagonists who are interested in Rex, as well as every anomaly incident and creature available.

The creatures of Season 2 are all big, all ferocious and the exaggeration of size is still there, this time round we get raptors, giant worms, saber tooth cats, sea monsters from the future, giant scorpions and of course, a Colombian Mammoth. The CGI is sharper and more detailed, but the focus is beginning to change as the ARC traitor and Helen take more prominent time in every episode, but the creatures still orient the flow of the episodes.

The acting is more solid and characters develop, Connor and Abby are still the best of friends and now permanently living together, Nick is at his best / worst with the conflict of an altered timeline and Stephen's loyalties and certainties begin to divide. Meanwhile Helen is still the mysterious woman with deranged and now focused intent and James Lester gets some epic scenes, better sarcasm and a more closely looked at character. Jenny Lewis, played by Lucy Brown, replacing the character of the now gone Claudia is mysterious but quite blatantly unaware of all that has happened, creating a new kind of chemistry between her and Cutter.

So as the threads of the Primeval universe pull towards a more human oriented story with dark ambition, betrayals and the beginning of sorrowful departures, Season 2 stands as a kind of golden age of Primeval when the characters were likable, mattered and some of the best creature / setting combinations occurred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Of British, 31 Aug. 2010
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Primeval is one of the best british shows ever, I bought all 3 series and hope to get the next series when they preview in 2011 - I am so pleased someone had the brains to take up this fantastic show and continue to make more series - not only did we (viewers) get left hanging to find out what happens with the cast, the story is unfolding so well, it would have been unthinkable not to complete this show, even if its just one more series, but hopefully there will be more than the 4 series in this show in the future. BRITIAN AT ITS BEST.
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5.0 out of 5 stars primeval series 2, 8 Jun. 2009
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series 2 is a great followup to the first series.shame about abby's dress sense-she keeps them on! where's claudia brown gone? does the general public never see the monsters other than as a "ufo-type" siting. how is cutter's ex-wife able to carry out the incursions into the anomolies. best not to think about the logistics. do not switch on brain. relax and enjoy the hookey of a sci-fi comedy drama.almost an updated flash gordon experience!
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