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VINE VOICEon 29 March 2010
**** slight spoilers ****

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.
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on 30 October 2009
Having purchased Primeval Series 2 from Amazon I was keen to add the final (at the moment?!) series to my collection. The DVD was a great price, the delivery was speedy which was great as I have 3 children who love the programme and who were eagerly awaiting the next episode!! We were disappointed when Nick Cutter was killed off and then Jenny followed, albeit still in one piece, despite escaping the jaws of some rather hideous creatures! The new characters are okay and the programme still has edge of the seat, scarey but goody moments - good family entertainment. Well worth a watch. The question we wait to have answered now is "Will there be a 4th/5th Series made"? My family hope so as long as they bring back Cutter & possibly Claudia Brown!!
I have since purchased further products from Amazon and will continue to do so. No more waiting in queues or hunting in stores for me!
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on 15 May 2010
Killing off and retiring half the cast was rather disturbing. I rather liked the characters and some of the new ones will take time to grow on me. That said it was good to see the nutty Helen hoist by her own petard and I imagine the new line up appeals to a younger audience. It is really good that a fourth season is in the offing given that at least two of the characters are stuck in time and there are a number loose ends to tie up.
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.
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on 15 April 2013
Occasionally it loses its way with grim stories of weird futures, but that's what you have to accept as well as the concept that a crystal with strange effects can propel you into another time and place.

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.
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on 19 April 2016
Primeval started as a great concept, however seemed to lose direction over the story arc in general, and as such the series conducted a complete about turn. Each individual episode though does stand alone, and the series is a must for any die hard fan of dinosaurs, other monsters, and time travel.
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on 25 November 2017
So good watching these again. I forgot how wonderful this series was. The acting is great and the story is so good. Well worth the money
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on 26 April 2017
Great series. Great special effects, good storyline and well filmed
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on 6 January 2018
We have watched it so much our original copy had given up and this now fills in the gap of the series.
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on 14 October 2017
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on 29 January 2018
Wish they continued on with this series
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