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Primeval the Complete Series Five
Reviewed by
Chris Tyler
on
Primeval the Complete Series Five DVD Review This season ends on a bit of a cliff hanger which I wonít tell you about in case this review has inspired you to buy this package, but as there are no current plans to keep the series running this too might be a bit of a letdown.
Rating:
3.0

Feature 4.0
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 3.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: ABC
Running Time: TBA
Reviewer: Chris Tyler
Classification
: M15+

6.0


Primeval the Complete Series Five

Primeval is one of those shows that gets no respect. Its nowhere near as hyped as Torchwood with which it shares a concept, itís not been shown here in Australia or at least not the whole series and it may have just been a cynical excuse to reuse the digital models from Walking with Dinosaurs whoís creators also make Primeval (yeah, seriously). Yes, it often falls into the ďmonster of the weekĒ formula. And the characters never quite have the same emotional connection that you get on some other sci-fi shows.  But itís a shame Ďcause I thought that the first few seasons were quite watchable. On the other hand itís one of those shows that you donít pay much attention too and donít really rate and yet it somehow manages to clock up heaps of seasons. This is Primevalís 5th season and watching this I canít help but think that part of its success is because itís terribly cheap to make.

The creatures that arenít dinosaurs that they occasionally have, donít look particularly good. Giant slaters in episode 1 Iím looking at you. Hannah Spearritt who also isnít a dinosaur but plays Abby looks like an old Japanese manís idea of a perfect woman come to life; giant eyes and angular hair yet no emotions of her own. She used to be in S-club 7 you know. And she is what is wrong with this season. The contrived drama between the characters particularly her character and Connor who are in a relationship now is desperately annoying. If only they could just communicate and everything would be solved. Same thing with Matt and Emily. The addition of Alexander Sigg from Deep Space Nine last season seemed to be a great way to re-energise the show and give it some much needed sci-fi cred, but his cloak and dagger ďIím totally evil and everyone but Connor can see itĒ shtick gets old very quickly. Other than that, there is this push to have dinosaurs in different environments so that itís just not a rehash of what has come before. And so we get dinosaurs in submarines, dinosaurs in the late 1800ís, dinosaurs underground, dinosaurs on the moon, ok I might have been kidding about the moon dinosaur but its coming! Also ever notice how nothing nice or at least benign ever comes through an anomaly?

By far the highlight of season five is when they fire a dinosaur from a torpedo tube in a submarine.  Itís one of those ďItís just so crazy it might workĒ things, although the poe faced earnestness that the actors plough through the entire endeavour means that even this bit of genius is nearly ruined.  The worst bit is the rest of the season. This season ends on a bit of a cliff hanger which I wonít tell you about in case this review has inspired you to buy this package, but as there are no current plans to keep the series running this too might be a bit of a letdown.

Video:  The video standard here is pretty high, everything looks good except as mentioned some of the less dinosaury creatures.

Audio:  Audio is simply stereo but well mixed.

Special Features: A making of Primeval documentary Part Two, which if you donít have Season Fourís Part One isnít much use.






 
 



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