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On Saturday August 9th, BBCA premiered a new show called "Primeval". This show apparently has, in typical BBC fashion 2 "seasons" totaling 13 episodes that have aired in the UK.

The show's premise is that "time distortions" have opened across the English countryside allowing the occaisional prehistoric creature to wander through to modern times.

The show's first episode was pretty good, at least an interesting change from everything else on right now, and though the special effects aren't exactly Spielberg, they aren't bad. The cast has done a credible job and it was worth the hour.

It airs original episodes on Saturday night at 9PM ET, with repeat showings during the week.
 

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I added it as an SL before the season began. It originally aired in the UK in April 2007. I haven't checked to see if they are still airing it or not or if this is going to be a 1 season quitter.

I thought the pilot was pretty good and hope that with most shows that it will get better as the show moves along as it does have a lot of potential. There were some odd parts that didn't quite mesh well, but overall it worked.

The wife even kept looking up at the TV and finally at the end told me not to delete the episode as she wanted to watch it. That doesn't happen often to the shows I watch.

- Merg
 

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Primeval is an enjoyable show mostly . It's an ITV show and the website indicates there will be a series three. The thing I enjoy about it is the creatures which the web site talks about. The little flying guy in the pilot:
Coelurosauravus (a.k.a. "Rex")
Origin: Exotic rainforest, Permian period - c. 250million years ago.
Size: Can fit in a large handbag.
Weight: 15kg
Distinguishing features: Coelurosauravus has a rather useful pair of wings, making it capable of soaring gracefully through the sky (and when necessary, performing daring evasive manoeuvres). It is also a very communicative animal - using a cute clicking sound to get it's point across. Coelurosauravus also has shimmering green scales which provide the perfect disguise for a woodland environment. Although it can make itself at home in any environment, from exotic rainforests to modern London apartments. The first known vertebrate flyer as he predates the pterosaurs.
It is from a real fossil. Look it up. Interesting rendering in the show.
 

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I thought the pilot was terrible, but the show got much better as it moved to the end of the first season (ep 6). Then season 2 (ep 7-13) changed some things that made it not as enjoyable as the end of the first season. All in all, though, not a bad show. I'm looking forward to see what they do in season 3 next year.
 

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armophob said:
I will check it out. I just hope this one does not have any uncomfortable kissing scenes like another BBC scifi show.
No kissing but there is some lizard cuddling.:D
 

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armophob said:
Why is the video so crappy? I know it is SD, but Torchwood seems to have overcome the Barbara Walters fuzzy that is SD.
Torchwood is done in HD at 1080i. It may be that Primeval is done in EDTV at 576i like Doctor Who.
 

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frederic1943 said:
Torchwood is done in HD at 1080i. It may be that Primeval is done in EDTV at 576i like Doctor Who.
There is no broadcast standard called 'ED'.
 

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Recording Note:

If using DirecTV, you might want to set it up to Record Both instead of just First Run. Although the premiere recorded with the setup as First Run (most likely since that was the episode I selected to create the SL), DirecTV DVR's are not seeing the series as First Run and it did not record the second episode for me. I have to wait till this weekend for the repeat before the third episode.

This might have to do with the fact that the First Run date listed on the episodes is April 2007, which is when it orignally aired in the UK.

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Although the CG is, well terrible, it still isn't a bad show. I do get annoyed by the stupidity in some scenes though but almost every show has that. During the last episode, either 2 or 3, they commented during the commercials that they are trying not to just go in and kill everything since it could effect the evolution of the planet. I think the arch storyline might be good since it sounds like someone or something in the future is causing these distortions.
 

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armophob said:
Why is the video so crappy? I know it is SD, but Torchwood seems to have overcome the Barbara Walters fuzzy that is SD.
Being an HD snob, I've begun shunning the bad PQ on BBCA. I prefer to wait for the DVD's which is what I've done with MI-5 (Spooks) and Robin Hood. Probably will with this one too. Not to mention the fact that BBCA butchers their shows for viewing in the US as they have to accommodate commercials. Can't take it.
 
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