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02:45 pm: Primeval - Scifi
This is a British show now on SciFi at 10pm ET Fridays. The premier was last night. A scientist's wife (also a scientist) has disappeared with a lot of wreckage, but no evidence of what happened. Then the scientist finds a time portal into the dino period and goes in. He finds his wife has been there. The first ep wasn't too bad so I'll watch again next week. There's better characters than most US shows, but lesser animation.

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From:capemaynuts
Date:April 11th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
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This show aired last Summer on BBCa. Its not a bad show, and the CGI is pretty inpressive. What's interesting is that the motives of the villians are not cut and dry. Plus, who you think are bad(or good) at the beginning of the season weren't at the end of the season. My kids and I are fans and can't wait for season 2. Especially since they left us with a huge cliff hanger.
One thing, you can't just watch casually. This show has so many tiny details that don't seem important until one or two episodes later. Characters that at first seem little more then friendly disposibles, end up being much more. And whatever you do, don't trust his wife! LOL
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 11th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm glad to hear someone likes it! Yes, I noticed her bringing him something but not staying!
From:ext_132637
Date:April 11th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)

Meh

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I'm going to have to disagree with you and Ida both, I'm afraid. Season 1 is already out on DVD and Chris and I watched it last night (weird coincidence, due to time difference we were watching at the exact same time as you!) and we were incredibly not-impressed. Characters didn't grab me, science was laughably bad (selective magnetic properties of the magnetic field of the anomaly), and the graphics were even worse than Dr. Who and Torchwood, plus I felt that most of the humor was obvious and/or forced. The disc contained the first 3 eps and after watching them, we decided we wouldn't bother watching more.
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From:mjlayman
Date:April 11th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Meh

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Well, I'll watch it at least once more. I think UK graphics/animation is always worse than US, but I think we use them too often.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:April 11th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Meh

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I will agree that the science is selective. But then most science fiction is. The characters are hard to get a handle on. They are all so full of secrets and everytime one of them goes into the past, slight changes occur to all of them. So everytime you think you understand a character's motivation, it can change drastically.
But the CGI isn't bad for a TV show. Usually, CGI is used for long shots and backgrounds on TV. But in this show they have creatures running through malls and interacting with the characters. I'm not saying its the best, but its not bad. Anyway, my kids and I enjoy watching it and pointing out the flaws, but we do that with all the shows we watch.
LOL if you want to see really bad special F/X, watch an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Its part of the Who universe, but obviously not the Who budget. We like picking out the zippers on the alien suits.
Oh, one thing, on BBCa, they do a behind the scenes thing during commercial breaks explaining how the show is made. BBCa does it for Dr Who also as well as several of their other shows. (Graham Norton comes to mind) It might be why I like it, I love getting to see behind the Wizard's curtain.
From:writingortyping
Date:April 11th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Meh

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We kind of enjoyed it at first, but kind of felt like the writers were jerking us around by about the sixth episode, so stopped.

But yes, the CGI is very impressive for TV.
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From:serge_lj
Date:April 12th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Meh

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I've seen a lot of garbage on the Skiffy Channel, and Primevals didn't set off my detectors. Mind you, I saw only the end of it, but what little I caught made me go "Hmmm." The SFX may not be big-budget stuff, but I can't expect a big-budget look from something that's not big-budget. Besides, I'll choose low-budget that tries to be good over George Lucas's later outings.

As for the science...
"I am shocked, shocked, to find that bad science is going on in here!"
Not.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 13th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)

Re: Meh

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Chris did make the point that we couldn't really complain too much about the science in Primeval when we put up with it in Doctor Who and Torchwood -- but then again, we also complain about it in those shows. I just find those characters more likable and the writing in general better, which makes up for the dumb science.

As far as effects go, I get frustrated with how many shows use sub-par CG instead of going for decent puppets or costumes or makeup or what-have-you that would look more realistic. Vermithrax in the 1980s movie Dragonslayer is a lot more believable than Rex in Primeval.
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