Mini-Impressions: “PRIMEVAL” – Pilot

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Created by Tim Haines, Adrian Hodges, 2007

No, this is not a series version of the passable giant crocodile film of the same name.  “PRIMEVAL” is a British Sci-Fi series from 2007 already in its second season across the pond.  Here in the colonies, however, BBC America is just now airing the first season.  Taking place in and around a generic English setting, the show finds a portal of sorts that open between our world and a prehistoric world.  The pilot sticks to dinosaurs, though none of the familiar breeds played out in our collective childhood imaginations, but the commercials lead me to believe the series runs the gamut from giant insects to large, off-screen tentacled creatures.

The core gang are a University Professor, his Assistant (who looks like Rob Lowe with a left field hint of young Jeffrey Combs), his Student and resident dork, a random zoo worker and a government liaison to serve as said Prof’s foil.  The setup of ongoing obstacles, in addition to the hole through space and time, concerns the Professor’s quest for his wife, who just so happened to go missing in the very woods dinosaurs started to pour out of.

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