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Primeval: New World

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Limp dino-chasing drama has excessive gore, lacks thrills.

TV Syfy Drama 2013
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Who doesn't love watching dinosaurs fight? Many fine film and television action scenes have hinged on just such a simple thrill, from the original King Kong to Land of the Lost. It's a durable sci-fi staple because it works: People are scared of dinosaurs and fascinated by them in equal measure. So why is the action in Primeval: New World so inert? Probably because minutes and minutes go by without any dinos onscreen, while the viewer watches a bunch of unrealistically good-looking yet terribly bland cops and scientists talk about what will happen when the dinosaurs show up next.

Not only are most of the goings-on kind of slow and tedious, the dialogue is absolutely ridiculous. Viewers are used to weathering the nonsense tech-babble on Syfy's typical fare, but on better shows these throwaway lines are anchored by those that provide, oh, character development or drama. Something to make you care about the woman or man about to get his or her head ripped off by a T-Rex. Alas, Primeval: New World is all dull police chasing, enlivened by the occasional reptile murder. Yawn.

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