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I tried to like Primeval New World, but just can’t…

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 4:09 pm

The New World team.

First, let me note I know Primeval New World isn’t yet available in the United States; don’t know when we get it officially, but right now it is only airing in Canada. Fortunately, I have friends in Canada (all over the world, actually) who “smuggle” me copies of programs I normally wouldn’t be able to see (like the excellent and now canceled Insecurity, or the strange yet interesting Continuum), so I’m a little ahead of most folks here. And even though the last few series of the British Primeval weren’t its finest, I still enjoyed it enough to look forward to Canada’s “sequel.”

Problem is, it just isn’t very good.

Let’s look at the overall concept, created by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, names I vaguely remember from some forgettable Star Trek novels. They have apparently decided to get as far away from the premise of the original Primeval as possible, managing to make Canada look pretty silly in the process. Where in England there is an entire governmental agency to handle the anomalies and the travelers through them, in Canada the government is blissfully ignorant, leaving it to a rich dot-commer and his rag-tag bunch to handle these time-portals. It’s as if Canada’s government is collectively the most stupid bunch of politicians on the planet, worse even than America’s Congress. Yipe.

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