PRIMEVAL Episode 1 Review

Primeval -  Abby (Hannah Spearritt), Connor (Andrew Lee Potts), Cutter (Douglas Henshall), Claudia (Lucy Brown), Stephen (James Murray) and Captain Tom (Mark Wakeling)

The Brits have done it again and created a new awesome TV show called PRIMEVAL.

Premiering Saturday, August 9, at 9pm on BBC America, the show follows a team consisting of zoologist, Nick Cutter and his research assistant Stephen Hart, zoologist Abby Maitland, and student palaeontologist Connor Temple, as they try to understand what brought a prehistoric predator Gorgonopsid into our world. Yep, that’s right we’re talking dinosaurs, but unlike in Jurassic Park where they are “contained” on an island, these dinosaurs roam free among us. And so Nick and his team along with Government officials James Lester and Claudia Brown, who try to keep this information secret from the public, will have to work together in order to “save the world” or at least their city.

Primeval -  Abby (Hannah Spearritt), Cutter (Douglas Henshall), James (Ben Miller), Claudia (Lucy Brown)

I found the first episode of Primeval so entertaining and actually quite smart. There is an explanation as to how the dinosaurs got into our world but we don’t really know why it happened, which is part of why you want to keep tuning in. And although you might be inclined to think this is a show about dinosaurs, let me assure you that it is not. Already in episode 2, Nick and his team come face to face with supersized spiders in the subway, and lord knows what else for the rest of the season. I am actually looking forward to see what other types of creatures find their way into our world.

But back to the first episode, another layer is also added to the story when we learn that Nick’s wife, who he thought was dead, might actually still be alive. But finding her will be another problem to solve.

Primeval - Abby (Hannah Spearritt) and Connor (Andrew Lee Potts)

And finally, and that’s my favorite, not all creature on Primeval are evil (hey that rhymes!). Abby Maitland (the zoologist) finds and becomes quite attached to the cutest small lizard. I mean that only sold me on the show, but I’m easy that way, just throw in some cute animal and you got me.

For those not as easily persuaded, I will say this, Primeval is definitely worth a look. The actors are strong and the storylines solid, plus there is a lot of action (you know, the creatures on the loose thing is pretty exhausting).

Don’t forget to watch the premiere of Primeval on Saturday, August 9, at 9pm on BBC America.

You can check out pictures from the first episode of Primeval here.