Primal

Primal – River of Snakes

by Alan Rapp on February 13, 2020

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  • Title: Primal – River of Snakes
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Primal - River of Snakes television review

The second episode of Primal examines the difficulty of man and dinosaur attempting to coexist together, no easy feat for Spear as Fang continually beats out the caveman in hunting. The two mismatched travelers make an odd pair which allows both for the episode’s humor and the rising tension of the two coming to blows before stumbling on new threat. It’s only when the pair are forced to work together to survive a flood filled with killer snakes that each manages to better understand and respect the other. It’s the selfish Fang who offers the first olive branch by returning the caveman’s broken spear thereby mending fences before the next obstacle comes over the horizon.

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Primal – Spear and Fang

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2020

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  • Title: Primal – Spear and Fang
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Primal - Spear and Fang television review

Genndy Tartakovsky, who gave us the brilliance of Samurai Jack, turns his attention to the “dawn of evolution” for a new series featuring a caveman and dinosaur. The pair are united in the first episode of the series, “Spear and Fang,” through tragedy and shared loss. Presented without dialogue and set to a classic score, the series doesn’t play with aspect-ration like Jack did, but does offer plenty of close-ups and slow-motion to underscore ideas and feelings. While I cringe at the thought of certain people mistakenly believing the show’s plot somehow legitimizes the inane idea that man and dinosaurs ever co-existed, Tartakovsky provides an intriguing set-up here that delivers on the show’s title given the emotions it puts on display.

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