I have been an avid Primeval fan virtually since the show first kicked off in 2007 (actually the first series had already aired by the time I discovered Primeval, but I remember it was sometime between Series 1 and 2 that the show caught my attention). Primeval was a part of my life ever since; I own all five series.
Key words: "have been" and "was".
After Primeval returned from "extinction" (which is rare, a TV series making a comeback after cancellation) in some ways it stepped up it's game and in other ways it seemed as though the show should have remained axed. There was a lot that I appreciated about the "new series"; the tone was darker, the special effects were better and most significantly it saved Primeval from what many consider to be an aberration (Series 3). But in my opinion it went too far and ultimately couldn't handle itself. The scripting was pretty lazy especially in Series 5, the new characters were cardboard and some of the original characters (Lester, specifically) were flanderized because it honestly didn't seem that the screenwriters tried very hard. And good characters are half the battle when it comes to developing a winningly good story. Essentially, the post-cancellation reboot (particularly Series 5) was sloppy. I shouldn't even need to mention the ruddy filming and editing issues I noticed in Series 5 (the absolute worst was a scene where upwards of five minutes of footage from Series 4 was rehashed for a scripted scene in Series 5), it was poorly scripted and poorly produced. It was horrible. Series 4 saved Primeval, and Series 5 killed it.
So the question I'm asking is, will Primeval: New World save the canon-universe from The Slop (Series 5) like Series 4 saved Primeval from The Aberration (Series 3)? I have seen the new two-minute trailer (which is what inspired me to write this journal entry), and from what I can figure New World seems as though much more effort was given to the characters and story; which is ultimately what matters regardless of how awesome the creatures may be, and is especially vital for my personal revival of Primeval fanaticism because it will give me new characters to love and a fresh story to follow.
If the characters and story of New World are good enough to save the show for me, there will still be other issues particularly regarding the creatures themselves that I will need to settle before I can revive my fanaticism again. I have seen the creature lineup for the first season of New World; three of the creatures are non-canonical recreations of counterparts from the original British show, which is extremely frustrating and I don't understand why they do that. It only creates more annoying holes in the canon-universe that only the fans will ever bother to fix because fans want the world they love to make sense apparently more than the storyteller does, and if a decent answer isn't written into the script than the fans will create their own in one manner or another.
If anyone has not yet seen the new trailer, here it is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K0-LK…