I was bored and couldn't sleep, so I finally caved in and decided to give Primeval: New World a watch. I just finished the first episode (after scouring the internet for a decent upload), and I'm certainly on the fence. The creatures are no surprise to me, I already knew they were terribly designed (I wish they'd used the more awesome raptor and Pteranodon CGI models from the original series, these new ones look like crap). The plot seemed like a rough start too, and I would have turned my attention to other things except that THEY ENDED THE FIRST EPISODE WITH A CLIFFHANGER... So now I have no choice but to watch the second episode. Ugh.
Well you've got a problem. Wikipedia says it was canceled after the first season.
I don't agree with Tom here, in my opinion New World is not that bad. There are few episodes which don't contribute much to the story, but sort of develop some of the characters. Of course the creatures' designs are mostly bad as everyone can guess, but ignoring this the show serves good entertainment to the viewer (for a creature-of-the-week kind of sci-fi show anyway). It gets better towards the end, but in the end there is a lot of wasted potential due to the premature ending of the series after only one season.
Spoiler alert: it sucks.
So far, I agree with you on all but one episode. I'm not yet half way through the season though, and obviously one episode can't hold up a whole season.
I haven't watched anymore since we last spoke except for the last 5-10 minutes of the finale. Tomozaurus and I were basically just making fun of how overdramatic it was (everything was in slow-motion and it had some lady singing), but what made me want to facepalm was that (really vague spoilers if you're concerned about them) the ending was pretty much a rip-off of the first series of the British Primeval's cliffhanger. No, I'm not kidding. At all.
I just finished the whole season, and if I do say so myself you made a terribly inaccurate accusation.
Wow, already? What do you consider different about this ending (though I must admit that I was referring more to how they showed it and what Evan said)?
Most importantly, we don't actually know what happens after Evan and Dylan return through the anomaly. They know that they changed something, but what and how? In the cliffhanger for Primeval S1, we know Claudia doesn't exist anymore; the cliffhanger is anticipating how Cutter is going to cope with that. In the P:NW cliffhanger, the matter of our anticipation is what changed in the first place. We're not even thinking yet about how Evan and Dylan are going to cope with it. The only similarity between the two cliffhangers that I'm aware of is the ominous butterfly effect, which in my opinion more contributes to the story as a clever plot device than it detracts as a rip-off. Anyone who is familiar with the Primeval S1 cliffhanger are well aware of the risks Evan and Connor keep warning everyone about. When we watch all of the other characters ignorantly overlooking these warnings (particularly Angelika and the military characters), we know exactly what their ignorance is preluding. We know the consequences, Evan and Connor know the consequences, but Angelika and the military do not. This element includes us as not only observers of the drama but participants of it. Because we know the shit-storm that all of the ignorant characters are about to rain on their own heads, we feel helpless as we watch the ignorant many destroy the lives of the enlightened few. Similar camera angles and dialogue can be deceiving to the originality--and more importantly, the intensity--of not merely the cliffhanger but the entire finale if you're not watching it right. P:NW had a damn good finale, I'll give it that.
So far, I'm getting a lot of "rip-off" vibes. It's almost like the writers watched the original series and were like, "Hey, this scene/plot element is cool! Let's rehash it."