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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 29, 2012
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The spinoff of the British sci-fi series "Primeval" finds anomalies in Vancouver, Canada, where creatures from the past threaten earth once again.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 7, 2013
    The premiere is slow to start, but does get better if you hang in there--or in the case of the T-Rex, hang on there.
  2. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jun 6, 2013
    The sets are somewhat spartan, and the cast of investigators almost uniformly young and good looking (a token geezer gets eviscerated early on), never a good sign if big budgets and verisimilitude are your thing. Yet the animals that matter look terrifyingly real, and the prospect of watching the human cast try to put the ferocious visitors back where they came from before "history unravels" is exciting.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jun 10, 2013
    Ultimately, both series [Sinbad and Primeval: New World] are the TV equivalent of summer beach reading: popcorn fun while they last, but don't expect a lasting impression.
  4. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    May 24, 2013
    It is very, very bad. And yet: Dinosaurs! [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.131]
  5. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jun 10, 2013
    There's no real chemistry among the cast--or much of a plot.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 6, 2013
    Primeval, by contrast, makes the original series look like “King Kong” by comparison--not because the visual effects are bad, but because the plotting is so wooden that the human characters are about as interesting as impalas grazing in an open plain.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 7, 2013
    This thing is so bad, it makes SyFy's goofy piranha-gator-shark movies seem as if they were made by Terrence Malick.

See all 10 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Aug 17, 2013
    Frankly, any critic giving this show a ridiculously low score, or likening this show to other Syfy original movies such as "Mothman" or "Mega Piranha" is intellectually dishonest; however, I will admit that the show definitely had a slow and generally disappointing start. That said, the second half of the series offered generally good computer graphics (as opposed to most Syfy movies which seem to shoot for the most unrealistic dinosaurs possible), decent acting, and a somewhat engaging story-line (if you can get past the glaring holes in the time-space continuum story plot). I, at the very least, appreciate Syfy's apparent attempt to create a new dinosaur drama. While the show was not perfect, at least it seemed like a good-faith effort at creating something entertaining and in that regard, they succeeded, as the show was, at times, generally entertaining. In that regard, I am saddened that like other shows, (*ahem* Terra Nova what's in the badlands?!?!?!) I will likely not receive the closure that I desire. C'est la vie! Expand
  2. Jun 19, 2013
    It had a slow pilot, but it got better. it doesn't have much story, but the dinosaur action scenes make this show at least worth watching. It's interesting, but I don't think it will go very far. Collapse
  3. Jul 11, 2013
    Oh dear, another decent show that didn't make it across the pond so swimmingly. Shades of Being Human and Top Gear so sadly and badly misinterpreted by their U.S production teams. One of the original UK cast made a brief appearance in the first episode which raised my hopes a little but he soon vanished and the moment was lost. At least we have the re-imagining of the brilliant House of Cards but then again Kevin Spacey is almost a Brit these days. Expand
  4. Apr 15, 2014
    Lol no I'm so done with this show. I usually love crystal lowe's movies and shows but this one was just plain bad like I can't even. Very slow to start with boring. Bad acting, etc Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    This is really un-inpressive. It's such a shame, because the original British Primeval, i thought was amazing, but sadly New World just doesn't make me as excited as I was watching Primeval. A huge waste of potential too. An American series could've really made Primeval so much better. Expand