When I first started watching this newly released series, Primal, I was not really sure what to expect other than intense violence.
As a through-and-through 90’s kid myself, well some violent cartoon with the animation style that is truly iconic to the era was just up my ally. I certainly did not expect to be blown away in a variety of ways I thought not possible simultaneously. From the first episode you are taken into an unknown yet familiar world. Reminiscent of the hardships floating around us in our everyday lives, while maintaining a distance that allows for an objective view. Each episode takes you on a roller-coaster of emotions while embodying the morality and duality of the lives of the two companions. Taking on the pure rage born out of empathy and the desire to be at peace is an uncomfortable task which I believe Primal has done excellently.
This five part series can only really be described as brutality in its purest form.
You are introduced to the main characters, Spear and Fang, on the day that they first find each other. Spear is a caveman fighting for survival in this prehistoric setting when he befriends Fang, a T-rex-like dinosaur. It is here that the stage for the raw, heart-grating tension and anguish is set. As they continue their journey through the unforgiving landscape you find yourself going along with them as they discover this unknown bond that they have embarked on together. Even though this series is rough and leaves you feeling a little hollow inside, it is a fantastic piece of art.
It visually tells a story in such a way that is absolute perfection. It is as it should be and a masterpiece I am more than glad to have been around to enjoy in its first moments.
As a kid from the 90s, I really loved every minute of this series. It took apart all those feelings of mistrust, despair, confusion and loneliness which I remember experiencing as a kid. The 90s was a weird time, it was the beginning of a new way of thinking while coming down from the 80s.
Plus, if you don’t take my word for it, you can rest easy in knowing that the creator of Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky is the creator and director of this epic tale. Having aired on 7 October 2019 all episodes are out and just waiting for you.