Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal: Season 1
October 11, 2019 11:57 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Primal features a caveman at the dawn of evolution. A dinosaur on the brink of extinction. Bonded by tragedy, this unlikely friendship becomes the only hope of survival in a violent, primordial world.
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posted by curious nu at 10:22 AM on October 13, 2019

This is essentially the dialogue-less episodes of Samurai Jack x Ellis' Castlevania. I guess this is what happens when GT can show actual killing instead of just robots? Also he's clearly got a thing for mastodons.

I dunno. More later. This was just brutal and I have complicated feelings about it. I don't recommend anyone binge it if they have low-to-moderate violence thresholds.
posted by curious nu at 10:24 AM on October 13, 2019

I liked it. I tend to like Gendy's stuff in general and the lack of dialogue in particular. Probably desensitized to the violence and gore from anime. (and not necessarily understanding the dialog anyways). So I hope it holds up. Also brings back Heavy Metal and cartoons before the age they got neutered.
posted by zengargoyle at 3:06 PM on October 13, 2019

I did not expect a grim'n'gritty Alley-Oop reboot, yet here we are. The hell of it is that it's also really, really good. No dialog, intense emotions, conflicting goals, unrestrained violence, beautiful cinematography by way of animation, just wow.
posted by Slap*Happy at 11:58 PM on November 14, 2019 [4 favorites]


posted by rebent at 6:43 PM on July 13, 2022 [2 favorites]

Yup, just getting into this in season two, and it is really, really, good, if you are okay with the violence. It is tender, sad, hopeful, and visually stunning. The lack of dialogue makes one pay attention to the visual and audio storytelling. Where can I binge season one?

HOLY SHIT indeed. The episode I just watched for the second time, Vidarr I think, was just friggin wonderful.
posted by vrakatar at 11:29 PM on August 20, 2022

I think the quality of this show depends oh the quality of the sound system I watch it on. It is so precisely created. Really fantastic.

And, I HATE so much that happens in the show because I hate conflict. That's part of what I love about this show - "escaping" or voyaging into a world where conflict means something else, where there is no history, where survival is what matters.

I am curious if they will do any more world building to explain why the world is as it is.
posted by rebent at 8:06 AM on August 23, 2022

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