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Primal Season 2 Blu-ray Review

“Primal” remains one of the best series you probably don’t know about.

In the 10 episode second season of the adult animated series by creator Genndy Tartakovsky (best known for “Samurai Jack” and the “Hotel Transylvania” films), Fang and Spear set sail to find the captured Mira and wind up facing numerous enemies that include Vikings (who have enslaved people that include Mira), conquering Egyptian Warriors led by Queen Ima (who have also enslaved many people), and a Viking Chieftain who made a deal with the underworld to seek revenge against Spear. Violent battles aside, the core theme of season 2 is family as Spear’s bond with Mira grows and Fang gives birth to 2 children. Elsewhere in the season there are plots involving Fang meeting another T-Rex (Red),  an enslaved warrior named Kamau whose daughter is being held captive by Ima, and a very unique one off episode that involves Charles Darwin, scientists, an escaped inmate, and primal man.

The Adult Swim series “Primal” may be too dark and violent for some as it certainly doesn’t pull any punches, but for those looking for something decidedly different from the norm, Genndy Tartakovsky’s saga about a caveman and a dinosaur continues to be the perfect antidote. 

Given that the series is light on dialogue, “Primal” is a series that really leans into visual storytelling which is what animation and television ultimately are. The character may not say much, but their actions speak louder than words. The series really takes you by surprise from the get go. Who would have thought a series about a dinosaur and a caveman to be so raw, emotional, bloody, and, obviously, primal? It takes you on an unexpected journey and, if the deeply surprising season finale is any indication, a potential third season will propel the series in an entirely new direction too. Simply put, with so many shows being very safe entertainment, it’s thrilling to see a show like “Primal” take risks. 

The animation continues to be stunning. Even though it is digital animation, it has the look and feel of hand drawn animation. The use of color and the character’s facial expressions are worthy of a Chef’s kiss. 


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? The gorgeous animation shines in hi-def. This is the best way to watch the series.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Whether Fang is roaring or Spear is engaging in combat, this 5.1 track is nothing if not effective.

The lone extra is a near 14 minute featurette titled “Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal: Inside The Evolution” which is a roundtable discussion with creator/director Genndy Tartakovsky, art director  Scott Wills, writer Darrick Bachman and voice actor Aaron LaPlante about season 2. 


April 26, 2023 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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