March 10th, 2007

dread

Baaaa

Meh.

Or perhaps Meh-eh-eh.

We've just been watching Shaun the Sheep, from Aardman. It's been on kiddies' TV all last week, and it rocks.
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Primeval

We've watched most of these now. We missed 'em at first, when it actually started, and I remember positive comments from lone_magpie and watervole. But I'd been recording them, and we got around to watching in the end.

It's dreadful.

It didn't start out well. Okay-ish, in a "that was quite crap but could go somewhere" kind of way, but unfortunately the "somewhere" in question was "down the toilet".

Mainly, the problem is that the characters don't do anything remotely intelligent. They're doing cliched things instead, more because it seems expected of a TV programme at that point, than because the characters or even the story has driven it to that point. katlinel said, "this is written for children, isn't it?" And everyone knows they can't tell when they're fed any old rubbish...

The tragedy is that the character animation on the creatures is pretty damn good, so they've wasted so much effort in the effects, and ignored the writing. Bah.

In interviews, the makers are at pains to point out that this isn't Doctor Who. They're damn right about that. Alas.