Prehistoric Park - The Complete Series
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I should not have liked this show at all. It was beyond cheesy, and looked like a hokey mix of Croc Hunter and Jurassic Park. But oddly, I was hooked during the first episode. Itís dumb, but addictive.
Nigel Marven (played by Nigel Marven) runs a big animal sanctuary, and his goal is to go back in time to capture dinosaurs and keep them in modern times in the name of saving them from extinction. Now, Noah taught us a while ago that the key to this process is getting breeding pairs, but Nigel seems like sheís just randomly grabbing every animal that crosses his path. But hey, maybe thatís why he runs a cool dinosaur sanctuary and Iím here in a cold room with a DVD player.
To make the trek across space and time, Nigel uses this cool device thatís like a portable Stargate. He hits the period of time he wants, sticks a couple of metal posts in the ground to fire up the portal, and then coerces dinosaurs through it. Once the animals come through to the modern times, right hand man Rod gets them set up in their new homes, and vet Suzanne checks them out. All the dinos are given names, which adds to their personality level. Will I watch other episodes to see if the previous catches are getting along? Well sure!
The sneaky show was also teaching me along the way. Since each episode begins with a rundown of where and when Nigelís headed, I was learning about the prehistoric timelines and where in the modern world different animals lived. Not fair! I didnít come here to get smarter!
Again, I shouldnít have liked this, but I did. The storyline, the compassion of the park crew and even the cheesy CGI grew on me. I couldnít stop watching it. Combining a nature show with a plotline isnít groundbreakingÖbut ďPrehistoric ParkĒ does it well. With six episodes on the DVD collection, it makes for a few evenings of solid entertainment. Itís a 3 Ĺ canner and some great family fare.
Added: Wednesday, June 06, 2007
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