A caveman forms a bond with a dinosaur as they struggle to survive in a hostile world.
Primal, for the very brief run it has been on in 3 years, sets an exemplary tone of adult animated shows can be more than "complex inter galactic warfare brimmed with meta-humour and anti-meta-narrative" or to simply put "haha, sex is funny" or "laugh in the misery of the supposed glassed virgin," or "haha, depressed guy taking drugs, hope they get better soon" which sadly has been the forefront of Adult Swim, or what seems to be the norm at the doorstep of its content. Primal seeks out to nullify that, and it all needed to do was to go back to their roots, quite literally even, and tell a narrative of how a man, aptly named Spear, and his rival-first/semi-pet friend-later Tyrannosaurus Rex, also aptly named Fang, setting up their character without a coherent piece of exchange of dialogue between the two, unless you count constant gruntling, using their instincts to work together, overcoming challenges and it's beautiful. Primal is a visual masterclass on how "show and tell" is a more of a ingenious tactic from the creators of the forefather, primitive for the creation of Adult Swim later on, Gendy, besides his art-work, was creatively bounded by the suitable watchers of young children and early teens but always managed to pull of the darker strings in PowerPuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory, and unfortunately almost capped that off with the almost brilliant it set out to be in Sym-bionic Titan in his later parts of his career. Nevertheless, greenlighted to make a mature version of Samurai Jack, which by all-means is an all timer in it's own right, Gendy's true vision in storytelling unlocks at the helms of his latest project in Primal. While being creative in his designs, it's always a tougher challenge to make your art speak volumes, and ironically enough, the lack of dialogues amplifies how it achieves that, while concomitantly builds the tension it's rooted itself in the setting he chose. While yes, the "focus-on-character, shock-face, reveal-dilemma" might get a bit jaded and repetitive for the amounts of time they limit themselves, it does however create for a violent contention of World Building, which I believe would never be suitably built elsewhere except in the realm of Primal, that episode in, episode out has been subjected with consistent writing. Primarily built on 2 characters, there's always a case of how stagnant the show can get, with only a singular filler in a span of 20 episodes separating them, the layers on either of them hinders from them being just that and probably why the "anthology-aspect and feel" of the show helps that as well while being in the major compound focus of the theme, i-e, Survival. All in all, a sublime watch for gore fans, history fans and people who are looking for animated recommendations. Season 1: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ (9.0/10) Season 2: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½ (9.0/10)