Primal is more mature and somber than his previous works. It's a visual marvel: Animated in a heavily lined 2D style, the series' stark, arresting style matches its gripping narrative. Its lack of dialogue -- or at the very least, dialogue in English -- means that the brunt of the storytelling falls to carefully animated facial expressions and body language.
It's nuanced, impactful, and unlike many animated series on television today, it takes its time. There's a rare kind of stillness to Primal that's deeply immersive; the lack of dialogue forces viewers to devote their full attention to what's happening on screen to avoid missing a beat. Punctuated by deeply violent sequences that highlight the Primal's life-or-death ethos, it's a show that makes it difficult to tear yourself away.
Despite that, Primal is all about the story. "I'm not a violent person at all," Tartakovsky told Entertainment Weekly, "and I don't want to show violence for violence's sake. When we went into a sequence we always wanted to make sure we were doing it for a reason. That way we become honest with it."
Ultimately, Primal is fresh, visceral, and incredibly Tartakovsky. Built on the foundation of a career's worth of experience and a dedication to animation, it's a must-see series.
Primal premiered on Monday, October 7, at midnight ET on Adult Swim. The first five episodes will air at the same time each night through Friday, October. 11.