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Recap / Primal 2019 E 6 Plague Of Madness

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An Argentinosaurus herd is peacefully grazing on their nesting grounds when one of them gets bitten by a horrifying-looking, zombie-like hadrosaur. Soon, the bitten dinosaur starts showing similar, zombie-like symptoms to the hadrosaur, and eventually turns into a rampaging monster, slaughtering its entire herd and their nests. Spear and Fang chance upon the massacred dinosaurs, and get chased down by the infected monster. They spend the night in a cave hiding from the monster, where Spear has a nightmare of getting infected himself. After the duo leaves the cave, they get attacked again by the monster, who eventually follows them into a volcano and falls into lava from its weight. The episode ends with Spear and Fang somberly watching the creature burning to death.

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This episode features the following tropes:

  • Artistic License – Paleontology: The sauropods are shown chewing their food, and are also able to gallop, which would be impossible for such a large animal.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Spear and Fang end up in a volcanic field and are able to navigate it even though the floor itself should've been too hot to even cross. It's only making contact with the lava itself that seems to have any effect.
  • Convenient Weakness Placement: Spear and Fang happen to come across a volcanic field after crossing the ravine, where the lava turns out to be the only thing capable of killing the plague monster.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: The plagued Argentinosaurus makes its presence known to Spear and Fang by slowly rising up behind them from a prone position.
  • Evil Smells Bad: The scent the plague monster leaves on the dead Argentinosaurus herd members repulses Fang.
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  • Gentle Giant Sauropod: Initially played straight with the Argentinosaurus herd peacefully grazing in the valley. Then gets horrifyingly averted by the infected Argentinosaurus, who becomes an Ax-Crazy, destructive monster.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: While Spear and Fang sneak past the infected Argentinosaurus, we get to see a close-up of the thing's flesh melting/rotting off its sickly-green sore-covered body, accompanied with disgusting noises.
  • Instant Illness: It takes a few seconds for the Argentinosaurus to start showing signs of infection after being bitten by the infected hadrosaur.
  • Kill It with Fire: The ultimate fate of the plague monster is falling into the volcano and burning to death.
  • Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: Not only can Spear and Fang easily walk next to pools of lava and only mildly get hurt when it splatters on them, but the plague monster sinks into it as if it was in a pool of mud.
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  • Logical Weakness: The plague monster's size and weight do it no favours when it tries to chase Spear and Fang down a ravine, gets it temporarily stuck when it tries to get through the narrow exit, and ultimately does it in when it jumps towards the duo but cracks the fragile lava rock and sinks into lava a second time.
  • A Molten Date with Death: How the plague monster meets its end, although it takes being submerged in lava twice before it finally dies and turns to ash in the wind.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Spear gets one, where he and Fang get bitten by the infected dinosaur and turn into plague monsters themselves.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Spear is a brave caveman who normally charges into battle with animals many time his size. He's absolutely terrified of the plague monster and spends almost the entire episode in fear from it.
  • Run or Die: Neither Spear nor Fang can do anything against this monster, other than running away from it and/or trying to sneak past it.
  • Shown Their Work: The sauropods have the correct forefoot shape, with only one claw.
  • Stunned Silence: Fang and Spear don't bat an eye when they see a single dead Argentinosaurus but when they see that the entire herd had been slaughtered yet left uneaten, both are left gazing silently once they see the full extent of the carnage.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: The infected Argentinosaurus attacks everything in sight without any self-preservation instinct. It runs into a volcano completely ignoring the lava and even survives being submerged in it the first time.
  • Technically Living Zombie: The infected dinosaurs do not actually die from the plague, but they turn into zombie-like monsters with green, rotting flesh and red eyes. In fact, none of the Argentinosaurus that were clearly bitten and killed by the infected one rose back up as zombies, meaning that the plague only affects those that are still alive.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Fang is alive and well in this episode, despite seemingly getting killed in the previous one.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The plague monster tramples all the Argentinosaurus eggs, presumably including its very own offspring, and slaughters the juveniles in the herd along with the adults.

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