Terra Nova (season 1)

{4/5} “Citizens of 2149! We destroyed our home. The world you left behind fell victim to greed and war. We have been entrusted with a second chance to get it right.”

Terra Nova season 1, aired in 2011

This show takes place in the future when Earth has become crowded and not-so-nice. They’ve discovered a rift in time that lets them send people back in time 85 million years. Of course, 85 million years ago is when the dinosaurs were around. But there are lots of people willing to risk the danger for a fresh start.

The premise made the show irresistible. Unfortunately, the episodes were a bit disappointing in the story department — until the finale, where they kicked things up a notch. The finale demonstrated that season 2 has the potential to be better than season 1. As of now, Fox hasn’t decided yet whether there’s going to be a season 2.

They spent a lot of money on this show. And it’s on display — with the outdoor sets and CGI dinosaurs they’re almost making a movie for each episode. Every couple of episodes someone gets eaten by a dinosaur, so that’s always fun.

Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers. Most of the cast I didn’t recognize but Stephen Lang (the colonel from Avatar) plays Commander Taylor, the man in charge of the colony. Happily his character here is more interesting than the one in Avatar.

I’m giving it 4/5. For comparison, other shows I’ve watched recently got 5/5 (Battlestar Galactica) and 4.5/5 (Caprica, Dollhouse, Flashforward, Heroes, and Stargate SG-1).

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One Response to “Terra Nova (season 1)”

  1. Dave Switzer Says:

    There was no season 2.

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