Terra Nova 1 Season 2011

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Season 1
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Starring:
Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes
Original air date:
September 26, 2011

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Season 1

Customer Reviews

Show seems like its got good potential.
Christian Keays
It was full of excitement, great characters, and an awesome story line.
KasseyTut
I love sci-fi, dinosaurs and a family show, this had it all.
Steve E.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kacunnin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2011
WHAT REMAINS (episode 3 of TERRA NOVA) actually takes a step in the right direction. While the cute-factor is still ratcheted up a bit too much for my taste, there is enough going on in this episode to keep me interested.

First, the positives:

1. The dinosaur shots, while few and far between, seemed more realistic and scary (probably because of how little we actually see of them). There is a very cool shot of a carnosaurus at the start of the episode (not that it's an original shot, but it works), and some nice jumpy raptor-style dinos later in the episode. This is good.

2. The relationship between Jim and Elisabeth makes more sense in this episode, and they actually seem to like each other. Additionally, while the writers could have pushed a romantic triangle (Jim-Elisabeth-Malcolm), they really don't. Jim and Elisabeth are committed. I like that (no soapy melodrama here).

3. The mysteries, while still hovering in the background, do poke their heads out in this episode. The strange markings on the rocks are referenced, and Taylor's past makes for some interesting conflict. And then there's the intriguing bar owner, who is secretly trading with the Sixers (and has clearly been leaking info to them). And we learn that the Sixers have ways of communicating with 2149. All of this is interesting. All of this makes me want to watch more episodes.

Now, the negatives:

1. The teen romance stuff is just bad. Josh and Skye have no chemistry. They kiss in this episode, but it's nothing. Josh still longs for Kara, and Skye wants to help him bring Kara to Terra Nova (no clue why - if she wants Josh, why bring in the girlfriend?). Maddie's "date" with the young officer is equally bad.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By kacunnin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2011
TERRA NOVA, Fox-TV's sci-fi dino-enhanced adventure series is a little bit JURASSIC PARK, a little but LOST, a little bit AVATAR, and a little bit LOST IN SPACE. The series begins on a future Earth (the year is 2149) plagued with poisonous air, over-population, greed, and crime - it's a pretty typical scenario. To escape their doomed world, groups of people are time-traveling to "Terra Nova," a settlement in the jungle 85 million years in the past. The focus here is on the Shannon family - dad Jim (Jason O'Mara) is an ex-cop serving time in prison for a "population crime" (he and his wife had one child too many), wife Elisabeth (Shelley Conn) is a surgeon, son Josh (Landon Liboiron) is a typical snarky teen, daughter Maddy (Naomi Scott) is a science nerd, and youngest daughter Zoe (Alana Mansour) is the one that got Dad in all that trouble with the Population Police.

When Elisabeth gets recruited for Terra Nova, it's the family's chance to escape their doomed world and start over. Elisabeth helps Jim escape from prison, he bribes someone to sneak Zoe out of wherever she's being kept, and they all make it through the time portal to their new world. Terra Nova is a settlement in the middle of the Cretaceous jungle, surrounded by high fences to keep out the dinosaurs. The Shannon family gets a cute little bungalow to live in and Elisabeth starts her job in the settlement's hospital. Jim starts working as a glorified gardener, but quickly proves how valuable he will be as a law enforcer. Because Terra Nova is threatened by a group of renegade settlers called "Sixers" who are hell-bent on causing trouble. Everything is run by military big-wig Nathaniel Taylor (AVATAR's Stephen Lang), whose job it is to keep both dinosaurs and Sixers at bay.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By kacunnin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2011
I don't quite know what to say about TERRA NOVA's fantastically exciting 2-part finale - the kids' show we had all grown to love suddenly erupted into a full-scale TV14-rated epic, complete with unrelenting violence, wide-spread devastation, and genuine, edge-of-your-seat style thrills. Yes, TERRA NOVA went ballistic. Suddenly it felt like I was watching an episode of 24 (yes, director Jon Cassar is an alum of that torture-fest). No "Go Away Spider" songs in this episode - just full-out action from start to finish.

It's really hard to write about this episode without giving too much away, and giving things away would be a shame. So here goes - I'll do my best to give you a feel for what this double episode is all about without spoiling the ride:

First, the positives:

1. The pace is fantastic - things get going from the first shot, as Lucas makes it back to 2149 and begins plotting Terra Nova's downfall with the Phoenix Group, an evil-doing Special Forces squad led by a guy named Weaver. They're going to go all medieval on Taylor and his fellow colonists so they can strip-mine the Cretaceous for its precious ore. Meanwhile, Taylor and his less-special-but-loyal troops are awaiting the return of Lucas and the marauders. They think they're prepared - they're sadly mistaken. Something horribly effective happens that turns the tables very quickly and leaves us with dead people and the very real aftermath of a very real war. Within 10 minutes, everything we knew about Terra Nova had changed. The pace never lets up - Taylor and his guys become rebel insurgents, fighting from a secret base in the jungle. Jim and the Terra Nova survivors work from the inside to help the insurgents.
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