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So, anyone watch Terra Nova?

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Posted by Member # 3443
Dec 5th 2011 @ 03:40 PM

I'm not usually one for TV, but for some reason I've been tuning in every Monday for Terra Nova. The show's not particularly good (in fact, many elements of it are downright terrible), but it's been a bad year for scifi so I've had to settle for something on the cheesy side.

Like I said, the show could use quite a bit of work. Right now it's just a mishmash of concepts, each of which has been executed by a better show out there.

Terra Nova tries to emulate the political intrigue of Battlestar Galactica and ends up being overly simplistic. It wants to be like Lost and maintain a viewership by constantly raising tantalizing mysteries (yet I have a feeling that they will all be answered by the first season). They brought in one of the writers of the pretty successful Star Trek Voyager. Except it was Brannon Braga, one of the most hated contributors to the Star Trek franchise. And when it comes to the dinos, Terra Nova tries to look like Jurassic Park on what is clearly a TV budget.

The show does have some redeeming qualities, though. The family's pretty likeable, albeit stereotypical. Some may be put off by the show's focus on family (people want to see dinos!), but the writers are clearly trying. In fact, I would argue that family is the central, unifying motif of the show. Almost everyone's decisions are motivated by family; you can just imagine how many times blackmail comes up in the show.

An interesting contrast exists between the show's two main characters, Commander Taylor and Jim Shannon. Jim's the family guy--willing to go to great lengths to protect his family. Heck, he broke out of a max security prison, and traveled to another freakin' dimension just to see his family members again. Meanwhile, the commander nearly killed his own son for endangering the colony.

If the writers want to exploit the full potential of the show, they should focus on this dichtomoty. And here's the trick: make it not seem like a dichotomy at all. The continuous improvement of the show relies on avoiding cliches and predictable writing. Why can't the commander be right for once? Maybe sacrificing family is, ironically, the key to saving their colony. If the writers start dealing with these hard questions, I would totally cut the show more slack.

Anyway, that's my rant for today. If you're masochistic, like laughing at hilariously bad moments on TV, or try to see the good points of turds, shoot me a message! I'd love to meet some like-minded people.

Posted by Member # 2367
Dec 24th 2011 @ 10:57 AM

Hello there well I watch the show too. I sure hope it comes back with Season 2 as I've heard mixed reactions to this show.

Posted by Member # 4306
Mar 1st 2012 @ 03:23 PM

i watch teras nova and hope it comes back too.i love that show.they really put it together very well.hope it comes back on soon i miss watching it.i love all the action in it

Posted by Member # 2367
Mar 22nd 2012 @ 12:41 AM

I guess you heard that it was cancelled and may never be picked up again.

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