Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Terra Nova

I have been looking forward to many of new shows on TV this fall but none more than Terra Nova. I love the concept of settlers vs dinosaurs - 'Lost' combined with 'Jurassic Park'.

The year is 2149 and the world is on the verge of environmental collapse. The air people breath is so toxic that they can't travel anywhere without using special breathing masks. During research, scientists discovered that they had discovered the means to travel back in time - in this case a one way ticket to the Earth as it was 85 million years again.

The show centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

I enjoyed this pilot episode a lot. The setting is fantastic and the dinosaur effects are pretty sweet for a television show. The lead actors are very good especially Stephen Lang as Nathanial Taylor, the leader of Terra Nova. He has the right mix of hardness and secrets to make him interesting to follow.

The action here is intense. Nothing like being on the menu makes someone jump at the sound of every howling scream.

I also really liked the little girl's perspective on everything. She brought a sense of awe and wonder to this new world. I like how the creators have thought about the little things like the larger moon in the sky and the different constellations. I am sure all that information will make sense in the future as we get more into the mystery of what happened to Taylor's son and the 'Sixers'.

I am jumping into this one with both feet despite the fact that this is a FOX program and they have a terrible track record with shows I like.

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