I've given it the first 2 episodes. The first looked much more promising. Mysterious petroglyphys, generated by the Head Man's missing son have some potential. Maybe some conspiracy theory business around the edges. Certainly will be shenanigans about who's invited to the colony. Got the renegade "sixers" who are doing their own thing outside the main colony. Generally very good looking creatures, which are kinda cool.
A few premise points which might be problematic. Time-travel transport is unidirectional, but communication is apparently bi-directional. But they still don't seem to do a lot of communication with the future. Nothing I can't give them a chance to address.
The casting seems to me very, very vanilla. Looks like they're be more about the teenagers than I could give a crap about, & the interpersonal plotlines aren't looking really scintillating.
Also looks very expensive to produce.
Second episode tonight was much dumber than the premiere. Would have been a nice touch if they'd done a better job of homage to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As is, we got the head scientist with a crush on mom for triangle number 1. Son has a "girl friend" while still pinin' for the girlfriend in the future, for triangle number 2. Daughter of indeterminate age has a blossoming thing with one of the soldier boys. Maybe mom & dad are finally getting around to getting it on.
I'll probably give it another one or two viewings, but unless the writing smartens back up pretty fast, I'm thinking this isn't gonna stick.
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Basically, if they had ditched the family drama stuff and just made it Colonel Quaritch and Co. vs. the Dinosaurs, it might be worth viewing. As it is, I can get dumb, sullen teenagers doing dumb things in a billion other places on the tube. I like Jason O'Mara -- I think I'm one of the five people who watched the US version of Life on Mars -- but he's totally wasted here.
"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?"
Originally posted by emmaWhat are we thinking about Terra Nova?
I'm thinking I hated it. I haven't seen episode three yet, but this is my Tweeting of episodes one and two. (Which incidentally is Terra Nova 1x1, 1x2 - "Genesis, Parts 1 and 2" if a mod wants to adjust the thread title.)
BackoftheHead John Orquiola #terranova. The most trite, grating family of the future ends up 85 million years in the past. The Jetsons have more personality than them.
BackoftheHead John Orquiola #TerraNova is terra-ble. It's the kind of terra-ble where I'm yelling at the TV.
BackoftheHead John Orquiola Man alive, did I hate #TerraNova. What's the criteria for choosing who gets to time travel? "We need dummies. Real idiots. And stereotypes."
BackoftheHead John Orquiola #TerraNova premise: We have no means to halt environmental catastrophe! But we have time travel! Send idiots to the past to save humanity.
BackoftheHead John Orquiola The best #TerraNova character is the daughter who's smart. She knows facts. Useful info! And everyone regards her with withering looks.
BackoftheHead John Orquiola In a circumstance of time travel to a hostile past, the daughter who is intelligent is worth 50x more than her idiot brother. #TerraNova
BackoftheHead John Orquiola I liked the backstory of the Sixers. "They arrived at #TerraNova, took a look around, figured they'd take their chances elsewhere." No shit.
BackoftheHead John Orquiola No one on #TerraNova ever notices when dinosaurs show up. "WHOA! Dinosaurs are here!" They're gigantic. You can't hear them coming?
BackoftheHead John Orquiola Plus #TerraNova is protected by what looks like a bamboo fence. The entire compound is a @WWE Punjabi Prison match.
BackoftheHead John Orquiola Why are a herd of brachiosauruses allowed to graze right next to #TerraNova and eat all the flora? Are they tamed? "They DO move in herds."
BackoftheHead John Orquiola Everyone who contributed to the kid the Slasher raptor didn't kill saying, "THAT'S why they call them Slashers!" should be fired. #TerraNova
BackoftheHead John Orquiola Except for everything I just Tweeted and everything else about #TerraNova, otherwise the show is great. Hope it goes for ten seasons.
The trailer is fabulous, and I really hope the audience-at-large buys into the look. I also hope they don't sweeten the source material to appeal to a wider demographic. Batman Begins, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Sin City...