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Terra Nova: Season 1

Released on 24 September 2012

Featuring: Jason O'Mara, Christine Adams & Byron J. Brochmann

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Terra Nova follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149, the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in doubt, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past.

When scientists at the FERMI Particle Accelerator unexpectedly discovered a fracture in time that made it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion was born to resettle humanity in the past - a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time. The series centres on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony established in this beautiful yet forbidding land. Jim Shannon (Jason O'Mara), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new world of limitless beauty, mystery and terror.

Episodes comprise:
Genesis (Part 1)
Genesis (Part 2)
Instinct
What Remains
The Runaway
Bylaw
Nightfall
Proof
Vs.
Now You See Me
Within
Occupation
Resistance

  • Extended finale
  • Deleted scenes
  • Director's Diaries - Making the Pilot
  • Occupation/Resistance Extended Episode
  • Mysteries Explored Cretaceous Life: The Dinosaurs of Terra Nova
  • Audio Commentary on Occupation/Resistance with Stephen Lang, Brannon Braga and Rene Echevarria
  • Gag Reel

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 Fails to Live up to The Hype

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Seeing as the premise for this show involved people travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs I wasn't exactly expecting a drama series with the emotional depth of something like Breaking Bad or Mad Men. What I was expecting however was to be entertained (Spielberg was responsible for Jurassic Park after all!) unfortunately, despite all the pre-pilot hype, Terra Nova fails on almost every count.

The much hyped special effects are almost laughable in places and are still leagues behind modern day big budget movies, or the 15 year old Jurassic Park for that matter, and the action sequences lack any tension or sense of danger. Add to this the fact that the characters are so cliched, the dialogue so cheesy and the plotlines so incredibly dull that it is impossible to even begin to care about their plight and you have an example of what happens when TV goes wrong.

Fortunately thanks to rapidly declining viewers in the US a second season now looks unlikely.

 Fails to Live up to The Hype

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Seeing as the premise for this show involved people travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs I wasn't exactly expecting a drama series with the emotional depth of something like Breaking Bad or Mad Men. What I was expecting however was to be entertained (Spielberg was responsible for Jurassic Park after all!) unfortunately, despite all the pre-pilot hype, Terra Nova fails on almost every count.

The much hyped special effects are almost laughable in places and are still leagues behind modern day big budget movies, or the 15 year old Jurassic Park for that matter, and the action sequences lack any tension or sense of danger. Add to this the fact that the characters are so cliched, the dialogue so cheesy and the plotlines so incredibly dull that it is impossible to even begin to care about their plight and you have an example of what happens when TV goes wrong.

Fortunately thanks to rapidly declining viewers in the US a second season now looks unlikely.

 TERRA-SIC PARK

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Drawing comparisons to Avatar, Jurassic Park and Primeval, Terra Nova follows mankinds attempt to start life over again in the past after the future Earth becomes overpopulated, overdeveloped and polluted. When a portal to the distant past is created several members of the human race head back to the lush, natural environment of dino times to start their lives again in a new fresh environment, however a group of natives and an evil corporation seem determined to strip this new world of all it is worth leading to an ongoing battle with the new residents. With obvious input from Steven Spielberg, Terra Nova certainly has an interesting concept behind it that is sadly not explored to its full potential.

While the scale of the show is impressive and the story arc shows some promise, the show, sadly, focuses too much on the wooden and very dull characters of the Shannon family rather than the interesting ones (and there are several). In addition to this the show seems to take a story-of-the-week approach for the majority of the time, which is disappointing as it could be so much better than this! As well as this, the desolate future shown in the series opener and finale is not given enough screen time to make you care about the main narrative point of the show. It is also worth noting that the CGI dinosaurs, while impressive, are not up to the standard of Spielbergs Jurassic Park films. That being said, not everything about the show is bad. The locations and sets are stunning, the special effects are decent for TV, there are several interesting characters, there is a decent story arc when it does surface and of course it has a big name like Spielberg behind it.

Overall, the problem with Terra Nova isnt the concept, the production values or the story arc, its the fact that the show focuses too much on the Shannon family and their escapades both in the past and future and to be brutally honest none of the characters in this family are very interesting and at times they are very wooden. As a result the series becomes quite domestic and dull for the best part with the show just plodding along. That being said there are three interesting characters in Taylor (Stephen Lang), Lucas (Ashley Zuckerman) and Mira (Christine Adams), the production values are brilliant, the story arc with the Sixers, Lucas and the Badlands shows some promise and the two part finale is the best thing about the show! While this (first) series of Terra Nova is far from perfect there are certainly some promising signs of things to come should the show continue however if it does do then Id rather the writers and producers stuck more to the interesting characters, the developing arc and include more scenes set in the desolate future.

 best program on tv

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Terra nova got cancelled by fox way to early and it should have got a second series hopeing some one will give it the second season it deserves please please pick it back up

 One of the best damn shows on tv

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This show truely is one of the best shows that America hhas produced for quite some time, theres action, suspense, romance and even dinosaurs, Steven Spileburg is in charge of this show and he has done one hell of a job, worth the buy in my opinion and i can not wait untill it's release!!!!

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ActorsJason O'Mara, Christine Adams, Byron J. Brochmann, Joel Amos Byrnes, Ceallach, Jason Chong, Shelley Conn, Eka Darville, Aisha Dee, Dean Geyer, Mido Hamada, Simone Kessell, Stephen Lang, Landon Liboiron & Allison Miller
Certificate12 years and over
Year2011
Screen1.78:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaird ; Danish ; Finnish ; Norwegian ; Swedish
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration11 hours and 14 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.