Thursday, January 12, 2012

TV Series Review: Terra Nova (Season 1)

Terra Nova, an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, is the new event drama slated for midseason from executive producers Steven Spielberg (“Jurassic Park,” “The Pacific”), Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga (24, “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and David Fury (24, “Lost”). The action-adventure series follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.

Terra Nova
Released: 2011
Runtime: 40 mins/ 12 episodes
Rating: 3/5 stars

Terra Nova was one of the most anticipated TV Series for 2011. It was delayed about 2 times because they wanted to spent time on the special effects before it finally comes out on September 2011.

I think that most of us when they hear dinosaurs, we have in mind Jurrasic Park. Or at least action. The story of the series on the other hand is more of a drama. You barely see 1-2 dinosaurs at each episode (sometimes not at all). There is based most on the family relationship and the whole thing seems like it moves slowly. There are action scenes but not many. And even though, there is a good mystery and background storyline, the whole family thing or various events that have nothing to do with the storyline hide it. Don't get me wrong. I liked it. But there were episodes, that almost wanted to click forward and skip scenes.

For the acting it is really average for most of the cast. The only decent and interesting character was commander Nathaniel. He totally saved the show. As for the main family, i couldn't see the connection between them. They didn't fit well.

The special effects of course are more than amazing. And maybe that's why we didn't get many dinosaurs. Because the series need time. Beautiful setting too.

The show it's better than the average show we get nowdays. But from producers of Jurassic Park, Star Trek, 24 and Lost i was just expecting more. The last 3-4 episodes were the best and most interesting, and the series were finished with a cliffhanger for a story way better and more interesting than the one we got so far. Unfortunately, a 2nd season hasn't been announced yet.


  1. What do you mean "they did not fit well" ?
    The girls are looking exactly like their "mother", at first I thought they were some special effect trick or clones XD

    And I don't think it is moving slow, it has the right ammound of story progression for a series in my opinion. One thing that I can say for sure is that I didn't get bored at any scene so far, and that is a very hard thing to do in a scyfy series because I have seen every scyfy series out there... At some series I started skipping scenes just because I knew what would happen and how it would happen, especially in startrek voyager.

  2. Boo. I was hoping this was going to be good and action packed, but I suspected that wasn't going to happen. Why do shows always focus on the interpersonal drama?? I want them to fight dinosaurs! :P

  3. @Silvestro: i'm not talking about the colors..colors don't make a family...they didn't feel like a family at all.
    I really don't know...i was watching the series at the same day with Gossip Girl and Hart Of Dixie not even one episode of TN managed to top the excitement of those two. There were times, that i stopped episodes halfway because i was bored. I was expecting something more action packed.

    @Small: Haha..yes...i mean you have dinosaurs and make a series to be drama? :S They could at least give us more dinosaurs XD


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