Dinosaurs and Guns: A Terra Nova First Look (VIDEO)

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Amidst all the Summer-blockbuster movie-trailer porn that debuted during the Super Bowl, there was one trailer that titillated the television junkie's pleasure senses: Fox's Terra Nova, the hotly anticipated series from Steven Spielberg. In case you missed it, here it is:



If you couldn't piece things together from the promo, Terra Nova follows a group of people from the year 2149; they've been sent back to a prehistoric era in order to give mankind a chance at survival, since their version of 2149 Earth sounds like a real downer. It's great to see Jason O'Mara (ABC's short-lived yet better-than-you-think Life on Mars) in a lead role again, and I think it's safe to say Stephen Lang (the muscled Colonel from Avatar) has been typecast as a gun-totin' "get off my lawn!" type of bro.

Surrounded by Cineplex special-effects bonanzas like Cowboys and Aliens and Thor, I thought this first look at Terra Nova held up quite well. But then again, it's a trailer—it's supposed to look fantastic. Let's just hope the series is more than just guys shooting guns and the occasional dinosaur encounter.

Terra Nova will enjoy a head-start premiere a la Glee, debuting later this season (in May) before officially settling into the 2011-2012 schedule. I'm cautiously optimistic, because TV projects as big as this one rarely live up to their potential, but Wikipedia says it will average a $4 million budget per episode, so at least it will look good.

Also, for the love of Jacob, do NOT compare Terra Nova to Lost. Just don't.

Do you think Terra Nova will live up to the hype?


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