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

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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dosnt luk much ok to me.....booor stuff....bt v'l find out....!!!
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At $4 million per episode, Fox will cancel after the first episode if the ratings are not sky high.
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Not a "First Look," just a repeat of the same commercial we all saw on the Super Bowl.
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I was thinking something different, but not that poor. It's Spielberg...,the sound, music, effects.....must say that i was hoping it looks like or better then, the Star Gate. So no if it's like the trailer, i will not be a fan of that program
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At least with the meteor theory Fox would have a good excuse to cancel the series and save face much unlike ABC cancelation of "Defying Gravity". I'd really love to see this take off because I'm tired of the reality crap they wholesale and call entertainment nowadays, but for the money I'm giving it a one on the 1-10 survival scale.
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i just read dutch zombie's comment. i did'nt think of that either. what a flaw. it will be interesting to see if they address it. seems like they would have to...
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i will watch it just because jason o'mara is in it. ever since i 1st saw him in the closer as the sociopathic pyro i have made it a point to watch him when he was in something. he was very good in life on mars too. looks good...
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If it's as good as the trailer, I'll HAVE to check this one out! Steven Spielberg has yet to dissapoint me.
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DIdn't look bad, I'll check it out . But good point Dutch Zombie.
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Nice idea with one serious flaw. Wouldn't the meteor that killed all the dinosaurs kill all the humans as well?
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actually this looked terrible
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Looks good! I'll give it a shot!
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hahahaha....but i already was...comparing i mean! lol
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I hope there's more to it than just a group of people trying to live in the times of the dinosaur. It needs some mystery or plot twist to survive. The concept of time travel alone could make for an interesting series.
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hope that it will make us forget..."lost"
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Could be interesting. I will definitely check it out!!!
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Finally a show about humans and dinosaurs that isn't Primeval, looks promising.
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Looks okay but hasn't Spielberg already done the dinosaur thing to death, In fact judging by that promo he's used some of the old JP sets, Personally I'm more excited for Spielberg's other show Falling Skies. Oh and just for the hell of it as much as I liked Jacob this isn't the next LOST.
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Looks promisingg!! But i do say that a lot.....
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Looks good! I'll definitely tune in for the premiere.
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This could actually be very good. If it fails though, Fox might have to whore itself out to Cbs on weekends.
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as long as i get to see some velociraptor action im happy
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they should really make the edge chronicles into some form of film or tv show - but if spielberg is doing it at least the production will be top notch!!
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awesome, i think i just came a little
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It think it would be better to compare it to Dinotopia or Land of the Lost. I think the pilot could be on the scale of Jurassic Park but the rest of the show could rely too much on dinosaurs rather than real plot. And weren't we suppose to be getting the full series this season?
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Doesn't look any more like LOST than OFF THE MAP does - what it really resembles at first glance is a simplified version of Julian May's PLIOCENE EPIC novels. Hope this show will be at least half as much fun.
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I'm afraid they are going to get so lost in the special effects & dinosaur action, it won't have a plot. Then again, it's developed by Stephen Spielberg. I would definitely give it a chance, but the tv shows being piloted lately don't give me much hope for substance.
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