Terra Nova: A Thing of the Past

In the early moments of its two-hour season (and probably series) finale, Terra Nova took off its training wheels and put on its big-boy pants, giving us a brief glimpse of what we'd all hoped the show would be in the first place. But like a tyke who's not quite ready for grown-up activities, it didn't take long for the show to faceplant and poop itself. Yes, Terra Nova took a major step toward becoming a legitimate television show with the season-ending double-feature of "Occupation" and "Resistance," but aside from a few fleeting scenes that were intriguing only if you consider them in the context of the rest of the series, good lord was the finale bad!

However, it was also immensely entertaining. There were too many good moments in this episode to not recap 'em, so let's pass on the thematic examination (which was something along the lines of: "Don't forget to recycle!") and get right to the play-by-play.

Things started off in the future, where Lucas and a mystery man were prepping a private army of hundreds of beret-clad guns-for-hire to invade the Terra Nova colony. Cool start! A war is brewin'! Back in dino-land, Taylor had amassed a defense of about 15 people around the terminus (the portal to 2149), and they were ready to unload hot lasers or sonic blasts at the chokepoint where either an army bent on total destruction or the innocent 11th Pilgrimage with everyone's girlfriends would come through. For once, it was a pretty good military plan! That is, until one of the innocent pilgrims showed up with future dynamite strapped to his chest and blew up the whole portal.

And he didn't only blow up the portal, he 'sploded Josh's girlfriend Kara, who had just come through seeking a life of jungle love with Josh. Pretty cool of her parents to let her come by herself, btw. Her transformation into pieces of her former self meant Josh has been keeping his grubby boy-band mitts off "Miss Terra Nova 2011" Skye for nothing. It'd been a long time since we'd seen Kara, and I think we were supposed to be sad she died. Wasn't she blonde when we met her in that hologram or whatever? Anyway, it was a bold move of Terra Nova to kill off such an inconsequential character so early on in the episode, but necessary so that Josh could use it as an excuse to do something really stupid soon after.

The blast concussed Jim, who woke up three days later to see all the expensive sets that Fox built for the show in ruins. Had Terra Nova been canceled while Jason O'Mara took a nap in his trailer? No. After melodramatically stumbling around with ringing ears and looking at his burning home (which was still on fire for some reason), Elisabeth told him the Beret Army marched through another random time-space rift and took over Terra Nova while Taylor was busy playing with the now-exploded portal. And that's when Terra Nova, with one foot already on the cancellation train, decided to pack the proposed story for Season 2 into two hours of television!

As chief of Terra Nova's dazzling security force--you know, the one that can't catch a teenage girl mole or keep people from sneaking in and out of the encampment willy-nilly--Jim was a high-value target of the Beret Army. So of course they just let him walk around freely and didn't check on him or give any sort of medical examination when he escaped incarceration by pretending to be a crippled amnesiac. Apparently the Beret Army put more effort into designing its eeeevil flags than taking courses on how to squash rebellions, because Jim roamed around the camp like the Dalai Lama, organizing a coup full of people who probably should have been guarded.

But in order to really make the rebellion start rebelling, Jim needed to locate Taylor and his army, who went missing after the assault on the portal. Hmmm. How could Taylor get word to Jim regarding his whereabouts? Maybe he could sneak a mole through Terra Nova's porous defenses? Or maybe he could go low-tech and reflect light from a mirror in Morse code? Oh, I've got it! How about training a giant dragonfly to pass messages back and forth? No, we've seen all that before. What Taylor needed was an ingenious new way to relay information that's so crazy, no reasonably sane person could ever think of it. What he needed was the most ridiculous thing ever. I'm guessing the brainstorming session went something like this:

Commander Taylor: Men! This may sound crazy, but hear me out. What if we engrave our map coordinates--stay with me here--on bullets? And then we use those bullets to shoot those punks from the Beret Army? Then when Elisabeth Shannon extracts the bullets from the bodies we shoot, she'll tell Jim about the bullets, and he'll figure it out! How could it NOT work?

Colonel Kiss-ass: It's genius!

So THAT happened. After Jim figured out where Taylor was--I repeat, from map coordinates etched into bullets that were shot into the enemy--Jim hitched a ride with the bad guys just in time for them to show us how evil they can be and give us a heavy-handed lesson on why we should all be using eco-friendly Tupperware. One of the bad men shot a dinosaur (an herbivore, too!) while the others planted bombs to clear the forest to expose the nougat-y meteor ore that's so prized in the future. Jim expressed his grief, as shown in the movin' picture above. There was a really trite bomb-defusing sequence as the good guys saved the forest, an unnecessary rocket-launcher firing courtesy of Lucas "The Most Reckless Asshole on TV" Taylor, and some really funny, futile bomb-detonator pressings after the bomb was disarmed. But really all you needed to take away from the sequence was that the bad guys were bad, the good guys got away, and Jim had a bomb he'd use later.

Back at Taylor's La Resistance camp, we learned of a major character's death. I'm speaking, of course, about Gonzales. He was 22 years old and a good man, a good soldier. Before the team could secure the perimeter, some Carnotauruseseses took him out while he was on duty with his good friend Bailey. The saddest part is that Gonzales was engaged to be married. Tragedy. I'm really going to miss him.

(Note: I have no idea why Taylor had to give some unseen dead soldier a full backstory, but Gonzales instantly became one of Terra Nova's most well-developed characters even though he never appeared on screen. R.I.P. buddy!)

With all forces communicating, it was time for the Terra Novans to strike back. They launched a coordinated attack involving Washington whoring herself out, Jim placing the most obvious tracking bug ever on a car, and Taylor's men sneaking up on Beret Army soldiers in the woods. Things were going great! And then Josh got involved. Ugh, Josh.

Because Jim has no parenting skills, he thought it would be a good idea to put his grieving and unstable son to work at the hangout of choice for the soldiers responsible for killing Josh's girlfriend. In the best-case scenario, Josh would lose his temper while serving soldiers drinks, fall and hit his head on the end of the bar, knock himself into a coma he'd never wake from, and be buried with his guitar and shoes while "Over the Rainbow" played. But instead, Josh punched Lucas, and La Resistance's plan was derailed because Jim had to rescue Josh after Lucas became my favorite character ever because he gave Josh a footlong knuckle sandwich with extra swagger. Lucas's eyes when he threw that punch may be one of TV's best moments of the year. After a bar brawl with the first-year students from the local Stuntman Community College, both Josh and Jim got thrown into the brig, also known as the Tron room.

Clearly unsurprised by Josh's never-ending effort to redefine stupidity, Jim told Josh that what he did was okay because everyone wanted to punch Lucas in the face. This is the same father who told Maddy she was smart to stick with her hunches despite everyone else (and some things called "facts") suggesting otherwise, and broke 2149 law by having Zoe and increasing the human population while the planet was begging for homicide. Josef Fritzl (Google him) is a better father than Jim Shannon.

In the brig, Lucas gave his villain speech and let Jim in on a secret: Lucas HATES his father because he thinks Taylor gave him a funny look once, and that obviously meant Taylor hated his son. Seriously. All this father-son beef, which is in direct conflict with the survival of the human race, started because Lucas is more sensitive than a braces-wearing 14-year-old girl on her period for the first time.

Elisabeth got one of the bad guys to rescue Jim from captivity with the old "I put brain-eating parasites into your bloodstream but LOL really I didn't psych!" trick, and the Shannons all gathered to run away to Camp Taylor. But first they needed to create a diversion! Washington, who was finally allowed to let her hair down in the finale in an effort to make her look better and give her a shot at finding another job on a different show, sacrificed herself by slapping a few guards, allowing the Shannons to escape. Then Lucas shot her after she wasted her last words on earth saying, "You have your father's eyes." I would have gone with "You smell like old cheese." It was the third major death of the episode after Kara and Gonzales. Fourth if you count the Brachiosaur. But let's be honest here, no death stings as much as Gonzales'. He was engaged! So sad.

With the Shannons and Taylor's men reunited, Zoe could be cute and Maddy could make out with Mark. Phew! But really, the plan now was to wrap up the season with a satisfying storyline that would also leave the door open for a potential Season 2 (it won't happen). The strategy? Send Jim back to 2149 to blow up Hope Plaza, the future's only connection to the past, and isolate Terra Nova from future invasions carried out by resource-raping corporations and armies with funny headwear. Oh, and supplies and hope.

What happened next was a whirlwind of double-crosses and breakneck pacing coupled with an "Ahhh screw it, let's wrap this up" mentality. La Resistance, with the help of Skye taking advantage of an too-trusting Lucas, captured a bad-guy freight car and swapped the cargo container with a new crate, one that was filled with Jim and an unconscious dinosaur. How they managed to squeeze the giant lizard into a box that would have difficulty fitting an average-sized Great Dane is one of Terra Nova's greatest mysteries, one that it will take to its grave. Jim was portaled back to 2149, unleashed the dinosaur (which grew exponentially in size after being released) on the future bad guys, set the bomb, then ran across a bridge toward the portal with an angry dinosaur and a giant explosion on his heels. It was awesome. Jim escaped, Hope Plaza was obliterated, and one pissed-off dinosaur really got the short end of the stick. I really had hopes that the planet would fight back and the dinosaurs would fend off the invaders, but instead, one got shot and another got blown up. How cool would it have been if Taylor had dug a giant hole under the terminus and filled it with dinosaurs so that anyone who came through the portal would fall into a dinosaur buffet? That would have shown more respect for the dinosaurs, especially consider they were the reason we all watched the show in the first place.

Back in the past, Lucas and Taylor had a long overdue father-son moment, where they both realized that Lucas is just a crazy person for trying to kill his species because he's insecure. They hugged, and it was sweet until Lucas interrupted the good vibes with a stabbing motion and a knife into Taylor's gut. What an ungrateful little shit. So Skye shot him. Hooray! Except Taylor and Skye looked back later and Lucas was gone.

Then there was some bit about a crate containing the bow of an 18th century boat (Lost is facepalming in its grave) and all the army men left for the Badlands, but that's only stuff you'd need to know if Terra Nova stood a chance of getting a second season. Nice try, writers.

Despite being filled with some really idiotic stuff, "Occupation" and "Resistance," capped off the year's most disappointing show with an incredibly satisfying finale. It dropped the Disneyfication, actually killed people (poor Gonzales), and finally used its idea of time travel well. It's obvious the producers, in hopes of seeing this thing go for seven years, opted to play the slow game in Season 1 when they should have skipped the memory-eating viruses and prehistoric pigeons and jumped straight into the war with the future. Instead, we got a somewhat watchable four-hour movie that might have made the cut on Syfy, with several episodes of irrelevant mess in between.

I'm actually going to miss Terra Nova, as it provided almost the same kind of entertaining weekly turd-fest as The Event. But have no fear: Some network will shovel another poor excuse for science-fiction our way soon. And then we'll all tune in and meet up here once again. Thanks for reading, folks. Time to get to work on some Maddy and Mark fan fiction.

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Bla bla bla! YOU`RE GRASPING AT STRAWS!!!
I could say worse things about shows like TNG, Vampire Diaries and don´t even get me started on BSG remake and it´s even worse spin offs and that´s only a few!
I can almost agree on Kara she was a character you heard Josh snivel about in just about every episode!
Terra Nova had two things going against it 1 it was somewhat more exoensive than regular shows and 2 it was aired by FOX who are infamous for cancelling good shows not to mention they put it practically on the worse time slot possible (I´m glad that they did´nt try to air Doctor Who on FOX)!
True critizism is allways good but what you´re doing is not that far from it I believe it´s called bashing! If you liked the show good if not fine...DO NOT WATCH ! If you watched and have some CONSTRUCTIVE critizism great but other then MAYBE about Kara there was absolutely NOTHING in this text that was constructive off any sort! I´ve been watching TV for 30 years and sci fi shows in particular and Terra Nova was in my point off view the first decent show in years...well maybe falling skies and Taken(both made by Spielberg) could come up as strong second place! This was only the first season where we are suposed to get to know the characters and the general story off the show Stargate(another great show) did´nt even take off until late season three if not early fourth season...YET it managed and why simple it was not made by FOX Same thing with Farscape (yet another great show)also NOT made by FOX and it went down with colors flying I might add!
Terra Nova had HUGE potential had it only been given the same chance as any other show wich offcourse it DID NOT why? and when Netflix offered to by it from FOX the latter decided to BUNGLE the deal so that Netflix got cold feet eventually, FOX NEVER even gave Terra Nova a chance to begin with and sadly this is not the first time FOX have done so with a promising show!

PS:And Lost was simply too weird for my tastes them islanders behaved like retarded psychos while at the same time gibbering about being the "good guys" and the last season I was lost myself but I watched it nonetheless!
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ah, cmon! why does evryone say that is a bad serie...? It a * nice serie and there has to come a next season, and for the people who didnt like it: JUST STFU!!
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hey, eveyone is different, that's why we have our own different views to things. If you say terra nova was bad, fine! if you say it was good,good ! besides without critics there would be no pressure on the producers to do better. l just hope there's a season 2 though.
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Well written my friend, terra nova is about as interesting as yesterdays shit.

To everyone who says its a clean show yada yada, grow up and come out into the world its not all nice and pretty like you think it is, get over it.
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I travel for a living and have left Terra Nova in my record que at home and on my favorite new episodes notices for Hulu. Hoping to see more episodes. As to the writer of this... "commentary", get a life, the show was good clean fun that is new and original. That's all I am going to say about this articles thoughts.
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It was so refreshing to see a science fiction show that some values other than hating and killing all the aliens. It was great to see a show, of any kind, that wasn't directed at how many notches on the bedpost a person could get, or at teeny boppers facing and solving world problems that their older wiser parents would be hard pressed to face. And in the infinite and totally expected stupidity of the network, Terra Nova gets canceled. What are you people thinking with? Obviously, not a logical intelligent brain. And I completely agree with Crazynicki, Firefly was another prime example. morlaine



Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.. With credit going to A.Einstein

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Agreed totally!
Terra Nova showed real people solving problems WITHOUT blasting everything in sight with ray guns and planet sized space stations !
It´was the first show(and probably the last) that mixed so many different concepts at once: Sci fi(naturally) drama,family, romance(practically NON EXISTANT in most other sci fi shows if not completely) and some good old action without all that exaggerated and all too apparent CGI gore or too much CGI to begin with but enough!
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I really like Terranova. The cast is doing a great job. Why must Fox keep all the trashy shows and cancel all the good ones. Case in point, Firefly.
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poor review. says it all. terra nova is crazy good. hope it gets a 2nd season. with about 10 or so more episodes.
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Hey tim.... there was more action in the show than there has ever been anything you have ever written.... think that means you need to find a new job... because you can't do the one you are trying to do that well...



The show was pretty solid... it had plenty of flaws but given the time you can find the flaws in any tv show or movie.... if you always go into something trying to dislike it then guess what is going to happen.... you are not going to like it... but if you go with the mindset to watch a show and see what it has to offer.. then maybe just maybe you might see it for what it is meant to be... entertainment.
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This argument is invalid, I started watching terranova expecting to LOVE it, I mean I was pumped when it aired. As hard as I tried to like it I couldnt, the show sucks plain and simple. Horrible acting, horrible writing, and just lacking common sense. Dinos react to nickle like cat nip? HA! whatever, pipes that have liquid nickle flowing in them... whaaaa...? thats just dumb.

This is one of the WORST TV series I have seen and I WANTED so bad to love it.
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I cant believe how many people will sit and watch a tv show that they dont even like. If you dont like it ,dont watch it. To take the time to actually write down notes on all the shows flaws really just tells me that you need to get a life. I love the show.
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Good question!
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Does it matter? If I say I don't like it you will judge me regardless if I say why, I might as well serve my case instead of just saying I dont like it. You like it why exactly? because you lack common sense? because you can use your imagination to fix the horrible story lines, acting, and every other bad part of the series?



Maybe the people who don't like the show want it cancelled so they are following it like me, its a waste of space. It also is a horrible representation of sci-fi which already has its fair share. Im tired of rolling over and letting film producers give is garbage and we give them the eehh I will roll over. No. I wont do that.
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I wont judge you if you dont like a show.I will judge you if you continue to watch a show that you dont like,then complain about it. There are plenty of tv shows that i dont like,so i choose not to watch them. It doesnt mean i want those shows cancelled.Thats just pathetic.
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To AdrianKajcsa - I completely agree.. This is a great show to watch. If you are going to criticize and potentially damage something that provides a great plot, scene, characters and is trying something new then get lost and put all the energy into something worthwhile. This just because you are pedantic in picking out the few flaws that are in it. Yes its different, trying to combine action, sci-fi and family.. Yes it is unrealistic but so is a fracture in time randomly appearing in a stable form in just two single points of time. Its still fun to watch you Muppet!!
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Entertaining reading. When you dissect something as much as this, you are bound to find flaws in the detail. Nothing is perfect. I found Terra Nova very enjoyable to watch, so am hoping there is a season 2. I do have a big soft spot for the show as it was filmed near where I live. Being in the industry, I appreciate the fact that on any TV show the cast and crew put in a lot of effort and work very long hours in all sorts of challenging conditions. We had unusually bad weather in the early stages when this was being filmed, and I can only imagine the amount of work involved in putting this show together.
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To the guy that wrote this article, you are a bloody moron :]
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Oh my god this was so incredibly bad! And stupid. And wow, I can't believe I've been this blind to the show's flaws before, because I don't think it got worse. I wanted to watch it to the end, really, but somewhere around halfway through the finale I just couldn't bear it anymore, and I ended up looking up the recap here. I mean - seriously? The dialogue was bad, the acting was... well, I don't know what it was. Some of the emotions that were displayed would have been just great, had the actors been on Equilibrium. Unfortunately they weren't. Then Tayler started blabbing about populating the planet with humans when they had 1000 people living in Terra Nova and he was about to cut off supplies (medicine, technology, other stuff you'd need to survive in a world full of dinosaurs and unknown diseases), but whatever. Awesome plan.

Thank you Tim for mentinoning the tracking device, I was laughing at my screen and shaking my head in disbelef at the same time when I saw it. But let's stay chronological here: The episode already started badly, with the 10 soldiers the colony has sitting in front of the portal, waiting to be blown up. If it was me I wouldn't have sent any civillians through the gate (what was the point in that?) first and I would have send a bigger bomb, but well who gives a crap, because if the good guys are stupid the bad guys apparently have to be, too. Then Jim wakes up, in the colony and must be a ghost because everybody is ignoring him at first. I strongly believed this was supposed to be a dream sequence until his wife showed up. But what does he see, wandering the streets? It looks like in order to detain the other 20 soldiers Terra Nova has, the evil future mercenaries had to blow up half the colony (what was that about???), but the important buildings (aka the Shannon home and the tavern) are still intact. Then a number of pointless short storylines took place in order to, I don't know, probably drag out the finale because they forgot it had to be 2 hours. And then the best scene (and the only one worth watching, at least as far as I've actually watched the finale) took place, where Wash sacrafices herself to help Jim & his family escape from TN to join Tayler in the woods. And she has a kick-ass final moment, too.

Wow, that was disappointing, to say the least. I kept telling myself that the show would get better but I don't think it did. I guess the Manga logic can be applied here, too: characters can only be and act as smart as the person creating them. Maybe the show could be saved if they just replace the writers (if it gets renewed; with FOX you never know).
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ya the guy who wrote this essay about terra nova is a complete moron he wouldn't know a good tv shows if it came and smashed him in the face and this show is way better then any movie being released these days and ya so what if the writers kinda suck still would you rather watch jersey shore gossip girl and all the gay shows in between if anyone here actually watched tv they would know that this is one of the best shows on tv or wait let me guess you guys are gunna tell me american idol is better then terra nova typical stupid americans to everybody else in the world usa sucks more then the whore who can a bowling ball through a garden hose
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Y'know, there's so much hate for this show flying about. yes, it was crappy, yes, it was tacky, yes it was probably the most predictable thing on tv EVER, but i really enjoyed it, and couldn't wait for it every week. I admit, there probably won't be a second series, but if there is, i think we can all expect a bermuda triangle thing going on here ( thanks, predictable writers)
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True about the Bermuda triangle but the show was far from predictable at least no more than any other show on TV these days definitely less predictable!
True when that figure head was revealed then I suspected a "Bermuda triangle" plot for season 2 ! But other than that and a few more things the show was quite the opposite!
I did´nt even expect to like the show to begin with and was highly suspicious during the pilot episode but so it happened I loved it!
Have you seen Vampire diaries ? Predictable from start to ...well present yet it have despite being the cheepest vampire show ever with the worse story ever recieved season after season after season like that frickin energizer bunny first time I saw it I actually thought it was a TV version off Twilight since it has practically almost the EXACT same plot: Stupid girl falls in love with vampire "gentleman" and becomes a vampire herself eventually! And this is only ONE example off how crappy todays TV have become and how easily entertained the majority off todays viewers have become!
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Too bad, I liked this show.
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Terra Nova was a game of three thirds. One the one hand you had the monotonously boring problem of the week storylines, which I always grown when it begins one of those.



But, because it also had the 'mystery' storyline to do with the mysterious symbols that were on the rocks it felt more important than that. But that was revealed way too easily, and for a while they just forgot that there was a mystery at all, until the final moment of the series. Which, granted, was a nice way to end... but also smacks of 'making this stuff up as we go along'.



Thirdly, you have massive dinosaurs. Which is awesome... but it's also trickery. You mention Dinos and Spielberg and people go 'It's Jurassic Park!' but it's not. If it had none then it might have been cancelled a long time ago.
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You've become one of my need-to-read-whatever-he-writes guys along with Michael Moore. Never laughted so hard in my life, read your review RIGHT after whatching the finale. Thank you for giving us this hilarious, and interesnting, review. Keep 'em coming!
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Primeval meets Stargate, good show, would be nice to have a second series, however, you can have too much of a good thing. I say pull the plug and move on.
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we need to know whats in the badlands!!!!!!
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I'm guessing that they are suggesting something like a second time portal in the bermuda triangle, which would explain where all the ships, planes etc. went missing mysteriously. that would explain the prow of the ship in the badlands, also meaning the badlands would be filled with crashed ships and planes and stuff. the pheonix group could have gone there to try to get back to 2149 and begin looting again
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I doubt it's that exciting. Remember the writing on the rocks in the first episode? Look how entertaining that turned out to be.
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Forgot to add thanks for this review - haven't laughed so much in years. It would be worth getting a S2 just so we could have more of your thoughts. Best part of the show.



BTW, DID the pissed off dino get blown up? I thought that roar we heard back at TN as Jim backed out through the bushes was supposed to signify that both dino and Jim got back through intact and Jim had just managed to shake off the dino?
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Darn. After ranting to my husband on an almost weekly basis that this show disappointed bigtime from the genius it could have been (his invariable reaction: Why do you keep watching this show?), the finale went and gone and almost changed my mind.



It even had a dino. Two, even!



Yes, the plot depended on almost every character having at least one moment of awesome stupidity. Yes, it was less than subtle (the Nazis took over TN - look at their flag design! Yeah, we get it, okay?). But, boy, it was two hours of darn good TV. I liked it a lot. Enough that I almost wish we got a S2, so we can find out what's in the Badlands.



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My guess is that there is a time portal in the badlands leading to the bermuda triangle. that would explain the prow of the ship. that could mean there's lots of crashed ships, planes etc. in the badlands. it would also mean that the beret nazi guys could get back to 2149
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The finale was spectacular and I can't wait for another season.
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Season two must happen. It's a spectacular show no doubt about it. I mean yeah, maybe a couple of rough parts here and there but overall they did wonderful. Also, id like to clarify that it took a lot I'm sure to fallow through with Terra Nova because of how different it is and for that, I respect everyone behind Terra Nova (even the fans). I've never made a comment before on anything asking for something more from it but I strongly believe that Terra Nova deserves a season 2.
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I haven't read a funnier critique in my entire life LOOOOOL

You singlehandedly DEstroyed any last hope those producers had for a favorable Fox decision in mid-January.

I am still laughing at some of your comments. LOOOOL

Great work
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Wow that last clip looks just like primeval.



Just reading this gave me a headache. So glad not to actually watch this show.
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This was the worst episode i have ever seen of any tv show
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Tim the best thing about your awesome Terra Nova recaps is that when I've watching it with my friends (real or imaginary) we spend so much time laughing, criticising and groaning that we miss some of the fine details that you pick up so well. Terra Nova is a completely new kind of show for me, the only show that has irritated me beyond belief and that has caused me to despair at its unfulfilled potential while being totally watchable and addictive. For some reason it would have to get dramatically worse for me to stop watching it, I feel like there's something wrong with me. I really hope the show isn't cancelled, I'm not exactly expected much from BSG: Blood & Chrome.



An interesting bit of trivia is that the actor playing Mark was a finalist on Australian Idol a few years ago, it took me ages to recognise him, yet somehow he gets the prize for most convincing American (or Australian!!!) accent of all the Australian cast members on the show.
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"Lucas became my favorite character ever because he gave Josh a footlong knuckle sandwich with extra swagger."



Hahahaha
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What about some maps to accompany the fan site. Shouldn't be hard for the writers to get from the academics that have access to the world's best tectonics experts to come up with a reasonable map and location resembling conditions of the Colony's position 85 million years ago.



It only took me a few clicks to find animated versions of current theories.



Don't forget that sci-fi/fantasy lovers also love maps - just look at many best selling novels of the genre such as Lord of the Rings or the Earthsea books.
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Thank God it's over ! Seriously, I don't understand why we got all those filers for nothing whereas there was only one interesting story arc. Whatever, this finale was indeed the most interesting ep of the season. That 18th century crate thing was very intriguing so if the show has a second season I guess I'll watch the premiere and the finale as everything else is fillers.



But this finale showed us as well that the show is definitely the most cheeche (contraction of cheesy and cliche) show of all time. I mean the dialog between Jim and Wash (who was called by her full name everytime before... maybe the nickname come with the authorization to let her hair loose) : it was something like : "-I'm gonna create a diversion so you can escape. - But you're gonna get caught wash ! It's a suicide mission ! - Yeah but I'm badass so I don't care. Just tell my parents I love them and tell Taylor something in Chinese."



On the teenage side, the making out of Maddy and Mark was just pointless (teen porn?). Killing Kara as well. We were waiting for that character for the whole season ("waiting for' might be a bit strong) so give us at least some booty time !



Hilarious review as usual Tim ! Thanks ! I loved the gonzales part.
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this show isnt worth the money. cancel it.
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This show is amazing and there needs to be a season 2! I don't care what one person says

(Tim Surette) this show is great. Just because it can do better doesn't mean it's a horrible show. A LOT of new shows can do better and have been criticized but they have already got second seasons. TERRA NOVA NEEDS A SEASON 2!!! This is my favorite show on TV right now along with 300,000 + fans. Is that not enough? It sure seems like 300,000+ is enough for a season 2!
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Gosh! I am afraid 300k is not enough... This show is an absolute waste of money! I've seen episodes of Scooby-Doo with more fascinating plots than most of TN episodes!
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I agree completely. Everytime I read a review from Tim Surette it just makes me realize that he has had his mind made up about this show from Day 1 and REFUSES to even give it a chance. I really hope that people don't take his word as scripture thus keeping him from watching the show and making up their own minds.
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Maybe he's hoping they replace it with a Reality Show, or something about Dancing :-)
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I love these recaps. Good for a chuckle. However, despite the goofiness, I really would like it to come back. I'll take bad sci-fi over most of the drek on TV any day of the week. And this is not the worst out there. Though, I could do with a little less teen drama. How about writing shows for those of us who have already finished puberty.



For what its worth, I don't think there is a portal in the Bermuda Triangle. I think they are in the future not the past which would also explains why they never found the probe in 2149. Maybe they already explained why that's not possible (I never pay that much attention to the science, since its usually wrong) but it would still be a great twist.
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Even if they were gonna do a Bermuda Triangle thing, they better not because it's way too obvious. I think everyone's first thought when they saw the figure head was "Goddam it, not the bermuda triangle again."
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To be fair, I did think this, although maybe they just threw in a googly (cricket term, look it up) to confuse us. I hope so. Bermuda triangle seems a bit obvious but their could be many explanations in "scifi" world and our own cultural myths - what about "The Flying Dutchman" for instance. No worse than the Statue of Liberty head turning up at the end of the original "Planet of the Apes" (or even just a borrowing of an idea). I would like to know the origin of the ship's figurehead, which I am sure the Terranovans could do with their supercomputer which stores all human knowledge!
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I was having such a bad day until I read this, so thanks for the laughs!



I actually enjoyed the finale. Yes, all in all this show could use some improvement, but it doesn't deserve to be cancelled. I really hope it comes back for a second season.
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Overall, a good finale. Much better than the rest of the series.



There isn't much to add here, except one thing -

The invasion was pathetic! And to be specific; Taylor's attempt at defending the portal.

At least TRY to make it look like a real attempt. But having 15 soldiers hugging behind a vehicle? That's insulting. I'm no general, but I you know - at least spread out, cover all angles.



Just had to get this out of my system. :)



P.S. Before any of the usual troll starts talking bulsh*t, I do serve in the army.
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alright alright it kinda died in the prehistoric backside but i was kinda hoping a second season would get a lot better.The Badlands bit and the bow of that boat thing does smell a little Lost-ish but pfft what doesn't these days and now that the show has all of the character development(urmurm) out of the way maybe the story will get down to the good stuff like ...dinosaurs?. Seriously free tv, you get what you pay for
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How weird is it, that although I have some of the same complaints, Tim, I love the show!



I hope it comes back, and I hope they go a little lighter on the cute Disney family stuff and a bit more on intrigue, discoveries, and dinosaur stuff. I don't even mind if they use cheap special effects - well, not too cheap - if thats what it takes to keep it on the air.



Bring Terra Nova BACK is my vote!



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In a TV land of all cop shows, hospital shows & reality shows I'll take a sci-fi show over them.
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I'd rather see this rest in peace, it is dead already
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I like how Lucas punches him on the side of his face and when they cut his head is moving downward instead.
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I thought the show was pretty good and this double episode finale was awesome and really showed what the show could be, should be, and I hope it comes back with another season. Most great shows have rocky first seasons with some trial and errors. I mean two of my favorite shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Stargate SG1 both had great first seasons, but they were full of inconsistencies which future episodes contradicted but they ended up being classics. I'd rather watch this type of show than reality shows about teen moms, the kardashians or other people who are nobody important or really worth watching. These shows spark more imagination and that is rare commodity these days!
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I truly hope to see 2nd season of Terra Nova regardless of expectations of some people. I wonder if people like these ever could truly enjoy with something in their life without poking things around and find holes and reasons to not like it.

If critics knows so much about how to make things perfect why don't they write the story for the shows? They just like to poke things.
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No matter what any idiot say, this show is amazing and I`m expected or demanding for Terra Nova season 2 FULL STOP
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"Lucas HATES his father because he thinks Taylor gave him a funny look once"

Oh my gosh. Laughing so hard.
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Because of the crate with the bow, we now know where all those ships and planes went after getting lost in the Bermuda Triangle!



I hope they make a season 2, all they need to do is to replace the writers for ones that can actually deliver a good and exciting story.
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I agree with NipNap on the Fritz remark. That is just way over the line. You are not a character in "Family Guy" Mr. Tim Surette and you are most definately not the all powerful King you feel you are hacking into your keyboard when you take cheap shots at a show that's really easy to criticize.



While I also think that Terra Nova was the years biggest disappointment and I like satirical criticism, this article was just plain lazy. Come on! You are so full of yourself Tim that you even try to predict the future as to if Terra Nova will be canceled or not. Have you not learned in your "extensive" professional writing career on TV.com noticed that Fox will do what ever it damn well wishes to regardless what critics, fans or websites say?

Using lazy vocabulary like "idiotic", "turd-fest" strips you of any chance of being taken seriously in the future.



Yes the writing on Terra Nova was horrific.

Yours is even worse Mr. Surette.
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i have a great sense of humor but the fritz thing...?
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Alot of points i have for finale , i remember these ones :

* These 2 episodes were the best two episodes in the whole show.

*i hate the "csi-style" that they have to offer story every week and end it and they could expand the best story "Occupation" and "Resistance" for more than two episodes.

*Alot of stupidity and annoying teenagers."instead of killing Wash , kill Josh!"

*Im wondering of how an actor feels about acting in a tv show have a same plot with a movie he was the villian of it "the plot of finale is same as AVATAR plot , Taylor :P "

*For this weak season, they could never pull something better than this but i'm disappointed

we still didn't see two dinosaurs banging each others! :P
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