Terra Nova Disappoints with a Bird-Brained Second Episode

Terra Nova's first episode wasn't the smoothest of rides, as awkward exposition and the fossils of old clichés obscured its glimmers of promise. After watching it, I thought the show could go one of two ways. It could build on the pilot's more interesting storylines (Jim vs. Taylor, everyone vs. the Sixers, the mysterious scratchings on the rocks) and become the show we all want it to be—some strange mix of Lost and Land of the Lost. Or it could be what Monday night's second episode, "Instinct," was.

Terra Nova's third hour was a whatever-the-opposite-of-an-homage-is to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, and an actual, if accidental, homage to Birdemic, a cult horror movie that was made for approximately $6.12. Turns out the Shannons arrived in Terra Nova just in time for a migration of angry pterosaurs—think smaller, pissed-off pterodactyls or mini-Rodans. A few people died and a lot more suffered second-degree pecks, but in the end, the crack science team manufactured a pheromone (i.e. the lazy man's script savior) that could be used to relocate the flying dinos, and everyone was saved.

I suppose "Instinct" would have been a fine hour of television if it was the 14th episode of Season 5, but this was our all-important second visit to Terra Nova. Is this what Fox thinks will make viewers come back for more? A flock of prehistoric pigeons? Anyone who was on the fence after the series premiere just fell off it very hard.

Terra Nova had a chance to prove its doubters wrong by delivering an episode that further advanced the mystery of the engravings and increased the tension between Camp Terra Nova and the rascally rivals of Camp Sixer, with an Allosaurus or two thrown in for good measure. Instead, it sprinkled the screen with horrible CGI reptilian Heckle and Jeckles . Is it too soon to say that Terra Nova has jumped the Mega Sharktopus?

"Instinct" also featured some minor stories, including Jim and Elisabeth trying to sneak off to have sex, scientist Malcolm having the hots for old-flame Elisabeth, Jim getting jealous over Malcolm and Elisabeth's history, Josh needing a summer job to earn money for a proto-guitar, and Maddie wondering if a boy likes her (OMG he does!). I was amazed at how casually these threads were woven into the IMMINENT DEATH BY BIRDS story, as if the lives of Terra Novians and, lest we forget, mankind in general, weren't in danger. As Jim was embarking on an important hunt that could help save the lives of his family and preserve his species, he grilled Malcolm about wanting to get it on with his wife. Was that really an appropriate time to play the jealous husband, Jim? And should Skye have bet the price of the guitar against her and Josh's survival while the room they were hiding in was being swarmed by pterosaurs? Terra Nova's repeated and ill-timed attempts to remain family-friendly make it very hard to take the series seriously. Given that it's a show about saving the human race, it probably should have some sort of gravity to it.

It's also becoming obvious that Terra Nova bit off more than it can chew in the effects department. At this point, I think producers should just put a man in a rubber Godzilla suit and call it a day. That's the burden of being marketed as a big-budget effects extravaganza: If it doesn't deliver, it really, really, really doesn't deliver. Right now the computer animators who created the Nasonex Bee and the General Auto Insurance army guy are feeling pretty good about themselves.

One think I did like about "Instinct" was its use of selective amnesia. Gone was the forced conflict between dad Jim and son Josh that stunk up the series premiere. And there was no more unexplained chasm between Jim and his wife Elisabeth. Do I care that the show didn't explain why things changed? Not really—I'm just it chose to pretend they never happened.

Going into the fall season, Terra Nova was television's most-anticipated event. The problem with that label is it's all too easy to become television's biggest disappointment. The show isn't that bad yet, but if next week's storyline is any indication (there's a mysterious virus!), it'll get there soon.

Notes:
– It's nice to see that Capitalism has already taken over Terra Nova. But why is there a new monetary system? What was wrong with dollars or space credits or whatever people used in 2149? Is there a mint on-site? Who is regulating the interest rates? And so forth.

– Over/Under on how many scenes Zoe will be involved in where she's not either in trouble or adorably playing with something prehistoric and dangerous? I'll set the line at 0.5.

– Maybe I missed something, but is Terra Nova strictly an American operation? Did we finally go public with the whole "we don't care about the rest of the world" thing?


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Memo to those folks waiting for the next LOST....stop waiting.There will be LOST ripoffs and, there will be shows trying to be the next LOST but, that incredible journey will not be repeated....and, do you really want to re-live the last 3 seasons anyway ??....broken promises and forgotten mythology....anyone.



Regarding TERRA NOVA....the huggy, kissy family situations, the "cute as a button" little Zoe and, the cliche riddle storyline have driven my viewership to the edge of "extinction".

This show had some promise....the mysterious OTHERS....er....I mean SIXERS....the mysterious and slightly menacing Commander Taylor....the mysterious rock-mail from his mysterious son. But all that has been destroyed in a disgusting sea of family show excrement.

TERRA NOVA is trying so desperately to attract Female and Teen Female viewers that it is driving it's core, SCI FI audience away. And, when it fails, the naysayers will naysay that it was because the show was SCI FI....no, it's because the show tried so hard NOT TO BE SCI FI.
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I enjoyed the episode. Maybe not as much as episode 1-2, but still good. I only hope that there are not as many negative articles about this show being supported. That is how shows get cancelled before they even have a chance.
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It was kind of stupid but i still enjoyed it
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I liked it !
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I really really really wanted this to be the next LOST, but with the prehistoric remake of THE BIRDS I just sighed, shook my head then weeped. Since the success of LOST there have been a lot of shows with great promise that fell apart - all hype and no story. The problem with Hollywood is that they have a lot of money and people willing to work but creative writers are becoming scarce. Maybe Terra Nova can be saved but it's going to take some great storytelling or it probably won't last to a 2nd season.
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Truly a bad show that assumes a density in the audience that5 is insulting. (Note: "Suspension of disbelief" is NOT the same as 'Believing Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast." SoD is the job of the author -- to convince the reader/viewer that he is not experiencing a fiction -- nothing more, and the way this is done best is to get the surrounding details right.)



This makes even less sense than RINGER -- this year's first candidate in the absurdity swepstakes -- and maybe even less than FLASG FORWARD the prvious all-time record holder. Let's look at a few 'Oops" moments, beginning with the inherent problem that:



"If even the probe established a new time stream, how much more of a one have the pilgramages created. So how can TN communicate with Olde Earth? At all. Which means OE has no idea what has happened with the first expeditions, no idea of what supplies are needed, no idea if antone syrvived -- and can never know."



Okay, then we have the idea of 're-creating the human race.' But that has implications involving gene pools and 'be fruitful and multiply.' The widest diversity possible, NO two related family members, siblings or parent and child, though couples could go back, the primary skill needed is reproduction, so better a young genius than an old expert, and whateer social structure is created, it might involve emotional monogamy, but not physical monogamy. It will be an obligation -- for gene pool reasons -- for every possible combination to have children -- and no second child from the same couple for many generations.



What do they eat, given that -- effectively -- neither mammals, birds, nor most of the food plants we know of have evolved yet? What produces their electricity or runs their cars, given that 'fossil fuels' come from dead dinosaurs? (If Olde Earth had solved the 'renewable, non-polluting' energy question, it wouldn't have the ecological disaster that is shown.) And, btw, ammunition is also a non-renewable resource until some pretty heavy manufacturing is created, should they really be shooting it off so much?



Dinosaurs existed over many tens of millions of years. Why do writers always assume all the species we have found are contemporary -- or that there weren't thousands of other species that managed not to die in the mud and become fossilized?



Why the high-tech surveilance -- that never happened to notice kids sneaking out -- apparently a 'rite of passage' for them -- until the events of the first episode -- combined with a 'security fence made of rubber bands and rusty pipes -- which had to be sent back as welll. Not even barbed wire or electrification? And, btw, why does everybody not merely come from America -- which I find offensive as well -- but everybody wears the fashions of 100 - 150 years before the Pilgramages. Technology -- except for fancy view screens -- seems to have ended about in 1999. (And the computers, well, if ammunition is hard to make, imagine the technological infrastructure for microchips to replace the ones that eventually break down.)



I could go on, but enough already?
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I'd like to know why no aircraft was taken into the past.



What makes shows of this kind wonderful, fun and interesting is all about exploring new territories and discovering mysteries. Sure, they have vehicles but not much quickly can be learned from ground level. Learning new things about the world from a bird's eye view and about the creatures that inhabit it would enchant curious viewers and keep them watching. There needs to be a BIG mystery. Or else the show becomes just a social/political/survival story. Not much to base a movie on let alone an entire TV series. DULL!



The BIG mystery needs to grab the viewer and not let go.



For instance, during the first episode of 'Lost' there was a mysterious 'something' in the jungle that toppled trees and made a horrifying sound. Viewers were instantly hooked. It would be serveral seasons before that mystery was resolved (The Smoke Monster -- yes, it seemed rediculous at first but then it proved to be terrifyingly deadly).



Certainly, if the portal was not big enough, parts could have been passed through and then assembled on the other side. Certainly, jet packs, helicopters, small planes/jets could have made the journey. Fuel could just as easily be delivered through the portal. Aircraft would allow for the exploration and the mapping of the surrounding areas. Maybe a less hostile locale might be found nearby. It would also make it easier to locate the whereabouts of the sixers and to keep tabs on them and their activities. Maybe ancient ruins could be explored. There are many scenarios that could be developed. But right now Terra Nova is like owning a gold mine and then hiring a mineralolgist to give tours. It might be nice and sparklly to look at but the best bits are hidden beneath the surface.
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The start was ok. Not the greatest, sure not the worst, More detail would have been better. As with Scifi on networks. I will hold my breath with the past history on of shows on the networks,



If any one missed the hint. It is not an alternate universe. It is is a cover up and the secret mission is to change the future. Which of course is bad premise. Since they would suffer same fate as DINOs





To B5 fans commments. Actually JMS wrote it as a space opera. Sold it to the the network , as give me five seasons I will start and end. If you notices the end of season 4 that it could have been the finaly but TNT gave JMS one more season



Fact, I am one on his email list, and met him at the first convention VOR convention.



Again this show could follow the same fate of Firefly. Fox spent big money it, then got pre empt in many areas for plays off etc. Blamed the ratings for it getting the axe, it was the local affilates that cut it off the air for 4 weeks.



We shall see..
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I'll BE BACK!
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This isn't a bad show. Give it a chance. Whenever a show just starts out the first season is usually pretty rough. Look at Babylon 5. The first season was pretty terrible in the special effects department but it became one of the greatest scifi series ever. Also please stop with your anti-American, anti-capitalism rhetoric. Do you write for al jazeera on the side?
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The man that wrote Babylon 5 originally had the story planned as a novel, that is he knew exactly how the show would end from the very first episode. I believe that It was the first time that has ever been done in television, and It hasn't been done since.
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Reminded me of Falling Skies but with dinos and characters that I just don't care about. I almost did not get thru the pilot, first hours was so boring, hour two picked up a little, then came hour 3..ugh. Very disappointed, really high high hopes as I LOVED Jurassic Park.
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I have the pilot recorded and I've been painfully and slowly making my way through it. I think you hit it on the spot with the "family oriented" thing, which apparently Spielberg can no longer avoid and uses it like a really bad rash. It's Jurassic park lite, but with worse acting and convulsed plot, plot holes the size of buicks and the incredibly nauseating family love. One of the worst starts to a show this season. I'm quitting watching it, and unless it starts getting better reviews later on in the season, it's for good. Falling Skies and now this?!? SF/F is still in the dumps, with only the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones to look forward to.
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They explained that the time portal thing is not the past of their time. It's a different timeline, a parallel universe, whatever you want to call it. That's why they didn't find the probe they sent through the portal. They did it that way so the writers wouldn't have to worry about creating paradox. In the dino time they can do whatever they want and the place where they came from will not be affected. That's why the girl told Josh, "don't worry bout stepping' on any butterflies." Or something like that. But I do agree, it's pretty Disney...so far. Let's wait til people get ripped apart to see just how far they'll go. Granted, it'll never be HBO or FX.
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Like I said on the last thread about this show -- too Disney. It's just TOO campy when there's supposedly so much on the line. You need to be really careful about shows that 'go back in time'; there's a LOT of potential for this show but they seem to be trying to appeal to everyone (hence the Disney comment). It's obvious that Terra Nova failed to save the species because they are there!



What they need to do is start playing on the conundrum of time travel -- that you cannot change the future, or at least not enough to prevent the past. For example: why not an episode where they find a bunch of humanoid skeletons buried in the ground near their camp and realize -- damn... it's actually THEM! (that they failed last time and REALLY need to change)?? Or better yet -- it was their going back in time that doomed (future) humanity in the first place.



And no... no one can deny the CG is over the top. They blew that, too.
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I made that same prediction in the forums section. :) It could still happen.
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I was really hoping to see some elaboration on the "whys" and "hows", such as, why did he punch that cop when he knew he would go to jail? why did they choose to have a third kid? how did he get the HELL out of prison? how did the sky turn black? Things like that. I wanted to see some flashbacks to when they lived in 2149ad. I want to see how he got out of prison. Who helped him? Who helped the sixers? And most importantly, why is there a basketball team named after them? (jk).



I hope they do what LOST did and show the story on a character level to make us understand things about their past. And the past of the humans. What could we have screwed up so bad in the next 138 years that they had to go back to the Cretaceous?



And what do they got planned for the asteroid that wipes out the dinos?!?!?!?
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epi 3 one of the biggest disappointment's.
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"Oh my God, Three episodes in and no answers! What a horrible show and it should be canceled. at least Lost gave us a whole bunch of answers in it's first three episodes."

Oh wait a minute NO IT DID NOT!. you people whining about not getting more answers about the obvious numerous arcs in the THIRD episode are rediculous! As others have said go watch a procedural show like Law and order or Criminal minds because there aren't really that many of those and there are a million shows like Terra Nova with several spin offs, oh wait NO THERE ISN'T. TN is a show that has both stand alone and arc episodes and we have only seen THREE episodes and your condemning it/ I can understand if you just didn't like ep 3 itself, that's fine but don't yell CANCEL just because it isn't what you want the scripts to be.
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But that's how the system works these ways, dear Doctor; more than ever, with so many new shows, it's life or death in the first three or four episodes in many, many cases. I reckon' TN's got one, or two at best, chances to salvage itself. I don't think they'll do it. It's a shame, because I think it has potential.
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What Lost did was build mystery, while at the same time delivering some of the finest Season 1 television ever. What people are complaining about is not the absence of answers but the absence of questions; and the mysticism, intrigue, and wonder that comes with them. Terra Nova took a singular story line and made it the entirety of the episode. What Lost did in its third episode was similar, in that the they were running out of water, tempers were high, and they needed to find a water source. This could have very well been the entirety of the episode, but Lost added another element of mystery to that episode by showing that Jack had visions of his dead father, all the while building the theme of Jack struggling to be a leader. Lost had many facets to each episode, especially the first season. What Terra Nova is doing is just forgettable trash television. Comparing the two at this point is blasphemous.
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I have hope that this show will get better, but I'm skeptical. I am a sci-fi person, and after having watched hundreds of these types of shows, it is easy to point out all the similarities and overlaps between this show and other shows. This last episode reminded me of a weaker equivalent of Primeval. They had to learn about this species of dinosaur and find a way to eliminate the problem. It's also similar to Primeval in that they were able to go to a different time through a crack in time/space.
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The main family consists of one Irish, one Canadian, two English and one American, So I guess The Terra Nova program is open to just about anyone.

And before anyone mentions that that's just their real background, Elizabeth is clearly English judging by her accent. And Jim should really be in an American prison.
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indeed, was a bad average episode just after the season premiere, whats up with the producers of this show?
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Terra Nova has a great cast and the potential to be the next LOST. I really hope big things happen in the next episode.
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next LOST???? r u kiddin' me?
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I liked the episode. The writers can't focus on the mysteries too soon, otherwise there will be nowhere to go. And yes, the special effects weren't amazing, but it's television. Suspend your disbelief for 40 minutes.
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I actually thought the episode was quite alright. There's a lot of things they could do better, but for the most part, it was fairly entertaining. The one thing I didn't like much was how they skipped the more exciting action, such as how Shannon and co. actually captured a couple of birds -- err, reptiles -- or how Taylor and Shannon went and unloaded the pheromones. It wasn't great, but it was enough to keep me tuning in.
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I think the siblings must have one of the most realistic relationships I've seen on TV since the Dubois girls in Medium. Not everything has to have vampires to be fun and Terra Nova is a most welcomed and refreshing change IMO.
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The hatred toward this show is very indicative of the attention span of most people these days. :(
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A show's second episode jumping the shark - seriously? Wow, just wow.
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Definitely one of the biggest disappointment's. Expectations were high but even after pilot episodes I already almost hated it because of it's obvious tendency towards becoming lame family drama. At this point i'd say if they continue this way they can just hang a blanket with drawn jungle and some dinosaurs for the background to match with the lame story-line.
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Stargate Universe had better CGI than this garbage. Cancel it already!
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Does anyone know how they send messages back? In this episode, the commander explains how he recruits the terra nova newbies and that they send him info about the potential recruits to review. But how does he get a message back to 2149AD to approve said people...Am not sure if i missed it or they haven't explained it yet, does anyone have any idea?
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While the gate is open, the commander can communicate with the future. This wasn't mentioned in the series yet but by creator Craig Silverstein. (I read this in the IMDB FAQ for Terra Nova.)
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Thank you!
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I kinda liked the premiere, but hated the third episode so much it made me felt like I was watching a bad movie on Syfy. Making the show procedural is a BAD IDEA. Especially when you have poor plots. That episode was so boring I was surfing the web at the same time. I give it one more chance next week and will give up. I already passed on the stupid "going back in time" plot (I mean, why not instead having found simply a planet that's a few million years late in development, and keep contact with earth, but time travel... seriously?...)
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I like the time travel element to the story line. It opens up a lot of interesting mysteries to develope later. Since it is supposed to be an alternate time-line then it could get very imaginative if done well. The key word being 'well.'



BTW, the BBC TV series Outcasts was about a similar group of colonists that occupied a planet after migrating from a dying Earth. The new planet had a strange ecology and a mysterious indigenous race or intelligence that was never properly developed because the show was cancelled just as it was getting good. The Outcasts also had a walled compound with a thriving community. They too had their 'sixers' who were enemies and thorns in their sides.



Actually, I think that everybody has missed the key point to the 'birds' episode: safety. The great perimeter wall surrounding the compound gives the inhabitants a sense of security and safety. But it can only protect the inhabitants from ground-based creatures. Therefore, all sense of safety is illusory at best since airborne dangers will have no trouble entering the compound from above. That fact alone adds tension from now on since the inhabitants must pay more attention to the skies (and what's in the trees) than they had previously.

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I think its awesome - wow I don't know anyone that doesn't love it actually. The acting is good - the special effects are fine for TV .. I mean come on what are you expecting Jurassic Park 4 every week .... that would get a little pricey.
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I agree that its very good I dont "LOVE" it personally... but I find it entertaining enough that I do look forward to it every week...as for the acting at times its good...(I understand its still 3 episodes in and casts need to gel in order for acting to actually be good) but quite a few of those "LOL" moments of shotty acting that stick out like when main dude and wife (sorry I dont learn names fast) are running to the clinic and dodging the green screened "angry birds" it just looked like they had no idea what to do....
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While I don't totally disagree I found this episode far superior to the infuriating pilot. When the teens were on screen in this episode I didn't feel like reaching into the TV and punching them in the face. We also got a bit of character development without jumping head first into the BIG STORIES of the season. The Sixers were mentioned but obviously being on a version of prehistoric earth there are things worse than other humans.



What did annoy me was there was no mention of the huge flaw in Terra Nova (the fort)'s design. Sure, those logs might keep out the carnotaurs but what about those airborne creatures? Another annoyance (and again, this was nothing compared to the "teens sneaking off to drink moonshine" story from the pilot) was the scene with the kids all sitting directly in front of the air conditioning duct with the scary noises coming out of it.



I'll be giving it another go next week.
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It would be nice if they explained why they went back to this time period.



I have to agreed with you thought...so far it's dreadful.
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wow....your crying about unanswered questions 3 hours into the series? go back to watching criminal minds where they explain every little detail to you like your 3 years old



and as "Im_right_aint_i" said...they did answer that question....so maybe you should try blues clues instead
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They did not choose the time they were traveling to !! They discover the time fracture (not man-manufactured) and asking it to send back a bit later wasn't an option !

The question was asked and answered at least ten times in the comment section of last week review.

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The GOOD news?? I know where my Col Sanders franchise is going!!
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i agree. the pilot episode wasn't perfect, but for a dino-story like this i said okay. i expected these graffic failures that the pilot episode had...the one i wasn't expecting was the bad senario/plot-story!! i was hoping & wishing they would have a perfect 10 plot for the series but i was a bit disapointed. anyway the pilot was okay and i was still hoping for better episodes & plot story.

This 3rd episode was just awfull! What the heck with those birds? the whole 3rd episode was about a freaking bird ffs. now i got 0 hopes for the show and i'll keep watching it just for the dino-story!

Having a series about dinosaurs is a big freaking thing and they just blew it. it's sad........
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graffic... really...., it wasn't just about birds plus their not just birds, story was good, acting was good graphics were good, not every episode is going to blow your mind, and not every episode is going to be to your likings, but I mean it is also the third episode, I thought Tim Surette was an idiot when I read this, well ok way before I read this article lmao, but then I seen some of the agreeing comments, and my god people, chill out, come across one episode you don't like and you act like children lol.
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I actually like Terra Nova so far, it's entertaining. But there's one thing I really don't get, why are they doing all this? Won't they just destroy the world all over again, but sooner? And if that happens, they'll never even be born.. will they then cease to exist?
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Its a "different time stream" making the 80 million years ago that Terra Nova inhabits effictively a different dimension. Ergo, none of their actions will effect the Earth of the future. Ergo, no Back-To-The-Furture-esk erase-the-future type problem. A simple but possibly lazy script-writers solution. This was the dialogue around the probe by the elder daughter with the younger soldier.



It makes Terra Nova a collony for humanity to start again, rather than an outpost to give humainty a fix for the ecology.
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Yeah, but in the pilot two sixers talk together about the

Commander and his son and one of them says "control the past, control the future" so maybe the time streams are ligated somehow or there isn't a different time stream (and they have another explanation for that)
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What I wondered about the different time stream was the logic of not ruining their own future, but being possibly willing to ruin a different futures time stream. I think that's what the cryptic writing on the rocks is about...
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I haven't thought of that, but you're right: The Terra Novas destroy other peoples future. What a shame!
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They can't destroy anyone's future because in the future a big asteroid will hit earth (because that's how dinosaurs have extinct in our time line) and will wipe out 90% of all species including dinosaurs and Terra Nova inhabitants. Also - depending on how long they got until the asteroid hits (possibly millions of years) they will have enough time to destroy them selves and any other species or travel outside solar system to other planets.
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@Ibixat (I wonder why I can't reply to your post directly...)



True, but then they wouldn't have to change dimensions, they could have stayed in our Earth's past, huh...?
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unless you believe time can't be re-written, in which case the alternate time stream already had them there 80 million years ago, so it already happened in the alternate dimensions earth that they were there, and are unable to ruin anything because this happened all along anyway.
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At some points it has similarities with outcasts, but I like the acting better and like the actors more. They have more charisma. I don't think the this episode was so bad. I liked watching it and am looking forward seeing episode nr. 4. The show has potential and I just hope that there is more around the mysteries about the inscriptions and about the timeline they are building while changing the past of our world...
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Terra Nova really needs to lose its dramatic cinematic music. It's ridiculous to accompany every slightly thrilling scene with a music that could easily indicate Will Smith just saved the world from aliens with his space ship.... especially WHEN WE CAN ALREADY ASSUME that daddy will save the day on a regular basis in the next episodes, right ?
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couldn't agree more. esp. the arm waving capture you posted illustrates it nicely how stupid this show looks, in total. cgi, actors and yes:



Terra Nova is US only! What did you think? Geez. The world is overpopulated in the future, wouldn't want to drag anything back into the past that will cause the same issues over and over again! Errr...

Although they have their own 6-axis of evil already, also US based though. What a fictitious story eh?



Currency: Humanity starts over but not without paying for everything! And who needs a hat? Dinoprotection?! Writers take heed and eat your own writing hats for once.



Zoe-schmoe: I am sorry but I don't care about those scenes, at all... Anyone? Class? Bueller?



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I'm starting to wonder when the writers are going to watch the first season of the UK series Outcasts, to see how it should be done.



drlowdown, you're right by the way, these shows need to wow us with a great pilot. The reason why people are now impatient with TV pilots is because they have limited spare time to relax and be entertained, and with shows like Lost and Breaking Bad showing people have great a pilot can be, we get annoyed when a show, just like Terra Nova, goes out of it's way to advertise how great it's going to be, how much money has been spent on it and what a great 'backroom staff' they have, only to show us three hours of cliche filled, boring, unimaginative dross.
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That was terrible! Even worse than the pilot. The whole episode was pointless and non-sensical (really! birds now migrate to an exact location within a square km - what rubbish).



What made it even worse, was the fact that the only reason why ppl might still be interested in this show, ie. action scenes with the dinosaurs, were cut out of the whole episode! Why did they not show the hunt in the middle of the night? Or the joyride in an armored tank with a million birds on their tail?



And really? Adding a new character that schemes on someone else's wife, is NOT what this show needed .. we have already enough characters to despise. In fact the only one I can stomach is the 4 year old ... and thats just because she's 4 and hating her would be inhumane.



I'll give it one more episode ... but I don't think I'm going to be watching this show for much longer.
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(really! birds now migrate to an exact location within a square km - what rubbish).



Well, I'd advise you to check out the swallows of Capistrano if we were in fact talking about birds. However, as our local expert did explain in the episode..."they're reptiles not birds!" There are no truly migratory reptiles.
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RE Sean Arata: I could happily forgive the stilted opening to the series if;

a) the script wasn't so generic and cheesy or

b) the few scenes with dinosaurs where actually intense or entertaining (which thanks to poor CGI and mediocre acting they aren't).



Just watch the pilot episodes of shows like Lost, The Shield or Breaking Bad for perfect examples of how to start a show and make the audience want to come back for more.
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I don't understand why everybody is hating so much on this show. There is so much potential for this show, at least give it a chance. How many shows out there didn't have the best first (or second) seasons but have come to be loved by millions. Just give it a chance and enjoy it for what it is!!!
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I can't think of ANY TV shows that were crap for TWO seasons and survived to be "loved by millions". Usually the show is either cancelled or it's on cable and attracts a cult following more or less from the beginning.
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I didn't say crap but you might be right about the cult following. Perhaps a show like this would be best on a cable network but I'm just amazed at how much s*it is being thrown at this show which is ONLY 2 episodes in (3 if you count the first as 2). People should let the show find its bearings. At least give the show something like 6 episodes. There is ALOT of potential and I for one can't wait to see what can be done with the premise.
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They should be using the potential now, because by the time they start showing any there might be no one who's willing to watch
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Also, I'm kind of waiting for the episode where Jim gets nabbed by the Six'ers and sees some of their "secrets", gets an understanding for their side of the story and secretly becomes disillusioned with Taylor's dictatorship. :p

Or possibly it'll happen to Josh - but I think they'll go with Jim, as he has the potential for leadership that makes him a real opponent for Taylor. ;)

It's a given, isn't it? :D
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It's like a group of network execs took the following things, put them in a blender, and hoped that something good would come out:

Jurassic Park, Avatar, V, Stargate, The Star Wars Prequels, Birdemic



TA DA! A giant glass of garbage!!!
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Barely entertaining for 6 yrs old... even the "romantic scenes" LOL... I haven't been able to like anything written by Branon Braga so far. It's extremely light sci-fi almost no conflict... I mean I love ST but some episodes wanted to make me cry of boredom...
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It seems a lot of shows these days fill the first three quarters of the season with 'filler' or what could effectively be mini movies which have no related link to other episodes.

This format doesn't do much to draw in a repeat audience and so shows which have the potential to generate a big following end up with a low audience of viewers who happen to just be in front of the box at the time.

By the time it gets to the latter part of the season when the writers have finally decided to create a meaningful story, the audience is so low that the network has cancelled it.

We've seen this recently in shows like Flash forward, The Event and No ordinary family. (I won't go into any detail as to the other reasons some of those shows failed)

The acting is good (unlike a previous show i mentioned). The dialogue is pretty much plausible but something is missing and unless that changes even the big budget effects won't save it from the chop at the end of season 1

I see some great potential for Terra Nova but the writers need to quickly put a story together, create some episode links and give us some cliff hangers.

Both shows have ended with more of a whimper than a bang, and without a 'previously on Terra Nova' introduction, which would probably be redundant currently, I am struggling to get excited.

Markings on the rocks and The Sixers storys even seem a bit tame. For a big budget show we need a big budget story. And we need it quickly.

Otherwise the characters may as well all be dead.......or in pergatory.
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Great point about those filler episodes! If you don't have a meaningful episode to show then don't show it. I'd rather these networks start doing 12 episodes a season (ala HBO/showtime) instead of 20 and just make them all good meaningful episodes. These meaningless fillers ruin the integrity of shows
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The fact that they are all American, when our schools continue to fail to produce students interested in math and science is the funniest element of this whole story. Egocentric Dream World, just like America.
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Yeah, but I DO buy that a country that houses 250 million people (presumably more in 2149) can find a couple of hundred competent scientists, soldiers and craftsmen. After all, they've had 10 or 11 "immigration"-waves, they're saying that a 100 people is a BIG wave, and a lot of the numbers are probably made up of dependants (wives, husbands and children).

So less than five hundred "experts" in diverse fields, and probably the same number or higher of "dependants".
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Honestly, I'd rather just put in a dvd of Jurassic Park. Doubt I'm going to be watching this show for much longer...
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It was OK. I definitely thought of Alfred Hitchcock's Birds movie. CG was OK. It's not Jurassic Park quality. :(
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