One of the weakest episodes in this first season. It is kind of hard to know where to begin. Terra Nova, “the great experiment,” was a patchy episode at best. First off, I find the explanation of why Earth never sent a follow-up mission to the planet to hard to believe. To me, it seems that another trip would be needed to ascertain what happened to the original colonists.
Also there were only two hundred colonists in the first ship, and surely, Terra Nova could support millions if not billions. So why all the anger at a second ship? Simply for the plot. The writers weren’t willing to think things through. Without well thought out ideas, this story becomes a meaningless series of episodes that drive an underpowered plot.
Secondly, why exactly would the colonists blame Earth for the asteroid strike. Also wouldn’t they have some knowledge of what they might face on the planet. It seems to me that colonization would have an impact assessment for meteoroids and the like. But the colonist have no warning and then jump to the wrong conclusions.
Thirdly, Archer’s initial actions make it hard for him to make any peaceful solution. You wouldn’t go armed into someone home, would you? The drawn phase pistols really limits what Archer can so. It was as if Archer and crew were itching for a fight, but this goes against why they came here.
Lastly, Tucker from the ship is able to map the tunnel system. But then Mayweather lands the shuttle pod on top of a tunnel? What’s going on here? Just more useless plot to get humans and Novans working together. The sad thing is that I know Erick Avari, Jaymin, is a good actor but he was so underused. This whole episode is really sad because it could have been so much better.