Usually, the pilot episdes are somewhat better than what follows up. With Terra Nova, I actually have to hope that it's the other way around. After having watched the pilot, I very mixed feelings. This show again has Spielberg written all over it. Overdone, repetitive musical score that fails to blend in and support the picture is something I find awry with most of Spielbergs productions. Add to that that I thought, again, that the characters are somewhat bland. The special effects where mostly top notch. The production values must have been tremendous, too. A whole lot of effort was put into building places, making jungles look real/unreal, and all that jazz. It was like Jurassic Park all over again, serialized. It has cool written all over it!
But yeah, my problem with the character development ... it falls about as short as it has been in Falling Skies or, Earth 2. But even in Earth two, I think the main cast had some more promise. The lone somewhat interesing person in Terra Nova for me, seems to be the base commander, even though it feels like he's reprising his role from Avatar, the movie, except he is less scarred. He even has the potential to grab sympathies even when it turns out he's "the bad guy". Watching Spielbergs play on kids on teens in a series has always been tedious for me. It's as if they're only in there to make mistakes. The same mistakes. Get in trouble, mostly. Disobeying most notably - by doing the exact opposite of what their elders tell them is right. Is there any real parenting going on? Anyone remember the little girl in Earth 2? After some episodes, my eyes started to hurt from rolling them every time she did something boneheaded again, just to get everyone else in trouble when they have to come rescue her. She clearly had become a Mary Sue , often be the hero of the day, while still ruining everything for everyone. Hardly do I ever see a truly smart kid in a Spielberg show. I really hope it'll not get as bad in Terra Nova.
A family just arrived in paradise, but they just started bickering, and the son almost came across like he didn't even really want to be there at times, as if he'd rather be back on Ruined Earth. The Mom has very few interesting scenes, and in most of them she was only "there", and didn't have much to add, except for the rescue mission where she helped out as a field medic. The father had a few short moments where he showed potential, but that was about it. Their daughters ... were there, I guess. The youngest was cool, feeding the dinos, that was a good "Jurassic Park" moment.
I had a few more thoughts on the pilot but it's not important. In short: I found the acting lackluster. The characters bland. Rest was good. Or at least mediocre at times. Hope it'll get a lot better soon.