I have to say, the level of brainless writing for this show hit a new low with the most recent episode, 'Nightfall'. I hate when shows not only ignore complete common sense so that a story line can exist, but when they completely disregard science for the sake of a story, it completely overloads the accepted level of 'suspended disbelief' the viewer goes in with when watching an episode.
The EMP pulse frying all electronics that weren't plugged in annoyed me. While EMPs quite easily damage things that are plugged in, my understanding is that without an earthed connection, a disconnected applience is relatively safe from a pulse, as the flow of current is impeded with a complete circuit. Normally an electrical power point plug will connect with a positive and negative terminal providing a complete circuit with 2 points of different potential difference, however objects without a complete circuit are not as susceptible. So the idea of all unplugged circuitry (especially 22nd Century circuitry which you would expect to be at least more advanced and robust as ours) being destroyed by an EMP is just silly.
But the thing which has caused me to pause this episode in mid watch and post this up is the absolutely preposterous, stupid, ridiculous idea that that 'super computer virtual reality room' would have a manual over ride on the OUTSIDE, where people are free to escape to the surface already, and not on the INSIDE, where people would be trapped. In a real room with such a lock, it would be on both.
Not only that, but my knowledge of electronic locks (which is not extremely extensive I admit, but as a structural engineer I do have an abundance of common sense and logic), an electronic lock would be held in place by a strong (current induced) magnetic field, such that in the event of a power outage, the magnetic lock would cease operating and the door would not be held in place. With no current, there would be no magnetic coupling and no force holding the door in place: you could just slide it open. I realise that in a bank or such place, it would NOT be designed like this (you wouldnt want vaults opening in the event of a power outage), but a vault is not designed to house people, and as such people would not be placed in danger if it were locked during an outage. But for an inhabitable room its preposterous to think a) it would be designed to still be locked in the event of an outage and b) there would be a release on the outside and not the inside.
How Fox threw so much money into this show without first at least confirming the credentials and creativity of the writers and design team is absolutely beyond me. Admitedly there are intelligent points in the episode (like the head military guy (I am awful at remembering names) predicting that their one line of defence, the fence, would be useless against large dinosaurs). But to deliberately ignore the most common of all common sense things like an inner release mechanism, or to deliberately misrepresent science (when as a sci fi show thats the one thing they should at least be getting right) is honestly disgusting. That's a harsh word, and I know some people like this show and all the power to you I completely respect your opinion but I don't think its asking to much to watch a science fiction show that doesn't appear to be written by retarded monkeys who haven't even passed basic high school level physics.
Oh and the teenage angst and cheesy lines makes me want to barf.