Terra Nova

Season 1 Episode 2

Genesis - Part 2

11
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 26, 2011 on FOX
8.2
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Genesis - Part 2
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In the second part of the two-part series premiere, the Shannons are trying to get used to their new lives in Terra Nova. Josh and some friends run into trouble when they sneak out of the compound. Jim, Elisabeth and Taylor go out looking for them.

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  • This series wants to bring it all but in the end delivers nothing that's quite good enough.

    4.5
    Ok what I did like is the opening scene with the f*ckd up world and everything has gone to shit. But when they entered the portal it turned bad very quickly. The CGI looks terrible, seriously the dino's look worse than those in Jurassic Park 1 from 1993. Of course this is all very expensive for a tv series, but why not use a little less CGI and spend a bit more per scene. Not only the CGI looks bad, but all the tools they use look like cheap plastic things straight from a tell-sell commercial. The armor they wear looks like something they bought for a Halloween party from their local costume store or eBay.

    The second thing that made me want to turn this thing off was the bad scripting. Relationships feel somehow artificial and not convincing at all. At one point Jim's wife is helping a girl that is injured by a dino, she is almost dying. But instead of saving her life, she gets up and starts talking to Jim to resolve some relationship issues and tell him how she feels. Hello you are the only doctor and someone is dying here…!? When they found the markings on the rocks, I thought, cool maybe this is going somewhere... But at the end of the pilot it turns out it's nothing more than just a crazy guy running around. The pilot should bring up questions, make it mysterious and make you want to watch the next episode. But for this 20 million dollar pilot, the only question it brings up with me is where did they go wrong.

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  • I really like this show! Terra Nova is a combination of StarGate and Land of the Lost.

    10
    Finally, an interesting show worth watching! Most of the shows today are not interesting. "The Cape," was about the only show I liked. Hope they make more episodes of The Cape. Anyway,after watching the first episode of Terra Nova the portal the people used to go to the past reminded me so much of the StarGate portal. I don't know whether they copied it from StarGate or not. Doesn't matter, I still like this show and hope it lasts for several seasons to come. The show will also remind you of "Lost" and "Land of the Lost." Also , Jurassic Park. I didn't know exactly if Terra Nova was another planet or Earth until I read up on it. Even though the show adapted ideals from other shows its still unique in its own way. I'm definitely looking forward to enjoying the next episodes of Terra Nova!

    If you watched the first episode, you can tell there is a very high possibility that the people will encounter alien beings or maybe an ancient human civilization. Remember the symbolic writings on the rocks of the off limits waterfall scene that the teenagers ran into. I think that this is alien writing!

    Some interesting questions that came to mind while watching Terra Nova. The people used a StarGate like portal to travel back into Earth's prehistoric past. Can they use that portal to travel into the future? Also, if they are on Prehistoric Earth to start human civilization over, how will they handle the meteorite that hits the Earth and destroy the dinosaurs? The last question. Will we see signs on Terra Nova that reveal some humans already traveled back in time to prehistoric Earth before they did?moreless
  • Has potential, but has a long way to go.

    7.5
    Overall, I liked the the whole "Terra Nova" 2 part pilot episode "Genesis". The show has a lot of potential, with the introduction of a few mysteries and nasty dino's. As for a pilot episode, it did what it needed to do, mainly grab my attention and leave me wanting to see and learn more about the show, and hope that it will smooth off the rough edges.

    My biggest problem with the show are the IDIOTIC TEENAGERS! I can only hope that the same amount of time devoted to the teenagers in the pilot is not the same in all the rest of the episodes. If they do continue with a lot of the teens, I predict the show will not make it past one season, maybe even getting canceled during the first.

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  • Not as good as the first hour but still enjoyable.

    8.5
    The second hour of terra novas two hour premire certainly isnt as good as the first but i still found it to be incredibly enjoyable and a whole lot of fun. This episode had it good points and it bad points and didnt enjoy the whole teenage thing i found those characters to be incredibly annoying except for skye, i also didnt enjoy the taylor and jim relationship i think it moved far to fast i mean technically jim is a fugitive i just think taylor was to fast to just hand jim a gun i think they should of took there time with that relationship.

    However depite these flaws i still thought this episode had some really good points like the sixers or the (others) they seem really intresting, overall a pretty good episode that was exciting fun and entertainingmoreless
  • Not sure what to think yet...

    7.0
    I read a review of "Terra Nova" the other day and made the horrible mistake of reading a line that I wish I hadn't read: this particular reviewer mentioned the show as "a possible replacement for Lost." Now, I know better than to expect a show to become the next Lost, but I immediately become intrigued the second I hear a possible comparison.

    This show is nothing like Lost, except for the fact that it sort of takes place in a tropical place and clearly has a backstory that it has to flesh out. The show is more or less Jurassic Park with better technology and an overall plot that differs from the movie. I thought the scenes that took place in the future were extremely clunky and weren't worth seeing. The whole "our father is in jail and broke into the time warp" thing was pointless, because once the father got there, there's no consequences for him breaking out of jail. It was a pointless bit of action that went nowhere.

    Once we got to the "Terra Nova" place, things got a bit more intriguing. Not necessarily better, but intriguing is the best word I can think of. Me and my roommate watched the show and after a lot of deliberating, we decided the show was worth sticking around for. Some of the characters keep me interested just enough to warrant continuing, and the action sequences were fun to watch. But boy, those special effects got worse and worse as the show went along. Also, I'm not sure how much I care about the backstory of these other people who split off from Terra Nova (I consider them the "Others," just like on Lost... man I can't get past these comparisons.)

    The show has awhile to go before it can get my full approval. I've hated all of the sci-fi/mystery/mythology type shows that have been born out of the ending of Lost (Flashforward, The Event... all of that dreck) Let's see if Terra Nova can break the streak.moreless
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Sam Parsonson

Sam Parsonson

Hunter

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Aisha Dee

Aisha Dee

Tasha

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Dean Geyer

Dean Geyer

Mark Reynolds

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Damian Walshe-Howling

Damian Walshe-Howling

Carter

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Simone Kessell

Simone Kessell

Lt. Alicia Washington

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