Brannon Braga and Rene Echevarria, the current showrunners of "Terra Nova", have an extensive background in science fiction, particularly within the franshise "Star Trek." And if there is something unusual in science fiction classic television episodes are standalone, especially in the early years when the series are being established.
"Space 1999", "Space: Above and Beyond," "Quantum Leap", "Babylon 5", "Farscape," "Sliders," "The Twilight Zone," "The Outer Limits," "The X-Files" "Stargate SG-1" and, of course, "Star Trek" and all their descendants ("Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Enterprise ") are, without doubt, science fiction series of reference. And, amazingly to those who have not had the opportunity to see themselves, are full, even full of standalone episodes.
Of course all these series have had the opportunity to set their stories and, over time, create arcs and lines of argument within a broader or more seasons, something that made them more appealing and they managed to garner a huge legion of fans, but the existence of episodes where it was intrinsic standalone.
But times were different. Today there is no patience for closed episodes (and I'm one of those people who easily lose your enthusiasm with formulas) and the public crave episodes in that history is continuous between them and there are no distractions from "monsters / mysteries of the week." And to evil of their sins (because the audience lose by alienating viewers and a series of high costs as it requires an audience or is doomed to cancellation), that is exactly what "Terra Nova" is currently doing.
The feeling is that both Braga as Echevarria and all other elements of the production team of the series will not be calculated and the need that existed in the making of "Terra Nova" a success. The costs are very high for a television series and there have results in terms of audience and to achieve these objectives, one of the key factors would to create a captivating story enough to keep the audience invested.
With the continued success of CBS and their series with episodes closed, one would argue that the decision to the standalone episodes "Terra Nova" was the best bet to ensure audiences. The problem is that the universe of the CBS series is intended for an audience of an age that is distinct from the target audience of "Terra Nova". Is there a clear attempt to create a product targeted for the whole family, but the truth is that "Terra Nova" never will be, leaving him the niche (fans of the genre and one or more others), this niche in the days run no longer have much patience for the standalone episodes as before.
And so we come to the most recent episode of the series.
If there were doubts the existence of a formula for this series, "What Remains" disadvantaged them. The episode takes place exactly as before: someone we've never before seen dies for any reason, the main characters come into play to solve the mystery, and, as the are making are served us clues and pieces of information about Earth's future and the past of the characters.
Instead of pterosaurs to "Instinct", we now have a virus that makes people lose their short-term memory and that is a catalyst for some drama:
The Elisabeth (Shelley Conn) forgets who has a husband and children and then have Jim (Jason O'Mara) trying to regain back the love of his wife, always with the other vertex of the triangle, Malcolm (Rod Hallett) around to try to take advantage of the situation.
Commander Taylor (Stephen Lang) believed to be somewhere in Somalia during a war no matter what happened on Earth of the future and where it took some experimenting very least. Moreover, looking desperately for his wife (who died) and that was one of extreme importance to him (or he would not have attempted suicide).
Meanwhile, in Newfoundland, the kids continue their path of mating. The Maddy (Naomi Scott) goes on a first date and his brother Josh (Landon Liboiron) begins to form his own love triangle since the Skye (Allison Miller) has the bright idea to try to help you bring your old girlfriend Land of the future for Newfoundland (and thus involve them in this hardcore gang that apparently are the Sixers).
Not much else to say about this episode. 40 minutes were gone by without much difficulty? Yes, but I used the time to see it as wasted? Probably ...