Terra Nova Review: Who Has Skeletons?

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I'm not saying that Terra Nova has all of the sudden become quality television, but "Vs." easily created the most intrigue the series has seen since the pilot.

Did a majority of the interesting aspects derive from the final 10 minutes of action? Yeah, but that's a trick TV writers have been using for all of time. Leave a great taste in viewers’ mouths and they'll be excited to come back for more.

Jim and Family

The sequence in which Taylor detained Jim - revealing what in the heck was really going on with him, the Sixers, his son and the recently discovered General Philbrick - piqued my interest big time.

Over the past couple months I have grown accustomed to watch Terra Nova with the excitement of a comatose 80-year old, but all the talk about what the Sixers are really doing, and what Lucas was up to got me to the edge of my seat... just barely.

So the Sixers have been sent to Terra Nova to pillage this new world for resources, essentially attempting to make the Powers That Be rich with goods and such. That's about what we were expecting from them, but what really got my blood pumping was all of the stuff between Taylor, Philbrick and Lucas.

That flashback sequence was intense, and I love every second of it. Taylor killing his mentor, and then being begged by his son to kill him, too, was pretty awesome.

Now that we have learned about the Sixers, and what happened to Commander Taylor back in the day, I worry that any suspense we had about the series will be lost going forward. Thankfully, Lucas and his efforts to make the portal a two-way street are still alive and kicking.

Hopefully that's the focus and major foil for Jim and Taylor as we head down the final stretch of what we all assume will be the lone season of Terra Nova.

Realistically, though, these issues will probably be sidelined for more procedurally styled one-off episodes where a giant tarantula comes into Terra Nova, and Zoe fights it off with a special crayon. Well not that, but something as ridiculous as that.

While my interest topped out with the final moments of the episode, the rest of it was pretty much paint-by-numbers. There was a crime to solve (this time it involved a skeleton), Zoe did something cute (specifically playing a fantastic Commander Taylor) and every teenager in Terra Nova was annoying.

So before anyone lays claim - myself included - that Terra Nova is fantastic television, don't be a prisoner of the moment and remember how pedestrian the first two thirds of "Vs." was.

What did you all think? And how fake looking was that gigantic dragonfly?


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I took a couple weeks off from this inane dreck but thought I'd tune in to see if anything had gotten better. Nope. We get soldiers and scientists playing with a dragonfly that is nothing but a red herring, a petulant cop thrown into the brig - again - leave him there. Kids putting on a play for some uninteresting terra nova festival, and everyone seemingly oblivious to the fact that they are in a life or death situation. Hello writers and producers...? A show aimed at kids doesn't have to be stupid. Perhaps you are too stupid to realize that. I wonder if these kids are written based off their own offspring's actions and behaviors? Write what you know I guess. None of these characters behaves with any consistency, logic or authenticity. None of the plot points engage or interest. And the threats to the colony? Nonexistent really - unless you are one of the Enterprise crew wearing the red uniform. Gilligan's Island has more suspense than this show - and better characters. It was rather fun to watch for 10 minutes with my buddies and tear apart how stupid the show was. One note about the play. It had production values that would make most off Broadway producers yearn for a time rift. How many people are there in terra nova anyways? It looked to be about 30 based on the audience at the play, yet there are murders every week, sixers attacking, dinos in the forest and these idiots watch a children's play as if they were at the elementary school. Where do all the new faces for all the ridiculous plots come from?


Did you not really see this coming from a mile away? I sure did. I mean no government does something for its citizens without getting something back. In this case give people a new place to live so that the "new" world can provide us with a means to generate more revenue in their own time. Ok so the specifics were hazy, but knowing that these people were sent there for a reason other than trying to save the people. Yes, I see more polotics in the future of this series. I was really hoping for dinosaur action rather than what we have been getting. I think I'll keep watching this season, but I don't know yet about another season of it.


im agree that in further episodes there gonna be less suspence, but i dont think that sixers get a huge back ups soon, maybe in the possible 2nd season. and about lucas, i think hes cooking something else beside his personal portal


this is still going?, wow, just wow

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Terra Nova Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

You're a traitor. There's no place in Terra Nova for you. I never wanna see your face again.

Taylor (to Lucas)

Without all of you, I'd have nothing.