Terra Nova Season Finale Review: No Hope Plaza

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The largest issue I have with the Terra Nova season finale is that there were many nice moments that could have been great if they weren't part of a show that - in general - is just not good. 

For example, the early scene at the bar was nice. Lucas making a big deal about his pseudo brother/sister relationship with Skye was funny, and then after he tried to go a bit too far with his fake sister, Josh coming to the rescue was admirable.

Lucas again proved to be a viable villain as he took a number of free shots on the teenager, before Big Jim Shannon came storming into the bar to save the day.

Terra Nova Season Finale Scene

For as smart as Elizabeth is supposed to be, this was the first time she really did anything to prove her intelligence.  Her ruse on Weaver, which got him to give up Jim, was bright, hilarious, and moved the plot exactly where it needed to go.  It took 12 episodes, but Elizabeth finally did something worthwhile.

Unlike a number of the times that Terra Nova has attempt to pull at the heart strings of its viewers, the sweet moment between Zoe and Commander Taylor worked like gangbusters. It worked because it was an honest moment between two characters that we have had a chance to get to know over the season's run, and two characters that we've seen have a history (Zoe playing Taylor at the festival).

It didn't hurt that the girl's "If you need another hug, just ask" was the cutest darn thing I've ever seen.

As much as I've disliked Commander Taylor to this point in the series, the moments I have enjoyed him have all had to do with his relationship with Lucas, so when things looked like they were going to heat up between these two, I got excited. It was pretty obvious that Lucas was pulling a fast one on his dad with the "I'm sorry" bit, but that doesn't mean it wasn't interesting to watch.

Also, there was the added bonus of Lucas's new-found fake sister coming to Pops's rescue when Skye shot up Lucas. I'm just glad Luke managed to get away. Ashley Zukerman killed it again this week.

Finally, there was a bit of intrigue as the first season's story came to a close. Now that the portal and Hope Plaza have been destroyed, it seems like there will be no contact with anything other time period. Where did that figurehead come from?  Interesting.

As is true with most of my compliments of Terra Nova, you have to take this praise with a grain of salt. All of these positive moments didn't resonate nearly as well as they could have because of the problems Terra Nova has had in the past and in this episode itself.

If you've been reading my reviews throughout the season, you know my main problems with the show are the sub-par acting, the awful dialogue, and the series not being able to figure out what kind of show it is.

All of these issues were evident in "Occupation/Resistance" as were some of these weird, wacky things of note ...

The bad guys came to Terra Nova and put up the most evil looking flags and logos they possibly could.  

Throughout the year I have heard "klicks" more than anyone should ever have to in a lifetime. What was surely meant to give this world its own little details, just began to annoy me time after time after time. Are there no other units of measurement in 2149?

What a difficult job that woman we had never seen before had in disabling that bomb! She never saw that kind before but she thought she might be able to figure it out. Did you notice what she ended up doing? She cut every single wire. Wow! Brilliant!

The plan by the bad guys was just so elaborate. How many trips were they planning on taking? Was the reward worth the effort it was taking them to do all of that? And this Weaver guy was the right man to bring back? The guy shooting brachiosauruses for the heck of it? Jeez.

So there was some good and there was some bad in the Terra Nova season finale. This series definitely didn't turn out to be what I hoped it could be before the season started, but it also isn't completely dead. If there is a second season, I will continue to watch to see where this story goes.

What about all you TV Fanatics? What did you think of the Terra Nova season finale? Are you interested in seeing a second season of the FOX series? And did Jim Shannon prove that not only Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions?


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A little too much bashing here now!
If I don´t like a show I DO NOT WATCH IT!
Terra Nova was in my opinion a truly epic show that could´ve gone for at least two more seasons the characters felt real and the Shannon Family had all the problems and good things that a real family can experiance!
Lucas "pulling a fast one" on his dad was the ONLY predictable event in an otherwise very UN- Predictable show wich is rare especially with this genre and then some!
Macnimation: *FACEPALM* Offcourse if you gave up after only 4 episodes you are clearly the wrong person to make any objective judgement about it and the special effects what the heck was wrong with them???? Had they used the same effetcs as in Jurassic park they never would´ve been able to afford anything!
I just watched the first episode off the Walking dead and I´m almost ready to give up on because the special effects kind off sucked BIG time mostly the gore effects was extremely un realistic to the point off being silly but I´m still going to try and watch a few more before I start bitching about the show in it´s entirety!


I loved this show! It was entertaining, so it served its purpose. Some of you should take the sticks out of your butts.


For all that are bashing the show, come on it is a Sci-Fi NOT REALITY TV! It is supposed to let people escape from our everyday lives and imagine what it would be like IF we could travel through space and time, which if you do not know cannot happen. My best advice is if you do not like it fine TURN THE CHANNEL and watch the Kardashians. IF I want to watch reality TV I would look out the window and if all you critics think you can do better audition and make a better show yourself.


I was waiting an ending like this, no surprises. However, I enjoyed a lot watching this episode... Above all, Zukerman acting. He´s amazing playing the distubed Lucas, absolutely cute.


I don't know what's with u people this is the best show I've ever seen


I finally watched the finale and personally I still love this show. No mention of Washington's death? We have seent he girl, Ripley, who stoped the bomb before. And what's wrong with klicks? How is it any different from the use of the words shiny or gorram in Firefly?


Jus saw the season finale....finally got to see sonething entertaining. A message to the critics. Ur physchology doesnt allow you to praise anything no matter how gud it is. So f urselfves


I was trying very hard to like it but nop. Now I only watch it to criticize it, its hard to get into a show that supposedly its about a hole new world but some how that hole new world revolves around one family if its not the dad been the hero its the little girl been the clue to what the hole show was about.. its always about one person from that family its like they are trying really hard to put all the family members in every show. I agree with most of the comments that have been posted. Sorry, lame show..


"Josh coming to the rescue was admirable" Really? Because of all the stupid shit that kid has pulled, that took the cake. How gallant! He stepped in to rescue the girl from a little creepy fondling of her hand, in a crowded bar. And what exactly was he hoping to accomplish by punching Mr. Creepy in a bar full of his mercenaries, in a settlement RUN by him? Because what he DID accomplish was pretty impressive: He blew his dad's cover, he forced the girl he was so gallantly rescuing to go to Mr. Creepy and offer god knows what to save his stupid life, he forced his mom to risk herself and his sisters to save his dad, he forced Lt. Washington to sacrifice herself to get his family out, and he cost Taylor his source of inside intel and severely undermined the resistance movement. Yeah, that was... so admirable. I swooned. I want to marry him now, and have his babies. I'm sure Skye does too. But then, Josh isn't a character so much as a cheap plot device, so whatever.


I fell asleep after episode 4.
Too much about Spielberg family values. The show is basically The Brady Bunch in a different location.
The dinosaurs ( on the rare occasion they appear ) are unrealistic and badly rendered. But they act better than the real actors...enough said.
The special effects like explosions etc look like they were done by first year media students. This would be acceptable if the show was not hyped up to be the best ever produces etc.... Very disappointing. I cannot see a second series being signed off unless Spielberg moves aside.

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Terra Nova Season 1 Episode 12 Quotes

Lieutenant Washington was a nice lady.


If you need another hug, just ask.

Zoe (to Taylor)