‘Terra Nova’ brings excitement, mystery

Deseret News says “Terra Nova” brings excitement and mystery

From the trailer for the premiere episode of Fox’s newest series, “Terra Nova,” viewers can see the show involves people from the future traveling back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

There’s a family, some beautiful scenery, a lot of action, dinosaurs, and even that one crazy military guy from “Avatar.” Is this show just a mash-up of James Cameron’s 3-D blockbuster and Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park?” After all, Spielberg is one of the executive producers for the show.

The answer: sort of.

The plot is actually much thicker and much more complicated than that. It is more likely to be described as “Avatar” meets “Jurassic Park” meets “Lost” meets the latest family drama.

“Terra Nova” begins in the year 2149 when the world has been wasted by pollution and overpopulation. The only hope for humanity is a hole which is discovered in space time, allowing scientists to send individuals back to the cretaceous period to live in a new colony which they call Terra Nova.

The show follows the Shannon family as they face the struggles of a bleak future and then travel to Terra Nova to begin a new life away from the difficulties of the past (which is actually in the future).

However, as is often the case, paradise is not all that it’s cracked up to be. The colony is home to about 1,000 people, well fortified, and led by the charismatic and mysterious Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang), but there is also a second group of colonists who have broken away from the main body for unknown reasons and with whom the main colony is in a constant power struggle.

Of course, there are always plenty of large reptiles to eat or at least seriously slice a person up, no matter which side they are on. To top it off, just about every character, including the Shannon family and Taylor, who is actually a good guy (a contrast to Lang’s role in “Avatar”), seems to have at least one dark secret and a hidden past waiting to be revealed.

It’s much more than just humans versus dinosaurs.

While the plot and setting of the show are good and, for the most part, family friendly, the show does include scenes of action violence, some blood, and a few mildly disturbing images. However, it also avoids lewdness and profanity, and if viewers are not afraid of dinosaurs, then they’ll probably be fine watching this show.

It also comes with its fair share of cliches.

Carnivores that slice people with their tails? Really? And why does dad have to save the day when there are plenty of other more heavily armed and experienced men standing around?

Despite its few quirks,“Terra Nova” brings a new world filled with mystery and excitement that viewers will not want to miss.


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