Movie Monday – Terra Nova

Don found another sci-fi show we haven’t seen that we started watching on netflix this past week – Terra Nova. We’ve watched the first 4 episodes. The premise is that in the far future – 2149 – the Earth has become overpopulated in the extreme, to the point that there is a law allowing only 2 children per family, and so polluted that people have to wear respirators when outside. In the search for a way to start over or save civilization scientists find a way to travel back in time (in a parallel time-stream) and begin sending “pilgrimages” of people 85 million years into the past to colonize the world. It’s sort of Stargate meets Land of the Lost. There are dinosaurs, but they are not quite the same. The same goes for plants and food. Everything is similar, yet different.

I’m not sold on it yet. A friend recently told me he watched an episode or two of Falling Skies and it didn’t hook him because he felt the acting was sub-par. That’s a great way to describe my feelings about Terra Nova. It’s an interesting idea but it seems sub-par in a lot of ways. The dinosaurs and other special effects don’t come off convincingly, some of the acting is less than stellar, and one particular casting choice is just not working for me. I’m trying to have an open mind. I freely admit that the aliens in Falling Skies are a little cheesy looking and the effects aren’t high budget either but for some reason it works for me. Similarly, Eureka is often very cheesy and some of the effects are blatantly obvious, but again, for some reason I’m willing to look past it. Terra Nova might grow on me. We’ll see.

Josh: The sky’s insane.
Jim: This whole place is.
Terra Nova, Season 1, Episode 2: Genesis: Part 2


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