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#TV #NEWS 'Terra Nova' Recap: "Genesis" (Season Premiere)

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Terra Nova Recap: Season 1, Episodes 1 +2 "Genesis" (9/26/2011)More Terra Nova: Recaps News | All TV Recaps | TVOlogy
Hey TVOlogy! It's me, Josh, your friendly neighborhood geek. As Fall Rush draws to a close and the unstoppable flood of premieres slows to a much more manageable trickle, I'm stepping in to claim my sci-fi show of the season. Veteran TV readers know that I generally pick at least one genre piece from each crop of new programs. Previous efforts have included The Event, V, and Falling Skies; during the summer I usually watch Warehouse 13 and Haven. Writing up a sc-fi show takes a certain dork ne sais quoi, and that's why your fearless leader Terron R. Moore dispatches me to the front whenever he sees a show that features aliens, time travel, or superpowers. He was reluctant to give up Terra Nova as it stars a certain Degrassi graduate, but here I am, ready to write my first recap. I always go into these things with my head held high, hoping for the next great sci-fi series to rekindle my fandom flame the way Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and other legendary shows did. Falling Skies came closest. Has Terra Nova reached those lofty heights? Not quite--but I think it still can.
Let's talk premise: In the 22nd century, things are not as awesome as Phil of the Future would have you believe. (Yeah, that's a vintage Disney Channel reference; what of it?) Earth's ecology has been decimated by overpopulation and careless commercial development, to the point that getting your hands on a real orange is cause for celebration. Action dad Jim Shannon is just trying to get by day to day with his wife Elisabeth, his legal kids Josh and Maddy, and his illegal youngest child, Zoe. The government's capped families at two kids each, and violating that rule starts the Shannon family off on the road to Terra Nova. See, we join the Shannons during a government raid--the cops have just discovered Zoe hiding in a ventilation shaft, and they're about to abduct her. Jim freaks and punches out one of the government agents--a crime for which he's made to pay with jail time. Two years later, Elisabeth arrives to inform him that she's planning to illegally bring both Jim and Zoe along to Terra Nova, where she's just been recruited to live. She delivers a laser and equips Jim for a nick-of-time jailbreak.
What's Terra Nova? It's the settlement humanity's built on the other side of a "time fracture" that goes 85 million years into the past. The Powers That Be are hoping, at least officially anyway, that the "alternate timestream" they can access through the one-way portal will be the cradle of a new human civilization. This is the Tenth Pilgrimage through which they've sent new settlers, and there's already a functioning (though contested) community on the other side. That's where our heroes--all five Shannons, thanks to some clever law-breaking--end up.
The first half of the two-part premiere just shows us the visual wonder of Terra Nova (the effects are big-budget and the sets are truly spectacular; we'll get on to the dinosaurs in just a second). It also tells us, sometimes inelegantly, where everybody ends up: Elisabeth is a doctor, so she joins the medical staff; Jim's a lawman and ultimately becomes a cop but starts as a farmer (beefcake!); Josh winds up befriending Skye, a rebellious but experienced Terra Nova settler his own age; Maddy dorks it up and generally watches out for Zoe. All this happens on the orders of one Nathaniel Taylor, the founder and de facto boss of the colony. As the first man to go through the portal, Taylor command signficant authority, which he uses to keep everyone safe--but he's not without his sinister side. He forbids settlers to venture outside the walls, possibly due to the secret markings hidden on stones beyond the gates. Hmm.
The second part introduces us to the Sixers, a splinter faction of settlers from the Sixth Pilgrimage who broke off from Terra Nova proper to found their own colony. They're marauders who harry Terra Nova at every turn, and since they control a valuable iron quarry, it's tough for the town to dispense with them completely. Instead, tense relations bridge the gap between the two groups. In "Genesis, Part Two," a patient in the medical center turns out to be a Sixer spy; capturing the renegade earns Jim a spot on Taylor's security force. Good thing, too: His first mission is rescuing Josh and his friends from the jaws of a two-pronged trap. Both the Sixers and a pack of particularly nasty dinosaurs called Slashers have converged on the stranded teens, and it's up to Jim and co. to save the day. It's a whiz-bang action sequence that takes up basically half the episode, and though the dinosaurs look too shiny, too pretty, and too immaterial, it's definitely high-quality TV.
Terra Nova is sort of like an everything pizza: Unless you really dig every single kind of TV there is, you're probably going to have to pick something off of it before you can really enjoy it. Maybe you want to pay attention to the cool dinosaurs, or the engaging world, or the characters, or any one of the thousand-odd other things that make up Terra Nova's manic onscreen patchwork. At the end of the day, there are some things I just didn't like: I thought the script was needlessly expository (Maddy has barely anything to do besides swoon over some guy and spout information about the setting) and the show wanted us to care about the characters at the drop of a hat, rather than developing them organically. But the acting is decent, if not incredible (yet?), the mystery below the surface (is Terra Nova just a scheme to control the future? How is Taylor's son involved? etc) and the sheer wonder of the setting will most likely keep me holding out hope.
SumOlogy: Terra Nova is on its feet, but it didn't hit the ground running.
Grade: 7/10

Can we talk about one thing? How do you admit a guy to a hospital without noticing the giant prehistoric bloodsucker attached to his back?
I'd like to put forward the following equation: Land of the Lost + Avatar = Terra Nova.
Declan Coyne shot at a dinosaur with a futuristic rifle, Therefore, Night Status:

Terra Nova (TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Terra Nova
Genre Drama
Science fiction
Created by Kelly Marcel
Craig Silverstein
Starring Jason O'Mara
Stephen Lang
Shelley Conn
Landon Liboiron
Naomi Scott
Alana Mansour
Christine Adams
Allison Miller
Mido Hamada
Rod Hallett
Composer(s) Brian Tyler[1]
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Steven Spielberg[2]
Peter Chernin
Brannon Braga
David Fury
Jon Cassar
Aaron Kaplan
Katherine Pope
Justin Falvey
Darryl Frank
Craig Silverstein
Kelly Marcel
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
DreamWorks Television
Chernin Entertainment
Kapital Entertainment
Original channel Fox
Original run September 26, 2011 – present
Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series that began to air on Fox on Monday nights. It premiered on September 26, 2011, starting with a two-hour premiere.[3]



[edit] Plot

The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction due to dwindling worldwide air quality and overpopulation. In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a time machine allowing people to travel 85 million years back in time to the middle of the Cretaceous period on prehistoric Earth. The Shannon family (father Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and their three children Josh, Maddy and Zoe) join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway. However, they are unaware that the colony is in the middle of a group of carnivorous dinosaurs.[4]

[edit] Production

The series is based on an idea by British writer Kelly Marcel.[5] Alex Graves signed on to direct the pilot.[6] Brannon Braga serves as showrunner.[7] Australia was chosen after producer Steven Spielberg vetoed Hawaii because he wanted a different filming location from his 1993 film Jurassic Park.[8] The two-hour pilot was filmed over 26 days in late November to December 2010.[5] It was shot in south-east Queensland, Australia, with locations in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Hinterland.[9][10] The shoot was plagued by torrential rain and additional material had to be shot in 2011, with a total estimated cost between $10 to $20 million to be amortized over the season.[8][11] More than 250 sets were constructed.[12] An episode takes eight to nine days to shoot, like most television dramas, but six weeks in post-production, twice the television average.[5] The average episode budget is about $4 million.[11] Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly stated, "This thing is going to be huge. It's going to take an enormous production commitment."[13]
In an unusual decision, Fox skipped ordering just a pilot, and instead immediately ordered thirteen episodes. This was partly due to financial reasons, as the large Australian sets are expensive to dismantle and rebuild. Despite this decision, the producers denied the production was over-budget, with Peter Rice explaining instead the show is "a very expensive... very ambitious television show". Kevin Reilly continued, "We're not in completely uncharted territory here. The start-up cost for the series is definitely on the high end. But it's not some bank-breaking series".[14] With only 10% of Cretaceous-era dinosaurs recorded in the fossil record, the producers decided to supplement the series with ones which might have existed; paleontologist Jack Horner was brought in to help create realistic creatures for the period and different from those of the Jurassic Park film franchise.[8]
In June 2010, the first cast member was announced – Jason O'Mara as Jim Shannon.[15] In late August, Allison Miller joined the cast.[16] In September, Deadline Hollywood reported that Stephen Lang signed on to play the role of Commander Taylor.[17] An executive producer, David Fury, left the series as a result of creative differences.[18] In September, Shelley Conn landed the female lead role.[19] In October, Mido Hamada was cast as a security head,[20] while Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, and Alana Mansour were cast as the three children.[21] In November, Christine Adams was cast as Mira.[22] In May 2011, Rod Hallett was added as a series regular.[23]
The cast and crew returned to Queensland, Australia on May 20, 2011 to continue production on the first season. Filming commenced on May 25, 2011.[24] With a long production process on the series,[12] it was announced that the first season would consist of thirteen episodes to finish airing in December 2011.[25]

[edit] Broadcast

Terra Nova was expected to premiere in May 2011 with a two-hour sneak preview, but due to the amount of time being spent on visual effects, its pilot was moved to fall 2011 to air together with the rest of season one.[26] In May 2011, Fox announced the series would air on Monday nights,[27] and released a full trailer.[28] Terra Nova premiered at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23, 2011.[29]. CityTV is expected to simul-cast the series for audiences in Canada.
In the UK & Ireland, digital channel Sky 1 has picked up the series, which will air 1 week after the US.[30] In Australia, Network Ten has picked up the series, where it will air within days of its release in the USA.[31] In Russia, the series will premiere on Channel One on September 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm.[32] In Israel, Yes has picked up the series, where it will air within a day of its release in the USA in both high definition and standard definition.[33] In Germany ProSieben has picked up the series, and will air in the spring of 2012.[34] In India, it will premiere on October 8, 2011 at 9 pm on Star World.[35] In Italy, satellite channel FOX acquired the series, which will air one week after the US. The premiere will air on October 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm.

[edit] Cast

[edit] Series regulars

  • Jason O'Mara as Jim Shannon, a police officer and devoted father with a complicated past.[27]
  • Stephen Lang as Commander Nathaniel Taylor, a pioneer and leader of the settlement.[27] The first person to arrive, Taylor survived the first four months on his own and then began building a community as new settlers came through; he has been the leader of the settlement for seven years.[36] In early development, he was named Frank Taylor.[37]
  • Shelley Conn as Elisabeth Shannon, a trauma surgeon who is selected for Terra Nova. She is married to Jim.[27]
  • Landon Liboiron as Josh Shannon, the 17-year-old son of Jim and Elisabeth. He is reluctant to leave his old life behind.[27]
  • Naomi Scott as Maddy Shannon, the first daughter of Jim and Elisabeth. An awkward 15-year-old, she hopes to reinvent herself on Terra Nova.[27]
  • Allison Miller as Skye, a veteran resident of Terra Nova who guides Josh.[16]
  • Mido Hamada as Guzman, the head of a security team who also serves as a trusted adviser to Nathaniel Taylor.[20]
  • Alana Mansour as Zoe Shannon, the five-year-old daughter of Jim and Elisabeth Shannon.[27]
  • Christine Adams as Mira, the leader of the "Sixers," a group that is opposed to Terra Nova. [27]
  • Rod Hallett as Dr. Malcolm Wallace, Jim's rival.[23]

[edit] Recurring cast

[edit] Critical reception

In June 2011, Terra Nova was one of eight honorees in the Most Exciting New Series category at the Critics' Choice Television Awards, voted by journalists who had seen the pilots.[40] The series' first season received an aggregated score of 65% across 24 reviews from Metacritic.[41]

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Brian Tyler slated to score Terra Nova". Film Music Reporter. October 7, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
  2. ^ Sweney, Mark. "Fox unveils Steven Spielberg's Terra Nova as it hunts for new Simon Cowell" The Guardian; May 18, 2010
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (June 23, 2011). "FOX Announces 2011 Fall TV Premiere Dates". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Serjeant, Jill (January 12, 2011). "Costly "Terra Nova" sci-fi TV show lands in May". Reuters.
  5. ^ a b c Collins, Scott (September 11, 2011). "Fall TV: 'Terra Nova'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (May 27, 2010). "'Terra Nova' drama at Fox scores director". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 20, 2010). "Exclusive: Kyle Chandler eyed for dino-mite Fox drama". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (August 2, 2011). "Terra Nova: Inside the Making of one of the Most Ambitious, Challenging and Expensive Shows on TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  9. ^ Pollard, Emma (9 August 2010). "Spielberg sci-fi to be filmed in Qld". Yahoo7. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  10. ^ Pierce, Jeremy. "Spielberg puts tiny town of Bonogin on new ground in dinosaur sci-fi". Courier Mail. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  11. ^ a b Chaney, Jen (September 15, 2011). "‘Terra Nova’ on Fox: A little like ‘Lost,’ but with dinosaurs". Washington Post. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Flint, Joe (May 16, 2011). "Fall TV season: Fox makes big bet on 'X Factor' and 'Terra Nova'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  13. ^ Masters, Kim (May 2010, 2010). "Analysis: 2010 upfronts". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  14. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (2011-01-11). "Fox Exec: Steven Spielberg's 'Terra Nova' Is Not a 'Bank-Breaking Series'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  15. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Schneider, Michael (June 19, 2010). "Jason O'Mara to star in Fox's 'Terra Nova'". Variety.com. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  16. ^ a b "Allison Miller Joins Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova TV Series". Slash Film. August 26, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2010). "Done Deal: 'Avatar' Co-Star Stephen Lang Set As 'Terra Nova' Leading Man". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 13, 2010). "UPDATE: Stephen Lang Eyes 'Terra Nova' Lead, EP David Fury Exits The Fox Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 29, 2010). "Fox Series 'Terra Nova' Finds Female Lead". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  20. ^ a b Rice, Lynette (October 20, 2010). "'Terra Nova' casts '24' alum Mido Hamada". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  21. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 26, 2010). "Spielberg Taps 'Degrassi' Star Liboiron for Fox's 'Terra Nova'". TheWrap.com. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  22. ^ Rice, Lynette (November 2, 2010). "'Terra Nova' scoop: Final series regular cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  23. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 20, 2011). "Fox's 'Terra Nova' Adds New Series Regular". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  24. ^ Knox, David (May 20, 2011). "Terra Nova returning to Queensland". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  25. ^ "Networks Put in Short Orders for Next Season". TV Guide. TV Guide. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  26. ^ Hibberd, James (March 11, 2011). "Fox pushes back 'Terra Nova' to fall". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h Hibberd, James (May 16, 2011). "Fox unveils 2011-12 fall and midseason schedules". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  28. ^ "Fox Releases Trailers for All Their New Series Including TERRA NOVA, NEW GIRL, ALLEN GREGORY and J.J. Abrams’ ALCATRAZ". Collider. May 16, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  29. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 17, 2011). "20th To Premiere 'Terra Nova' At Comic-Con". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  30. ^ Goodacre, Kate (June 30, 2011). "Steven Spielberg new series 'Terra Nova' to air on Sky1". Digital Spy. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  31. ^ http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2011/09/05/346611_gold-coast-news.html
  32. ^ http://www.1tv.ru/anons/id=173235
  33. ^ "Terra Nova to air on Yes".
  34. ^ Krannich, Bernd Michael (2011-07-21). "ProSieben sichert sich Steven Spielbergs Terra Nova". Serienjunkies. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  35. ^ "TerraNova Tv Series – Star World India: Terra Nova premiers on 8th Oct. 2011 at 9 pm". Retrieved 2011-09-19.
  36. ^ Harris, Bill (September 19, 2011). "‘Terra Nova’ extreme time travel". Toronto Sun. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  37. ^ "Jason O’Mara May Board Steven Spielberg’s Time Machine En Route to TERRA NOVA". Collider. June 4, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  38. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 9, 2011). "TV CASTINGS ROUNDUP: 'AMC' Creator To Appear On Soap, Slew Of Actors Join Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  39. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (August 4, 2011). "'Terra Nova': 'The Pacific's' Ashley Zuckerman Books Recurring Role (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  40. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 9, 2011). "Critics' Choice Awards Honors 8 New Shows". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  41. ^ "Terra Nova: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-09-26.

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