September 27th, 2011
In my quest to find a good Sci-Fi series I jumped at the opportunity to watch the season premiere of the much hyped Terra Nova. I’ve tried Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies, Arc, Lost, and many others but they all had major flaws that kept me from liking them or recommending them. I only made it 2.5 episodes into Lost before I threw up, so, my expectations for Terra Nova weren’t very high due to the many similarities. After making it through the extra long Terra Nova premiere I can say one word, fun.
Terra Nova moves really well and doesn’t let the audience get bored. It has the genre-required pretty faces, the chase scenes, the dumb mysteries, the soap drama, and the word-for-word predictable lines. For the most part Terra Nova is very predictable. We know who the real bad guys are going to be. We know what relationships are going to emerge. We know which characters will step up in the future and which ones will fail. We know what the markings mean on the walls. Luckily, none of that matters here. There isn’t a dull moment.
Dullness isn’t the problem with Terra Nova. Jason O’Mara, as the main character, can be a little cartoonish at times. The graphics are horrible. With 6 weeks spent on post work per episode I’m disappointed in how bad it looks. Practically every shot that takes place on a set looks like it. All the green-screen stuff looks horrendous. I grabbed one of the bad green-screens below. It’s hard not to compare this to Jurassic Park but Jurassic Park got that part right. The dialogue audio is all over the place. Some of the set design choices make no sense. So, besides the visual disappointments that tend to plague the genre, Terra Nova has some potential.
Looking passed the Obama currency, the best thing about this series is that the episode ended without a cliffhanger. That final cut to black left a good taste in my mouth. I can’t say that for any others during this quest. We’ll see if I can make it more than 2.5 episodes.