“Terra Nova” is Fox’s newest science fiction offering to line-up of sci-fi shows popping up on the networks this season. This one is a bit different in that it that goes a step further with the stunning and exciting visuals to its Monday night time slot. “Genesis,” a fitting name for the “Terra Nova” pilot episode, got rave reviews like the one on TV Fanatic.
While TV viewers have heard the buzz about the arrival of “Terra Nova,” you actually had to watch the premiere to get the concept of what direction this sci-fi offering is taking the viewer. The first thing to strike you is the visual “Terra Nova” provides in the special effects that are unprecedented in a TV show. They really are quite spectacular, but can Fox keep this momentum going?
This was a show that took a long time to get to the TV screen. According to EW, “After two years, $10-20 million, and approximately 1,789 writers, Fox and Steven Spielberg’s vision of a family adventure show set in the prehistoric past has aired at last.”
In a nutshell, “Terra Nova” is a new world, made possible through time travel. The planet Earth in 2149 is on the brink of self-implosion caused by its inhabitants, the human race. The negligence and abuse to Mother Earth finally catches up.
You need to pay attention to the strategically placed items that mirror the earth’s bleakness, like a billboard stating, “Four is a Family.” This explains one of the first family scenes as the main characters are hiding their third child from the police who come to their front door.
Much of the problems people are facing on earth are summed up on the many electric signs with slogans and advertising on the sides of the building. This works as a great introduction, as it gives the viewer a quick glimpse to the train of thought for the time.
The main characters, the “Shannon “family, are likeable folks and the viewer’s get a bird’s eye view of the state of the world as they negotiate through their daily activities. It is easy to see the planet is close to the eve of destruction.
Family is everything to the main characters and they will go to extremes to stay all together. This is one reason they leave the debauchery of this planet behind and take off via time travel for “Terra Nova,” which is planet earth during the days that the dinosaurs roamed.
This is the only choice they have after two years of incarceration for the father of this family. The prison term leaves him in poor health and no other way to turn. He makes a jail break and the family heads for “Terra Nova.” The father of this brood was in prison for having that extra child and striking a cop who raided his home the day this was discovered. This explains the severity of the “Four is Family” slogan seen on a billboard in the beginning.
This new world is a place full of possibilities that weren’t available to them when they lived on the same planet, but in the future. This show offers a “Jurassic Park” feel to the “Terra Nova” facility, but it is not at all like the movie itself when it comes to everything else.
The “Genesis” episode held your interest and dazzled your senses, it is an entertaining concept and the characters are people that you will find yourself pulling for. This time travel show could get as popular as “True Blood” or the “Walking Dead,” two more shows that fall under the Science Fiction label.
Connecticut science fiction fans should give this show a try on Monday nights at 9pm EST. “Terra Nova” airs on Connecticut’s Fox Channel.
Reference: TV Fanatic, Connecticut’s Fox channel line-up