In the 22nd century Earth is scorched and almost uninhabitable. Escape is a journey to the prehistoric past with the dinosaurs. Terra Nova follows the Shannon family and their efforts to give humanity a second chance.
Jason O'Mara (Jim), Shelly Conn (Elisabeth), Christine Adams (Mira), Allison Miller (Skye), Landon Liboiron (Josh), Naomi Scott (Maddy), Stephen Lang (Taylor), Rod Hallett (Wallace), Simone Kessell (Washington).
Terra Nova begins looking like a futuristic cop show before Jim and his family make it through the gateway to Earth's prehistoric past. Back to the age of the dinosaurs, with limited technology available, they join the Terra Nova colony to build a new life. Instead what they find is a similar life with the addition of dinosaurs.
Acting was surprisingly good in the series with O'Mara settling into his role after a couple of episodes. Conn plays against him well, as does Liboiron. Lang is an interesting choice and seems to overact at first but begins to grow on you in time.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are all nicely done in keeping with a solidly done television series. Effects are both physical and CGI and both are well done for the most part. There are a few CGI scenes that are slightly over the top but not enough to make the series feel cartoonish. Dialogue was decent, as is sound and soundtrack.
Overall Terra Nova feels like Jurassic Park lite version. The story is interesting but seems to get lost as the drama ramps up. Sci-Fi series fans who enjoy a heavy does of drama will enjoy this series the most. Others may find it a bit light on sci-fi.
With some violence and gore, this should be fine for teens and above.
Terra Nova, Season 1 is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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