Thursday, September 29, 2011
TV PILOT REVIEW: FOX's "Terra Nova"
After a little resistance from the authorities, they all make it through, emerging like newborns into a new atmosphere, barely able to breathe, walk, or see. It is here in this new place that they get a fresh start: a new home, new jobs, and new friends. It seems like a true Utopia—the dad even manages to avoid reimprisonment, especially since there's no way to go back. But as with all new regimes, there is conflict, secret alliances, and false prophets.
Watching the fight from both sides makes it difficult to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys—or the pawns from the misguided. Upon the exposition of golden mathematical hieroglyphs, which are being hidden from the settlers by the Commander and are allegedly left for him by his estranged son who ran away, it becomes clear that the Commander isn't as ignorant as he pretends to be. There's speculation that there might be powerful people on present-Earth who are trying to alter their current situation by sending mercenaries back to change the past. However, the reason Terra Nova was sanctioned was because they discovered proof that the past they travel to is a completely different timeline that doesn't affect present-Earth. If that's a lie, that could explain why the Sixers turned against them. It could also explain why the Commander's son ran away. But after a quick overview of Internet theories, I'm liking the idea that it's possible they're not even on Earth, and my theory that the lost son is actually further in the past and is communicating with his father through time by leaving artifacts to be found. But I don't think his messages are friendly. I think they're warnings and proof that something terrible could go wrong if they keep manipulating time.
Despite the comparisons to Avatar, Jurassic Park, and "Lost," based on scenery, design, isolation, divided agendas, the time traveling, and the recurring theme of "The Others," and the critic-consensus that the dialogue is lacking, it might be interesting to see where they go with this. My only hope is that there is more of an emphasis on the mystery and the action, and not the family drama and teen romances, which is to say, I hope it's a little more Syfy and a little less ABC Family.