Terra Nova intrigued viewers with a dystopian plot and high-quality CGI dinosaurs. The two-hour pilot episode captured the attention of millions of TV watchers. Set in a future where man has overpopulated the Earth, Terra Nova starts off by showing a dank world full of pollution and respiratory problems. To alleviate the crowding, scientists have created wormholes that can sent humans far into the past, when the world was green and the air was clean. The pilot episode focuses on the Shannon family, who have broken the rules by having a forbidden third child. Ultimately, the family manages to arrive in the past intact, but still must struggle with a society that's built around two children per couple.
While the Shannon family provides the focus of the show, other characters offer intriguing side plots. The leader of the colony must struggle to maintain order and happiness in the midst of a wild jungle full of vicious creatures. Rebels outside of the colony seek to gain control of resources and seek vengeance on the colony's leader for exiling them. Government officials in the future seek control of Terra Nova and her resources. Unfortunately, none of these plotlines managed to resonate with viewers.
Terra Nova had an exciting premise and gorgeous graphics. Most of the action was filmed in the beautiful New Zealand wilderness. FOX poured millions of dollars into the show to create beautiful dinosaurs and reel in viewers. The show was pretty but could never decide if it was targeting children, families, or 20-somethings who grew up with Jurassic Park. Ultimately, a lack of focus and cheesy plotlines led the show to extinction.
Terra Nova Full Episode Guide:
Season 1 (37 full episodes, 7 clips available)
Episode 12 - Resistance
First Aired: December 19, 2011
Episode 11 - Occupation
First Aired: December 19, 2011
Episode 10 - Within
First Aired: December 12, 2011
Episode 9 - Now You See Me
First Aired: November 28, 2011
- Episode 8 - Vs.
- Episode 7 - Proof
- Episode 6 - Nightfall
- Episode 5 - Bylaw
- Episode 4 - The Runaway
- Episode 3 - What Remains
- Episode 2 - Instinct
- Episode 1 - Genesis
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"Terra Nova" had one last gasp that could've saved it. An online streaming deal's failure has choked it out, The Huffington Post reports. Following its cancellation by FOX, rumors surfaced that the Steven Spielberg-produced drama about futuristic human coexisting with dinosaurs could find a new home producing and streaming new episodes streaming exclusively online via Netflix.
The two-hour finale of "Terra Nova" brought much better television than the rest of the series. If only it had come a bit sooner. Click through to read a full recap and review of the action, plus analysis of the new mysteries introduced at the end to tease season two (yeah, right).
In last night's episode of "Terra Nova," Lucas got particularly creepy before figuring out his portal project, Taylor and Jim finally used their detective skills to uncover the Sixer spy, and Maddie...well, Maddie just did some Maddie stuff. Get your full recap of "Within" right here.
This week on "Terra Nova," the villain that you don't see as any kind of threat teams up with the hero that should be the main character on the show! Yes, "Terra Nova" jumped straight into the "X-Men 2" strategy of teaming up the villain with the hero this week. Get the episode recap here.
FINALLY. It only took eight episodes, but we finally got a few answers as to what's going on here. Why is Taylor acting all shady, what's going on with his son, what's with those markings on the rocks, and what's the big secret behind Terra Nova? All were answered, more or less, in this episode.
At long last, a few questions about the logic of "Terra Nova" were answered in last night's episode, in particular the matter of just how in the heck these guys communicate with the future when the portal is a one-way street. Get your episode recap here.
Each week brings a new catastrophic complication for the residents of Terra Nova. Between the killer dinosaurs, the rebel outliers, the deadly flock of dino-birds, the virus that wipes out memory, a 30-foot parasite and a destructive meteor, I'm starting to wonder why everyone is so keen on coming to this place.
After a brief hiatus due to the ALCS and the World Series, television's most identity-confused program returns with an all-new episode. "Terra Nova" is back, folks, and it still doesn't know what it is just yet. Read this week's episode recap here.
After a two-week sidetrack that had us dealing with killer dinosaur birds and crazy memory viruses, we're back to reality a bit with "Terra Nova." Or, as far back to reality as we can get on a show about a time portal to the past. Get your episode recap here.