- 1 Season
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.