Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Terra Nova - The Pilot

At the beginning of the 22nd century, Earth has used up its resources. Mankind's only hope is to escape through a timecrack to colonize the prehistoric earth.

Sound like an interesting set-up? I thought so. Then was surprised and thrilled to learn just how much more there is to the show.

The story revolves around the Shannon family. In the present, dad Jim is a cop and mom Elisabeth is a doctor. They had two kids, Josh and Maddy, then decided to ignore population laws to have a third child, little Zoe. At the beginning of the show they're caught, which puts them on the wrong side of the law and makes escaping to a brighter future in Terra Nova a lot harder than just walking through a time crack.

Once in Terra Nova they learn that the bright past has problems of its own. Like rebel teens, killer dinosaurs and a splinter group not afraid to use guns to prove their point.

There's a lot of fun elements here that will help it appeal to a wide demographic. However there is enough dinosaur violence and high intensity that will keep at least part of this show from being appropriate for the younger kids. Still, there's no language or sex so far, which gets this show off to a pretty good start.

We still have to wait and see whether the show can pull off everything it promises, but it's got a really good start and I have high hopes for it.

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