Has TERRA NOVA Jumped The Dinosaur?

by on November 10, 2011

in Entertainment

Stephen Lang and Jason O'Mara in Terra Nova

Fox’s Terra Nova has come to the network with a serious amount of marketing hoopla, mysterious production/premiere delays and what not. But for what? It’s feeling about as flat as any mediocre TV show I’ve ever watched. What’s up with that? With names such as Brannon Braga and Steven Spielberg, I was expecting more. A lot more.

I’ve been missing an episode or two of Terra Nova, and to be honest, I haven’t missed it one bit. I jumped back in and didn’t feel like anything has changed since the last episode I saw, a few eps back.

The story seems to be leaning on the family dynamic of parental love and cute kids, but with no real riveting dialog.

Characters are still running around, looking just like you might expect from the very first episode when actors are still in the first ep, stiff-feeling mode of their characters.

Nothing has changed.

Except that the dinosaur effects look like they belong in a Syfy movie and the dialog, well, the dialog is incredibly drab and predictable. It was driving my wife crazy that I was spouting their lines over half the time, before the Terra Nova characters were spouting them.

That’s seriously predictable if I can call ’em.

Cinema Static - TV News, Movie News and other Entertainment OpinionTo be honest, as the ratings dip into the 7M’s, I have to wonder if the show will last beyond this first season?

I don’t say that glibly, but since the first, season premiere episode, from having Jurassic Park moments that echoed that movie, to the predictable dialog, to the mediocre effects, I’m surprised.

But so be it… now we see just how long Fox lets Terra Nova run. Fox is known for quick, decisive show cuts when it comes to genre programming. But with Spielberg’s name attached, I’m betting they’ll let it run its course for now. But that’s just a guess on my part.

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