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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #30 on: October 25, 2011, 06:49:03 am »
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First it was The Birds. Then it was The Thing. And now it's Aliens? I'm not even going to address the fact that they are swiping from The Road Warrior (kinda) and The Others from LOST in how they are making the Sixers in a way. Are the writers even going to try to come up with something on their own instead of mining for stories and characters from other existing stories? Look, I don't have a problem with using a runaway kid as a story device. But I do have issues when they dress the kid up EXACTLY like Newt from Aliens. It was a blatant rip-off. No two ways about it.

Having said that, the story revolving around the Sixers and what makes them tick is what I have been waiting for. We learn why Mira is leading the resistance against Taylor and Terra Nova. Now if they can add and expand on the Sixers, the show just might survive. Right now the biggest threat to the show is not the Dino's, but the writers themselves.



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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #31 on: October 25, 2011, 06:52:53 am »
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Ok, we are into the 4th episode, and for another week of indifference in story telling, Terra Nova is just becoming boring family fare. Leah, the little girl runaway immediately screams ripoff Newt from Aliens, but soon devolves into nothing nearly as  interesting.

As mentioned before, the stories are not gripping. There’s no sense of urgency. The pieces of bait they throw us has gone past ‘I don’t really care now’. And especially true in last nights show, the whole idea of complexities of  time travel, starting a new civilization, dinosaurs, etc, has become pushed into background… so much so, the stories can be told in any point of history. I’ll give it a few more watches, but I’m becoming deeply disappointed in this show.

I purposely have to avoid your reviews until I see the episode for myself. But it's interesting to see that you are seeing exactly what I'm seeing as for as writing and swiping is concerned. I would think that Spielberg would at least try to actually produce the show. Why would he want to go where others have already gone before. Dude, if you are going to steal, at least steal from your own movies. It's like they are purposely avoiding any thing from Jurassic Park, but have no problems with other movies. Go figure.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #32 on: October 25, 2011, 08:04:11 am »
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I purposely have to avoid your reviews until I see the episode for myself. But it's interesting to see that you are seeing exactly what I'm seeing as for as writing and swiping is concerned. I would think that Spielberg would at least try to actually produce the show. Why would he want to go where others have already gone before. Dude, if you are going to steal, at least steal from your own movies. It's like they are purposely avoiding any thing from Jurassic Park, but have no problems with other movies. Go figure.

I figured you'd hold off, until watching it... and that makes sense.

We are not alone in our thinking. Yes, the viewership number is climbing, but I don't believe for people like us. I see a lot of comments from family type folk saying it's perfect for their family. Not so discriminating is my first thought.

None the less, lots of people are seeing what we've been commenting on. deja vu stories, uninteresting people, no tension, blah, blah, blah.

Since it is only 13 episodes, I will try to stay with it. But they seriously need to ramp it up.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #33 on: November 01, 2011, 09:21:54 am »
Bylaw

Well, they ramped it up a bit with more dinosaurs and made the story more palatable...

... but, there still is this 'family-friendly' story telling going on. Even for a murder, this is just a blah show. No OHMYGAWD. The teenagers are going in predictable directions and still uninteresting. And the icing on the cake is the very kid friendly hatching of a baby dinosaur with a cute animatronic creature.

Still an OK show, but if it just stopped, no big loss.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2011, 08:10:25 am »
I'm done. Too lame of a mediocre show to waste my time.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #35 on: November 27, 2011, 07:59:56 am »
Added Episode 5: Bylaw
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #36 on: November 27, 2011, 08:08:53 am »
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The episodes for this are backed up in the Hulu Que since I wasn't watching this show anymore. But with nothing else to watch this morning I figured I throw this one out and see if it sticks to the wall. Meh. The episode was pretty boring, the actors are horrible, especially the guy that confesses to murdering the Soldier. The dialog was really bad. Whenever the Commander opens his mouth I start saying Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala, while sticking my fingers in my ears to drown out his "poetic ramblings". Who write the sh*t that comes out of his mouth?

The eventual killer that turned out to be the other Soldier wasn't very good either and was banished from the Colony. Here's the funny thing, as bad of an actor he is, if the show were to now follow him throughout the Jungle as he try's to survive the elements and the dinos, it would make for a far more interesting show and something I'd look forward to watching on a weekly basis.

They did set something up for the future that is bound to play havoc with the people of the colony. By allowing the little girl to keep a newly hatched Dino, we are bound to get some cute, cuddly mayhem. Probably will last all of 1 episode. Eh.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2012, 10:14:49 am »
Hmmmm, I haven't heard anything about Terra Nova since I left.

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Stephen Lang isn't wasting any time waiting on word from Fox if Terra Nova will be picked up for a second season. The actor has just signed on for a three-episode arc on USA's In Plain Sight, playing the troubled father of Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) — a pivotal character repeatedly referenced over the past four seasons. 

Stephen's character, James Wiley Shannon, is a charming career criminal who abandoned Mary as a child more than 30 years ago. Wanted by the FBI, James has lived a life on the run. His surprising return leads Mary to confront tough choices that will cause her to re-evaluate her life. Stephen previously received acclaim for his 2009 role as Axel Kaspers on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and his co-starring role alongside Johnny Depp in Public Enemies.

In Plain Sight's fifth and final season premieres March 16 at 10/9c
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2012, 10:16:36 am »
I may go back and watch the remaining episodes if they are still up on Hulu, if I have some free time to kill that doesn't conflict with any other shows. I just don't like leaving things unfinished, even if the show does suck.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2012, 04:25:52 pm »
FOX cancels Terra Nova


The dinosaurs of “Terra Nova” have been put out to pasture.

After weeks of deliberation, Fox suits were unable to figure out how to evolve the befuddled, money-gobbling, time-traveling dino-drama into anything that could survive on its prime-time lineup. So they’ve canceled it.

As word got out, TV critic began calling out to TV critic, like mastodons bellowing across the primeval woodlands. It is the end of ambitious TV, they hollered. Cross your fingers that some other network picks it up, they yowled.

Back in January, after its first short season had aired (and averaged a middling 8 million viewers — including 3 million in the 18- to 49-year-old age bracket that the network sells to advertisers), Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly said noncommittally that “Terra Nova” “looked fantastic” but had been “hunting” creatively all season.

Reilly insisted that the show — which is produced by the Fox network’s studio cousin, 20th Century Fox TV — had made money for the company, thanks to ancillary markets such as overseas sales. He added that “if we had more holes in our network, we’d be thrilled to lock that right in.”

He noted that the network would soon have to make a decision on the show’s future, given the longer lead time needed to produce all its special effects.

In the end, special effects killed “Terra Nova,” sources say. After hearing the producers’ plans for next season, network execs still weren’t ready to commit to another round of the costly drama, which had not found its voice.

Speaking of time travel, it was way back in May 2010 that Fox execs first announced they would air a new “epic family adventure” set in 2149 but featuring dinosaurs, which could only mean — Steven Spielberg!

“Terra Nova” would follow an ordinary family living in a future in which Earth is overpopulated and horribly polluted — unlike today. The family members would join a band of settlers that travels in time to prehistoric Earth to fix problems that cropped up in the future — though the runaway cost of producing dino-dramas in the year 2010 was not on the list. The “Terra Nova” pilot alone cost upward of $20 million, according to press reports.

But by August, Fox execs conceded that things hadn’t gone as expected and that the network would instead air the two-hour pilot of its highly hyped **** of special effects right after the final performance night of “American Idol” in May — after which it would launch the series in fall 2011.

“We got into it knowing it was going to be ambitious — knowing that we had enormous . . . groundbreaking digital effects we were bringing to it,” Reilly said back then.

“We had to create an entire world and mythology. But frankly, even locking in a location has had a unique set of challenges. . . . [blah, blah, blah] . . . It really became apparent, to do this show right, we were going to need the time. So we decided to make a virtue of out of it, slow it down. . . . [blah, blah, blah] . . . The two advantages of doing the spring [sneak peek] are [blah, blah, blah].”

But when May rolled around, Fox had scrubbed “Terra Nova” from its dance card and announced that it now intended to simply launch the show in fall 2011 — one year after the network began promising the series to America.

“ ‘Terra Nova’ is one of the most ambitious television series ever produced,” Reilly said that time.

“The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of ‘Terra Nova,’ which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized,” Reilly added.

The night “Terra Nova” finally opened, only 9.2 million people tuned in.

With Fox having canceled “House” — which will end after this season — this week’s “Terra Nova” news opens up a second hour on the network’s prime-time slate.

Next up for consideration: J.J. Abrams’s spooky new time-traveling prison drama, “Alcatraz” — two episodes of which aired Monday and got trounced by NBC’s “The Voice,” ABC’s “The Bachelor” and even fell behind CBS’s comedy reruns.

Looks as if Fox could wind up with those “more holes” on its schedule thanReilly hoped for.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #40 on: March 06, 2012, 04:40:05 pm »
Shocking.









Not.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #41 on: March 06, 2012, 04:44:21 pm »
Now that this has officially been cancelled, moving to TV's Greatest Hits and Misses
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #42 on: March 07, 2012, 06:01:49 am »
There looking for someone else to pick it up. I would think that is just a lot of hopeless wishing.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #43 on: March 07, 2012, 06:40:21 am »
If a "Major" studio like FOX can't pay for the Special FX, with bad writing attached to the show, how is a lesser studio going to make it any better? If someone like Sci-Fi tried to pick it up they wouldn't have the same amount of money to spend and even fewer viewer's watching. I think it's a safe bet that it's done.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #44 on: March 07, 2012, 08:31:36 am »
Not sure if you passed over the 'Alcatraz' news at the end. I thought you might be watching that?
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