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Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.
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 Jim Shannon (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Dr. Elisabeth Shannon (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Mira (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Skye (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Josh Shannon (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Maddy Shannon (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Zoe Shannon (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Commander Nathaniel Taylor (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Dr. Malcolm Wallace (12 episodes, 2011)
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 Lt. Alicia Washington (12 episodes, 2011)
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 Mark Reynolds (12 episodes, 2011)
Victor Leto ...
 Scientist Medical Tech (10 episodes, 2011)
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 Tom Boylan (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Terranovian (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Carter (7 episodes, 2011)
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 Reilly (7 episodes, 2011)
Peter Lamb ...
 Casey Durwin (6 episodes, 2011)
Matthew Scully ...
 Dunham (6 episodes, 2011)
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In 2149, earth is nearly wrecked by pollution. Police detective Jim Shannon is jailed for illegally raising an extra child, Zoe. He's sprung from jail just in time to join his family on the latest 'pilgrimage', through a unique time-space-continuum rip, to Terra Nova, a colony run with modern technology in a dino age forest. Colony commander Nathaniel Taylor soon recruits as security professional Jim, who gradually finds out about some threats, notably from Saurian monsters, the 'sixers' and his own, bitterly estranged son Lucas. Meanwhile Jim's son Josh keeps getting into trouble, mainly due to his girlfriend Skye. His smart sister Maddy is in love with gentleman soldier Mark Reynolds. Written by KGF Vissers

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There is no paradise without sacrifice.


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The jump-in-the-water hole is the Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park in Queensland, Australia. This park is part of the Gondwana Rainforest, so named because the plant biosphere strongly resembles the fossil records for the Gondwana landmass before it split up in the late Cretaceous about 80 million years ago. See more »

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Earth2/Outcasts meets Primevel with dull characters
27 September 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A combination of 'Earth 2/Outcasts' meets 'Primevel' is the best way to describe the double opening of Terra Nova. The difference with Terra Nova is that it isn't another planet they go to but another version of a prehistoric Earth existing in another time slip stream but that explanation is thrown in so blaze you might miss it but it does account for not caring if they change the past and affect their own future cause it won't be theirs. What bugged me about Terra Nova is its focus on one particular family. Remember the awful '2012' disaster film with despite the fact the world is blowing up around them this one American family stay together to survive all odds, apply it to this on a slightly less cataclysmic scale. If the series continues to focus on this family it will quickly loose its appeal, we are talking about a colony, lets start meeting new more interesting characters rather then the white picket fence dream one of the writers is obviously aspiring to. Throw in Dinosaurs and its reminiscent of 'Primevel'. There is conflict amongst some of the colonists who have broken away like in 'Outcasts' but as yet the mystery behind it with such blah characters doesn't make you care. I like the premise but like Earth2 it could fall easily into the cutesy category rather than good science fiction. It does hold your attention and the possibilities are great but as with so many new series the writing and characterization just isn't great and unless it improves even with Star Treks Brannon Braga and Steven Spielberg attached it won't make a second series.


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