Terra Nova (2011– )

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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)
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 Villager (9 episodes, 2011)
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 Tom Boylan (8 episodes, 2011)
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 Carter (7 episodes, 2011)
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 Reilly (7 episodes, 2011)
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 Casey Durwin (6 episodes, 2011)
Matthew Scully ...
 Dunham (6 episodes, 2011)
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 Richardson (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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Carmel Rose plays a recurring character named Nurse Ogawa. Brannon Braga and René Echevarria both wrote several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) (Braga was also co-producer) which also featured a recurring character with that name, played by Patti Yasutake. See more »

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Terra Nova... Mostly a rip-off and yet watchable!
26 September 2011 | by (Iowa) – See all my reviews

Terra Nova wasn't horrible. It was derivative and a bit clichéd. For example, the troubled relationship between estranged and reunited father and son has been done to death, but the worst part was that it seemed to have borrowed heavily from two BBC series - Outcasts and Primeval.

That being said, the plot offered some good elements...who are the sixers, what is their story and where will that take us? There's plenty of room for plot and sub-plot and many ways to go with it, so I refuse to write the show off just yet.

Ultimately, it wasn't badly acted and did overcome the huge problem of telling everyone the back story without either confusing us by introducing too many characters or story lines. It offered us something for the future of the series without being over complex.

Jason O'Mara is a decent lead and by now, quite a recognizable face. His wife is played by Shelley Conn, who is well known to British TV audiences but making her debut in a US series. Stephen Lang first appeared to be playing a similar character to his role in 'Avatar' but later softened and we saw a sympathetic side not seen in his work in that blockbuster movie.

The lead characters were watchable but we didn't see much of Christine Adams who is the leader of the 'sixers,' and who we must assume will figure more prominently as the series goes on.

All in all, although this was in part clichéd and somewhat derivative, it has the potential to be more than that, and probably deserves a few weeks of viewing before we decide whether the show has a future.


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