Recap: 'Terra Nova' - 'What Remains'

It takes a special talent to make a show about people going through a wormhole to dinosaur-infested prehistoric times inside an alternate time stream…and then make it this spectacularly dull. I almost want to applaud the show’s writers for achieving something I didn’t dream was possible. There’s a lot of talent behind the scenes on "Terra Nova" that came from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Had tonight’s plot showed up intact with the crew of the Enterprise standing in for our prehistoric heroes, no one would have blinked an eye. It would have been perfectly of a piece with that show. Here’s the difference: "TNG" would have at least known to tell this episode in its third season, not as its third overall offering.

After all, where’s the fun in watching several core characters lose their memories/personalities if we barely know them at all in the first place? Having Picard temporarily lose his mind after a few seasons of watching him kick intergalactic butt would have been great.* "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" once took tonight’s basic premise and spun it into a fun hour. But "Tabula Rasa" also came after five-plus seasons of deep character development, making their blank slate personalities both a treat but also an examination of some latent psychological impulses that rounded out their characters. But what do we really know about The Shannons? About Taylor? About Malcolm (in the Middle)? Nearly nothing, which speaks to either a miscalculation on the part of the writers to try this so early in the series’ run, or a scarier reality: this show spent so long on the pilot that they forgot to plan a series. Read More...


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Oct 17, 2011 5:48PM EDT

I thoroughly enjoy this new series and hope they make more I love fantesy and sci-fi
can't get enough their are enought reality shows (yuck) and cop shows to many for me and all the other crap on tv that this is a nice change along with Vampire Diaries Sanctuary and circle

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