TERRA NOVA “Bylaw” Review

TERRA NOVA "Bylaw" Season 1 Episode 6 – Terra Nova returned this Halloween night from its baseball-forced hiatus with "Bylaw", a pretty solid episode with a sufficiently spooky opening. We see a Terra Nova redshirt checking out a remote patrol hut only to get jumped by a "nyko", which is basically the Terra Nova version of the velociraptor. Upon a solid five second inspection of the crime scene, Jim decides that it was a murder. I’m still a little hazy on how he so quickly came to this conclusion. He saw that the blood of a smaller animal that the nyko preys on was also found at the crime scene, and he quickly deduced that somebody threw one of these animals in to lure a nyko inside so that it would kill whatever opened the door. Why the possibility that one of those little turkey dinosaurs couldn’t have just walked into the outpost and been chased down by a nyko without the involvement of a malevolent murderer never came up was a bit confusing.

Well, it turns out his wild guess was completely correct, and the murderer happened to confess to the crime about 20 minutes into the show. Seeing how Terra Nova dealt with the first murder in its short history was an interesting predicament for the show to be facing, and I’m sure that it won’t be the last. I enjoyed seeing Jim falling back on his Chicago cop instincts, and it all took an interesting wrinkle when Jim decided to help the convicted murderer back into Terra Nova to find the real killer. Read More...



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