Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Terra Nova in retrospect

Terra Nova wraps up what is probably it's only season, which is a bummer because the show is actually not half bad. Sometimes slow, sometimes cheesy, at least it always had it's high concept and good production values. With it Amblin delivers another solid sci-fi series that the marketing department at FOX had no idea what to do with. I'm not saying Terra Nova was another Firefly, just that it was better than the way it was presented to us.

While some people complain about Terra Nova's snails pace and cheezy dinosaur effects, the only complaint I had was the world series disrupting it's broadcast schedule. As with all other science fiction on FOX, Terra Nova got bounced around to much, airing on Monday most of the time, but also airing on the occasional weekend or other preemption date. All of these shows were at least good, if not better than average sci-fi adventure series that got handed to a programming philosophy that defies what the genre is all about; in other words, they move these shows to help them find their audience, when it reality these are the types of shows that the audience needs to find.

It's audience will find Terra Nova on it's second run as on-demand content. I might even suggest that Terra Nova will also be continued in a series of paperback novels, if it weren't for the fact that it's not 1989 anymore. Hopefully we have not seen the last of the show, which ever way it returns.

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