This isn't totally about TN, but was inspired by watching the pilot:
Why do so many Sci-Fi shows have such a mixture of futuristic items (usually hi-tech, cool stuff) with old world lo-tech (crappy buildings or factories, odd and old appliances, retro clothing, etc.) items?
Admittedly, I am not a good Sci-Fi watcher- perhaps I don't concentrate enough, or get too picky about incongruous details, or .....?? and I realize that some are set where the future comes back to meet the present. lt seems that most shows I've attempted to get into have this- to me- dilemma.
I was wondering this in the latest episode when they get a flat tire, really? When we already have run flats today but over 100 years in the future they don't.
If we rally want to nit pick it is fairly well established that one cannot time travel especially into the past. All you can hope to do is hop onto something that goes near the speed of light and your life slows while everything else keeps going along and you can emerge 100 years in the future hardly aged at all.
I had to laugh some when they covered their butt's by saying this (Terra Nova) was an alternate timeline so no one can complain about anything we know in our own history since they wiped it all out. Kind of a cop out but I guess it keeps the nerds at bay.