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Terra Nova: "Genesis", OAD 9/26/11 pilot

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Holydoc

    Holydoc Legend

    Feb 17, 2008
    Panhandle, FL
    I really don't understand how the injured teen girl survived at night, alone with a pack of slashers. Since these "new" dinos seem to attack in packs and are impervious to bullets, this should of been an obvious victim.

    Interesting when the leader was talking about his arrival to Terra Nova. He said the others were a "blink of an eye" behind him in the future but took several weeks to travel through the portal. Wonder how that was fixed.

    I will continue to watch a bit more, but I can only stretch my beliefs so far.
  2. klang

    klang Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2003
    I didn't think the dino effects were that bad, even projected on the big screen in my theater. On the other hand, I don't expect big budget movie quality from my TV shows.
  3. paulman182

    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    I didn't watch the show but I was not impressed with the dinosaurs shown in the previews.

    Considering the show's pedigree, I expected better.
  4. 1953

    1953 Icon

    Feb 7, 2006
    Desoto, TX
    I also noticed that similarity. There's going to be a twist in the plot, just have that feeling. When talking about the Sixer's remember the "we have to have (access to) that ore" statement by the Colonel.
  5. Huskie_2009

    Huskie_2009 Icon

    Jan 12, 2009
    Noticed that too. She was also wearing a red top under another top and thought "here comes another red shirt kill".

    Enjoyed the episode. Hope it doesn't turn into another LOST type series. I was turned on in the beginning but quickly lost interest with all the unanswered questions, the other 'others', 'it was a dream' type ending.

    CG was much better than the Syfy made for TV movies.
  6. trainman

    trainman Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2008
    Created by cartoonist Winsor McCay (most famous for the "Little Nemo in Slumberland" newspaper strip), Gertie the Dinosaur was the "star" of the first-ever character-driven animated film, released in 1914.
  7. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    Oh ya, that old cartoon dino, sure.
  8. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    I liked the show, heck, the future cityscapes were stunning. And the dinos were fine for TV dinos. It's a TV show fer cripes sake. I'll watch it again.
  9. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    I will watch continuously because I am a geek. But the teenage love story line is what killed V, IMHO and the Dinos' that attack with no mercy and then slightly gnaw on their victims until they get right in the line of fire makes for a very syfy movie experience.
  10. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    If they always attacked with no mercy there'd be no characters left, just crickets and chewing sounds. These are emo dinos: compassionate carnivorists.
  11. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I'll admit that I was more impressed than I thought, but I expected a total train wreck so that's not hard.

    CGI was better than expected for a pilot, although it remains to be seen if they can afford to keep it up. I remember the '70s Battlestar Galactica where they had so little money for effects that they kept recycling shots from the pilot.

    In general, the acting and writing were fair, not stellar. The concern for me is that they'll run out of good plots quickly.
  12. jeffshoaf

    jeffshoaf Icon

    Jun 17, 2006
    I had it on the DVR and watched about 45 minutes of it before getting interrupted. After realizing I had no desire to watch the rest of it, dumped the pilot and and deleted it from the series manager.

    It looked like someone came up with a pretty good concept, but then they tried to twist it into a wholesome family drama - I could just see it heading towards providing a lesson for all the teens. If you look at the recent successful shows that have science fiction elements, they focused on their main story or concept and everyone was surprised by how diverse an audience watched - Lost being a good example. Shows that try to throw a family into unusual circumstances and then focus on how those circumstances affect the normal family issues don't last long - No Ordinary Family being a prime example.

    Personally, I get enough family drama in real life; I don't need or want to watch it played out in with some fantastic element thrown in. I'm not saying that sf shows can't address social or family issues, but they work much better if they're a bit more subtle.
  13. xmguy

    xmguy Active Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Middle, TN
    I liked it so far. I've always liked time travel type shows anyway. Just will have to see how it goes I guess.
  14. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    I will try to put this a delicately as I can but I find it difficult to value someones opinion when they only watch half a movie or TV show.

    Even after watching one entire episode, it's difficult at this time to find out what direction they will take which is why I plan to at least watch a few more.
  15. armophob

    armophob Difficulty Concen........

    Nov 13, 2006
    Fort Pierce, FL
    When I see this
    Or this
    I am out of here.
  16. jeffshoaf

    jeffshoaf Icon

    Jun 17, 2006
    No need to be delicate - I actually feel the same way most of the time. That being said, I think it does say something that it didn't engage me enough for me to want to see how the premier ended!
  17. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Didn't think much of last night's episode other then Commander Nathon Taylor (Stephen Lang) briefly revealing his dark side (complete with ominous background music) perhaps hinting that he and Terra Nova are not what they seem.
  18. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Aside from the whole sub-plot with "Malcolm," I rather enjoyed last night's episode.

  19. SledgeHammer

    SledgeHammer Icon

    Dec 28, 2007
    Meh... I threw in the towel on Terra Nova after about 5 minutes into last nights episode. This show is pretty much Earth 2 + fake looking dinosaurs - an enjoyable cast. I'm not sure what it is that I don't like about this show, whether its the cast, lame writing, idiotic "technologies", etc. I just know that I don't. I lasted the entire run on TSCC and Earth 2, so that says a lot :D. A little off topic, but I also threw in the towel on 2BG last week. Only show I've kept this season is Whitney.
  20. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    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.

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