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Why “Terra Nova” is the best new TV show this Fall

Despite the negative outlook I had after reading about production issues, budget overruns, and schedule push backs, I must say I really liked the 2-hour premiere of Fox’s “Terra Nova“. Let’s get the brontosaurus in the room out of the way: Yes it does allude to a few other popular movies and television shows of the past, mainly “Jurassic Park“, “Avatar“, and “Lost“. Despite these comparisons, it’s a completely fresh concept that has tons of potential to entertain viewers. And from the Tweets I was following during the show, many people would agree with me. Here are a few reasons why I think “Terra Nova” is the best new show on television:

1. It sends a great message without being preachy

In “Terra Nova”, humans have almost destroyed the earth and are now transporting themselves back in time to start over. They are lucky to have technology with them, but they are basically living like early settlers. Unfortunately in the real world we don’t have the ability to time travel, yet. This show can help set a precedent of what can happen in the future and how humans with have to deal, all packaged in a slick, entertaining package. In a way like “Avatar.”

2. It’s breathtakingly beautiful

Television shows are a means of escapism for the general public, and “Terra Nova” does an amazing job of taking viewers to another world filled with lush tropical landscapes and fantastic sets. While there could be a little more work with the CGI dinosaurs, they are dealing with episodes that need to be produced on tighter deadline than movies. The show is filmed in Australia, therefore tons of eye candy to look forward to, especially if your watching in HD.

3. Mythology and storytelling are the foundation

Yes it’s bound to be compared to “Lost”, with a few plot points that are vaguely similar. The mythology that’s been planted from the first episode adds a reason for viewers to keep coming back for more and become engaged. What’s the point of a television show where everything is spelled out to the viewer upfront? The storytelling is also great, with many interesting characters that a broad base of viewers can relate to. In this day of social networking, mythology & the ability to relate are great ways for viewers to connect with each other, share and discuss. In the end building more buzz and drawing in more viewers. No one thought Lost would survive, and yet it lasted for 6 seasons because of this.

4. It’s cheesy in a fun way

The dinosaurs have nicknames like “howlers” and “slashers.” People keep getting killed left, right and centre, and Stephen Lang from “Avatar” is basically playing the same character all over again. While the show is considered a drama, this thick layer of cheese adds to the love I have for this show from the first episode.


5. No matter how hard you try, you will think of “Jurassic Park”, and that’s a good thing

Maybe it’s because Steven Spielberg is an executive producer, or simply that there are dinosaurs involved. Or maybe it’s because a few scenes and set pieces tread awfully close to similar ones in the JP films (I was hoping for electrified fences!). Regardless, the entire time I was thinking about “Jurassic Park”, how awesome it was, and how it’s great to have the same feeling about dinosaurs again as I did when I was 8 years old.

I truly believe “Terra Nova” is going to get enough viewers to stay alive. This show is very risky, especially on a network like Fox. Big budget, big sets, big dinos= big expectations. It will be interesting to see the numbers over the next few weeks. In the meantime, I’m going to pop in a DVD of “Jurassic Park”, and maybe follow it up with “Avatar” on Blu-Ray!

Brad’s Fall TV Thoughts

So it’s almost that time again, the kickoff of the fall television season. After hearing about shows for months, most have previews available online. Sadly, most series simply suck or will be canceled before they have a chance. I’ve been watching the previews over the past few days and reading about the shows. I’m going to post my perceptions here about some of the shows I feel are interesting and noteworthy, or just plain crappy. Enjoy!

The Middle- Looks really funny but will probably be cancelled, most likely as it seems very similar to Malcolm and The Middle’s concept
Where is Malcolm?
Eastwick- Interesting mix of what looks like Desperate Housewives and Practical Magic. I’ll give it one season tops. Then again, paired with Desperate Housewives and it could become huge.
Magical and mystical
The Vampire Diairies-Jumping on the vampire bandwagon, it may last because it fits the teenage girl, Twilight target. It just look so cheesy compared to True Blood
Creepy and their kooky...
Cougar Town- Could be funny, but how many times can you make jokes about cougars? Plus, Courtney Cox really isn’t a huge draw anymore. Anyone watch Dirt? Exactly
She's still Monica to me
Flash Forward- Looks like it could be the next Lost type show, but it won’t last past this season. There are too many “involvement shows”, like Lost and Fringe
Maybe not
The Cleveland Show- Has a lot to prove, after coming from Seth McFarlane and Family Guy heritage. Is Cleveland really that intresting?
Is he really that funny?
Melrose Place- Could be a hit since 90210’s reboot has become one, it’s the right time for this type of show. As long as they have tons of scandal and drama
Melrose Place 2.0
The Beautiful Life- Gossip Girl meets The Hills, I give it until Christmas, tops.
It's a beautiful life

Brad’s Fall TV Thoughts

So it’s almost that time again, the kickoff of the fall television season. After hearing about shows for months, most have previews available online. Sadly, most series simply suck or will be canceled before they have a chance. I’ve been watching the previews over the past few days and reading about the shows. I’m going to post my perceptions here about some of the shows I feel are interesting and noteworthy, or just plain crappy. Enjoy!

The Middle- Looks really funny but will probably be cancelled, most likely as it seems very similar to Malcolm and The Middle’s concept
Where is Malcolm?
Eastwick- Interesting mix of what looks like Desperate Housewives and Practical Magic. I’ll give it one season tops. Then again, paired with Desperate Housewives and it could become huge.
Magical and mystical
The Vampire Diairies-Jumping on the vampire bandwagon, it may last because it fits the teenage girl, Twilight target. It just look so cheesy compared to True Blood
Creepy and their kooky...
Cougar Town- Could be funny, but how many times can you make jokes about cougars? Plus, Courtney Cox really isn’t a huge draw anymore. Anyone watch Dirt? Exactly
She's still Monica to me
Flash Forward- Looks like it could be the next Lost type show, but it won’t last past this season. There are too many “involvement shows”, like Lost and Fringe
Maybe not
The Cleveland Show- Has a lot to prove, after coming from Seth McFarlane and Family Guy heritage. Is Cleveland really that intresting?
Is he really that funny?
Melrose Place- Could be a hit since 90210’s reboot has become one, it’s the right time for this type of show. As long as they have tons of scandal and drama
Melrose Place 2.0
The Beautiful Life- Gossip Girl meets The Hills, I give it until Christmas, tops.
It's a beautiful life