Terra Nova S01E01 "Genesis" OAD 9/26/11

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  1. Sep 26, 2011 #1 of 218

    Enrique Well-Known Member

    May 15, 2006


    "Welcome to paradise"

    I liked the first episode, but with it costing 4 million an episode it's not going to last at all.

    I did like the point about placing Terra Nova in a different time stream as to introduce dinosaurs that never existed and hopefully other things.
  2. Sep 26, 2011 #2 of 218
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    The first episode (they showed two tonight) seemed to have more science-savvy writers than the second...there were a couple of howlers at the end (the moon would not be noticeably larger then, and the stars would be different because of their rotation in the Milky Way, not the expansion of the universe).
  3. Sep 26, 2011 #3 of 218

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    I've only seen the commercials for the show. What is the premise? It looks like Jurassic Park to me.

    is this travel to another planet? time travel back in time? What's the deal? I didn't set the TiVo to record it.
  4. Sep 26, 2011 #4 of 218

    Maui Well-Known Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Decatur, IL
    I enjoyed it quite a bit, except for the whole teenage angst part.

    I like that they have a rival group. They set up a long term arc with the end of teh second episode talking about the son's markings at the falls.

    They got my interest.
  5. Sep 26, 2011 #5 of 218
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000


    Travel back in time (one-way only) from a dystopian future, creating a new time-line.
  6. Sep 26, 2011 #6 of 218

    innocentfreak Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2001
    Hoping it gets better. I hate the family already and see many predictable story lines due to the youngest daughter or just the kids in general getting in trouble which requires the father coming to the rescue. I really hope I am wrong though.
  7. Sep 27, 2011 #7 of 218

    appleye1 Active Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Back From...
    Like jsmeeker I didn't record it either so I'm curious too. I'm really not interested in a Jurassic Park type show. Are there T Rexs around trying to eat the people, etc.? Is that the main focus of the show? I'm wondering if I should bother trying to catch the replay Saturday.
  8. Sep 27, 2011 #8 of 218

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    Is there a reason they needed to go all the way back to the time of dinosaurs? I mean, other than having a bunch of dinosaurs running around?
  9. Sep 27, 2011 #9 of 218

    vertigo235 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 27, 2000
    I think that there was a fracture in time and this was the only time that it lead to, and it's not even their own timestream (ie, things will not change their own past) or something like that.
  10. Sep 27, 2011 #10 of 218

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    you mean change their future? Or something like that...

    Will there be Sleestack?
  11. Sep 27, 2011 #11 of 218

    matt@thehickmans Hemo_jr

    Jan 8, 2008
    The average distance to the moon is increasing by about 3.8cm per year as the result of the radial expansion of its orbit. Assuming this rate has been consistent over the last 100 million years, The moon would have been approx. 1% closer 85 million years ago. This might not make the Moon appear noticeably larger, but to urban people used to pollution blocking the view, it might seem that way.
  12. Sep 27, 2011 #12 of 218

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    And the teenage daughter was the one discussing the stars. She maybe was just wrong :)

    I was actually pretty impressed with this. The future parts were really well-done I thought. There was a lot of obvious CGI in the past, but they also set up a LOT of interesting plot points to start from. I would have been a little bit more interested if they had not been able to communicate from the past back to the future: they can't send people (or presumably things either) so how are they talking to the future? That would have given it a much rougher feeling: it's not that they don't ask about the Sixers, it's that they can't. Oh well.

    Still, a good start IMO.

    Regarding the questions above: yes, there are dinosaurs and they do eat you if you get careless, but no, it's not the main focus of the show (it appears).
  13. Sep 27, 2011 #13 of 218

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Another clarification ... the story starts out in 2149 with the Earth choking to death from (supposedly) man-made pollution, so there are portals set up to send people back about 28,000,000 years to the Cretaceous Period where they live in various colonies with the intention of starting fresh without all the mistakes mankind has made to destroy the Earth in 2149. Naturally, people will still be people, so they have brought their "baggage" with them as they must learn to live amongst dinosaurs.

    Technically, their numbers don't fit Geologic History: "The Cretaceous Period was the final Period of the Mesozoic Era and extended from 144 Million to 65 Million Years Ago. Life-forms in the Cretaceous Period were dinosaurs, flying reptiles, marine reptiles, amphibians, lizards, crocodilians, snakes, early birds, and early mammals."

    "The Tertiary Period (part of the Cenozoic Era) extended from 65 Million to 2 Million Years Ago. Modern life-forms continued to diversify and inhabit the land, the sky, and the oceans. Whales, dolphins, and manatees evolved in marine habitats. Amphibians, lizards, crocodilians, snakes, early deer, antelope, pronghorns, and horses also evolved in the Tertiary Period. The first elephant-like mammals appeared, as did dogs cats, pigs, and weasels." (see Geologic Periods)


    So they should have established that they went back in time about 68,000,000 years, as that was when the last of the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
  14. Sep 27, 2011 #14 of 218

    jradosh Newlywed

    Jul 31, 2001
    I guess in the new timestream they don't worry about extinction-level events like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs?

    (caveat: I haven't actually watched this show)
  15. Sep 27, 2011 #15 of 218
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Except they actually showed the moon, and it was MUCH bigger.

    (I did the math last night and came up with the exact same answer you did, which is pretty surprising, since as a mathematician I make a damn fine medieval historian! :D)
    Except she's portrayed as a genius prodigy kid. Unless this is their subtle way of showing that she's actually just an obnoxious know-it-all who actually knows nothing ...a primeval Cliff Rathburn? :D
    Except nothing people did on Earth would have altered the path of the Chicxulub asteroid. Not that they'll have to worry about it until about 20 million years from "now"! ;)
  16. Sep 27, 2011 #16 of 218
    Gene S

    Gene S Member

    Feb 10, 2003
    Belleville, IL
    For those wondering like I was, that means it was 2007 miles closer, 85M years ago.

    Don't know why you did the math, but didn't mention the actual distance.
  17. Sep 27, 2011 #17 of 218

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    After reading about the various changes made over time to the story there's one that I wish had made it to this version.

    The youngest daughter not being shown until the big reveal after they get to the past as a surprise in the pack.
  18. Sep 27, 2011 #18 of 218

    loubob57 Cancer sucks! TCF Club

    Mar 19, 2001
    Bedford, TX
    The write-up says they go back 85,000,000 years which would fit better.
  19. Sep 27, 2011 #19 of 218

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    I thought they said at one point that it was 85 million years.

    EDIT: oops. smeek.
  20. Sep 27, 2011 #20 of 218

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I enjoyed the show but it was a bit predictable. That's okay with me, at least for a bit. I am interested to see what they do in the next couple episodes and that will determine if I keep it as an SP or not.

    The little kid not quite remembering her dad was interesting and the know it all older daughter reminded me of the younger daughter from Modern Family.

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