Terra Nova Season 1, Episode 8: Vs.
As Taylor searches for the “Sixer” mole within Terra Nova, Jim stumbles onto an old murder, for which Taylor is the prime suspect.
It took long enough but the FOX series “Terra Nova” finally succeeded in breaking a plot arc. The mystery of “the equations” has been brewing from the very beginning of the series. Almost immediately viewers we teased with mysterious symbols found scrawled on rocks near a waterfall that Commander Taylor had ordered off limits to the Terra Nova Colonists.
Terra Nova Season 1, Episode 4: The Runaway. Commander Taylor’s security force discovers a young girl outside the colony who has run away from the rogue encampment. As the Shannon family attempts to reintroduce the child to civilization her true motives come into question.
Were you getting tired of bland episodic plots yet? I don’t know of may television series which held as much promise as Terra Nova and utterly failed to deliver. Thankfully the most recent episode of Terra Nova resumes the story of the renegade colonists who arrived on the sixth pilgrimage. The group splintered from the main colony and now represent a considerable threat.
Terra Nova keeps teasing us with the back story of the sixers. Unfortunately the series has only provided vague hints about the politics of the future thus far. It appears someone back in the year 2149 has a problem with Commander Taylor (Stephen Lang) and wants him gone. Taylor has long suspected the renegades were sent by some faction from the future to infiltrate the colony. Taylor has suggested several times that he’s not sure who back in 2149 he can trust.
Mira (Christine Adams) The leader of the Sixers, confides to Jim Shannon that Commander Taylor has enemies in the future, but that her role in their plans is coerced. She simply wants to see her own child again. That’s about the only new information this episode provides about Terra Nova and temporal politics.
Terra Nova Season 1, Episode 3: What Remains. When a remote research outpost loses contact with the main colony, Commander Taylor assembles a party to investigate. Dr. Elizabeth Shannon discovers a virus that causes retrograde amnesia. Predictable memory loss scenarios play out. Dr. Shannon succumbs to the effects of the pathogen and loses all memories of Jim and their children.
Wow. It seems like the creative writing team for Terra Nova have already lost their way. Rather than exploring the prehistoric world with all of its dangers, challenges, and mysteries they have already resorted to cliché character based episodic plots. There comes a point in every series where the ongoing mythology takes a back seat to personal experience. But for Terra Nova, that time has not yet come.