The show begins in the year 2149, a time when all life on planet Earth is threatened with extinction. In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a time machine that is capable of transporting humans 85 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth. Terra Nova, is the first human colony settled on the other side of a temporal wormhole. As with many Science Fiction shows, the dangers inherent in setting up housekeeping in prehistoric times come into play.
Star Trek’s Brannon Braga is the Showrunner. Producer Steven Spielberg should be a large draw for a mainstream audience, making Terra Nova a safe bet for at least 2 seasons if not more.
The series is based on an original idea by Kelly Marcel, a British writer and actress. ‘Terra Nova‘ was expected to premiere in May 2011 with a two-hour sneak preview, but due to the time consuming special effects involved, the pilot was eventually moved to the fall of 2011 to air together with the rest of season one.
Terra Nova features Jason O’Mara as Jim Shannon, Stephen Lang as Commander Nathaniel Taylor, a pioneer and leader of the settlement. Shelley Conn also stars as Elisabeth Shannon, a trauma surgeon and Jim Shannon’s Wife. Landon Liboiron plays Josh Shannon, the 17-year-old son of Jim and Elisabeth and Naomi Scott stars as Maddy Shannon, the first daughter of Jim and Elisabeth. Other stars in the series include Allison Miller as Skye, Mido Hamada as Guzman, the head of a security, and Christine Adams as Mira.
Terra Nova, from what I have read thus far, may prove to be a welcome addition to any Sci-Fi fans rotation of television viewing. The show’s crew built a massive outdoor set for the Terra Nova colony in Australia. What that means is, the set is real, not CGI, which allows more time to get the creatures right. The special effects should be top notch, making my fellow Geeks very happy. Also, the drama and writing should carry everyone else and take Terra Nova to staggering heights in the ratings game.
It has been called “a very ambitious series” for network television, and if ‘Terra Nova’ lives up to the hype, we may have a winner on our hands! Steven Spielberg’s ‘Terra Nova’ premieres Monday, Sept. 26 on Fox. See the trailer below!