Welcome to Terra Nova – Terra Falsus!

Nothing is new about this world. In a dystopian future, and as per showbiz norms, humans have managed to completely mess up the world. There is population control in place, the planet looks pretty spiffy, like something right out of Bladerunner, and people want to leave Earth to a new colony off planet and many years in the past, called Terra Nova. It is populated by Jurassic Park animals who are kept outside the compound perimeter, while the compound itself is like a POW camp (though a “happy” place!), and run by an egomaniac commander, Stephen Lang playing Nathaniel Taylor. A dysfunctional family, with a stowaway husband (Jason O’Mara) and out of population control child, has Shelly Conn playing Dr. Elizabeth Shannon. Of course you know that there will last minute histrionics as the husband will break out of jail and sneak past the guards to join his family, that his son will hate him and he will save he son and so on and so forth. Nothing is new in Terra Nova, but it is a nicely put together package with decent VFX and some decent acting, particularly by Shelly Conn. I may watch a couple more episodes to see if the promised conflict with the breakaway colony (Lost?), and some mysterious scribblings on rocks amount to much.