Fox may have moved the Terra Nova premiere date from May to an as-yet-unannounced date in the fall, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting any glimpses of the show between now and then. The network has just released another new promo for its time-traveling sci fi series, presumably to give us a hint at exactly what kind of fancy special effects this extra time is buying. Watch it after the jump.
Though it has yet to air a single episode, the show has already had a notoriously rocky production history. The show was initially intended to launch late last year, but found its release date pushed back to spring 2011 and then fall 2011. Executive producer David Fury walked away from the show in September due to “creative differences,” and the remaining producers fired most of the writers in November. The series has been getting a lot of attention, thanks in no small part to the involvement of producer Steven Spielberg, but the behind-the-scenes drama is starting to make it look less like the next Lost and more like the television equivalent of that Spider-Man musical.
That said, the new promo looks decent. I’m not seeing anything awe-inspiring yet, but I’m not seeing anything awful, either. The concept has a lot of potential, and the dinosaurs so far look admirably un-cheesy. It’s certainly a good-looking show, which is nice to see since special effects were to blame for the move from May to fall. I’m still not feeling all that optimistic about the project, but I’d be happy to be proven wrong come fall.
An epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With no known way to reverse the damage to the planet, scientists discover a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race…a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time.
The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to TERRA NOVA, the first colony established in this beautiful yet forbidding land led by its founder COMMANDER NATHANIEL TAYLOR (Stephen Lang, “Avatar”). JIM SHANNON (Jason O’Mara, “Life on Mars”), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family – wife ELISABETH (Shelley Conn, “Mistresses”); and children JOSH (Landon Liboiron, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”), MADDY (Naomi Scott, “Life Bites”) and ZOE (newcomer Alana Mansour) – through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. In addition to blue skies, towering waterfalls and lush vegetation, TERRA NOVA offers new opportunities and fresh beginnings to its recent arrivals, but the Shannons have brought with them a familial secret that may threaten their citizenship in this utopia. These adventurers soon discover that this healthy, vibrant world is not as idyllic as it initially appears. The areas surrounding TERRA NOVA are teeming with danger – and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. The Shannons will come to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins.
Discuss: Is the new commercial giving you any more hope for the show?