'Terra Nova' finishes its season with an explosive finale
'Terra Nova' has introduced themes of utopia and good versus evil during its fall run
It has been a pivotal first season of the sci-fi drama backdropped in a world where dinosaurs still roam. TERRA NOVA ambitiously set out to show us the story of a family that was willing to travel back in time in order to stay together and have a chance at a better future for humanity.Skip to next paragraph
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But paradise is only beautiful on the surface. There have been bumps and bruises along the way as each of the Shannon family members struggled to find their place in this new world and tried to figure out who they could really trust. Utopia is a wonderful ambition, but human beings always bring the element of surprise and unpredictability as their emotions sway their decisions — for better or worse.
For Jim Shannon (Jason O’Mara), the former police narcotics detective turned prison-escapee desperate to keep his family together and to ensure the safe-keeping of his youngest daughter, there was literally no place left on Earth to hide. Fortunately for him, he married the right woman, Dr. Elisabeth Shannon (Shelley Conn), a trauma surgeon who the government recruited for colonization in an experimental settlement comprised of scientists who would safeguard the planet 85 million years in the past. The colony of Terra Nova sounds ideal, but humans rarely can agree on how to best shape the future, let alone protect the planet.
When the Shannons arrived, they discovered that things were not as idyllic as promised and that there was a rebel force known as the Sixers who were working covertly to crack the code to open the time portal in both directions — thereby allowing an unknown faction to swoop in and exploit the resources of Terra Nova for their own nefarious purposes in the future.
This first season has been one of both wonder and discovery. There was the wonder of the amazing animals and dinosaurs that populated the planet before time erased them from existence. There has also been the sad realization that humans can still be bought and blackmailed into doing things destructive to the entire human race.
Mira (Christine Adams), head of the Sixers, is the hired gun/strategist who is motivated to find a way back to 2149, where she has left her 4-year old daughter behind. With the time portal only working to allow them to travel back into the past, it is her mission to ensure that Commander Taylor’s son, Lucas (Ashley Zukerman), can crack the formula to open the portal from the other side. Mira’s motivation may be money or fear for her own daughter’s safety, but Lucas’ motivations were even darker. Lucas blamed his father for his mother’s death and swore to undermine everything Commander Taylor (Stephen Lang) stands for by opening the portal from Terra Nova back to 2149.