Going into this final episode of the first and only season of Terra Nova I have a lot on my mind about the show. I’ve enjoyed the show quite a bit up to this point and I’m a little bit sad that I don’t get any more episodes beyond this one. I feel like the network made a sizable mistake in canceling the show and I wish another network had picked it up.
Upon getting thrown into the brig by Lucas at the end of the last episode, Jim and Josh are left to their thoughts for a little while. Soon enough Lucas arrives to set Josh free and keeps Jim so he can torture the location of Commander Taylor out of him. Jim holds out incredibly well though and Lucas is left with no answer as to where his father is hiding in the jungle. Of course, Jim is left in pretty rough condition after the torture. In order to free him, Elisabeth dupes the corporate handler in charge of overseeing Lucas’ activities into thinking he’s been injected with a deadly parasite. She forces him to get Jim out of the brig and bring him back to their home.
Commander Taylor has arranged with Lieutenant Washington to get the Shannons out of Terra Nova and into his camp as a family. Lieutenant Washington is supposed to make the escape with them, but at the last-minute she realizes that they are going to need a bigger distraction in order for the family to make it out. She sacrifices herself to keep Lucas occupied while Jim and his family make their bolt for the tree line where Commander Taylor is waiting. When Jim tells Commander Taylor about Washington he is devastated, but he does his best to keep his eye on the prize.
As Commander Taylor and Jim try to devise a plan on how to stop Lucas from they come up with a pretty spectacular one. They decide that if they can cut 2149 off from Terra Nova by destroying Hope Plaza then Lucas’ remaining mercenaries will not be able to get any further support from the future. That means everyone currently in Terra Nova will be trapped there, but it also means no further mercenaries can arrive. Commander Taylor sends Jim Shannon back through the new portal established by Lucas and tasks him with destroying 2149’s link with the past.
Jim barely makes it back to Terra Nova alive as the portal complex in Hope Nation blows up around him. He does make it back though and the Sixer camp, along with Lucas and his mercenaries, make a run for an area known as The Badlands. Terra Nova belongs to Commander Taylor once again, and the credits roll.
Terra Nova was a quality television show. It had some interesting characters, a decent enough storyline, and a few other things going for it. Not every episode was full of meat and potatoes, some were a bit fluffy compared to others, but overall they were solid. The ending to the first season finale opened up so many interesting doors for where the story and/or characters could go in subsequent seasons that it’s really disappointing none of those ideas are going to get realized.
If you haven’t watched Terra Nova and you are a fan of science fiction mixed with a little bit of time travel, give the show a try. I think it’s a lot better than some of the other science fiction shows on television, but it obviously isn’t going to please everyone.
Next week, we’ll start in on a new show, Continuum. I know only the basics about the show, that it involves time travel and some rogue convicts trying to influence the future by altering the past, but it seems like it might be decent. I’m only going to commit myself to the first season of ten episodes though, just in case.