This weekend at WonderCon the stars and creators of the new Steven Spielberg executive produced time-travel drama Terra Nova, hosted a panel to talk about the structure of the story, and present the audience with footage from the series.
We were able to attend select press interviews with stars Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) and Stephen Lang (Avatar), along with executive producer Brannon Braga (Star Trek), and executive producer/director Alex Graves (Fringe, The West Wing) – and have compiled video of the conversations below.
In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, devotion to science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction, but has also provided its only hope for salvation. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating 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… possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.
To be fair, the show’s creators seemed to be there (in part) to correct some of what they consider to be the current media misunderstandings about the series. One element of the show that they seemed to be intent on downplaying is the role that time-travel will play. For them, time-travel gets the characters where they are going, but it is not what the show is about as they say, “not unlike the function that the Delorean serves in the ‘Back To The Future’ franchise.”
They are more focused on the idea of exploring what it would be to desperately need (and be granted) a fresh start — as individuals, families and in the case of the world of this show — as a species. What would we make of that start, what would we have to correct, that is inherent in our natures, to make the changes necessary to save ourselves, what sacrifices would be necessary, and would we be able to overcome our darker and more destructive impulses?
It is difficult to make an assessment about the series from the footage that we were able to see. There was very little revealed in the way of character, dialogue, or relationships. There looks to be an interesting idea regarding the dystopian future that man has created for himself, and the fish-out-of-water scenario can often be engaging (and it does not get much more fish-out-of water than pre-historic Earth). The success, or failure, of the series however, will ultimately rest in whether the audience invests in the story.
Take a look at the interviews below, where the cast and creators discuss the show’s comparison with Avatar, the challenges of the production, and what they hope people will take away from the two-hour pilot this Fall on FOX.
Check out the video coverage below:
Stephen Lang and Jason O’Mara Video Part 1
Stephen Lang and Jason O’Mara Video Part 2
Stephen Lang and Jason O’Mara Video Part 3
Alex Graves and Brannon Braga Video Part 1
Alex Graves and Brannon Braga Video Part 2
Terra Nova airs on FOX in the Fall.