Latest ‘Terra Nova’ Trailer Shows A Bleak Future & A Lush Past

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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Fox’s uber-project Terra Nova is stalking its way towards a fall premiere, and the latest TV spot gives us a better look at the primary locations for the new series.

The story of Terra Nova begins a century in the future, where war and environmental disasters have ravaged the planet. Humanity huddles in its cities, as the scientific elite prepare for a mass migration to the only habitable place left: the past.

Jim Shannon (Jason O’Mara, Life On Mars, Band of Brothers) follows his family on the tenth trip through the 85 million year threshold. They reach the unspoiled wilderness and the human settlement, where Commander Frank Taylor (Avatar‘s Stephen Lang) has taken control and protects the population from all manner of terrible lizards.

Other cast members include English actress Shelley Conn portrays Jim’s wife Elisabeth and Christine Adams (who had small parts in Tron: Legacy, Heroes and Doctor Who) plays resistance leader, Mira.

Check out the trailer below:

The new trailer is a mere minute long, only thirty seconds more than the Superbowl teaser Fox released over two months ago. For a series with so much money and talent behind it, including Stephen Spielberg and Brannon Braga, the small amount of footage so far is a maddening tease.

We get our first solid look at the future world of Terra Nova in the opening seconds, depicting an overcrowded urban nightmare. The scene is not unlike an updated version of Blade Runner – dark, congested streets, nervous people, and an ever-present authority.

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The past is precisely the opposite: outside the walls of the compound, Terra Nova is unspoiled beauty and unchecked danger. The sub-tropical filming location outside Queensland, Australia really shines as the actors trudge across jungles and grassy plains.

Unfortunately, we don’t see much more of the dinosaurs (the real stars) than we did in February. What’s there is impressive CG and a few shots, like the Brachiosaurus leaning over the fence, certainly recall Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. With so much money and time spent on production, here’s hoping we get to see some practical creature effects as well.

While comparisons to Avatar are many, even among the cast, the new trailer looks a lot like The Lost World. Beyond the obvious monsters and scenery, there’s the set design, vehicles, and even the costumes – and a focus on the fantastic setting and prehistoric predators can only mean more small-screen action.


Terra Nova has been delayed from its original May premiere date. The first of its thirteen episodes will debut this fall on Fox.

Source: Zap2It

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  1. This is show is gonna be great. Hope no more delays.

  2. I was just thinking there should be something like a zombie apocolpyse but with dinosaurs.

  3. Can’t wait, it looks promising. Hope it lasts alot longer than most of this other crud that’s on tv nowadays.

  4. Unfortunately as promising as this looks it’s on Fox. They’ll be lucky to make it past season one before they decide to cancel it like all the other good shows they’ve ever had in the past. Fox likes to cancel good things. I’ll wait till it’s been around long enough then maybe get invested afterwards.

    • Well, at least they gave Fringe a fourth season. And as much money as they’ve spent on Terra Nova, I’d be very surprised if they didn’t market the hell out of it during NFL and college football and the MLB playoffs.

    • Spielberg is helming this so that bodes well for the show.

      • Yeah, that’s exactly what they said about SeaQuest 2032. It’s tagline: “Beneath the surface lies the future.”

        Now it’ll be “In the past lies the future.”

        Earth 2….with dinosaurs.

  5. The whole premise seems a bit hokey to me. The human race has managed to build a time traveling device but yet have not conquered building spaceships and an FTL drive? Would seem that interstellar travel is a bit more feasible and achievable but I guess suspension of disbelief will have to be used here.

    My only real concern is, after the newness of seeing dinosaurs has worn off, will the show have any longevity? Hope they hired some good writers. ;)

    • I was thinking the exact same thing. If we can build a time machine, why can’t we clean up the environment? My guess is because doing so wouldn’t put a T-Rex on the screen. :)

      • Excellent point! I was quite literally reaching for the stars with my comparison but cleaning up the earth would be the most plausible.

      • Haha. “put a T-Rex on the screen” that was a good one.
        Anyway, I just think that this looks too cliché. And it’s not going to be any thing new, like Lost was.
        *man that was one heck of a good show*

        • I don’t disagree that there is a certain cliche quality to it but they are trying something familiar with a different take on it. I mean we have seen the fugitive fleet concept with shows like BSG and ST:Voyager (and even Space 1999 to an extent) and also the moving to a new planet with Earth 2. So that removes the “escaping the planet to the stars” angle which leaves us with time travel (which seems to be a popular theme lately).

          I’m more than willing to watch it regardless but will drop it like a hot rock if it gets stale and repetitive.

          My only real question though is……WHAT is the ultimate goal in going back to the past? They can’t exactly stay there forever so are they looking for the time to find a way to either fix the future or get off the planet?

    • Cheers to that!

  6. Sorry to say that while it’s production value looks top notch, the story line, the dialogue all seem a bit cliche. Maybe had it been done 15 years ago it would have been something.Now it seems like we have seen it all before….cause we have,lol.

  7. Two trailers in and I’m bored already. All I see is “humanity destroys native environment” again…I’ll go back to watching Walking with Dinosaurs for my Dino-fix thank you.

  8. Sing it with me now…..The Land of The Looossssttttt! (sorry I couldn’t help it) I just hope they don’t resort to reptilian aliens being the antagonists after the first couple seasons. :P

  9. This looks like 2000′s version of Land of the Lost!! It will be on FOX for like 5 seconds, maybe 15 seconds if it were on SyFy channel.

  10. Might be worth a look!