Intriguing New Trailer for Fox’s TERRA NOVA

     May 3, 2011

Take some of Avatar, mix with Jurassic Park and toss in a little bit of Lost for good measure, and that’s about what Fox’s new series Terra Nova looks like. We got our first glimpse at this new series back in February, but Fox has just released a new trailer that gives us a better idea of the size and scope of the story. Showing us both the world our characters leave behind and the new world where humanity hopes to start with a clean slate. Despite the more gritty, thrilling and dramatic tone of the series, I can’t help but also see a comparison to Land of the Lost.  Hopefully there won’t be any Sleestaks showing up. The series was supposed to have a sneak preview premiere event in May, but that’s since been delayed until sometime this fall. In the meantime, check out the new trailer and the official series synopsis after the jump.

Here’s the official synopsis for Terra Nova:

TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family 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 and overcrowded, with the majority of plant and animal life extinct. The future of mankind is in doubt, and its only hope for survival is in the distant past.

When scientists at the FERMI Particle Accelerator unexpectedly discovered a fracture in time that made it possible to construct a portal into primeval history, the bold notion was born to resettle humanity in the past – 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. JIM SHANNON (Jason O’Mara), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new world of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Jim’s wife, ELISABETH SHANNON (Shelley Conn), is a trauma surgeon and the newest addition to TERRA NOVA’s medical team. JOSH SHANNON (Landon Liboiron) is their 17-year-old son who is angry to leave life as he knows it behind; upon arriving at the settlement, he finds himself instantly drawn to the beautiful and rule-breaking SKYE (Allison Miller). MADDY SHANNON (Naomi Scott), Josh’s endearingly awkward 15-year-old sister, hopes TERRA NOVA will give her a new chance to reinvent herself. Although Elisabeth’s medical training secured the family a spot on the pilgrimage, a secret involving their five-year-old daughter, ZOE (Alana Mansour), soon endangers their place in this utopia.

Upon the Shannon’s arrival, they are introduced to COMMANDER NATHANIEL TAYLOR (Stephen Lang), the charismatic and heroic first pioneer and leader of the settlement. Taylor, along with his right-hand man, GUZMAN (Mido Hamada), warn the travelers that while Terra Nova is a place of new opportunities and fresh beginnings, all is not as idyllic as it initially appears. Along with blue skies, towering waterfalls and lush vegetation, the surrounding terrain is teeming with danger – and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. There is also a splinter colony of renegades led by the battle-hardened MIRA (Christine Adams), who is vehemently opposed to Taylor and his leadership.

Even more threatening than what lies outside the protective walls of the colony is the chilling possibility that something sinister is happening inside Terra Nova. 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.

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  • Mark Tornits

    again…. How can Hollywood not make a decent looking dino since the two Spielberg Jurassic Park films??

    also, what is the appeal of transparent ipad like devices?? seems like a cheesey future sci-fi thing at this point- who wants to loose image quality and contrast just so something can be transparent?

    overall, looks interesting, more so than the war of the worlds tnt knock off-

    • Dogg

      Yeah, those transparent futuristic displays are a pet peeve of mine. Even outright holograms will be miserable to look at if we can see through them.

      Other than that I look forward to Jurassic Avatar, or whatever this is.

      • Mark Tornits


        we are why more likely to get the flexible displays before ones that look like a breakable chuck of glass with no screen protection-

      • Mark Tornits

        on 15th thought, its a lot like jeff goldblum in jurassic park, just cause our scientist could do it, doesn’t mean that they should-

    • Guns Of Navarone

      Agreed. Every time I view the trailers for this series the fx work of the dinosaurs puts me off, they don’t sit right in the film. If it’s not believable enough then the whole concept fails.

  • Corin

    The premise to this movie is broken. They go back in time to restart civilization in some awful attempt to do it right somehow (as if that is possible), and some how these geniuses forget that the dinosaurs were wiped out in a earth disaster that would destroy humanity anyways?

    Honestly, the premise for this show is dumb which basically tells me it is an update of Land of the Lost, “what would it be like to exist in the time of the dinosaur.” Same question, more television with faulty logic behind it.

    The alien-invasion show from TNT looks far more compelling than this, whether it will be done right is another story.

  • Claude

    The implications of time paradoxes (does the human race start only because settlers from the future were sent to the past?) blows it for me. And the dino aspect does nothing for me.

    But I do love those transparent tablets!! :)

  • JLC

    It is a pretty dumb premise, but if the trailer is correct, they go back 85 million years. That would give them 20 million years, give-or-take, before the big one hit at the end of the Cretaceous. That would give them plenty of time to develop all new space travel technologies, particularly since they’d be starting with 2149 tech.

    But if they don’t listen to Chaka, they’re all going to get eaten by Grumpy anyway, so what’s the point?

  • Lance

    This just feels like one of those series that should be cool, but then you’ll tune in and realize the dinosaurs only show up for a few seconds and the rest of the show is kind of boring and not well done.

    The TNT show looks more promising.

  • tarek

    It looks interesting. I think it will be a great show.

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