The Terra Nova season finale (Major Spoilers!)

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    For those who saw it, what did you think? I was disappointed. By regular episode standards it would have been decent, but it was quite lacking as a season finale. The one thing I can't stand is Ashley Zukerman (Lucas Taylor in the show). I don't know if it's bad lines, bad acting, or a combination of the two, but every scene he is in just leaves me annoyed. When Skye shot him, I was so happy because it would put an end to his cheesy lines and idiotic facial expressions, but I that joy was short lived since he pulled a disappearing act; I must say it was very impressive that he managed to get up and walk away without making a sound, especially considering all of the dead plants on the ground and the fact that two people were three feet away (with one looking at him, lol). He keeps making up new reasons as to why he hates his father (being born, his father letting his mother die, his father blaming him for his mother dying, etc.). I know his character is supposed to be a little crazy, but he is just going way over the top, especially with his eyes. Being a genius with a touch of insanity should be displayed subtly, where as Lucas might as well have red and blue eyes with a constant twitch.

    I was pleasantly surprised when they skipped the main battle and went three days ahead (although what was with the human bomb saying "Please help me" right before killed himself?). I thought it was just going to be a classic good versus evil battle until good finally wins. "Good" did win of course, but it wasn't just two hours of people killing each other.

    If Terra Nova comes back for another season, I will watch it, but I really don't expect it to. Episodes are rumored to cost one million bucks a pop, and much better/cheaper shows have been cancelled in the past.

    I really agree with this review, especially the parts related to Lucas.

    TL;DR
    1. Lucas is a horrible character that should have been rewritten and recast.
    2. Did you like the finale?
    3. Do you think Terra Nova will return for a second season?

    PS: Does anybody else think that Commander Taylor looks like an action figure?
     


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    I tried to get into Terra Nova but I quit after the third episode.

    The show had a great premise but just failed to deliver. Honestly, it's just a really shitty show.
     
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    Not seen the end just yet but some episodes were just meh, others were alright enough and the odd one or two were really good. There's something there though, its a good premise and it has a sort of 90's feel to it. I think the younger characters really let it down.
     
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    The whole show annoyed me
     
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    I've heard this show was terrible, and so I decided not to bother with it.

    It seems that a lot of people agreed with me, considering the show's middling ratings. I've heard that it isn't likely to be renewed, so this will probably be the end of the show.
     
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    That's odd I've hear nothing but good things, especially from reviewers. Most saying pretty much what I've said though. The episodes get a lot of 3/5 or 7/10 scores which some children nowadays seem to think is a bad thing. Not a must see show and maybe not for everyone but its not terrible. I've seen far worse people here have creamed over.

    It was a pretty good final episode...eventually. The first half hour was pretty poor, should have been edited down but the rest was pretty damn good. The last hour pretty much is what the rest of the series should have been like without the teenage shit.

    Before the finale I wasn't that fussed about seeing it renewed but what happened near the end shows how much it can easily be improved I think it would be a shame to see it go. Sort of like when Lost went terrible after the first season and a half and then near the end sorted itself out.
     
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    It's not terrible, but it certainly doesn't live up to its potential. I just hate the Lucas character.
     
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    The network only cares about how many viewers they can get
    and the way they are right now, its on its way to being cancelled
     
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    "Nothing but good things, especially from reviewers" and ratings of 3/5 or 7/10 - That doesn't seem to add up.

    Anyway, while terrible might not have been the right word, I'd also say it depends on what the 3/5 or 7/10 score is given for. If its given because the show is just inconsequential and tepid, for instance.

    Seriously, they somehow made a show about people from the future traveling back in time to colonize alongside dinosaurs boring. If that isn't a sign of failure on some level, I don't know what is.
     
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    I thought it was preatty good overall, and not having any access to the future (well, barring whatever is the badlands) should add more drama. Of course if they wanted to be realistic, it would make the show a lot harsher after that... Even if there isn't a second season, it at least doesn't leave a lot of loose ends like some other shows did that never got renewed (I'm looking at you joan of arcadia, flash forward...) I would agree this show has a lot of wasted potential though, it didn't really start getting good towards the end. There were a lot of wasted episodes in the begining like the memory loss one, they should have focused on the last storyline from the begining.
     
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    I liked the dinosaurs but the storyline and drama bored me to death. I saw some episodes and lost my interesting in this show. :)
     
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    I have not sat and watched it as I would for most shows but I have caught a couple and that includes the one last night.

    Unfortunately it seems I will have to compare it to the remake of Battlestar galactica and that means it does not come of favourably and doubly so when I decide to do plot holes and similar. I shall reserve proper judgement until I sit and watch the lot though.
     
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    meh no real interest in the series. It could use some seriously better writers. More fx for the tech they are supposed to have... time travel...
    doctor who had it better this kinda meanders and veers from using its full potential.
     
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    I liked it, wasn't the usual expected Good vs Evil all out gun fight. Felt to me like the series got progressively better as it went along, would love to see a second series, especially after that cliffhanger!
    But please drop the teen romance.
     
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    I liked all of it to be honest. Some episodes were dull but it should definitely be picked up for a 2nd season. If it doesn't they are retarded beyond comprehension.
     
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    Do you like Lucas?

    Btw, did anybody else think that "The Badlands" was a stupid name? I think something like "The Dark Territory" would work better. I also hope they don't pull a Planet of the Apes on us, lol.
     
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    Lucas felt a little bit of an odd character to me, I get the feeling that he does everything JUST to annoy his Dad. It's obvious he blames himself for his Mother's death, I imagine that after that he was a bit ..mentally unstable.
    He isn't the sort of evil character you would expect him to be, not someone I would say I like, but I wouldn't say I hate him either. It's the same with Mira really, although I would imagine she is quite pissed now the portal doesn't work.
     
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    His character needs improvement its full of gaps and questions I never understood him. However I disagree with Badlands. It makes sense they would call it that. Fits what the genre is about. Dunno... just my opinion.
     
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    Well Fox have renewed the contracts for two of the stars of the shows and apparently ratings were up. Also its making them money in other countries and I did read that it has some big DVR viewing. Maybe they'll give it another series but cut some production costs.
     
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    How would they be "retarded beyond comprehension" for not renewing a show that is not profitable enough to justify the high production costs? If it was a critically beloved series with a devoted fan base, then maybe it could be worth it. It doesn't really have that either.

    So yeah, if they did cancel the show, it would hardly be unjustified.
     

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