Friday, November 11, 2011

NEW!: Terra Nova 1:6 - Nightfall

Overall: 6.2

The ending piqued my interest. Other than that? Meh.

Plot Synopsis: covers the basics here.

The Skinny:

The EMP storyline had potential -- but unfortunately, it went completely unrealized because the writers stupidly pressed the reset button before the end of the episode. "Crap! All of our circuitry has been fried! Luckily, we have a handy-dandy chip fabricator and a genius tech to solve all our problems." Sigh. Personally, I think half the colony should've been injured and/or killed by dinosaurs while the security perimeter was down. That would've been cool. Or the power outage should've lasted for several more episodes so the main characters would be forced to use their wits to survive. Or the kid with the twenty-five foot parasite should've died on the operating table. Basically, I'm looking for anything that would've rendered the meteor something more than a minor inconvenience.

On the other hand, Lucas Taylor's appearance at the very end is certainly promising. What is Lucas working on? How is his father interfering with it? And just who is the real good guy here? Hopefully, we'll get to the true meat of the writers' story soon, as this opening string of ordinary sci-fi plots just isn't doing it for me so far.

Writing: 6.0

A natural disaster plot is ho-hum if you're not willing to take any chances.

Acting: 6.5

No one in this cast is really standing out as of yet.

Message: 6.0

And there's nothing to report on this front either. There may be a message later on, but I certainly can't suss it out now.

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