Originally Posted by VisionOn
Did you watch the first episode and it's dystopian urban hell? That wasn't for kids, that was to drag a pretense of actual adult drama into the show.
Yes, “pretense” being the operative word, I’d say. I mean, they had to show something to establish the motivation to go to Terra Nova. But they didn’t linger long in that dystopia, did they?
That was before it jumped into The Others from Lost attacking the base camp, the arc hints at some big mysterious thing on the island and behind the scenes political machinations (complete with mole)
And how has all that resolved thus far? Have the TN “Others” killed anybody yet? Have they imprisoned anybody in cages for multiple episodes? All I saw was Mira promising to get the kid’s GF from the future in exchange for future service and loyalty, a la The Godfather
So, ok, sure, there were some allusions to Lost
, just like there were allusions to The Godfather
, and probably lots of stuff I haven’t even recognized, because the writers seem to think that’s a clever substitute for originality.
But allusions are all they are. There’s no follow through, nor was there ever intended to be. Indeed, even when the allusions border on plagiarism, there’s no follow through.
Take the bird-o-saurs episode, for example. The Hitchcock film ends on a somber note, with the motivations and ultimate objectives of the bird masses left mysterious. It raises uncomfortable questions about humanity’s relationship to nature and so on. Great discussion fodder.
But not so the TN bird-o-saurs. They were shown in half an episode to be victims of pheromones run amuck, and a little bit of chemical synthesis and another half an episode later, they were mating happily ever after in their new home established by the Terra Novans.
So problem solved, no unanswered questions, no discussion necessary.
and then some weak attempts to make the adults tougher, grizzled and more serious by dishing out frontier justice and attempting to make them darker.
Yeah, and the murderous husband turned out to be making a noble sacrifice for his wife – seriously, did anybody not see that coming? – and then she turned out to really love him after all, and they all lived happily ever after. (Well, except the idiot who murdered over a gambling debt, but he’s a Bad Guy[tm], and that’s just what BGs do.
And btw, what ever happened to that murderous imposter scientist? No frontier justice for him? Guess he just disappeared into the Terra Novan ether, the way all good red shirt villains are supposed to do, once they’ve served their purpose.
They even take that literally by shooting those scenes with the requisite overly dramatic lighting where shadows proliferate more than light sources should allow.
Then they segue abruptly into the brightly colored world of Teen Nova.
So they do some good cinematography. I think you’re allowed to do that in a family show if you want. No law against it I know of.
Bottom line: it’s a family show, with simple themes, and simple resolutions, allusions to more sophisticated entertainment notwithstanding.