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Terra Nova

Terra Nova is as high concept as they come. Here's what Fox's official site has to say about the premise:

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 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.


Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure meets Jurassic Park? Whatever it sounds like, it does sound cool, although my head is struggling to contain the various paradoxical implications here bursting to get out. As a simple example - humans travel 85 million years backwards in time. Settle. Civilisation gets a second go. How will these folks be there 85 million years later (if humans still around at all) so they can restart the loop? That's time-travel for you...

Whatever the space-time continuum effects such a bold experiment may have, this mega-budget show was screened at Comic-Con and is described in Deadline's report. From one episode it's hard to answer all the questions they had and the fact it has shown promise is probably all you need at this point. One to watch for sure later in the year...

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