Let’s Talk About Terra Nova

Two posts ago, I tried to behave. I turned my disappointment about Terra Nova into a praise of what I consider one of the best movie ever: Jurassic Park. Now, after 3 episodes, I think the time has come for some remarks. I actually hate to list all the flaws of a series, ’cause sometimes I feel like The Simpson‘s Comic Book Guy and I just want to say to myself: Jeez, get a life! Anyway, I just can’t refrain:

– Worst CGI ever. Seriously Fox? Ok, nevermind Fox. Seriously Mr. Spielberg?! Do you really want your name to be linked up to those “dinosaurs” and those faker than fake backgrounds?! I can’t believe it.
– Episode 1. how did the father went through the security checks when his family is going to Terra Nova? I mean, he joins them while they’re in line already, carrying a kid in his backpack. The security guards that checked everyone else’s super-reliable and super-cool digital ID must have been asleep when it came to him. Or on a coffee break. Or… Oh, right: The answer is sy-fy… :S
– Episode 2. I confess: I wanted the son dead (I don’t remember the names). C’mon you idiot, what did you expect? You go out in the jungle with a hip girl you just met… In Jurassic times… You deserve to be eaten by a dinosaur!
– The “Sixers”: dear Lost writers, please, report the Terra Nova guys. This is plagiarism! The Sixers are The Others!
– Episode 3. First of all: what’s with the X-Men Uniforms? Second: the tough guys find two dead bodies in the jungle. And obviously they ask themselves: “What the hell killed them?”. Uhm. That one is difficult… You’re in a jungle, in the middle of the Jurassic Era, so I’d go for… The Smoke Monster! No? Alright, then… Predator! Yeah, could be… Or perhaps… Wait, I got it: DINOSAURS!!! Yes, I’m a fucking genius.

The Comic Book Guy would say that this is the worst series ever. I won’t say it, just because “ever” is not over yet. And also because it could become one of those bad but laughable shows that allows you to write funny posts on your blog.

When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth

Last night, Jurassic Park was confirmed Best Movie Ever. By me, at least. I saw Terra Nova‘s pilot (Fox’s new series) and it just came to me as a confirmation, more than a realization: 18 years later, Jurassic Park still rules the earth film industry. And I’m saying this, not only because it is the movie that made fall in love with movies. Its 18-years old animatronics definitely defeat contemporary CGI dinosaurs, no doubt about it. Little Zoe (Terra Nova) feeding a brachiosaurus is nothing compared to the wonder we feel when Professor Grant and Doctor Sattler first see the herd of dinos at the entrance of the JP. They are scientists but still they fall on their knees in front of a dream that came true. A dream, not a study subject. The T-Rex chasing Muldon’s jeep  just kicks that CGI unknown dinosaur’s ass chasing tanks in Terra Nova. Jurassic Park‘s animatronics are evil, but smart and just. Because they are pure nature, sheer instinct. Pure Cinema. Yes, it is still early to talk about Terra Nova. But it’s never too late to talk about Jurassic Park.

“Life Finds a Way”