If you finished the Terra Nova series premiere excited to watch a full season of epic adventures against dinosaurs and defiant rebels - while pondering the many mysteries of time travel and its effects on this society - you have probably been disappointed the past two weeks. "What Remains" built on "Instinct" in the worst ways possible.
Conversely, if were were thinking to yourself post-pilot, I wish this show was more of a mixture of a soap opera and a procedural crime drama, then you've been pleased with the two most recent outings.
In "What Remains," the acting and writing continued to resemble some of recently cancelled daytime TV oferrings, while the "challenge of the week" turned this potentially interesting serialized drama into every other show on CBS.
Having said all that, I don't deny that the show still shows signs of life. I'm mostly speaking of the final few minutes when Terra Nova's version of Red from Shawshank Remption meets with the Sixers about getting Josh's girlfriend to town on an upcoming pilgrimage.
That sequence proved that the drama still has a few things to get excited about. First, if Josh's girl does make her way here, it could cause some trouble between her and Skye, and who doesn't like a good cat fight? More importantly, Mira looked like she was ready to be up to even more trouble once she gets her hands on Josh's girlfriend.
Will she attempt to make her an informant for her within Terra Nova? Does she have another plan for the girl, which will no doubt cause trouble for Jim and Josh Shannon alike? I'm not sure, but at least it has us asking questions again... because that's the last thing this week's "challenge" did.
Last Monday, it was the mating bird-dinos, and this time it was the magical virus that caused memory loss that had everyone on the edge of their seat. No? You weren't on your edge? We all knew there were no consequences for the characters. And even if we didn't, there was hardly any build up of suspense during the episode to attempt to make us believe there could be.
The cure for the pathogen was almost so obvious that it was kind of insulting to have Jason O'Mara continuing to sneeze right up to the point that Elisabeth figured it all out.
But, at the end of the day, there are still crazy-scary dinosaurs that are roaming around this land, and that continues to excite me. Maybe it's the nerd in me, but seeing dinosaurs on television - even if the effects aren't as good as they were in the premiere - is still fun, and I will continue to enjoy Terra Nova for that.
What did you all think of "What Remains?" And are you Team Skye? Or Team Whatever Josh's Girlfriend's Name is?
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.Tags: Terra Nova, Reviews
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