Proof that a bloated budget can be deeply non-indicative of quality, Terra Nova squanders any potential it had on plots and character types that appear to have been created in a generic Sci-Fi Plot Generator.
Fear and brutality inherent in the human condition and the drive to survive are themes that have never gone out of fashion. The stakes get even higher when those involved are children, and that's obviously a big seller.
Unlike other formats, the sitcom allows us to suspend disbelief because we know this is a set, we know there’s a reason we’ve never actually seen a New York street in Friends, or the fourth wall of an apartment in any show. And we’re okay with that.