So, I planned on writing a recap for Terra Nova tonight but I totally forget what I was going to write. In fact, I don't even know what Terra Nova is. So, I'm just going to write a recap about LOST again because that's where my mind is right now! Okay, obviously kidding. In all seriousness, I thought this week's episode was going to be a disaster and the clinching nail in the coffin for any ounce of hope that this could be a decent show. I was happily proven wrong. Don't get me wrong, we're not marching off to the Emmy's or anything but this episode was far more enjoyable to me than the attack of the killer bird-o-saurs last week. The cheesy lines were still there but some of them, I couldn't resist laughing at even whilst rolling my eyes in a cheery way. As some have stated, this isn't really going to be a show to take TOO seriously. It does have its serious moments in advancing people's agendas, which we saw a little bit this week. That's all I ask for folks! We can have our silly weekly stories, but let's move that plot along a bit too! I still don't see much reasoning for a full fledged story recap again this week. Not sure we'll ever be at that level with this show. But I'll highlight the things that I found important or amusing! Here we go!
So, on paper, this story should not have worked. We've seen the amnesia thing done before on LOST, 24 and various other shows and it rarely comes off smelling like roses. But, you see what Terra Nova did was use it as a device to dig further into some character's back stories. Very crafty! Some crazy chap in Terra Nova was trying to cure Gorman's (sp??) disease which is apparently even worse than Alzheimer's (I'm guessing it's the same guy that got his entire body sans his feet eaten by the carnivorous dinosaur!). He ended up exposing the entire science lab to the virus or some attempt to cure the virus (I'll admit it, I wasn't paying that much attention to the science mumbo jumbo) and they started losing their memories. But the way they lost their memories was very peculiar. It would transport their minds back in time (and into the future pre-Terra Nova) as if they were reliving that time in their lives again, causing mass confusion. Now that I think about it, this kind of reminds me of my favorite LOST episode, The Constant. Definitely different circumstances but similar concepts. Anyway our main story follows Jim, Elizabeth, Wallace and Taylor as they try to piece together the clues all whilst battling their own amnesias. They must find a cure before all of Terra Nova gets infected!
The storyline brought along lots of drama and comedic moments with it as Elizabeth was transported back to her college days where she was in the "honeymoon dating" period with Wallace. At one point Wallace got caught up in the moment and memory loss resulting in Jim getting a little heated. Wallace did end up getting a nice shot to the face from Jim after he panicked with the oversaurs. (love these Dino names, and yes I'm being sarcastic!)
In the end, it was Jim being SUPER DAD that saved them. He picked up his youngest Zoe in the beginning of the episode who had a cold. Check out my cheesy lines sections for more on that! Anyway, apparently the cold virus acted as some kind of counteragent to the gorman virus and poof, amnesia-ized Elizabeth was able to solve the case! And all was right in the world again!
But here are some highlights from our amnesia patients in allowing us to learn more about these characters' pasts back in the future:
- Apparently, there was a war with Somalia in 2138 that Taylor and possibly his Lt. Washington were in together. From what I grasped, the Somalians may have kidnapped his wife Ayani (again, spelling?) and son and did experiments on them. Taylor had a hard time grasping the concept of Terra Nova and attacked Jim and worked his way back to the main camp where he attacked Lt. Washington, Reynolds and Maddy. Once he found out his wife was no longer living, he tried to slit his own throat but Washington shot him with some pulse gun.
- So, what happened to Taylor's wife? He may have already told us in the pilot, but I don't think so. And his son was experimented on? Perhaps that is a reason for his defection from the main group? Lots to learn there.
- There seems to have been a big snow storm in Detroit in 2139. The biggest on record. Important? Eh, probably not but I'm sure someone will eventually start building a timeline of events like these shows normally have.
- How about that magical root that Jim could eat to take away his cold symptoms for 12 hours!? It's a prehistoric Sudafed!
- More on the character relationship side but Jim and Elizabeth did have a sweet moment as she re-realized her love for him and her family. She had written the names down of her husband and kids so she wouldn't forget them. Oh and wasn't that a nifty little trick with losing the wedding ring just so Jim could give it back to her at the opportune time? (Oh come on guys, I'm not THAT sappy. That was mega corny!)
- Jim: "I never catch colds, only crooks!!"
- Jim: "My feelings are more than just a memory!" Woa, settle down there Garth Brooks.
- Josh to Skye (paraphrased): "So, remember by the waterfall when you took me to those drawings on the rocks?"
Josh: "Well, maybe we should tell somebody."
Josh (looking into her eyes): "I forget what I was talking about".
And they kiss. The perfect cheesy pick-up line for an amnesia episode!
- On discussing how to give Elizabeth the cold virus to make her feel better she discusses various ways of getting a sample from Jim and producing a counteragent blah blah blah. Jim says, "I have a faster way" and kisses her. Then says, "Do you feel sick yet?" And she responds, "Not quite" and goes in for more smooching. I'll admit it, I laughed.
- Taylor - More of a cheesy moment. He's on his future scooter and he stumbles upon a brontosaurus which I'm sure they call a LARGE-A-SAURUS in Terra Nova land. He just laughs and says "No way..." and drives right under it. I mean seriously! I can't even make up cheesy stuff like this!
- This season I will be recapping Fringe, Terra Nova, The Walking Dead and Alcatraz. If one of these new shows ends up not doing well, I may bail on it quickly. This could make room for a show that DOES end up doing well!
- The Walking Dead season 1 is a quick 6 episode watch before the season 2 premiere on Sunday 10/16 (AMC). It is now available on Netflix streaming, at Redbox and will be airing as a marathon on AMC prior to the premiere. I highly recommend the view!
- See trailers for the Mid-Season shows I'm looking forward to: Alcatraz, Awake and Touch. I doubt I'll have time to recap them all but they will most likely be discussed on this blog!
- As always, there are other shows that I watch as well and would be happy to discuss with all of you. For a complete list by day, you can check out my "FALL TV" post.