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New This Week


The tale of humans from an ecologically ravaged (and “Blade Runner”-y) 2149 A.D. Earth who seek refuge via a one-way time-wormhole to the dinosaur era, the pilot for “Terra Nova” came to us from “24” writer-producers Brannon Braga and David Fury, though Fury was replaced as co-showrunner post-pilot by Braga’s fellow “Star Trek” vet Rene Echevarria.

It stars Jason O’Mara (the ABC version of “Life on Mars”) as a cop who sneaks through the wormhole with his oversized family and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”) as the (benevolent?) ruler of Terra Nova.

The premise of this series, which I believe originated in the brain of a Londoner named Kelly Marcel, is such a good one I was rooting for the project despite its clumsy exposition dumps, annoying characters and dopey plotting. It also helped that Echevarria, who went from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine” to “Now and Again,” “Dark Angel,” “The 4400” and “Medium,” was aboard starting with the second episode.

But Echevarria didn’t help. “Terra Nova” never got as good as those other shows he worked on, and that’s a tragedy. Because, again, great premise. But “Terra Nova” never made a ton of sense to me. I watched every episode, hoping the series would address my many, many concerns about logic, motivation, characterization and surprisingly cruddy effects work.

The colonists who head back in time have to deal not only with hungry, building-size lizards, poodle-size leeches and python-sized centipedes but also with a renegade human group known as “the sixers,” the sixth batch of colonists who decided to break away from the main colony to pursue their own mysterious agenda. There are also mysterious man-made markings on rocks outside the Terra Nova compound.

By the way, we learn early on that the “time fracture” actually transports the colonists to an alternate universe’s timeline, so you don’t have to worry about killing your grandma by stepping on a butterfly.

Hopefully “Jurassic Park IV” will prove more satisfying.


Time says:

Dino-Snore ... A year and a half in the making and costing a reported $20 million, the pilot of Terra Nova has been through so many overhauls and management changes that its credits boast 12 executive producers. What's surprising is that none of them is a 5-year-old boy--because that's who I imagine scribbling the pitch, with crayon illustrations: I want to make a TV show about the future! It will have lasers and guns and computers and time travel! And but ALSO they are living in a jungle, and the bad people want to take them over! ...

TV Guide says:

... will win no prizes for its cardboard characters and clunky writing, but hey, it’s got CGI dinosaurs! ...

USA Today says:

... Luckily for Terra Nova, fans of the genre are often at least temporarily willing to overlook bad writing and performances if the battles are exciting and special effects convincing, and they are. That should buy the show time to improve.

HitFix says:

... the family remains much less interesting so far than the dinos - and, in fact, has gotten progressively less interesting with the tweaking. ... Simply put, the Shannons are boring. Well, except for Josh, who gets to be annoying - the token rebellious teen whose function is to be stupid and get into trouble so there will be a story that week. I would suggest that the "Terra Nova" writers should know better - especially given how much fans of ABC's short-lived "V" despised that show's version of the same character …

AOL says:

... If it chooses to focus on whether the generic Shannon family can rebuild itself, all the dino antics in the world probably won't save it from falling into a tar pit of predictable, sub-Spielbergian sentimentality. The most interesting question 'Terra Nova' could answer is this: What problems and baggage does a society bring to its efforts to reinvent itself? That's the most tantalizing part of the 'Terra Nova' premise, but one wonders how interested anyone involved is in delving into the kind of complicated ideas explored by other edge-of-the-frontier shows we've seen in recent years. Nobody's expecting a dino-riffic version of 'Deadwood' or 'Battlestar Galactica' (the Fox show is meant to be popcorn entertainment, after all), but it would be a huge disappointment if 'Terra Nova' ignored the political possibilities and ethical dilemmas of its premise. Certainly the various indications that there are serious troubles in the Terra Nova colony are the most interesting parts of the pilot. ...

The New York Times says:

... lavishly produced by television standards, at a level of visual and technical sophistication that was partly responsible for the show’s taking nearly two years to land on the Fox schedule. But it’s also so predictable that you might want to fast-forward through the domestic-drama scenes set inside the hilariously clean and orderly colony, stopping whenever you see something that looks like action or a dinosaur....

The Los Angeles Times says:

... Easily the most exciting show of the fall season ... manages to introduce a panoply of narrative threads and themes while telling a remarkably clean story, both in terms of plot line and tone; "Terra Nova" is whole-family friendly. … For all its excellent green-screen usage, "Terra Nova" is remarkably old-fashioned, rejecting the angst and existentialism of "Lost" to tell the exquisitely American story of colonists, strangers in a strange land come not so much to conquer as to flee, a familiar tale rendered here ferociously and gorgeously new once more.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... The special effects in a preview disc sent to critics ranged from glossy to mediocre CGI -- some tweaking remained to be done -- and eagle-eyed viewers will catch some plot holes no animated dinosaur can hide. …

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... But let's get back to Spielberg. On the plus side, we can point to elements of "Terra Nova" that evoke some of Steven's Greatest Hits. If being chased by a salivating raptor, for example, inevitably evokes "Jurassic Park" in any film or TV show, it's because Spielberg did it so well in that movie, and does it equally well here. Perhaps we can't blame him for the lame dialogue, per se, but, wow, I haven't heard sentences this dumb since last week's episode of "Jersey Shore." ...

The Washington Post says:

... It’s all pretty dazzling, but with so much time spent on special effects, the characters seem to be factory-direct. The script gets wordy, as the cast hurriedly speak in bursts of dialogue meant to give viewers all the background that, frankly, we don’t need. Even with a lavish two-hour premiere, “Terra Nova” could stand to slow down and admire the world it has taken us to — Earth, 85 million years ago...

The Toronto Globe and Mail says:

... Every movie genre – the western, the cop drama, the teen-slasher flick, the family-reunited drama – seems to have been thrown into a blender and then some dinosaurs thrown into the resulting bland soup of storylines. Ah yes, the dinos. Big selling point. The dinos help take Terra Nova from bad to fabulously bad. ...

The Boston Herald says:

... excuse me if I’m skeptical about this show’s prospects. The pilot reportedly cost $10 million. Spielberg has a spotty record when it comes to television. “Amazing Stories” really wasn’t. TNT’s “Falling Skies” first season was notable for how the budget plummeted each week, to the point where the season finale centered on a battle that happened off-camera. So long as the dinos roam, “Terra Nova” has a future ...

The Boston Globe says:

… The pilot, with subplots featuring O’Mara’s teen kids, is Spielberg 101 - mainstream, iconic, inoffensively predictable. As a weekly series, the effects need to remain impressive and the writers need to avoid falling into “Lost’’ and “Walking Dead’’ band-of-survivors rehash. …

Variety says:

... boasts a muscular pilot, a serviceable plot and considerable ambition -- none of which, it should be noted, sustained the net's "Terminator" series. For starters, though, "Terra Nova" shines pretty brightly, even with the possibility it might wind up being remembered as another really expensive TV camping trip. …

The Hollywood Reporter says:

... has a lot to get fans excited about. It’s ambitious in scope, has a likable, far-ranging cast and appears to be planting enough storylines to lure in fans who are having Lost withdrawal. ...


NBC continues to stock its sitcom with writers and actors who once toiled on “Saturday Night Live.” Following in the footsteps of Greg Daniels and Steve “Ambiguously Gay” Carell at “The Office,” Tina Fey and Tracey Morgan at “30 Rock,” Chevy Chase on “Community” and Mike Schur and Amy Poehler at “Parks and Recreation,” Maya Rudolph and longtime SNL writer Emily Spivey are collaborating on
“Up All Night,” which stars Will Arnett and Christina Applegate as the foul-mouthed hard-living fortyish parents of a newborn.

Spivey’s depiction of the parenting life feels authentically autobiographical and the pilot carries an agreeable semi-improvisational feel. I’m less impressed with the Rudolph character, who has taken a definite turn for the broad and wacky since NBC transformed her character from a celebrity publicist to a Oprah-y talk show host.

HitFix says:

... There aren't many laugh-out-loud moments, but the parenting stuff is sharply-observed, and it's great to see Arnett playing a recognizable human being after spending years trying to (or being asked to) recreate GOB Bluth from "Arrested Development." ...

AOL says:

... It's hard to walk that fine line between sincerity and sarcasm in a comedy, and though each show is a bit broad here and there, neither of these shows [“Free Agents” or “Up All Night”] overindulges in the kind of false, cynical patter or the unearned, warm-and-fuzzy mawkishness that sinks so many network sitcoms. ...

The New York Times says:

... Network television has grown remarkably callous and blasé about all kind of things, including rape, adultery and masturbation, but there is still a taboo against child endangerment. So “Up All Night” takes three of the funniest actors working on the small screen and ties their hands while asking them to send up child rearing ...

The Los Angeles Times says:

... Both series [“Free Agents” and “Up All Night”] offer pilots that are tight and often funny — "Up All Night" is the one I'd save first if we were all together on a sinking ship...

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... The more original conceit is the notion of later-in-life parents who have had 20 years to themselves before life-with-baby. Culturally, it’s a potentially resonant approach but is becoming a parent at 40 different enough from having a child at 25 to hang a series on? We’ll see. ...

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... has a great cast, crisp writing and, most important, the potential for plot and character elements to maintain our interest beyond the premiere. ...

The Washington Post says:

... Neither smashingly hilarious nor overly redundant, it is instead tolerable and occasionally LOL (as the mommy blogs would say). ...

The Boston Herald says:

... NBC missed the real comedy, but it’s not too late. Lose the kid and blow the show up around big baby Ava, the would-be empress of daytime TV. Right now, “Up All Night” is the TV equivalent of a glass of warm milk. ...

The Boston Globe says:

… Am I hooked? Yeah, mostly because of the scenery-chewing Rudolph, whose line delivery is unique. …

USA Today says:

... Too many of the lines are witlessly vulgar (A "mug of butt"? Really?), and too few are funny. And simply repeating them with slight variations and a raised voice ("We're doing a cleanse! Office cleanse!") does not improve them. ...

Variety says:

In theory, "Up All Night" ought to resonate with young families who can identify feeling cooped up and grounded by a new baby. The premise, however, proves more fertile (pardon the expression) than the actual show, which as presented plays like a one-note gag about as subtle as watching the central couple, Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, do a lot of bleeped-out cussing in front of their newborn....


TV-on-Disc Calendar

Last Week
Alvin and The Chipmunks: Halloween Collection
Basketball Wives 4.x
Bored To Death 3.x
Bored To Death 3.x (Blu-ray)
Cloudstreet: The Complete Miniseries
Criminal Minds 7.x
Criminal Minds 7-Season Pack
Fantasy Island 2.x
Fat Albert Holiday Collection
Fringe 4.x
Fringe 4.x (Blu-ray)
The Good Wife 3.x
Grey's Anatomy 8.x
Grounded For Life: The Complete Series
The Haunting Hour Vol. 1
The Haunting Hour Vol. 2
Haven 2.x
Haven 2.x (Blu-ray)
How To Make It In America 2.x
How To Make It In America 2.x (Blu-ray)
Hung 3.x
Hung 3.x (Blu-ray)
Ninja Turtles: Next Mutation Vol. 1
The Office 8.x
The Office 8.x (Blu-ray)
Parks and Recreation 4.x
Person of Interest 1.x (Blu-ray)
Roseanne 5.x ($12.99)
Roseanne 6.x ($12.99)
That '70s Show 5.x ($12.99)
That '70s Show 6.x ($12.99)
Thriller: 10 Episodes
Tom & Jerry: Tricks and Treats
2 Broke Girls 1.x
2 Broke Girls 1.x (Blu-ray)
Young James Herriot: The Complete Miniseries

This Week


Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 3.x


Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials


The Big Bang Theory 5.x


The Big Bang Theory 5.x (Blu-ray)


Blue Bloods 2.x
Cagney & Lacey: The Menopause Years


Doctor Who: Planet of Giants


Doctor Who: Vengeance of Varos


Goosebumps: One Day At Horrorland/Go Eat Worms!


Hammer House of Horror: The Complete Series


Kojak 5.x


Power Rangers Samurai: Monster Bash Halloween Special


Private Practice 5.x


Psych: Psych-O-Ween


Spartacus 2.x


Spartacus 2.x (Blu-ray)


Terra Nova: The Complete Series


30 Rock 6.x


Up All Night 1.x


The Vampire Diaries 3.x


The Vampire Diaries 3.x (Blu-ray)

Next Week
Army Wives 6.x
Body Of Proof 2.x
Castle 4.x


Get A Life: The Complete Series
Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0 (Blu-ray)
Inspector Lewis 5.x
Man Vs. Wild: Close Calls
The Mentalist 4.x


Modern Family 3.x


Modern Family 3.x (Blu-ray)
Rawhide 5.x
The Real McCoys 1.x-6.x


Steve Martin: The Television Stuff <--- NEW!!
Suburgatory 1.x
Supernatural 7.x
Supernatural 7.x (Blu-ray)
Whiplash: The Complete Series

September 25
American Horror Story 1.x
American Horror Story 1.x (Blu-ray)


Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol. 5
Berenstain Bears: Spooky Stories
CatDog 2.x Vol. 2


Charlie's Angels: The Complete Five-Season Series
CSI 12.x
CSI 12-Season Pack
CSI Miami 10.x
CSI NY 8.x
Desperate Housewives 8.x
Desperate Housewives: The Complete Series
Elvira's Movie Macabre: Bloody Madness
Family Guy Vol. 10
G.I. Joe Renegades 1.x (Blu-ray)
G.I. Joe Renegades 1.x Vol. 2
Gossip Girl 5.x
Iron Man: Armored Adventures 2.x Vol. 2
Key & Peele 1.x
Key & Peele 1.x (Blu-ray)
Lawless Years: The Complete Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 13.x
Portlandia 2.x


Portlandia 2.x (Blu-ray)


Portlandia 1.x/2.x


Rescue Me: The Complete Series
The Thick Of It 1.x-3.x
Touched By An Angel 6.x
Van Dyke and Company: The Complete Series
Wallander 3.x

October 2


The Abbott and Costello Show 1.x
Adventure Time: Jake Vs. Me-Mow
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Christmas With The Chipmunks
Batman Supervillains: Catwoman
Batman Supervillains: Killer Croc
Big John, Little John: The Complete Series
Bonanza 4.x
Downton Abbey 1.x/2.x


Downton Abbey 1.x/2.x (Blu-ray)


Happy Endings 2.x


Hart of Dixie 1.x


House: The Complete Series
How I Met Your Mother 7.x
It Takes A Thief
Kingdom 1.x
Magic City 1.x
Magic City 1.x (Blu-ray)


New Girl 1.x
Nikita 2.x


Nikita 2.x (Blu-ray)
90210 4.x
Rules of Engagement 6.x
Rules of Engagement 6.x (Blu-ray)


The Six Million Dollar Man 2.x
Thundercats 1.x Vol. 3
Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue
VR Troopers 1.x Vol. 1

October 9
Bones 7.x
Care Bears: The Original Series Collection
Combat: 20 Episodes
Doctor Who: Ambassadors of Death
Happiness Is Peanuts
Holliston 1.x
Holliston 1.x (Blu-ray)


It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia 7.x


It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia 7.x (Blu-ray)
The League 3.x
The League 3.x (Blu-ray)
The Lucy Show 6.x
Peanuts: Go Snoopy Go
Webster: 20 Episodes
Whitney 1.x
Yancy Derringer: The Complete Series

October 16
Alcatraz: The Complete Series


Alcatraz: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Batman Super Villains: The Joker’s Last Laugh
Big Bad Beetleborgs 1.x Vol.1
Chappelle's Show: The Series Collection


Check It Out 1/x/2.x


Columbo: The Complete Series
DeGrassi 11.x Vol. 2
The Firm: The Complete Series
Flashpoint 4.x
Flashpoint 4-Season Set
Gunsmoke 6.x Vol. 2
Gunsmoke 6-Season Pack
The Ice House: The Complete Miniseries
Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1995-Reserve


Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)
Mad Men 5.x


Mad Men 5.x (Blu-ray)
Mr. Lucky: The Complete Series


The Office: Secret Santa Pack
Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club
Power Rangers Super Samurai: Christmas Together, Friends Forever
Psych 6.x
The Red Green Show: The Complete Series
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales
Touch 1.x
That '70s Show 1.x/2.x
That '70s Show 2.x (Blu-ray)


Triple Terror: The Shining/It/Salem's Lot

October 23
Ernie Kovacs Collection Vol. 2
Fantasy Island 3.x


The Fugitive: The Complete Series
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 8.x
Lost Girl 1.x
Lost Girl 1.x (Blu-ray)
Meet The Browns 7.x
Perry Mason 7.x Vol. 2
Perry Mason 7-Season Pack
Peter Gunn: The Complete Series
Sanctuary: The Complete Series
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 4.x (Blu-ray)


Star Wars: The Clone Wars 4.x (Blu-ray)
Upstairs Downstairs 2.x

October 30


All in the Family: The Complete Series


Coma: The Complete Miniseries <--- NEW!!
Copper 1.x


Copper 1.x (Blu-ray)
Metalocalypse 4.x


Metalocalypse 4.x (Blu-ray)


My Favorite Martian 3.x
The Streets of San Francisco 5.x

November 6
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Christmas With The Chipmunks (Blu-ray)


Call The Midwife 1.x
Call The Midwife 1.x (Blu-ray)


Carol Burnett Christmas


Elvira's 24-Hour Movie Marathon
Entourage: The Complete Series


Entourage: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
H2O Just Add Water: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
Law & Order 11.x
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams 1.x


Porky & Friends
Regular Show: Best DVD
Sesame Street: Old School Vol. 3 <--- NEW!!
SpongeBob Christmas!
SpongeBob Christmas! (Blu-ray)


Wolf Lake: The Complete Series

November 13
The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who 7.x Vol. 1
Doctor Who 7.x Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)
Doctor Who: Claws Of Axos


The Flintstones: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!


Friends: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
History Detectives 10.x
Lost Girl 2.x


Lost Girl 2.x (Blu-ray)


Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Vol.1
The Real McCoys 2.x
Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated 2.x Vol. 1
Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!
SpongeBob SquarePants 4.x
SpongeBob SquarePants 5.x
SpongeBob SquarePants 6.x

November 20


Ancient Aliens 4.x


Ancient Aliens 4.x (Blu-ray)
Diff'rent Strokes 4.x
The Dust Bowl: The Complete Miniseries


The Dust Bowl: The Complete Miniseries (Blu-ray)


Game of Thrones 1.x Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 1.x Vol. 2


Transformers Prime 2.x

November 27
Hot In Cleveland 3.x <--- NEW!!
Luck 1.x


Luck 1.x (Blu-ray)
Perry Mason 8.x Vol. 1 <--- NEW!!


Transformers Prime 2.x (Blu-ray)

December 4
The Game 5.x <--- NEW!!
The Game 5-Season Pack <--- NEW!!


Eastbound & Down 3.x <--- NEW!!
Eastbound & Down 3.x (Blu-ray) <--- NEW!!
Men Of A Certain Age 2.x
Men Of A Certain Age 2.x (Blu-ray)


My Little Pony: Adventures In The Crystal Empire <--- NEW!!


My Little Pony 1.x <--- NEW!!
Mannix 8.x <--- NEW!!
Mannix: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!


Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXV <--- NEW!!


Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Vol.2 <--- NEW!!


Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.x (Blu-ray) <--- NEW!!


We Can Be Heroes: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!

December 11


Futurama Vol.7 (Blu-ray)


Girls 1.x <--- NEW!!
Girls 1.x (Blu-ray) <--- NEW!!


UltraSeven: The Complete Series <--- NEW!!

December 18


Funny Or Die Presents 2.x <--- NEW!!


The Life and Times Of Tim 3.x


Quincy M.E. 4.x <--- NEW!!


The Sarah Silverman Program 3.x <--- NEW!!
Shameless 2.x


Shameless 2.x (Blu-ray)

January 8
Buck Rogers 2.x

January 15
Being Human 4.x
Being Human 4.x (Blu-ray)

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