Haven’t heard of Terra Nova? Ch-check it out because its one of my favorite Sc-Fi shows. Set a hundred plus years in the future where the world is a grody, unbreathable living space, scientists have broken through the time continuum and traveled to the prehistoric. Here, specially chosen people have been brought back to colonize the shiny new planet which also happens to have dinosaurs. DINOSAURS.
Besides the fact that it has a totally wicked premise, this show has some pretty awesome female characters. The two main leads are men, which I can kind of get over just because the leader’s (Commander Taylor) go to person is a woman (Lt. Washington or “Wash”). The second male lead, Jim Shannon has his own range of issues, but the reason that him and his family are even at this new colony is because of his brilliant wife, Dr. Elisabeth Shannon who seems to have a Phd in, everything. Also, the leader of the baddies is a woman, Mira.
Not only are there are awesome female characters but the male characters never make any snide comments about women. Mira is never referred to as “that bitch” or “that woman”. There is actually an episode where the Commander and Mira reveal that they respect one another as equals.
As many women that he has around him, it doesn’t ever seem like he would ever make a pass at them either. They are not there as objects to be fucked, but people to watch his back. The future seems to be a bit more egalitarian, which is hopeful. The only slight issue I have, and I’m still on the fence about this, is the budding relationship between the Shannon’s daughter Maddy and one of the soldiers, Mark. Maddy takes after her mother and has a brilliant mind. She’s also extremely nerdy and awkward which is really endearing. Mark, a young soldier takes a liking to her, and under the advice of his superiors, must declare his intentions to her father. Now, this is where I have the issue. Its a throw back to times where men were expected to take care of women because they were so “fragile”. But, I don’t have an issue with the Terra Nova rule of being respectful when it comes to relationships and women specifically. So I am still conflicted.
Another exciting thing about this show is that some episodes are either written or directed by women, or both. It was also co-created by a woman.
Overall, i really enjoy the structure of the show. Certainly as a one hour program there isn’t a lot of time to work with so they are really smart in dealing with the passage of time, leaving out boring in-between details that do nothing for the plot. Unfortunately this show was canceled after one season. I really can’t imagine why as according to Wikipedia, it had really high ratings and viewership. What is even more unfortunate is the fact that this show was really female positive, something that is really hard to come by.
Heres hoping that another station will pick it up again, or it will undergo the Firefly-affect and lead to a movie….