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A Tale of Two Trailers: "A Game of Thrones" and "Terra Nova"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 2, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 2, 2011 |

Development on “Terra Nova” and “A Game of Thrones” has pretty much pursued completely opposite courses despite being high budget genre shows that are both debuting within a month of each other this spring. And since they both released trailers yesterday, it’s a perfect time to compare the two. That’s totally not just because this is approximately the seventeenth trailer released for “A Game of Thrones” and I simply don’t have anything else to say about the series that I haven’t written several times already. But, hey, look! Dinosaurs!

Here’s the trailer for “Terra Nova,” which is about a group of colonists who go back in time to settle when dinosaurs roamed the Earth since the modern world is running out of oil and other resources. I have so many problems with this premise that it is causing a rash. I assume that they are aware that there are many periods of Earth’s history that did not have 50 foot tall carnivores yet still had just as many resources. But that just wouldn’t be as cinematic as this:

The bad guy from Avatar! A CGI dinosaur! Steven Spielberg’s name! This debuts in 11 weeks and costs $4 million per episode and this 21 seconds is what they come up with to hook an audience?

Compare that to “A Game of Thrones,” which debuts a few weeks earlier, but despite being on trailer #35 still manages to convey a mesmerizing energy that drags you to check on HBO pricing:

(sources: Blastr and Blastr)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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