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"Terra Nova" Trailer and Clips: Won't Someone Think of the Children?

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 7, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | September 7, 2011 |

Fox’s “Terra Nova” has had a troubled production history, what with the delays, revolving door of writers and production staff, cuts to episode orders, and less than impressive trailers to date. With a September 26th premier date on a 13 episode first season, Fox is rolling out the full length trailers and faux viral campaign to get the juices flowing. You know what works better than bad CGI dinosaurs to get someone ready for fall television season? Three months of flipping channels and finding nothing but “The Closer” and reruns of “Walker Texas Ranger.”

Here’s the trailer, and please excuse the terrifying woman introducing the clip. I don’t know why she is apparently wearing a leather butcher’s apron. Maybe she wandered off the set of “Dexter”:

There are basically two televisions shows being advertised here. I really want to watch the one set in a disintegrating dystopian future. It’s got a fantastic Blade Runner feel to it. I have very little interest in watching “Avatar II: The Return to Jurassic Park.” Especially since they base that advertising around teenagers wandering off alone so that they need saved. The project that could save mankind, and these are the best they could find?

Here are the viral videos which are set as newscasts in the dystopian future:

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