Another relatively solid episode of Fox’s “Terra Nova” this week — the good episodes always seem to illicit emotions of both triumph and disappointment as I realize, “Darn, this show is really worth a crap.”
Taylor and Jim are coming closer and closer to finding out the mole in Terra Nova. Except, it’s not really a mole. Rather, it’s more of a prehistoric micro-chip-equipped dragonfly transmitting messages back to Sixer-Leader Mira. Now, I don’t know too much about dragonflies except that they creep me out – I have vivid memories of youth softball spent in right field, watching dragonflies (really hideous creatures when you think about it) doin’ the nasty as I waited for the inevitable, errant foul ball.
Anyways. Taylor has taken Boylan into questioning, believing him to be the Sixer mole (dragonfly) providing Mira with details of the inner workings of the colony. Boylan’s really just a savvy business-man/barkeeper, so it’s sad to see him locked up and borderline-tortured by Taylor, but the bartender does hold some answers. Answers to questions never really asked.
In between Taylor’s one-man impressions of “All the President’s Men” (“I want the truth, you hear me? The truth!”), Boylan does spill to Jim that the real answers lie buried under a tree outside the gates, the same tree in which Taylor lived upon first arriving in Terra Nova, and under which lies an unidentified body.
After some investigative (and autospic) work by Jim and Elisabeth, it’s understood the one-armed body (five years into the decomposing stage) is that of Taylor’s general and mentor, a man of whom there’s no DNA record from any pilgrimage, and a man who tried to relieve (fire) Taylor of his duties in Terra Nova.
Enter Taylor’s son Lucas, via flashback (and IRL, as his crazy — and beautiful — eyes watch celebratory Terra Nova fireworks off in the distance).
Sidenote: Flashbacks! Hooray! It may be the Lostie in my, but gosh do I love me a good flashback.
Lucas, it turns out, arrived on the second pilgrimage, and Taylor learned his math-genius son’s calculations were geared toward communicating to, and not just from, 2149. This is a problem for Taylor, who realizes (via flashback) his son had never been on his side from the get-go. While Taylor views Terra Nova as a genuine chance for the human race to start over again, he sees Lucas, the Sixers, and whoever their cohorts are in the future (past?), as enemies, and as people determined to mine Terra Nova for their own benefit.
Bottom line? Banishment for crazy genius son, and death to Taylor’s one-armed mentor.
At least one really interesting plot point arose from this evening: Jim seems to have firmly aligned himself with Taylor, which can only mean trouble in coming episodes when he realizes Josh has sided with the Sixers in order to bring Future-Girlfriend back to the past. This alliance only came about after Taylor shares his side of Sixer/Lucas story, and while I’m hesitant to believe Taylor, Jim just seems to jump right on board. All this idealistic talk about “the future of humanity” — blech. You all saw the way Taylor held that newborn baby at the end of episode. The man has all the grace and finesse of a politician.
Meanwhile, in the midst of all this plot development: The colony prepares for the Harvest Festival, a celebration set aside to honor the day Taylor arrived in Terra Nova. The man gets his own festival? Corrupt or not, that’s just flat-out awesome.
Best line of the night: (Sadly, the “time-lines” have been lacking as of late) “Taylor’s a complete bastard, but he loved his son,” – Boylan. Only partially true, I’m sure. Still, I don’t like this creeping suspicion that maybe Taylor was right all along, about Terra Nova, about the Sixers and about the future; when a character noted that “Taylor would do anything if he thought it was in the best interest of the colony,” I couldn’t help but yell “You mean in the best interest FOR HIMSELF.” Then again, maybe I’m being swayed by Lucas’s crazy/gorgeous eyes.
Unexpected character development of the night: Truth be told, Boylan’s gaining steady footing, now in solid competition with Zoe for “Sara’s Favorite ‘Terra Nova’ Character.” I mean, guys, he’s a jerk with an accent. Let’s just line up at will. Speaking of Zoe, that brings us to:
Adorable Zoe moment of the evening: Her dancing with her older brother, Josh. I mean, d’awww.
Ominous preview for next week: The voiceover, giving a synopsis of a temporary alliance between the Sixers and Taylor to fight off dinosaurs, asks the audience: “Who’s the real threat?” Pertinent. legitimate question aside, the answer is clearly: “The dinosaurs, dude!”Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun