With all this talk of maybe-faster-than-light neutrinos, we neglected to discuss the heavyweight of the new genre series, Brannon Braga and Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova. Equal parts cozy catastrophe, SF of ideas, and dino-shooting adventure, the first episode had its moments and some standout performances, but the character dynamics seem forced, the CGI is uneven, and I’m not convinced its ratings will justify the multi-million dollar budget.

What did the Bureau think?

The premise: in the future, we’ve largely wasted the world. Human colonists travel through a time-rift to restart civilization– in the Cretaceous Era.

Dinosaurs notwithstanding, it looks like paradise, but we quickly learn this Eden has more than a few serpents.