The show has a $20 million budget and yet uses recolored Nerf guns for its soldiers:
There're loads of strange decisions going on in the scripting department, so without further ado, let's just list the things that slapped me in the face from the get-go:
- Several people holding the idiot ball. In this case you had several people rush into a quarantined area, one of whom was a biologist, without finding out anything about why it had been ordered closed off. These guys almost redeemed themselves by wearing breather masks, but tore them off inside the quarrantined area when someone, under the effects of the pathogen in question, shot at them.
- It's the future, so industrial design is impractical. I'm not sure why making communications/computer terminals giant, bulky, spherical desks with curved work surfaces was considered a good idea.
- Most dinosaur-related deaths could probably be avoided by installing fake power stations for them to wreck or hide out in. Have we learned nothing from Jurassic Park?
- Dinosaurs love eating weird stuff. I could buy something brought from the future setting off a dino feeding frenzy, but nickel?
One could point out that a number of the less-than-bright things done did help solve the crisis, eventually, but that sounds like something that would have been better suited to a sci-fi comedy: Imagine a planet where the only way to win through problems is to trust in amazing coincidence and do the worst thing possible for any given situation. I think it'd make a great episode of "Red Dwarf," actually. I am a little curious as to when those in charge of Terra Nova requisitioned a bartender and why they aren't keeping a closer eye on him (ready-made barter material, an ability to hide transactions, has a handy spot to meet up with just about anyone without much suspicion, etc.)?