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Musing Review: Terra Nova – Proof (S1, Ep7)

Submitted by on November 15, 2011 – 11:25 pmNo Comment | 112,777 views

If only there was pudding in this episode so I could say “the proof is in the pudding” but alas, there was not.  Proof was the title of this seventh episode as well as the main subject which we got to follow in three parallel storylines.  The episode was good.  It didn’t really further much of anyone’s storyline and served as filler until next week (though my DVR cut off and I missed the full preview for next week).  The visuals were still top notch and we got to see a lot of cool CG effects.

In each proof story we got to see character development.  Some more than others.  When Maddy meets one of her scientific idols he turns out to not be as amazing as she though he would be.  One thing after another lead to her growing suspicious of him.  Maybe he’s not the same person (impersonator) or maybe he he’s a vampire (thanks Zoe and her imagination).  She set out on a path to find proof that he isn’t who he says he is and showed real strength of character.  She never gave up, even in the face of danger. She even managed to protect her sister along the way. I loved that they showed her deductive reasoning skills (as we knew she was already smart).  They could have had her give up and then somehow fall into finding out his real identity but having her solve the mystery all on her own was that much better.

When it came to Josh his hunt for proof had to do with Mira calling in her favor.  She needed Josh to steal drugs from the infirmary and it required him stealing from Elisabeth.  He also showed strength of character thanks to Skye.  He demanded proof that Mira could talk to the future and get his girlfriend on the next pilgrimage.  He ends up stealing the medicine (which turns out to be some sort of drug).  Enter another proof story.  Jim the cop returns to Terra Nova after a fishing expedition with Taylor (more to come on that) and is on a search to find proof of who stole the drugs.  In the end Josh owns up to his crime and confesses to Jim and Elisabeth.  Nice character move.  I’m glad he no longer has to be in the shadows about his dealings with the Sixers.

Taylor was still on the hunt for proof of well.  Proof of who is the spy inside Terra Nova.  While he and Jim were fishing they found an abandoned camp.  Taylor thought it was the soldier he exiled a couple episodes ago and he went after him.  Jim thought he might kill the soldier but let him go anyway.  Taylor ends up healing the solider and saving him from an ancient komodo dragon (which looked really cool).  He also offers the soldier a place back in Terra Nova but with a price.   Taylor wants him to spy on the sixers and find out who the mole is.  Also Taylor manages to throw in a nice stern threat if he doesn’t comply.

They did further the Lucas / Sixer storyline.  The fact that Mira can talk to the future is now known amongst the Terra Nova leadership.  Taylor think it’s his son, who he knows to be a genius and figured out how to communicate with the future.  When Jim suggests that he’s under duress Taylor is very coy about answering.  I think he knows more about his son then he’s letting on.  I’m guessing he’s trying to still protect him even though they have a very frayed relationship.  I’m really starting to love this storyline.

Again, this was a really good episode.  The storylines all went well and the character development of the Shannon kids.  Visuals were awesome, probably the most of any episode just far.  I’m looking forward to more.

Watch Terra Nova Mondays at 8:00PM on Fox.  Catch up on Fox.com or Hulu.

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