With a decision on the delicately-balanced future of Terra Nova imminent, the show’s fans have started sending plastic dinosaurs to FOX in the hope of convincing the network to green-light a second season. Their ring-leader? None other than Jim Shannon himself, Jason O’Mara.
While Terra Nova launched to solid numbers, it was pretty much downhill from the mind-wipe episode. Given the expensive nature of producing the series, the network might decide to sing “go away spider” to the show, despite the fact that it made them money.
Hoping that a groundswell of support will force the issue in favor of a second season, fans have created a ‘Save Terra Nova’ facebook page, while O’Mara is using his personal twitter and facebook accounts to rally the troops:
“If you want to address your package of little plastic dinosaurs to somebody at Fox, send them to president of the network. He’s a good guy so keep it friendly please.”
It seems being the president of a network also means receiving gifts that you don’t want. Unless those gifts happen to be red vines or other delicious food-based products. Though in all seriousness, these kind of initiatives are not without one or two victories, as Chuck fans will testify.
Before Alcatraz and Touch premiered strongly, Terra Nova looked likely to return for another season. But with these high-concept offerings looking strong in the ratings department (less so Alcatraz of late) and a lot stronger creatively, FOX might decide to pour concrete over the time-fracture and leave the Shannons in the alternate past to think long and hard about why they went back in the first place.
At the same time, they might consider Terra Nova as something they can build on financially and creatively, while filling a gap in their line-up. I’m not sure plastic dinosaurs will make THE difference, especially if it’s half-hearted. No-one wants half-hearted dinosaurs!