The Terra Nova finale hardly ended on the cliffhanger that was promised (rule #51, the proof is always in the pudding), but it did leave fans and skeptics alike with something to chew over should FOX pull the trigger on a second season. Specifically, what secrets reside at the Badlands?
The following contains spoilers if you are yet to watch the Terra Nova finale
As we saw in the finale, the Phoenix Group found an 18th century-looking prow of a ship in the an area imaginatively named The Badlands (Heavy Gear reference?)
Two questions emerge:
- How did a ship from the 18th century end up in the Badlands?
- How did it end up in the prehistoric past — an alternate one at that?
My initial thought is that there’s another time-fracture at the Badlands. The ship from the 18th century probably arrived through this fracture to end up in the region of mystery.
This possibly hints at a much larger conspiracy connecting the future and the past. Jim Shannon puts it bluntly when he shares his concern about the Phoenix Group heading out to the Badlands the moment they realized they were cut off from 2149. All of which raises further questions:
- If there is another pandora’s box of a fracture, is it ‘natural’, like the fracture discovered at Hope Plaza is supposed to be, or has it all been engineered by humans?
- Given that Terra Nova is supposedly in an alternate timeline to 2149, which timeline is the ship from, and does that fracture go both ways?
So, we have an old ship from another time period, but “what else is out in the Badlands waiting for us?” says Taylor, with half a twinkle in his eyes..