Terra Nova executive producer Brannon Braga has blown the lid on what the second season of the sci-fi series would have looked like. As fans of the prehistoric series know, Fox’s cancellation of the show left it with several unresolved plot threads hanging in the air. Since then, fans have been given the opportunity to create their own ending, while just recently Stephen Lang dropped some pointers on how Terra Nova would have built on its first season, giving way to a “darker”, “grittier” second chapter.
However, Braga offers the most thorough insight into what Terra Nova Season 2 would have looked like in an interview with Media Geek Network. According to Braga, he and his fellow producers didn’t just have a general outline of where Terra Nova would have ventured — they had a network mandated “Bible” mapping out the second season story and character arcs, representing a “specific vision for the season”.
Of course, those plans were largely focused around the annoyingly named “Badlands” — a mysterious area north of the colony introduced at the culmination of the first season. Braga said:
“[There was stuff] out in the Badlands, there was still the Phoenix army out there, but we were going to find that that they were being massacred by what could be the next step in evolution of dinosaurs.
Braga assures that this new breed of “scheming” dinosaurs would have been grounded in reality.
With the Phoenix mob on seemingly borrowed time and the portal to the future closed (per the finale), where would the central source of conflict have come from? Braga says it would have been Commander Taylor vs Jim Shannon, and confirmed Lang’s claim that Season 2 would have seen the pioneering commander grapple with his sanity:
“There was going to be a big showdown with Taylor [and Jim Shannon]. Taylor was going to go crazy [..] and they were going to battle for control of the colony and how to deal with these new dangers.”
Braga also noted that the Taylor/Shannon conflict was originally going to take place in the first season (something that was recognizable in the early knockings), but they wanted to have them earn their relationship before ripping it apart.
To be honest the plan sounds interesting enough, although so did the original premise. Whether this story trajectory would have turned the show’s fortunes around we’ll never know (not in this time-stream, at least) but as Jason O’Mara admitted, the show didn’t do itself any favors by tending to the mythology so late in the game.
That being said, it’s good to see Braga come out and share the vision for the show. For those devoted to Terra Nova, it might offer, not closure, but some sense of what season 2 would have looked like — or it might just make it all the more frustrating. Let us know.
Source: Media Geek Network