While dinosaurs are still reasonably important to us, there was a time in our youth when they were the most fascinating things in the world. Director Steven Spielberg is looking to recapture a little of that excitement with his new TV series, Terra Nova, about a family from the future who time-travels back to the distant past, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. While that sounds awesome to us -- we've been digging the British dino-series Primeval, which will return to TV in 2011 -- we're worried that it won't catch on with today's video-game-obsessed youth. So here's some advice we've plucked from the time stream of some Mesozoic Era TV shows that might ensure Terra Nova doesn't face extinction.
There was a Land of the Lost marathon running this weekend on Sci Fi, and since I remembered watching this show as a kid and really liking it, I figured I'd watch some more before the new movie came out. This was a massive mistake. While I started singing along when I heard the familiar theme music, I was sort of horrified to see how unconvincing the credits sequence was. In my young mind this was much more impressive than it is in retrospect. I realize that Syd and Marty Krofft fans adore this sort of thing, and while the Sleestak puppets still have their appeal, the rest of the special effects do not hold up well. I was literally laughing out loud watching Will and Holly run scared from a dinosaur, because it was just so goofy. And it isn't just the effects -- the acting and stories (at least the ones I could bare to watch) were pretty ridiculous. Still, at the time I remember being entertained and that this show helped form me into the geeky fantasy fan I am today (mostly because I thought Holly being friends with a dinosaur was cool... still is), so that's something. But I don't think I'll be buying the box set any time soon.