So, the pilgrims make their way to the colony, with only one roaring allosaur somewhere in the distance to spoil the party, where they're greeted by Nathaniel Taylor, played by the mean army guy from Avatar, who welcomes everybody to the Cretaceous period by reminding them how humanity messed up 2149: greed, war and ignorance. "We blew it. We destroyed our home. But we have been entrusted with a second chance. A chance to start over, a chance to get it right." He tells them. I have to say, I'm not sure using a giant dinosaur skull for a desk is the best way to demonstrate your intention to not wreck the planet this time.
Anyway, he gives Jim grief for stepping out of his six-year prison term and stowing away with an extra kid, and Jim -- despite being in danger of getting thrown in jail again -- tells him it's none of his damn business why he and his wife risked their careers to have a third kid (so there's some kind of story there we'll find out at some point) and then sticks Jim -- who wants a badge and a gun so he can be a cop again -- on agricultural duty. "Beats making license plates," Jim tells his wife afterwards. Come on, do prisoners actually still do that? Especially when there are no cars?
The Shannons get shown to their quarters, which are like some kind of futuristic IKEA home, not painted but with sheets pinned up decoratively on the ceilings, just in case they want to film a video from the '80s. Jim starts trying to rebuild his relationship with Zoe, who barely remembers him, and Josh, who's pissed that his hotheaded dad punched a cop and landed in jail, leaving them to fend for themselves for the last two years. Look, even in the year 2149, I'm pretty sure a family with a doctor who was first in her class in Northwestern does all right fending for themselves. Anyway, much like with Taylor, Jim wants a fresh start with his family too.
Maybe everyone can start by keeping a better eye on the five-year-old? Zoe wanders off outside, where she winds up feeding foliage to a family of brachiosaurs that have gathered outside the colony fence, and the family comes out and gawks and is a little too comfortable with giant dinosaurs almost eating their kid. They stand there and beam like they're watching fireflies in the backyard on a warm summer evening.
It's going to take everyone a little time to adjust, but Jim and Elizabeth eventually come to the consensus that leaving behind the cracked and failing world for this new one was the right thing to do.