And soon Taylor's back on his deck, looking out over the colonists as they set about cleaning up the place. Jim comes up the steps to suck up over how it's good to see him back where he belongs. It's a mutual lovefest, because Taylor's pretty impressed with what Jim pulled back at Hope Plaza, which, again, seems to have included hundreds dead. Then Reynolds shows up to tell them that before the Phoenix convoy -- a dozen vehicles, a hundred men -- headed out of range, they were spotted going to the badlands. Jim remembers that the container they switched out had something Weaver brought back from the Badlands, so they all decide to go find what it was.
They open up the original Phoenix container, which has some large object wrapped in burlap. They uncover it -- it's a wooden statue of a woman, from the prow of a ship. Malcolm, who knows everything, says it's from the eighteenth century. "How did a ship from any century wind up in the Badlands?" asks Jim. I think the answer may be that the writers watched too much Lost? And now it's question time for everyone! Elisabeth wants to know how it got to this time period, Taylor wonders what else is waiting for them out in the Badlands, and Jim asks why Phoenix headed out there as soon as they were cut off from 2149? All good questions! Too bad we will never know the answers to them.
Jim and Elisabeth head home, discussing how Taylor wants to keep the prow a secret until they know more about what's going on, and they find their kids out on the porch, watching the skies. "Maddy claims there's a meteor shower tonight," says Josh, but they haven't seen anything yet. "One's coming. I know it," says Zoe, and the last image of this season, possibly this series, is the Shannon family watching meteors streak across the night sky. And thus endeth Terra Nova, with a finale that wasn't that bad. I mean, all the characters are still morons, but at least there's a decent amount of action. Is there any reason why people can't get eaten by dinosaurs every episode? I don't believe there is.
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