Monday night TV is a real battle field on your DVR, from “Dancing with the Stars” and “Two and a Half Men” to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and the Fox combo of “House” and the new special effects driven “Terra Nova” – broadly billed this season as “Jurassic Park” meets “Lost.”
If you haven’t yet checked out “Terra Nova,” which is holding steady in the ratings for its first two outings with 8 plus million viewers, then this week’s episode might be a good time to jump into the dino-mite drama. With storytelling that is uniquely both futuristic and prehistoric, the show travels back to the past in order to save the future.
I recently spoke with “Terra Nova’s” leading man Jason O’Mara (“Life on Mars”), who’s thrilled to be a part of one of the network’s biggest shows this fall.
“We definitely have a great show, we’ve got a good balance of all the elements – family drama, adventure, mystery…and we’re just starting to scratch the surface there,” O’Mara tells me.
Even if the gig did come with a warning…
“They say don’t work with kids or animals…I’m working with kids and dinosaurs. So that’s kind of breaking every rule,” O’Mara laughs. “It’s kind of cool though because it forces me to use my imagination.”
And he’s not yet tired of running from the imaginary monsters.
“We do have a dinosaur of the week, but the dinosaurs always show up in unexpected ways,” O’Mara says of his unusual costars. “Usually at inconvenient times. Usually they are intrinsic to the story, sometimes they just embellish it, but they’re always there.”
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In the third episode, Jim (O’Mara) helps his wife Elisabeth (Shelley Conn) remember the details of her life after a mysterious virus causes her to lose her memory.
It’s the latest mystery introduced on the show, however, O’Mara promises viewers won’t get strung out on unanswered questions. But even as one of the show’s stars, the Irish actor says he loves seeing how the mysteries are unraveling as he gets each script of the Steven Spielberg produced show.
“What’s particularly exciting for me is seeing the story of how ‘The Sixers’ became ‘The Sixers,’ and what’s going on on the other side of that portal,” O’Mara says of the baddies that have infiltrated the new society they are building in Way Back Times.
“And hearing about when Cmdr. Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang) was the first man through [the portal] and how he survived the first months there alone. What happened in the early days of Terra Nova? These are all questions we’re going to answer,” he promises.
Until then, O’Mara says viewers can continue to expect “total carnage” like we saw last week, and more to come in tonight’s episode, which, according to O’Mara, “starts out with a death, like a dinosaur-related murder.”
Is it an important character? “No, but he becomes important to the story,” O’Mara says, “but it’s no one we’ve met yet.”
“Terra Nova” airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.