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RE: Terra Nova: updates

On Wed, September 28, 2011 9:21 pm, Anthony Docimo wrote:

>> Okay, I watched the first part of the first episode of Terra Nova again.
>> Some comments/clarifications:
>> 4) It was unquestionably "Carnotaurus".
> That was the skull used for the leader's desk, wasn't it?

No, the skull was based primarily on Acrocanthosaurus.  (Maybe some
Allosaurus thrown in, particularly with the lacrimals).

>> 7) Despite the fact they come from the mid-22nd Century dystopian
>> future,
>> all the characters names, hair styles, slang, and clothing are just like
>> today.
>  Can we invoke TARDIS logic here?:  that the slang and such have been
> translated for the benefit of the viewer?
> (as contrasted with the Cosby Show, which made a point of inventing their
> own slang, so it wouldn't be dated)

Plenty of science fiction shows (Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, etc.) do
fine with some slang (incl. foreign words, etc.) thrown in.

> As to the names, if you took a sampling from 150 years ago (or 500
> probably), those names would still be in use.

Some would definitely be, yes. But just as a lot of names from Civil War
era are dated today, we'd expect at least some of these to be different
from present.

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