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It was stated quite clearly in the pilot that they discovered a fracture in time and space. At first they didn't know where it lead to, so they sent a probe through it with a beacon, hoping that they'd later locate the probe on Earth and figure out where it went to. Since the probe never showed up, that's what let them know it created a different time ...


16

The IMBD FAQ page for Terra Nova has the following - How can the commander communicate with the alternate 2149 if it's a one way portal and in a different timeline? According to creator Craig Silverstein, the commander can communicate with the people in 2149 only while the portal is open . Only while it is open can he order more supplies, communicate ...


14

It hasn't been described in show yet but my guess will be that they are following the same rules of Stargate in which the wormholes are one way traveling for solid objects but radio waves can travel two ways.


9

I can think of two explanations for the emergency release being outside the door. The in-universe explanation is that over-population made governments relax their safety code laws, in the hopes that horrible accidents kill off as many people as possible. That lack of safety laws carried over into construction of the base in the past, where the series takes ...


9

It's likely a combination of things. The exit point seemed to vary over different parts of land (which is why the built the exit portal to stabilize it and exit in only one spot). The portal was probably placed in a location that had an "optimal" connection with the wormhole. You could then argue that Terra Nova should have been built around that exit, ...


7

No; assuming that Maddy (I think that's who said it) has her facts right, their moon wouldn't be anywhere near that much bigger 85 million years ago. In fact, it would be in practically the exact same spot as it was in their present day. Our moon is moving away from the Earth, right now, by about an inch and a half a year (about 3.5 cm). If Terra Nova's ...


7

It's not covered in the show, as far as I know, but I would venture to guess that access to the manual override might be contingent upon a loss of power to the door. What one should really be asking, is "Why isn't there an emergency manual override on the inside?".


6

That exact question was brought up a year or so ago, during an interview. Simply put, the creators had a neat "humans + dinosaurs" idea and didn't think of any paradoxes. The probe and "different time stream" was tacked on later to try and explain why it didn't matter what the colonists did, which was why the pilot didn't air in May 2011 like it was ...


6

In a word: Safety. Even though the portal was added before the 6th pilgrimage, you still have a gateway into your colony that gives anyone from 2149 who has control of the other end direct access to your colony. Think of it this way: If you were Taylor, would you want a gate like that opening right into your colony when you can't be sure what's coming ...


5

Although I can't quote any kind of source, I seem to recall that the time fissure was discovered accidentally and they didn't have any measure of control over when it led to.


4

It's a massive plot hole. There's no way for them to know. Even if they did have some sort of inter-dimensional communication device that was time delivered 85 million years later -- there is no way to tell the future that was what they needed and have it sent back to Terra Nova in the first place so they can set it up. In fact, there is no way for the ...


4

Because the plot doesn't want it to happen (yet?). I see 2 possible reasons: It only worked with the pterosaurs because they were above the canopy, and the 6ers knew how to hide. It only worked with the pterosaurs because there were so many, and their heat bled through the canopy to make the signature visible. In the 4th episode (by your same count), the ...


4

I saw that episode a 2nd time with my girlfriend and got the impression, when he said that, that there as an implication of trouble with the rift since it was the first time they used it and that's what caused the delay. When the Shannons arrived, a number of people were there, where the fissure opened, to welcome them, give them medical attention, and ...


4

The past they went to was not the same "timeline" as the future they came from. The technology they use to travel through time allows them to jump to "parallel time streams" at arbitrary points along that timeline. So, nothing that happened in the past could affect the colonists future. It's never really explored what they were doing to that timeline's ...


3

The fissure was a direct line to that area in the past, and as the time in 2149 moved forward, the time in Terra Nova moved forward. So the fissure always went through a specific number of years, months, days, hours, and minutes. When time in the 2140s moved forward 1 minute, so did time in Terra Nova, and the fissure kept the two in sync. Think of the ...


3

They believed they had no choice in the matter. Their current understanding of the technology they had created let them appear 85,000,000 years in a past timeline with what they were told was a one way trip. There were hints of other wormholes in time which led to other places but these stories were not substantiated by the premature end of the series. In ...


2

There is no reason the temporal anomaly could not transmit radio waves back and forth across the cross-time region. This could potentially explain how communication is done in a fashion similar to radio transmissions across wormhole horizons in the Stargate franchise. Energy would not have the same limitations matter would have crossing between universes.


2

Please notice the way they discovered --the so called-- "Terra Nova": First they lost the discovery satellite, then they followed up the signals and they then determined that where their satellite landed (or crashed) was not a different planet, but the earth in past (but in different time stream). That means that the anomaly through which this satellite ...


2

They don't have that covered in canon, and it is possible to cover it out of universe. Likely, you are right. It could be destroyed - or blasted into space (or into the Sun), or it could lead to a future situation. That's all in-universe. (Also, if you're looking for a way to fill the plot hole, we'd have to do it "in universe" with what is in that ...


2

Not withstanding the debate about whether a fracture could truly occur, the question here is centered around why the human bomb sent in advance of the raiding party did not cause such a fracture to occur according to the rules expressed in-Universe [which characters seem to believe, even if wrongly]. The ability to collapse the space-time fracture, requires ...


2

I wasn't able to find anything specific to the wooden prow, but the implication seemed to be that the wormhole had occurred before, possibly even as a natural occurrence. This makes a lot of sense as a plot point, because from a writing standpoint it would allow for the following: Other pockets of humans on the alternate Earth, possibly even descendants of ...


1

I haven't watched the show and have no particular plans to, but based on the episode summary: it sounds as though it ends with a setup for a second season, but not necessarily a nailbiting cliffhanger. As of May, Fox and Netflix had passed on picking up season 2, but the production company was still trying to shop the show to other networks.


1

I seem to recall that the space-time fracture was never in danger of being destroyed, only the machinery that anchored the fracture to that particular location. When the anchoring machinery is destroyed, the fracture moves to a random other location, and I think that was what Taylor was scared of.


1

Don't be silly. The two parties, the future and the past can easily agree on scribbling something on some stones or, more probable, some techy solution they have in Terra Nova, and the recipients (the future) could read/watch it. So, ask a question on a (metaphorical) stone, get a reply back with the next recruit.


1

I believe that the issue of supplies and weapons etc. could be solved via predictability. You know on one pilgrimage they send x number of people with nx supplies and weapons. And as the x increases they just send that much more supplies and weapons.


1

I was asking the same question too. Perhaps it could be like the time rift in Julian May's Pliocene Saga. In those books, people can pass through a rift in time to 6 million years earlier safely but they cannot return; if they stay in the time rift when it "recycles" they return to their present and take on an age of 6 million years and rematerialize as ...


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