Continuing the week’s suddenly exhaustive coverage of Terra Nova—as it staggers on in the aftermath of the asteroid crash of cancellation, struggling its way toward evolution on Netflix, or fossilization as a stack of discarded bones only the most ardent devotees will pick over—the show’s angry, hectoring Stephen Lang has weighed in with a suitably angry, hectoring statement. “Terra Nova is analogous to the Hubble Space Telescope,” Lang says, noting that it too is massively expensive, nearly dead, and rarely if ever shows dinosaurs. But also, according to Lang’s actual words: “Within weeks of a much publicized and ballyhooed launch in 1990, the Hubble was found to have a serious flaw… When the flaw was corrected the Hubble delivered images of transcendent beauty and value for many years. So too Terra Nova. Even in it’s [sic] flawed first season each episode was full of marvelous moments and beautiful images. With correction, and given the chance, Terra Nova can and will deliver seasons of transcendent images and story-telling.” Indeed, Lang calls the decision to cancel it both “shortsighted” and “myopic,” reiterating, “Terra Nova is the Hubble Telescope of television,” suggesting it too only needs several billion dollars’ worth of risky repairs to start churning out something worth looking at every couple of years or so. Terra Nova is the Hubble Telescope, everybody.
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