Let us state, for the record, that “Terra Nova” and “Lost” are not the same show. For example, in “Terra Nova,” everyone appears to know the answer to the question “Guys, where are we?” Thus far on “Terra Nova,” no one has miraculously regained an ability to walk. And, at least in the pilot for the dinosaur-filled Fox drama, none of the characters routinely refer to their fellow Terra Novians using clever, pop culture-infused nicknames.
All of that said, if you’re a “Lost” fan and watched the pilot for “Terra Nova,” you undoubtedly experienced a few episodes of Dharma deja vu. Here’s a list of the “Lost” similarities that bubbled up in the first installment of “Terra Nova,” reminding us of a certain island filled with confused, flawed and impossibly attractive castaways. Share your own deja vu moments, and weigh in with your thoughts on the “Terra Nova” pilot, by posting a comment. (Note: “Terra Nova” spoilers ahead, for those who haven’t watched yet.)
Time travel is involved.
The good news about “Terra Nova” is that — unlike the sometimes brain-scrambling era-shifting we saw on “Lost” — the pilot established that the 85-million-years-ago timeline is totally separate from the Earth-in-2149 one. So that should eliminate all confusion. Um, maybe?
There are scenes in “Terra Nova” in which characters look terrified while being chased by dinosaurs through the jungle. Which is not unlike running through a jungle while being chased by a polar bear or smoke monster.
Jim Shannon’s landing in Terra Nova.
After our protagonist eluded authorities and blasted his way into the past, he arrived in his new, prehistoric home flat on his back, staring up at the sky.
Kind of like this:
Also, the name Jim Shannon...? Initials JS...? Like Jack Shephard...? I’m just sayin’.
Our protagonist is a good man who enforces the law but can lose his cool at times.
Which reminds me of flash sideways Sawyer. Whose name is James. Kind of like Jim. I’m just sayin’.
Also, is it me or could Skye from “Terra Nova” be Kate Austen’s little sister?
Here’s Evangeline Lilly as Kate, in a flowery-but-dingy tank top, next to Allison Miller (the actress who plays Skye) in a much cleaner, flowery number at this year’s Fox TCA party. It’s not just me, is it?
The quaint residences of Terra Nova are reminiscent of the cozy cabins of Camp Dharma. Fingers crossed that someone in Terra Nova forms a book club.
Terra Nova vs. Sixers = The Losties vs. The Others
That one’s kind of obvious.
Nathaniel Taylor is a leader (of the Terra Nova colony) who keeps secrets.
He’s a bit more imposing and less insecurely creepy than, say, Ben Linus, but no less dictatorial and capable of making grandiose speeches.
Those etchings on the rocks
Josh and Skye/Freckles discovered some mysterious sketches on rocks in a remote area outside the “bounds” of Terra Nova, etchings that will apparently play a key role in the narrative.
Naturally, that discovery made me immediately flashback to this:
And also, this:
If Jacob is choosing candidates for “Terra Nova,” I am going to be super irritated.
And then there was that crucial phrase near the end of the episode...
“These are the key to everything,” Sixer leader Mira said of those aforementioned etchings on the rock. At which point, while first watching the pilot, I almost spit up. That kind of dialogue — which suggests that something mysterious and intentionally vague carries great significance, significance that cannot possibly be explained until at least a week or more from now — is classic “Lost.” Fortunately, many of us already know what the actual “key to everything” is. It’s Australia. Australia is the key to the whole game.