One problem with the show may be that it tries to satisfy everyone. Attempting to balance crime drama and medical mystery with sci-fi innovation and some fun dinos means that none of those things get adequate attention. Not knowing which writers to hire to really capture all of these different elements, a great story is often slogged down by bad dialogue. The special effects look fantastic, and there's an exciting adventure present. If only the writing didn't frequently rip off installments of classic Star Trek, there could have been something interesting here.
Bottom line, Terra Nova delivers in action and special effects, and does a pretty decent job in the acting department. It just lacks a cohesive story and smart lines for its characters.
Be warned, Terra Nova ends on a cliffhanger. Nothing is neatly tied up, and this single season does not stand on its own. Within the DVD set, someone wisely included an access code to continue the story online in an interactive program, so that fans can get some sort of closure. But, of course, that's not the same thing as more episodes.
It would be hard to complain about the special features on this set because, despite Terra Nova's early cancellation, the studio seems to have been kind in allowing the development of extras. This DVD set includes deleted scenes and a gag reel. Audio commentary is provided for the two-part season finale, which is also presented as an extended episode.
Additionally, there are several featurettes. One delves into the making of the pilot, while another explores the mysteries of the show. "Cretaceous Life: The Dinosaurs of Terra Nova" gives viewers more of what they want, and that's the creatures that inhabit the world.
The biggest flaw in this release is that it is not available on Blu-ray. Given the amount of money spent on developing the dinosaurs and building this beautiful world, why not show it off in the best quality picture available? DVD does a pretty good job, but it can't compare to high definition. This show, more than almost any other, screams for a Blu release, though none has been announced at this time.
If you are so inclined, Terra Nova The Complete Series is available now.