Genesis: Part 2

First aired
September 26, 2011
October 3, 2011 FlagIconUK-small
Directed by
Pachard Mzembe as Alvarez

Jason Chong as Arthur Chang
Robert Preston as Drake
Mikhael Wilder as Bracco
Greg Jones as Turret Man 1

Ace Spencer Davis as Technician
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"Genesis: Part 2" is the second half of the pilot episode of Terra Nova. It was broadcasted on September 26, 2011. The episode was watched by 9.22M people in the US.



Elisabeth Shannon, a highly qualified doctor, is seen attending a patient. After saying the word "Sixers", the patient suddenly jumps from his bed and puts a laser knife to Elisabeth's throat. After using Elisabeth as a hostage shield and forcing a nearby officer to disarm, the man runs from the medical sector. Jim Shannon notices the man acting suspiciously in another part of camp, and follows him. The man attempts to attack Commander Nathaniel Taylor, but Jim successfully stops him.


Taylor takes Jim to a nearby waterfall and tells him that the Sixers are a splinter group with an agenda. They all came of the Sixth Pilgrimage with a secret supply of weapons. Taylor makes Jim part of Terra Nova's security force.

Later, Taylor and Jim notice a group of Sixers heading toward the colony. After they begin chasing the Sixers, they realize the Sixers are actually fleeing from two Carnotaurus. The attack of the two dinosaurs is repelled, and Jim, Nathaniel and the Sixers enter the colony safely.

Mira and Taylor negotiate the terms of the release of the patient that attacked Taylor, named Carter. Taylor asks for Meteoric Iron in exchange for Carter. Mira also wants some medical supplies. They agree to terms and Carter is released to the Sixers.

Outside of the GatesEdit

Josh and Skye meet up with their friends and start making moonshine from fruts. The group is hunted by Acceraptors, known as "Slashers". The group take refuge in an armored vehicle abandoned by the Sixers. In the attack, Tasha, Max and Hunter get seriously injured when they panic and leave the armored vehicle. Terra Nova Security (including Jim and Elisabeth) comes to their rescue and they all return to the colony safely.

The episode ends with a family reunion between Jim and Josh. The whole family gazes at the big moon.



The pilot was filmed filmed over 26 days in late November to December 2010 in south-east Queensland, Australia,[1] and additional material was shot in 2011.[2][3] The shooting was slowed down by heavy torrential rain. Because of these setbacks, the pilot itself cost between $10 and $20 million.[4]

The two-hour premiere was supposed to be aired as a preview in May 2011,[3] but was pushed back to Fall that year to give the production team time to complete the special effects.[5]


Main article: Genesis: Part 2/Transcript

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Deleted scenesEdit

The DVD contained a number of deleted scenes from the show. All but one were cut from the pilot.


ShannonFamily gazing at the moon
  • At the end of the episode the Shannons are looking at the moon. The moon is much larger than the one in 2149. The Moon is currently moving away from the Earth at about 3.8 centimeters per year. Since they are now 85 million years in the past, the moon is much closer to the Earth and thus bigger. Astronomer Benjamin Burress criticised this scene. A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that the moon is only 3,230 kilometers (2000 miles) closer to the Earth in Terra Nova compared to 2149. "Since the Moon is presently 240,000 miles from Earth, being 2000 miles closer to us in the past (about 0.8%) would not have made it perceptibly larger—let alone appearing as big as a cantaloupe!"[6]


  1. Collins, Scott (September 11, 2011). "Fall TV: 'Terra Nova'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  2. Masters, Ken (April 13, 2011). "What Led Fox to Delay 'Terra Nova'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "'Terra Nova' Primer: 10 Things to Know From THR's Cover Story (Video)". September 25, 2011. The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. Larkin M. (November 9, 2011). "Jaws of death! Steven Spielberg faces humiliation as sharks circle his TV series Terra Nova". DailyMail. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  5. Cina, Mark (March 11, 2011). "Fox Pushes Premiere of 'Terra Nova' to Fall; Cancels May Preview". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. Burress, Ben. (December 2, 2011). "Luna Nova: Moon of the Cretaceous Skies". Quest. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
Series Stars
Jason O'Mara as Jim Shannon Shelley Conn as Elisabeth Shannon Christine Adams as Mira Allison Miller as Skye Tate Landon Liboiron as Josh Shannon Naomi Scott as Maddy Shannon Rod Hallett as Malcolm Wallace Mido Hamada as Guzman Alana Mansour as Zoe Shannon Stephen Lang as Nathaniel Taylor
Season 1 Episodes
"Genesis: Part 1" • "Genesis: Part 2" • "Instinct" • "What Remains" • "The Runaway" • "Bylaw" • "Nightfall" • "Proof" • "Vs." • "Now You See Me" • "Within" • "Occupation" • "Resistance"
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