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Terra Nova Is the Most Expensive Cheap Show on TV

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I’ve failed to watch Fox’s humans-livin’-with-dinosaurs TV show Terra Nova for several reasons, but they basically boil down to two: 1) it looks dumb and 2) it sounds dumb. I mean, the whole premise — humanity flees shitty future earth for non-shitty prehistoric earth — is so rife with paradox I’ve not bothered to watch an episode to see if they actually explain it. As for it looking dumb, I know the show has a $20 million budget, but it still seemed cheap to me, you know?

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Which is why the news that Terra Nova is using Nerf guns painted black ON THEIR $20 MILLION BUDGETED PRIMETIME TELEVISION SHOW cracks me right the fuck up. Look, I know those CG dinosaurs cost a pretty penny, but COME ON. Nerf? Really? Were they all out of Super Soakers on the day you went to Kay-Bee? Thanks to Brian C. for the tip.

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.