Stephen Lang blasts Terra Nova's 'shortsighted, myopic' cancellation

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Dec 17, 2012

With Fox's (former) dino drama Terra Nova desperately seeking a new home, series co-star Stephen Lang (Commander Taylor) has decided to chime in on the cancellation and offer his thoughts on why it deserves a second chance.

Speaking to Deadline, Lang takes a few potshots at Fox and eventually compares the show to NASA's Hubble telescope (which actually makes a weird kind of sense).

On why the series needs to come back, Lang said despite the first-season warts, he believes the tale of time-traveling refugees still has a ton of potential.

"Terra Nova is analogous to the Hubble Space Telescope. Within weeks of a much-publicized and ballyhooed launch in 1990, the Hubble was found to have a serious flaw. Yet even with an improperly ground mirror the Hubble delivered extraordinary images," he said. "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 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 storytelling."

He went on to criticize Fox for pulling the plug so soon, which is a fairly valid point considering similar genre shows such as Fringe and Alcatraz are still clinging to life on the bubble, despite lower ratings.

"Failing to renew Terra Nova is shortsighted, as myopic as it would have been to scrap the Hubble," he said. "Terra Nova is the Hubble telescope of television."

Sound off: Do you think Lang has a point?

(via Deadline)

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