Getting trapped in a faraway land, even a lush paradise, would sort of have to suck. You never see your family or friends again, not to mention -- who gets all your stuff?
But if you could choose where to be a castaway, where would it be? On the island on "Lost?" Or in the ancient jungles of "Terra Nova?" (I suppose you could throw "Gilligan's Island" into the mix if you like.)
On "Lost," you have all sorts of dangers on the island, be they from the Others, the Smoke Monster, etc. Most of your fellow castaways have had lives full of aggravation and really aren't equipped for being trapped on the island (save for John Locke, who brings his own set of hunting knives.)
There are leadership issues, to be sure, as well. On a given week, you might be following Jack, Locke, even Hurley. Not only that, you have to enter the same six numbers into a computer every so often, otherwise it's the end of the world.
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Not a whole lot of upside here.
On the other hand, if you play your cards right, you can be "lost" with the likes of Kate (Evageline Lilly) or Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell). Plus, you get to time travel back to the 1970s and possibly become immortal, like Richard Alpert. So, it's not all negative.
As for Terra Nova, it's pretty much a one-way trip back to the age of the dinosaurs. There's also a whole lot of danger from said dinosaurs, not to mention various plant and bacterial life. Oh, and the Sixers.
The Terra Nova planners didn't seem to do a whole lot of planning -- there are a lot of colonists who don't seem to have a diversified skill set, and they didn't even set up an electric fence or a minefield to keep away some of the more dangerous dinosaurs.
On the other hand, Commander Taylor (Stephen Lang) seems to be a pretty sharp leader with a good organization in place. Not to mention, the colonists aren't exactly roughing it, with modern medical technology and weapons.
Still, it'd be pretty unnerving to build a society knowing that a giant meteor is scheduled to hit the Earth a mere 20 million years later, wiping out all you've done.
So, in which jungle do you want to be lost?
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: I gave up on "Bones" (Fox, 8 p.m.) a few seasons ago, but it's new tonight, as is the debut of its spinoff "The Finder" (Fox, 9 p.m.), about a private detective (Geoff Stults) with a knack for finding things. Can he find my sense of hope and joy? Because I lost that years ago.
After a long wait, "30 Rock" (NBC, 8 p.m.) is back on the NBC schedule in a new timeslot. It's followed by a new "Parks & Recreation," for which Paul Rudd has been announced as Leslie's city council opponent, a new "Office" and a new "Up All Night," also in a new timeslot. They are followed by "The Firm" at 10 p.m., which hopefully will find a little more traction on Thursdays than it did in its debut.
I've already seen tonight's "Person of Interest" (CBS, 9 p.m.), which follows a new "Big Bang Theory" and the debut of "Rob." It's far and away the best episode of "POI" so far as several plotlines play out in an unexpected way. Reese (Jim Caviezal) and Finch (Michael Emerson) have to switch roles as Reese recovers from his gunshot wound, and there's a nice tribute to "Rear Window." It's followed by "The Mentalist" at 10 p.m.
ABC has new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" from 9-11 p.m., while the CW is new with "Vampire Diaries" and "The Secret Circle" from 8-10 p.m.