''Earth 2'' (1994-1995) was a science fiction adventure TV series in TheNineties, produced by Amblin Entertainment. It featured an advance team of human colonists who crash-land on the remarkably Earth-like planet G889 (the titular "Earth 2") and have to find their way to their originally-dedicated landing site, the region of New Pacifica.

However, the planet contains surprises that the colonists could not have anticipated. Indeed, some information about the planet, like the fact that it's been used as a penal colony for dangerous criminals, and that it's populated by several native intelligent species, were deliberately hidden from the colonists by the U.S. government. And complicating matters further, the government has a mole among the colonists.

This show was notable for several things: a heavy message about environmental responsibility, its female protagonist (played by Debrah Farentino), and [[PlayingAgainstType casting Clancy Brown as one of the good guys]].

No relation to the 1971 made-for-TV movie ''Film/EarthII'' or the comic book of [[ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} the same name]].
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!!Contains examples of:

* TheAce: Alonzo Solace.
* AerithAndBob: We have John, Alonso, Morgan, Bess, but also Devon, Ulysses, True and Yale. Technically, Yale's name isn't his real name, but [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname a nickname]]. All convicts-turned-cyborg-tutors like him are dubbed "Yale" (collectivelly, "Yales").
* AfterTheEnd[=/=]EarthThatWas: Earth is a shadow of its former self, polluted beyond repair, and most of humanity lives on space stations except for an underclass of miners.
* [[BizarreAlienBiology Bizarre Alien Ecology]]: The planet G889 is a superorganism, with various species of plants and animals performing symbiotic roles. The Terrians are the most obvious example, but other examples include polarized spider-like creatures whose webs regulate a series of natural electromagnetic teleportation tunnels that the planet "uses" to transport materials across its surface. There is also a flowering plant that uses other species as carriers for a catalyst to jump-start the spring season.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Grendlers aren't evil, they're just compulsive hoarders and traders, obsessed with collecting and bargaining. Sometimes this means they steal, but they're not evil, just weird. The problem is, they get drunk on human blood, and can easily be manipulated by the promise of blood. The Terrians are inextricably linked to the planet, as though the planet itself is alive and the Terrians are a part of that superorganism. They react with hostility to any perceived threat to their world. Again, neither they nor the colonists are evil. (Most of) the Terrians are willing to coexist, but make it clear that coexistence must be on their terms.
* CaliforniaDoubling: In this case, it's New Mexico rather than California.
* CoolOldGuy: Yale.
* CrapsackWorld: The space stations sound like this. The government is authoritarian and turns convicted criminals into brainwashed cyborgs. The stations are apparently run by the corporate aristocracies that built them, and indentured labor is a common way of buying one's family a place on the stations. Earth is polluted beyond recognition and the only people who live there are lowly miners that everyone else looks down on. The government also likes to experiment on unwitting civilians, deny the existence of a rare but deadly disease while families watch their children die, and sabotage attempts to colonize other planets because successful colonization would threaten their authority.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Used by the colonists to relieve boredom, and also for communication over long distances.
* DesertPunk: The show had elements of this, specifically the constant pressure to find water and other supplies, and the look of the weapons and vehicles.
* DirtyCoward: Morgan Martin. He gets a bit better with later character development.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything The humanoid but otherwise StarfishAliens, the Terrians, are [[FantasyCounterpartCulture deeply connected to the land,]] [[MagicalNativeAmerican share a mystical dream-state]], [[NewOldWest and defend the planet against human colonial encroachment.]]
* DuelingShows: Since ''Earth 2'' was the first U.S. ScienceFiction TV series where the crew was led by a woman, it was seen as a dueling show with ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', which premiered a couple of months later and lasted much longer.
* EvilLaugh: Gaal does this a lot.
* FantasticRacism:
** Morgan is distrustful of Yale at first, since he distrusts all Yale cyborg tutors.
** Gaal shows plenty of this towards the planet's native sapient species, especially the Terrians. He's willing to cooperate with the grendlers for his own gain, but he holds them in equal contempt.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Gaal abuses this trope in front of True Danzinger, knowing all too well she's a slightly naive 10 year old girl who doesn't always get along with her father and other team members. Once True's father finds out about Gaal's scheming, he's having none of it.
* FlashForward: "The Boy Who Would Be Terrian King" episode.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Directed against the Colonists.
* GreenAesop
* HollywoodCyborg: This show is filled with them. One of the main characters, Yale, is such a Cyborg, a reformed criminal given a new personality and used as a class of tutors for rich children on the space stations. Uly resembles a cyborg while inside his mechanical life support suit (and may technically count as one when in that state). Another type of cyborg, a military prototype with cybernetic and genetic augmentation, shows up later in the series.
* HumanPopsicle: The colonists. Their ship either traveled at light speed or relativistic, near-light speed. The journey took over 20 years, so the colonists and the ship's crew were in cold sleep during this time. The show also explores the implications of this technology in the character of Alonso, the ship's pilot, who has spent more time in cold sleep on various missions than he has spent out of it, making him [[OlderThanTheyLook much older than he looks.]] Alonso says he's spent so much time asleep that he [[CannotDream no longer dreams]], until the Terrians use their dream plane to communicate with him telepathically.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Both True and Bess go through this. True through her friendship with Gaal. Bess with her odd friendship and trading relationship with the Grendler.
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: Uly, afflicted with the mysterious Syndrome, theorized to be a result of the absence of a natural environment on the space stations.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Ulysses is a particularly obnoxious example of the trope. Fortunately he's cured within the first four episodes.
* MamaBear: Devon Adair. She's really concerned with the well-being of her son and can frequently come across as a little overprotective of him.
* MeaningfulName: Terrians, from Terra, meaning "Earth".
* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: While G889/Earth 2 shows plenty of soft sci-fi tropes (an environment with elements of the Gaia hypothesis, Terrian psychic abilities, etc.), the science and technology on the side of the colonists skews much more towards hard sci-fi. The space habitats humanity inhabits after its exodus from Earth produce artificial gravity by spinning, spacecraft are purely utilitarian and built with vacuum flight in mind, interstellar flights take decades (with starship crews [[HumanPopsicle in hibernation]] during the crossing) and the [[OlderThanTheyLook relativistic effects of such flights]] are noted (particularly in Alonso's case, who's a flight veteran), there are escape pods that look a lot like space capsules for atmospheric reentry, supplies include special canisters for accelerated artificial gestation of animal embryos, the equipment and vehicles of the crew are a very utilitarian mix of low-tech and hi-tech solutions, etc.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:The Eden Project's genetically engineered medical officer turns out to be a spy for the Council.]] [[HeelFaceTurn She got better.]]
* NewOldWest: The humans are settlers. The aliens are natives. The corrupt Federal government conspires against the rebellious colonists as well as the native aliens.
* NietzscheWannabe: Gaal. He seems to indulge in his own twisted understanding of being beyond good and evil to justify his own actions and views on the natives and colonists of G889.
* ObviouslyEvil: Being played by Creator/TimCurry, Gaal is pretty obviously bad news the moment you see him. The cunning smirk and occassional unnerving laugh doesn't help one bit...
* OddCouple: A fussy station bureaucrat, Morgan, is married to Bess, a [[WomenAreWiser down-to-Earth miner's daughter]].
* OhCrap: When the team realises the koba's poisoned claw didn't kill commander O'Neill, just sent him into a deep, but temporary coma. Which isn't great when they've already ''burried him in a grave''. Luckily, he manages to get out of the grave [[spoiler:with some secret help by a pack of grendlers and Gaal]] and reunite with the team. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he is killed by Gaal and the grendlers later in that same episode, after he finds out about their conspiracy against the advance team.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Pilots like Alonso Solace or engineers/ship staff like John Danziger count under this trope, given the relativistic effects of interstellar travel. Alonso is in his 20s, but is technically several decades older after just a few starship flights between Earth and other planets, in the Solar System as well as other star systems.
* OnlyElectricSheepAreCheap: Humanity's space habitat-bound way of life is quite spartan (unless you're really wealthy/influential) and implied to pose serious medical problems and genetic defects in the younger generations of station-born people (Uly being an example of this, suffering from the Syndrome).
* PapaWolf: Danziger.
* PenalColony: The planet G889 was this before the colonists showed up. No one warned them, either.
* ProductPlacement: The rover, with HUMMER prominently displayed on its grill as it makes its way toward the camera. Something of a peculiar example of this trope, as all the custom-built vehicles built for the series are fictional and the rover didn't even contain HUMMER-produced parts.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: How the Terrians communicate.
* RaisedByWolves: Mary, who was the child of exiled human biologists. Her parents were killed by Terrian renegades, and she was raised as a Terrian, with the abilities they have to Dream and move about the rock. When she sides with the humans over the Terrians in a dispute, she is exiled by them, and as she doesn't fit in with either the humans or Terrians, resolves to live on her own.
* RobotBuddy: Zero. While he's humanoid and voiced, he generally avoids being a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, due to his design being more practical and machine-like, rather than resembling or moving like an actual human.
* SettlingTheFrontier: The basic premise of the series. The human cast is technically just an advance team, sent to recon G889 before the main colonist fleet arrives some time in the future, but the team itself fills the role of pioneers travelling through unfamiliar territory in search of a new, pleasant homeland. One amusing subversion to the whole trope is that most of the characters in the cast have never lived on the surface of an inhabitable planet, and often have to make sense of their surroundings and even common natural phenomenna like rain (since they're ''just not familiar with it'', having never experienced it outdoors).
* SlobsVsSnobs: There's a bit of this sort of dynamic going on between the more "blue collar" members of the advance team, with Danzinger as their natural leader, and the more wealthy or "posh" team members, Adair being the most prominent one. The SpaceWestern esthetics also translate to this a bit: Adair, Martin and O'Neill fit under the "city slicker" archetype (with Adair even having her own household servant/tutor in Yale), while Danzinger, Solace, and Martin's wife come from a more working class or "frontier pioneer" mold.
* SpaceWestern: Not blatantly so, but the series had hints and elements of this in parts of its esthetics and narrative, along with a touch of DesertPunk. (They even get an aritificially gestated horse in one early episode, as a wink at the whole concept.) The show is also one of the more [[PlanetaryRomance planet-bound]] examples of the trope, given the whole premise and focus.
* SpoiledBrat: Subverted with Uly. True at first ''thinks'' he's a spoilt little boy, due to his priviliged background and the extra care he receives due to his illness. They're at odds in the pilot, but he proves her wrong when he shows plenty of his good-natured personality and willingness to share things in subsequent episodes.
* StarfishAliens: Oh my. The Terrians have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head. That's where the similarities end. They're at various points [[BizarreAlienBiology said to resemble plants rather than animals]], and even in one episode it's said the composition of their bodies matches the composition of the planet with which they share a symbiotic relationship. The colonists at one point even compared them to an insect colony, only that the planet itself is the "Queen." They burrow through the ground like a SandWorm, and use a mystical dream plane to communicate with humans. They speak a trilling StarfishLanguage. It's also suggested their ancestors were more human-like than the modern Terrians, and may have been a technological civilization before they evolved in a race of ecotopians. The humans generally have a hard time understanding the Terrians' motivations.
* TimeLapse: Time-lapsed shots of clouds were frequently used to suggest the passage of time, as well as to make the New Mexico desert seem a little more surreal and alien, in keeping with the setting.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: True Danziger fits this rather well, having a stubbornly adventurous and independent spirit, but also showing plenty of envy when the team manage to acquire an artificially gestated horse that Uly is eager to ride as soon as it grows. It's ''not'' a pony, but True is quite adamant about wanting a horse of her own (even though Uly is actually willing to share it with her).
* WickedCultured: Gaal shows this frequently, displaying an eloquent and intelligent side, despite also being a grade-A schemer, backstabber and ruthless sociopath.

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