Surface: Episode 8
OK, I know that Laura and Rich want to find out who these monsters are and they want to go to the location of where the new species is going to migrate, but rebuilding an old dive bell on your own, using windows from an old boat and replacement hinges and testing it yourself? That sounds really tricky. I mean, maybe that's just me talking. The most I can do with my hands is change a light bulb and attach a printer to a computer, so maybe I can't see any way that they can do this.
Miles gets his punishment for keeping an exotic animal and stealing a car and almost killing an animal control officer: several hours of community service (on a road crew picking up trash on the side of the road), and his parents decide to send him off to camp for troubled kids. His sister Savannah actually sticks up for Miles, explaining that she had a party while they were on vacation in Mexico. She admits she knew about Nimrod the whole time, and she tells them that Miles was different when caring for the little monster. He actually cared and wasn't apathetic.
Have I told you this is the best new show of the season? (Yes, I have.) It continues to progress along, with new twists and turns and adventures and even new characters. Take tonight for instance. They show Lee at home, in front of a roaring fireplace, listening to an old jazz standard (I'm thinking Billie or Ella), and his girlfriend comes in and asks him what he's doing. She's deaf and talks to him in sign language. The whole scene was just so...I don't know, surprising. Many sci-fi TV shows, especially eight episodes in, don't really have anymore surprises left. This little reveal was both subtle and kinda surprising, all at the same time. I don't know, it just struck me as cool.
Laura calls Jesse to see how he is, and he kinda rushes her off the phone because someone is at the door. She hangs up the phone and starts to cry that she's away from him. (Great work by Lake Bell here.) And who's at the door? It's Lee, and he says "hello Jesse." He wants to talk to Laura "about the death of Cirko and his assistant." Her ex-husband lies that he hasn't heard from her (another reason I like this show - the characters often do the non-TV character thing - the writers could have easily had him be a jerk because he's the ex-husband, but not in this case).
And I think I we finally got a clue this week as to how Miles is going to eventually hook up with Laura and Rich. Savannah convinces her parents to change Miles punishment from a boot camp to working after school at an aquarium. So something tells me that Laura and Rich will end up at the aquarium for some reason, or Miles will discover somehow that they are looking for the creatures and get involved in their adventure.
How many shows nowadays end in a cliffhanger like tonight's episode does? Laura and Rich trapped on the bottom of the ocean, sucked into the giant hole! Cool stuff.
(We'll have an interview with Surface star Jay R. Ferguson coming up soon! Stay tuned...)