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Surface: Episode 9

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2005 12:07PM

SurfaceSomeone somewhere, a reviewer I think, made the observation that Surface is very Spielbergian. And if that's true, then tonight it entered it's Jaws phase: fishermen being attacked, the monsters starting to come to the surface, fishermen thinking that the alligator they caught is the creature hurting people. It's still a story of people more than a story about monsters, but tonight it showed that this show can turn nasty and bloody any time it wants to.

Miles is at work at the aquarium and is asked by one of the people in charge to help him with the creature footprints he found, from the area where the fisherman was killed. Miles thinks it's Nim (it's really his buddies). Miles accompanies the aquarium guy as he goes to talk to people about the creature. This whole plot device really screams "plot device," as they really seem to be pushing the story along quicker. Miles goes to work in an aquarium? He already gets involved in finding the creatures? That was quick! It's actually OK though, because it would have been lame if after what happened with Nim and the police, the story just went back to the same plot as Miles stuck in his room punished, hanging out with Phil. It's good they got him involved in the meat of the story. Hopefully he'll hook up with Laura and Rich in a few eps.

Laura and Rich are still trapped in the diving bell at the bottom of the ocean. The special effects aren't too terrific here, but they're fun in a 50s sci-fi sort of way. For some reason, maybe it's because of how Lake Bell and Jay Ferguson are playing it, I actually believe these two people are trapped underwater. I wonder why they didn't realize that the reason they can't get the life raft to inflate at first is because it's on the bottom of the bell. Why don't they just use all their strength to tip it over? Maybe it's too heavy. They use the lights to attract the creatures (which are laying hundreds of eggs on the bottom of the ocean) to come over and see what the bell is and knock it over. They inflate the raft and make it to the surface, only to be knocked out by the water rushing in. 

I love this show, as you know. I even love the opening scenes, how it goes into the ominous sound that introduces the Surface logo. There's actually something suspenseful about that opening. I love the bad guys and the way the various plots are moving along and how the creatures haven't been outlandish. It's the only sci-fi or horror show I honestly look forward to seeing every week. And after so many years of watching television, most TV shows don't surprise me anymore. I can honestly say I have no idea where Surface is going with this. And I wouldn't have it any other way. 

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Mark Anderson

Well it was past time for the monsters to eat somebody again. Two best scenes in the series so far are the parasailor getting sucked down after one of the monster's eats their boat and the Miles scene from Monday's episode that I mention later. What the hell good is a monster show if the monsters just swim around and the story gets off on a boy and his pet tangent? Kill something already...or put Fear Factor back on. It was cool when Miles ran out into the water expecting to find Nim and suddenly found himself surrounded by nine or ten of the ankle biters. For the last couple of weeks, Surface had been too touchy feely with the Miles story taking center stage. Monday's cliffhanger would have been better served if it would have been that image of Miles standing in the knee deep water at the power plant when all the little dragons surface all around him and he realizes that they aren't Nim. I, so, hope that the series arcs to its conclusion in the final episode of the year. This concept won't have legs beyond that. It is a good story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, but if it tries to be a year to year series...lookout for the shark jumping to begin sometime near the end of this season. Just my opinion...your mileage may vary, puff

November 22 2005 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Willy

Although I really like this show, this week's episode was among the weakest so far. In my opinion, it was waaay too much build-up for waaay too little payoff. As for Rich and Laura, I thought their scenes just dragged. I'm guessing the producers wanted to make clear that the CREATURES ARE LAYING EGGS. With more eggs, comes more creatures...so I guess soon there'll be a big problem. Last week's teaser suggested that last night's episode would be bloody and filled with attacks, so I was a bit let down to see what really happened. I did, however, enjoy the line. "Nim. You've grown." A complete review on Divester (http://www.divester.com/2005/11/22/surface-episode-9-reviewed/).

November 22 2005 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben

Yeah, them being in that thing trapped underwater was believable. I smell an 'oscar.

November 22 2005 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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