Surface: Episode 9
Someone 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.