Surface: Episode 10
Is it just the fact that I love this show so much that I so thoroughly believe that Rich and Laura are really in the middle of the ocean, trapped in a life raft that has sprung a leak, being tossed around by rain, waves, and wind? These scenes were probably filmed in a large water tank down in North Carolina, but it doesn't matter. The special effects look great to me, and that's all I care about.
Miles' parents probably shouldn't have left on some trip, just a short time after both of their kids got in trouble with the lying, the police, a pet monster, etc, etc. But you know the parents are out of the picture for a reason. Miles is limping around like Dennis Weaver on Gunsmoke. Hmmm...I wonder if he'll turn into some human/lizard creature? His leg starts to bleed a lot and he passes out in class. The wounds looks horrible, and the school nurse calls an ambulance when he passes out. Miles is rushed to the hospital. His temperature is over 108, so they dump him into an ice bath, where Miles screams for Nim's help. Freaky.
Meanwhile, Laura and Rich have the opposite problem: they're freezing. Rich has the idea they should huddle together (I think he even said "we can spoon" or something similar). That Rich is a smooth one. In the distance they see lightening hitting the water and the monsters. It could be romantic, if it weren't for the possible impending death and all.
At the hospital, Savannah agrees to show the creature to the doctor so they can figure out what's wrong with him (he has that high fever but everything else seems normal except his electrolytes). Finally...I thought it was going to be one of those ridiculous situations where the sister would keep Miles' secret for him, even though he had a temp of 900 degrees.
BAM! Something hits Rich and Laura's raft, throwing them into the water. A monster has just surfaced not far from them...
Savannah goes home to get Nim. She calls him Nimmy at one point. If I was Nim I wouldn't like that and I'd probably devour her limbs. She chases Nim around the house, and bumps into Phil. The phone rings and it's Paul, Miles' boss from the aquarium. Savannah tells him Miles is sick from the thing that bit him.
Rich and Laura find themselves in the prescence of hundreds of monster eggs.
Phil and Savannah capture Nim and Savannah brings it to the hospital, where Paul takes a look at it. Someone Nim gets loose and gets to Miles' room, where he starts licking the wound (ewwwww). Miles starts to flatline.
Rich and Laura squeeze a bunch of monster eggs and they glow. A rescue boat sees the light and comes in to rescue them...then the monster jumps out of the water and almost eats the damn thing. The helicopter decides to fly off.
Meanwhile, Miles is still flatlining. They can't revive him. Just then, a guard shoots Nim in the hallway. Miles wakes up suddenly and goes into the hallway. Nim is dead. Miles cradles his bloddy body in his arms. Later, Savannah notices that Miles' wound is completely healed. Nim healed him.
The helicopter picks up Rich and Laura. They have proof of the monsters, as Paul decides to cut open Nim's body...
This was a great episode. The tension and the suspense were real and palpable throughout. Very well done. Since Threshold is gone, and Invasion seems to be losing ground over at ABC even with the Lost lead-in, I truly hope that somehow, someway, Surface is the one that survives. NBC really needs to embrace this show, give it another season, help it out a bit. If it's canceled, I'm going to be rather ticked off.
(The show is going on hiatus til January.)