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Surface: Episode 11

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 2nd 2006 9:26PM
Who would have thought that, just when Laura and Rich are so close to convincing the world that mysterious sea creatures do indeed exist in the oceans around the world, the person who could potentially screw up that disclosure and put their lives in danger would be...Keith Olbermann?!?

TV really is a different world now. It used to be that you would have a show where one of the characters would go on a fictional talk show for one reason or another, and that would be that. But now in this TV/internet world we live in, where every network has a site and every show has a page on that site, we can get incredible crosspromotion for the show on the site and even a guest appearance by one of the network's top anchors. Laura takes the video that she and Rich took in the diving bell, and she ends up being interviewed by a reporter on MSNBC's Countdown! At first it seems like a good thing, but then you realize she's the #1 story of the night, which means Olbermann is going to make a wiseass remark about her and the tape and then throw a crumpled up paper ball at the camera. She's ridiculed, but not before over 60,000 surfers download the video from msnbc.com.

Meanwhile, in a move that will delight half the audience (who love kids and little monsters) and piss off the other half of the audience (who want to see that little monster either die or eat the kids), Nim is alive! He's on ice and a little groggy, but he's alive. Miles and a cute girl go swimming in the aquarium after hours, until his boss finds him and fires him. Oh, and the boss is the girl's father. Oh oh. But that's not the most surprising thing. It seems that Miles can swim in the water for a long time and not get all wrinkly. And when he walks past the street lamps they flicker.

Maybe the creature bites and Nim licks (Nim licks?) are turning him into...wow, this is a plot twist I didn't see coming.

There are only four new episodes left this season, and the coming attractions promise more about what's happening to Miles, the truth about where these creatures come from, and another plot development: a mysterious voice that wants to help Laura and Rich.

But first next week we have to resolve the cliffhanger: Lee's henchmen are at the door. Rich is in the shower, and Laura is about to unlock the hotel door... 

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"pause it and yell snotty and sarcastic comments at the screen"

Reminds me of the show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

January 17 2006 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Philip Jones

When Laura and Rich were looking at the MSNBC website related to their show, the URL was quite easily visible. Has anyone visited that URL to see if MSNBC has any content there? I can't remember what it was or I would visit it myself.

January 16 2006 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks, Bob.

But I gotta come clean: much like Chuck Lawson (#3), I sometimes think the show has some annoying points (Laura and Rich both just walk out of the hospital?; Why would the bad guys knock on the door when attempting to grab Laura and Rich? Why not just burst in?). However, the story itself is so outlandish that you sometimes have to suspend your disbelief. Otherwise you'd go crazy. Or have a bang-up time yelling at the tube...

January 03 2006 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's up with the 15 episode season? Does anyone know if this was planned from the start, or if the order was reduced?

January 03 2006 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Willy: great review, and some intriguing predictions...

January 03 2006 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chuck Lawson

I don't want to see the little monster die or eat the kids as much as I want to see it die of indigestion -after- eating the kids. Seriously, the whole "pet monster" part of the storyline just annoys me more every episode.

I think this show has flipped over for me -- I'm now watching it just so I can pause it and yell snotty and sarcastic comments at the screen. Which is not all bad -- that's the only reason I've watched Smallville for years now.

This thing still has some potential -- the "get the story out while before the shadow conspiracy gets us" thing could be excellent -- but not if Doc isn't smart enough to toss the stolen cellphone after calling a bugged line, and worse, the people after her aren't smart enough to find her after she fails to...


January 03 2006 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode, although it dragged a bit in the middle, and I felt Miles' new girlfriend was totally unbelievable. However, I think it does a great job prepping for the remainder of the seasons.

A complete review -- and several predictions for the final 4 episodes -- on Divester (http://www.divester.com/2006/01/03/surface-episode-11-reviewed-and-several-predictions-made/).

January 03 2006 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am glad Surface is back on!!! Good episode. I really thought the boss's daughter was coming on to Miles way too strong! If only girls were like that today...lol.

"You better hold on tight....tighter!"

January 03 2006 at 7:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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