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Surface: Episode 12

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 9th 2006 9:30PM

SurfaceAnyone who watches just one episode of Surface - say, tonight's episode, one of the best - and still says that Invasion is the best of the new sci-fi horror show, ought to have his head (and heart) examined.

Laura and Rich are on the run from the agents who broke into their hotel room, Miles' transformation is progressing (bad timing too, as a girl likes him), and the monsters are starting to attack and kill more and more...

Is it possible that this show can keep getting better and better? How is it possible that 12 episodes into a show with one main plot, one continuing arc, can continue to surprise and reinvent itself? This could have gotten boring by now, but by giving out info about the monsters as little as possible, but keeping Laura and Rich's story separate from Miles' story, and by expertly mixing the intense suspense scenes with the Spielberg-like drama, they've really created a special show.

Laura and Rich escape from the agents by climbing to another room in the hotel. Rich disables one of the agents and takes his gun. Laura sends a videotape plea to Sean to help them ("Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope"). Caitlin invites Miles to a beach party, where a boy vanishes in the water. His arm (or was that a leg, couldn't tell) is found the next day and a funeral is held. Meanwhile, the weird stuff keeps happening to Miles: eyes changing, electricity when he tries to kiss, other body changes), and it's all connected somehow to Nim.

But the big story tonight is a mysterious voice that contacts Laura and Rich via their laptop. He can see and hear them via satellite, and gives them a code that leads them to the library, where they find a bag filled with money and fake IDs. The voice tells Laura they want to meet with her. Laura and Rich meet with a woman flying an airplane, but the woman says that the voice wants to meet Laura and only Laura. Rich doesn't like it but Laura says it's OK. Laura is blindfolded and flown to a secret headquarters...and she guesses that the woman is the voice on the computer.

She works for a "corporation," and explains there is no real government coverup, that in fact that government is "largely ignorant" of what is going on with the sea creatures. She and others created the monsters. When Laura asks her why she would do such a thing, the woman answers: "because we could."

Three episodes to go this season...

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