Surface: Episode 13
One of the things that I like about Surface (one of many things) is that I really don't know where it's going with its story. I had assumptions I made about where these creatures came from, and they turned out to be wrong. I made an assumption on how the story was going to play out between Laura, Rich, and Miles, and I was wrong on that too. So I'm not going to try to predict what's going to happen anymore. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the remaining episodes for this season.
Dr. Morris tells Laura all about how she came to work for "The Firm." They recruited her, offered her whatever she wanted in salary ($500,000), and hired her to work on strange experiments involving cloning and extinct species. Then Laura starts to get sick...the doctor has slipped something into her tea. She passes out.
She wakes up in the bushes next to a highway. She calls Rich to come get her. He was in Louisiana, confronting the divorce attorney his wife has hired.
On a boat, Miles (still experiencing weird gooey stuff on his fingertips - shades of Spiderman) takes gasoline and a flare and burns a ton of eggs that are in the water. He tries to explain to one of the researchers what has been happening to him (the electricity, the connection to Nim and the others), but the researcher thinks he is joking.
Laura and Rich try to get into the pharmeceutical company tied to the experiments. The search around a giant building that seems deserted and abandoned. Rich stumbles upon a room that (I think) has blood on the walls. A young child is crying under a desk and says "have you seen my mother?" Rich tries to help the child, but it's actually some creature (monkey? babboon?), that jumps out and attacks Rich (freaky scene!). Meanwhile, authorities tag Nim so he can lead them to the other creatures.
The creatures are coming ashore, and the authorities and townspeople line up on the shore to confront them. They start firing. (The show is starting to get vicious!) Most of the creatures make it ashore, and the townspeople/authorities go down in history like other townspeople/authorities in science fiction/horror movies: they don't accomplish much, and only succeed in making things worse. (Come on, guns? No, use fire!)
Miles kisses Caitlan and walks into the water, to get the creatures away from land. At first I thought it was going to turn into that scene in Splash where Daryl Hannah goes back to the water to live, but I see in scenes from next week Miles is back.
Meanwhile, Dr. Morris gives Laura a lead - a name of someone that knows more about the experiments. Lee confronts Dr. Morris. He tells her she has violated company policy by disclosing everything to Laura. She asks him if she can e-mail her family and friends before she has to, um, "go." He lets her.
Laura and Rich go to a library to see his archive of materials. They find an old film reel from 1957, of an expedition in Asia involving that mysterious guy in the hat we saw in a greenhouse with Lee several episodes ago. The film shows the discovery of that weird plant Laura and Rich had, Cirko's plant. Also in this film from 1957? Lee, and he looks to be the same age as he is now. Hmmm...
Fantastic episode. It reached a suspense level you don't usually see on prime-time TV these days, at least in an 8pm sci-fi show. Two episodes left, and let's hope that means "SEASON finale" and not "SERIES finale."
Note: Stay tuned for an interview with Carter Jenkins (Miles) coming to TV Squad next week.