Surface: Season Finale
I like a show that doesn't BS around with dull scenes in its season finale. Right off the bat we're given the scenario: Miles and his family are packing up to escape town before the tsunami hits, Caitlin's Vespa is stolen when she arrives too late to find Miles, and she's knocked out when the crook pushes her, and Laura steals a rental car from the airport and blows by a road block to find Rich, who has been locked in a room at the mysterious lab. (And what is Jackson's name and pic doing on the lab's computers? Section Chief?!?)
Here we go!
The lab is being evacuated (after making sure all the experiments are ok), and one of the men orders that Rich be killed. A guard goes up to shoot Rich, but he gets into a fight with him and throws him out of the room. The bullets don't go through the glass or walls. I gotta say this was a great scene: the fight was realistic, and when Rich actually closes the door, trapping himself again...not many shows would have done that. We would have gotten the usual scene where the hero overpowers the guard and escapes, but here Rich is still trapped, and the guard decides to get the hell out of there before the tsunami comes. But the guard dropped his cell phone...
Meanwhile, Miles and family make it to the ferry, where they meet Dr. Bloom. Miles and Bloom realize that Caitlin must still be trapped because the bridge is out, and this is confirmed when the kid who stole her Vespa shows up at the ferry. Miles grabs him and asks where Caitlin is. The kid tells her that she's back at the house, so Miles dives into the water and swims to find her. Nim is at the house, and leads Miles to Caitlin.
Rich reaches Laura on the cell phone and makes it to the lab. She breaks in and tries to find Rich, with a quick stop to a control center, where she sees that the monorails from last week aren't just leaving the facility...they're going to the bottom of the world. She finds the master switch to open all the doors, and they escape. They stumble upon a crazy lab guy saying "No exit will help you." He also laughs and says "follow the water."
They get out and onto the street, to the moment fans of this show have been waiting for: they run into Miles and Caitlin! Well, not literally. Miles swerves to avoid them, and Laura and Rich jump in the car and the four of them drive off together, to escape the tsunami. (Funny moment: Laura and Rich see Nim in the backseat and Rich says "what the hell is that?"). The car runs out of gas, so they get out and run toward a church, as a giant wave comes toward them. Inside the church, Laura and Miles see a big creature swimming around in the water. They make it to the roof of the church, as a second wave comes. Nim shows up, and the four look over the roof into a completely flooded city. Laura says "It's a whole new world."
Very good episode, keeping up the suspense and pace of last week's episode. I like how the "big event" actually felt like a big event and not just a lot of talk about how it was big. And I like how they separated certain characters ,while uniting others. (The acting by everyone on this show is first-rate: realistic and involving.) The ending shows that what Carter Jenkins told me was right, that a second season of this show will be different, with the monsters on land and things more out in the open. But I just hope there is a second season: a check of the NBC site shows that they are advertsing this as the FINAL EPISODE. Yikes.)