I'm not sure why the episodes of Surface don't have titles, but if they did, this one would probably be called "On The Run." Everybody's running from something in this episode. Miles and Phil have Nim and they're running from the cops because Nim shocked a wildlife guy. They're now out and out criminals (Nim shocked a wildlife guy, they steal a car, etc) and not just two wacky kids hiding a pet alien. Laura and Rich are on the run too, trying to hide from the bad guys out to steal the info Cirko had.
This episode also had what is quite possibly the best scene of any TV show on any network this year. All I can say is "wow."
I liked tonight's episode for two reasons. One, the government part of the show turned a little nastier, with two killings and mysterious men lurking everywhere. And two, I finally got a definitive answer on how to spell that guy Cirko's name. Cool.
Let us know what you think and which you like the best.
Did you know that you can track stuff with your computer? It's true! I'm not talking about just packages from Amazon, I'm talking about attaching some GPS doo-hickey to use a satellite to track something around the world. That's what Laura did tonight. Last week she tagged one of the sea monsters and tonight she tracked it via GPS and then she and Rich went to investigate it before it came ashore. The most advanced thing I can do with my computer is get it to make a little "bwwwwwwing!" sound when I have a new instant message. That's pretty awesome.
Woo-hoo! My favorite new sci-fi/horror show has been given a full season order from NBC. The total number of episodes that the show will get isn't known yet, because NBC has the Olympics in February and that will
screw up the entire schedule enthrall millions around the globe with the network's coverage.
You already know about my love for the show, but it's great to see Willy over at Divester like the show too. He has a post up about all the things he likes about the show (though he wishes there were more scenes of people scuba diving).
I hear that Surface isn't exactly doing gangbusters in the ratings. I hope NBC sticks with it (but feel free to cancel E-Ring and Joey).
Surface is the best of the new spooky/sci-fi shows this year (Threshold is a close second), and if you've missed the first four episodes you can catch them tonight on NBC's sister network The Sci-Fi Channel. The episodes will start at 7pm Eastern.
This is a great opportunity to catch it, if your Monday nights are filled with watching other shows. Start your TiVos...
As I sat here wondering why none of the episodes of Surface have actual titles, something hit me: this is the only show in the batch of new mystery/sci-fi shows that has a sense of wonder. Invasion tries to pass off slowness as wonder, Threshold is just pure fun sci-fi, and Supernatural and The Night Stalker are pretty much straight out horror shows (with The Night Stalker going even further into violent horror). Surface is the kind of show Spielberg would do, and while I agree that Spielberg can often ruin as many movies as he saves with that sense of wonder, here it's a very good thing.
Today after I dropped my oldest son off at preschool, my five-month-old and I went out for a leisurely breakfast. The place was empty when we arrived, but slowly began to fill up with those-who-don't-work- during-the-day. The couple who sat next to me looked over at me as if to say, oh, a stay-at-home mom. Bor-ing. And the young woman started talking about how she filled her spare time...watching TV that she didn't even like.
On her days off, she watched daytime talk shows, and celebrity entertainment shows, and sometimes (hilariously, evidently) she and her friends put their pajamas on at seven o'clock, ordered pizza, and watched TV. Hahaha! She also gave a play-by-play description of Surface that made the show seem, well, bor-ing. And as I wickedly plotted the post I'd write based on her inane observations, I realized: none of us (not even the single, childless among us) have lives. And some of us... have no taste in TV. My advice: if you're single, childless, and think you're hip (or even if you're none of those things) fill your time watching good TV. And read TV Squad to find out what, exactly, that is.
Maybe a giant fireball of an explosion in the poolhouse will convince Miles that keeping a weird sea creature as a secret pet isn't the best idea in the world. But somehow, I doubt it. I still think it's ridiculous. It's not cute, it's potentially deadly, so the only two outcomes that will be acceptable are, a.) the kid brings the little creature to the attention of Laura or Rich, or b.) the monster grows up fast and devours the entire family.
Regardless of what a lot of critics are saying, this remains the best of all the Superfacisonold shows (my word for Supernatural, Surface, Threshold, and Invasion). The way the characters are coming together seems the most natural, and the mystery is the most intriguing. Unlike Threshold and Invasion, we're still not sure what exactly these monsters are, where they came from, or what's going on. Even if tonight we got to actually see a couple of the monsters! The big one was cool (surfacing off the coast of South Africa near a lighthouse), though the little one getting loose at the pool party was a little too Gremlins for me.
Kids are so stupid sometimes. If you're out on the water in a boat at 3am, and you come across a bird trapped in some sort of goop in the water, and it's surrounded by a ton of bizarre eggs...you don't stick your hand in the water. Actually, you don't touch possibly dead birds in the water period, even if they aren't surrounded by goop and eggs, ever, ever, ever.
And you certainly don't grab one of the eggs, bring it home, and put it in your fish tank.
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