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Surface - The Complete Series

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Cheap thrills

  • Nov 14, 2010
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Science fiction is rarely featured on commercial TV, especially by the big 3 of CBS, ABC and NBC. This was a rare exception. Focusing on the hear and now, the show is about the emergence of a marine creature on Earth, and the changes in the lives of about a dozen characters as this occurs. Mixing comedy, action, family drama and a little suspense, this show was a good mix of sci-fi effects and believable dialogue. Unfortunately, it ended after one season, just as the show was getting interesting. The show features mainly smaller-name actors and actresses, but uses them quite well. The show also has a good amount of surprises thrown in, though any avid sci-fi fan would have probably guessed the human origins of the new creatures by the end of the 2nd or 3rd episode. Still, a good waste of time on a long afternoon.

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Surfacelasted one season on NBC before cancellation, butSurface: The Complete Serieson DVD will keep the show's exciting, Spielbergian suspense around for a long while. The primetime drama, involving several characters--in different parts of the world--all having similar brushes with fantastic creatures, instantly draws comparisons to Spielberg'sClose Encounters of the Third Kind. Add a government conspiracy (complete with a cover story to force one community's evacuation) to prevent the public from learning of the existence of a previously unknown life form, and the parallels withClose Encountersgrow thick. But it's not a problem: the many twists and turns inSurface's far-ranging storyline, and the nature of the species that slowly becomes a factor in the survival of the human race, are compelling on their own terms.

Created by twin brothers and television writers-producers-directors Josh and Jonas Pate (L.A. Dragnet), Surface stars rangy beauty Lake Bell as oceanographer and single mom Dr. Laura "Dee" Daughtery. While doing some research in a submersible at the bottom of the sea, Dee discovers a seemingly bottomless pit leading to astonishing depths in the Earth. But she also bumps into a sea monster that emanates electrical charges strong enough to wreak havoc with her vessel. Meanwhile, a Louisiana-based insurance salesman, Rich (Jay R. Ferguson), is traumatized when he sees his brother dragged away by a similar creature, and a 14-year-old boy, Miles (Carter Jenkins), ...

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Screen Writer: Jonas Pate, Josh Pate
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
Runtime: 634 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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