Primetime Show Reviews
Review by Suzanne 8/26/06
Surface - The Complete Series
I watched all of this show when it aired 2005-2006. I love scifi,
and this was a great scifi show. I wasn't sure at the very beginning if I would
like it, but it quickly won me over. There were two other scifi shows that
started the same year, which were also good, but they were all canceled (which
is very annoying). At least they allowed this one to air through the
entire run that they had already filmed, and in some ways you can view it as a
long miniseries because it does have a sort of ending to it (even though it is
left somewhat up in the air as to the fate of the characters and, the world).
The show's premise is that some unusual undersea creatures have
been discovered by various people. Throughout the series, we follow two or
three of the people whose lives are affected by discovering these creatures (and
of course eventually they do all find each other). We slowly learn what
these wonderous creatures are and where they came from.
The special effects are fantastic and the story is very
compelling. The characters are interesting and the creatures are cute and even
have their own personalities to a certain extent. It is not a "kid's show"
but kids will probably enjoy it.
I think two things may have done the show in. One is that
the show does not have actors that you immediately warm to or that are very
charismatic. I believe Lake Bell's character in particular probably turned
I think the other thing that made the ratings drop was that they
sort of explained where the creatures came from part-way through the season,
which was too soon and ruined part of the suspense. Those are my theories,
anyway. I enjoyed the show thoroughly all the way through, despite its flaws.
I came to really love it and look forward to it.
On the DVD, there is a short feature about the special effects
on the show. That is worth seeing for any "Surface" fan. There are a
few deleted scenes as well.
Read my previous review of the
show from when it aired.
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