Surface (TV series)

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Surface
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intertitle from episode one
Created by Jonas Pate
Josh Pate
Starring Lake Bell
Jay R. Ferguson
Carter Jenkins
Ian Anthony Dale
Leighton Meester
Eddie Hassell
Rade Šerbedžija
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Rock Fish Productions
NBC Universal Television Studio
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 19, 2005 (2005-09-19) – February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)

Surface (originally titled Fathom) is an American science fiction television series that premiered on NBC on September 19, 2005. The program aired ten episodes before going on hiatus on November 28, 2005 due to NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics. It returned for five more episodes, beginning January 2, 2006. On May 15, 2006, NBC officially announced the series' cancellation.

Synopsis[edit]

During a routine submersible dive in the North Pacific Ocean, California oceanographer Laura Daughtery (Lake Bell) is attacked by an unknown life-form that appears out of a field of craters on the ocean's floor. Miles Barnett (Carter Jenkins), a North Carolina teenager, finds himself face to face with the strange sea creature after falling off his wakeboard during a nighttime outing with his friends. Meanwhile, Richard Connelly (Jay R. Ferguson), a Louisiana man on a fishing trip, loses his brother in a suspicious diving accident when a creature drags him to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.

All around the world, strange things are occurring in the world's oceans. Shooting stars fall from the night sky into the Caribbean Sea; a horrific howl tears apart a South African lighthouse. In South Carolina, an unknown carcass washes up on a public beach, prompting the government to evacuate and cordon off the area, claiming it as a beached whale killed by red tide poisoning.

Meanwhile, Daughtery's research is seized by government officials led by a mysterious Croatian scientist, Dr. Aleksander Cirko (Rade Šerbedžija); after attempting to confront them, she is fired. Curious as to what he's seen, Miles ventures back to the area where he first spotted the creature only to find the water covered in strange pods he classifies as "eggs"; he takes one home and places it in his parents' fish tank. Unable to cope with his brother's disappearance, Connely ventures to South Carolina to see the creature for himself. Connelly meets Daughtery upon arrival after they are both taken into custody due to asking too many questions. When the fish in Miles' tank disappear and the tank breaks, Miles discovers that something has hatched from the egg; he attempts to conceal it but it escapes and causes havoc at his sister's pool party. Daughtery and Connelly sneak onto the beach and bring back a hagfish that had been feeding on the carcass. Each returns to their home, and Daughtery sends the fish's stomach contents to be tested. As they wait for the results, reports of strange creatures beaching themselves around the world begin to surface. These three strangers may have stumbled upon the greatest secret in human history.

Eric Pierpoint performs in a scene for Surface, on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan, March 4, 2005

The creature that hatched from the "egg" Miles found appears to be a kind of web-footed aquatic lizard, possibly a Pliosaur. It has the ability to zap objects with an electrical charge. Miles's friend Phil names the creature Nimrod, shortened to "Nim".

Dr. Cirko discovers the origins of the creature, but is murdered before he can tell anyone. His assistant gives his research to Daughtery, who has already teamed up with Connelly.

In the remaining episodes we learn that agent Lee is actually a clone of one of the men on the original Kessler expedition. After some of the other young creatures attack him, Miles develops some of the creatures' abilities- electrical surges and a need for excess salt, due to Nim healing him by licking his bites and scratches. In the series finale the creatures' activities on the sea floor causes a massive earthquake which turns into a tsunami that destroys Puerto Rico and heads toward the east coast. Rich discovers a cryogenic version of Noah’s Ark in the Iderdex plant. Also there were dozens of monorails being sent into the Mariana Trench. The series ends with Miles meeting Laura and Rich during the evacuation. The last shot is of Miles, Laura, Rich and Caitlin looking out from the church steeple they climbed to escape the waves to see how the tsunami placed all of Wilmington, NC under water.

Themes[edit]

This TV series encompasses possible implications of genetic engineering, and modern biotechnology. The underlying theme of the series involves the artificial creation of an organism, through a secret biotechnological company. One scene involves a scientist going for an interview for the company, where the interviewer reveals revelations such as the recovery of the Archaeopteryx, and that cloning Dolly the Sheep was 30 years after their secret company discovered how to clone.

Cast and characters[edit]

Actor Role Notes
Lake Bell Laura Daughtery Marine biologist
Jay R. Ferguson Richard Connelly Insurance claim adjuster
Carter Jenkins Miles Barnett High school student
Ian Anthony Dale Davis Lee Government Official
Rade Šerbedžija Dr. Aleksander Cirko Evolutionary biologist
Leighton Meester Savannah Barnett Miles' sister
Eddie Hassell Phil Nance Miles' best friend
Linsey Godfrey Caitlin Blum Miles' girlfriend
Kelly Collins Lintz Tracy Connelly Rich's wife
Eric Ladin George Connelly Rich's brother
Ric Reitz Ron Barnett Miles' dad
Louanne Cooper Sylvia Barnett Miles' mom
Bobby Coleman Jesse Laura's son
Noah Michael Levine Bret Scher T.V. Producer
Connor Ross Zack Miles' friend
Daniel Newman Greg Savannah's boyfriend

Episodes[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

On May 1, 2006 it was announced that Universal Studios Home Entertainment would be releasing the Surface - Season One DVD set on August 15, 2006.[1] The DVD set was released with the title of Surface: The Complete Series. The complete series was released in Australia on April 4, 2007.

DVD Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete Series August 15, 2006[2] March 26, 2007[3] April 4, 2007[4]

International distribution[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

During the show's initial airing, Surface was also broadcast in syndication on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States. In addition to U.S. network the programme was also broadcast in Canada on CH, as well as ITV2 in the UK, Network Ten in Australia, VT4 in Belgium, on La Sexta and Calle 13 in Spain and on Universal Channel in Mexico. During the summer of 2006, the series was broadcast on ProSieben in Germany, by Fox on Portuguese and Brazilian cable networks, in Israel on Yes network, and on Canal+ in most of Scandinavia. During the summer of 2008, the series was broadcast on Veronica in The Netherlands. The entire series was repeated in the UK on ITV1 between 23 July 2009 and 30 October 2009.

Surface was subsequently broadcast in Italy on Italia 1 and in Norway on TVNorge (started in June 2007), Portugal on TVI on Saturday afternoons, Australia on Network Ten on Sundays, 6.30pm, reruns on Sci Fi Channel (Australia), Spain on La Sexta (started in September 2007), Finland on MTV3, rebroadcast in Germany on ProSieben and in Canada on Space. In July 2007 the series was also being broadcast in Mauritius on MBC3 on Tuesday afternoons. In Poland on TVN Siedem broadcast the series starting in August 2007, and starting May 2008 it was repeated on TVN. Starting in November, 2007 it was broadcast in Greece on Alter Channel on Fridays at 21:00, in New Zealand on TV3 late Friday evenings, and in Croatia (Hrvatska) on RTL Televizija Wednesday at 22:30. The series was shown in March 2008 on StarWorld in Singapore, with repeats airing the next day at 11:00. On December 10, 2008 Surface started to be shown on Digit Alb + in Albania. As of December, 2009, with the exception of episodes eight, eleven, and fourteen the show is available to stream on Hulu. As of 2010 the series is available to view in its entirety through Netflix's Instant Watch streaming service.

List of broadcasters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David (May 1, 2006). "Surface - There's Something In The Water...And On DVD This August!". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Surface - The Complete Series (2005)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Surface - Season 1 (DVD)(2005)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Surface - Season 1 DVD". dvdorchard.com.au. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 

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