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Surface - (S01E04)

Sci-Fi . Mystery . Adventure . Drama . Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Laura and Jackson head out to sea where she ends up using a GPS device to track one of the creatures. Rich finds proof that the sinkholes in his visions are real causing him to continue obsessing over his brother's death. Meanwhile, Lee tries to talk Cirko out of telling the Pentagon that the new species should be considered extremely dangerous.

Episode Title: It is time to track these unidentified species
Airs: 2005-10-10 at 08:00 pm
  • Robert Lloyd

    "Surface" is steeped in Spielberg, and is better Spielberg than Spielberg has managed in quite some time.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Surface has no complex or cynical subtexts; it's straight-ahead sci fi.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    It helps that Bell is able to suggest complexity, emotional and moral, even when the dialogue fails her.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    So far the stern-faced Lake Bell’s independent-minded oceanographer is too conventional a protagonist, while the series’ government cover-up thread... feels globally warmed over.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Dalton Ross

    This by-the-numbers entry is pretty damn toothless. [23 Sep 2005, p.81]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    Lame storytelling and dialogue.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Surface can be creepy fun, but the obvious debt it owes to the oeuvre of Steven Spielberg--from the hidden beasts and government stonewalling to the suburban angst and working-mom pluckiness--makes the rest of the show feel blandly familiar.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sid Smith

    Though relentlessly ominous, "Surface" is, so far, only good for surface scares.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The pilot serves up flashy ooh-ah instead of anything tangible to wrap our arms around.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    The most enjoyable moments go to the North Carolina boy (Carter Jenkins). It's too bad Surface didn't narrow its focus and become "A Boy and His Blob."

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Interesting, but the sprawling pilot doesn't do "Surface" any favors.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    There isn't a moment of wonder or suspense in Surface, or a single performance or character that is even remotely involving.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's a bland Spielberg wannabe that doesn't succeed in evoking much creepiness or wonder

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    There's nothing particularly appealing about any of the folks having the close encounters.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    Whoever wrote the first episode of “Lost” didn’t crowd the screen with dimwits forced to recite grade-B TV drama drivel. By that standard, “Surface” doesn’t get a pass.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    At first glance... it comes off as silly sci-fi, a not-so-intriguing series that wades into all-too-similar waters as two other fall shows. The difference in this one is that the water is noticeably more shallow.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Offers a ho-hum monster and the kind of stock characters that we've seen too many times before.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The best thing about "Surface" thus far is NBC's promo campaign, which, sliced into bite-sized bits, actually makes the program look considerably better than it is.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Desperately trying to be mysterious like "Lost," this show, by any other name, turns out to be an ironically diluted version.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    You won't really want to spend another hour with these people.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The series hopscotches to so many locations (the Carolinas, the Antarctic, the ocean trenches) that you briefly forget that it gives you no reason to feel afraid or intrigued or anything else.

    Time Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    The most confusing ensemble drama of the new season.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    One of the lead characters is an evolutionary biologist, which makes sense, since there's not a lot of intelligent design here.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review

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