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Old December 24 2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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Surface

I just recently started watching this science fiction show that failed on NBC a number of years ago and it's pretty good. Kind of has a 70s/ 80s Spielberg vibe to it. I can see elements of E.T., Close Encounters and Jaws all there in episodes.

The basic premise is: (from IMDB)
a marine biologist, an insurance salesman and a teen-aged boy find their lives fundamentally changed by the emergence of a new, and often dangerous, species of sea life, while government agents work to keep the affair under wraps.
I really like the cast too - Lake Bell, Jay R. Ferguson, Carter Jenkins and find their characters to be all really likeable. Something which is nice to see in a tv show again.

I was curious if there are any other fans here?
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Old December 24 2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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It was pretty decent for what it was. It was actually something that I made time to watch every week...until the winter mid-season break. It went off the air for a month or so, and in that time, it completely fell out of mind. Never bothered to get back and watch the back half of the season.
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Old December 24 2012, 10:58 PM   #3
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I'm about halfway through the series right now, thanks to Hulu. I read that the 2006 Winter Olympics was the reason it went on hiatus. The episodes I'm up to now have a "Previously on..." narration which is kind of annoying, because of how detailed it is and the guy narrating it sounds way too over the top. lol
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Old December 24 2012, 11:05 PM   #4
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didn't like it. It was one of the early LOST imitators,,,I'm convinced this type of storytelling doesn't work and this show had a pretty campy premise.
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Old December 24 2012, 11:18 PM   #5
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I tried to watch it a couple of times, but the subplot about the one kid who was keeping one of the creatures as a pet, I think, annoyed me too much at the time.
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Old December 24 2012, 11:59 PM   #6
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I started it, but stopped because Threshold and Invasion were on around the same time and both were better.
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Old December 25 2012, 12:27 AM   #7
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One of the big attractions to me to the series is the ocean setting. That's why I watched SeaQuest originally. In fact, I like this show much more. I tried rewatching SeaQuest again recently, but stopped around the first few episodes of the second season. Even the first season was a struggle to get through this time around.
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Old December 25 2012, 10:45 AM   #8
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It used to run in the graveyard TV slot here. Remember starting off vaguely intrigued but got tedious pretty quickly. Felt like an idea that was needlessly strung out.
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Old December 26 2012, 03:20 AM   #9
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It was a good idea for a limited run TV series or miniseries, but it was poorly handled and was the worse of the bunch of Lost knockoffs.
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Old December 26 2012, 05:49 AM   #10
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-Lake Bell in her undies lathering up in oil to stay warm

-Boy have a symbiotic relationship with his lizard like in "E.T"

That's all I remember.
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Old December 26 2012, 08:41 PM   #11
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I remember that it seemed to be "ripping off" several Spielberg movies. I thought that it started off a bit shakey but got better though it still was somewhat dopey.
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Old December 28 2012, 01:49 AM   #12
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It was a great series and too bad it only had one season. I was a fan of the short lived Invasion too, which I have on dvd.
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Old December 28 2012, 02:40 PM   #13
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I enjoyed it quite a bit, along with Threshold and Invasion. It's a shame all three of them got canned just as they were starting to hit their stride. There was great potential in each.

Not sure how Surface can be considered a "Lost knockoff" though. That's one of the stupidest things I've heard.
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