No Surface Tension

I don’t watch much network television. The only shows we’ve made a point to watch since we got married were the late, lamented Fox series The X-Files, Millennium, and Brimstone.

Well, Sharon and I made an exception tonight and watched the SciFi Channel’s marathon of the first four episodes of the new NBC series Surface.

High lameness.

No tension, too much of the monsters onscreen to build any suspense (your imagination is always scarier), and one of the leads is a total ripoff of the Richard Dreyfuss character in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s so blatant, the writers/directors/producers even copied the house filled with sketches of the unseen place that haunts his dreams. The only difference is that the place is a vortex leading down into the sea — an inversion of the mountain that haunted Drefuss’ character.

The only good part was when the snotty girl’s poodle got eaten. If you miss that, you might as well skip the series.

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One response to “No Surface Tension

  1. Renee (silverlynx-no posts yet)

    I agree about “Surface”, but I think there is a lot of suspense in “Invasion” and a lot of good interplay between the main characters, not to mention the high strangeness of the synchronicity with Hurricane Katrina.

    I am watching the big 3 new sci-fi series on network TV this season “Threshold”, “Invasion”, and “Surface”, but, by far my favorite is “Invasion”. I like the brother-in-law character who keeps telling the protagonist exactly what’s going on stating point-blank that it’s EBE’s doing the mischief. Usually all the average people are portrayed as so clueless. “Threshold” gets a little annoying with all the brain-power all over the problem all the time, although the characters themselves are interesting enough.

    I think network TV is taking baby steps at least, and should be applauded for that.

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