Netflix, in its infinite wisdom, suggested hubby and I would like Surface, a show that only lasted one season, but it had an interesting premise – the discovery of sea monsters — so we thought we’d give it a try.
It wasn’t hard to see why it didn’t last, and it had nothing to do with the slow start. Sea monsters eating people and scientists trying to find them? Good premise. Boy hatching sea monster from egg, and having it imprint on him? Good premise. Boy getting bitten by sea monster and start turning into a hybrid? Less good. Brand new species occurring on two coasts, but investigations on only one coast triggering scary, covert government intervention like the best conspiracy theories? Dumb, just plain dumb. The series couldn’t decide if it wanted to exist in the grand tradition of current SyFy movies, or if it wanted to be an ET-style heart-warmer. Without choosing one, it was impossible for it to last, even without the TSTL characters.
You’ve heard of TSTL, right? Usually reserved for the heroine of horror or romance where the heroine does stuff that no reasonable, logical human would, and readers/viewers lose all respect for the characters because they’re Too Stupid To Live. Partway through the series ALL of the characters ended up TSTL.
Seriously, the number of things that made me shake my head were too many to list, but they really could have used a science advisor, too. A number of elements of both plot and sea monster characteristics resembled a random luck of the draw, like each episode was chosen with dice like a poorly planned Dungeons and Dragons game.
So, it was amusing enough for hubby and I to stick with it for all 15 episodes, but it was absolutely no surprise it got cancelled. The question is, did anyone *else* see it? What did you think? I mean, besides the fact that I clearly watch too much TV 😉