Dr. Laura Daughtery (Lake Bell) pays a heavy price for trying to force her way into the Government's investigation. Miles (Carter Jenkins) attempts to train his sea monster pet, Nimrod. He also gets a clear look at the creature's devestating power. Rich Connelly (Jay R. Ferguson) tries to share with his family his growing fascination with the creatures, but it ends in disaster. Yet a vision of some sort convinces him that his brother is still alive. Dr. Cirko (Rade Serbedzija) discovers that the creatures accelerated ability to heal makes them invulnerable. The creatures are also burrowing down to the Earth's molten core. Each hole they dig creates a vent that releases heat. The ocean is getting hotter, dangerously so.
What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If that is the true definition, then Dr. Laura Daughtery is insane. Even after being punished by having her professional life ruined, she continues to try and communicate with Dr. Cirko and get in on the investigation. While Cirko is made to look far more sympathetic than in the premiere episode, the Government he works for is not. Daughtery may have gone to him one time too many.
If there is one thing that Surface does well on the character level, it is in capturing the geeky awkwardness of teens and the sometimes fierce relationship between siblings. I wonder exactly how long Miles can keep Nimrod hidden from his parents, or when his snooty sister decides enough is enough and rats him out.
So far the weakest part of Surface is the Rich Connelly arc, because it is simply a retread of the storyline of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, right down to the hypnotic fascination with a particular image. Jay Ferguson does a good job with what he has, but it is the actress playing his wife that really sells it. She is simply terrific at the hanging-on-by-her-fingernails-but-just-wanting-to-scream slow burn. She's going to snap, probably in the next episode or two.
It is clear that 'big things' are beginning to happen, what with the ocean (obviously the Pacific) beginning to boil and ships either getting swallowed by giant sea monsters or swirling vortexes. There is going to have to be some kind of impossible to ignore incident that changes the status quo, because I do not see a sustainable narrative the way it is going now. People have to start noticing. The show feels like it could be on the brink of...something. I hope that something is a step in the right direction.