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Surface: Season 1: Episode 15 -- As a massive tsunami heads for the east coast, Laura must save Rich by heading to North Carolina where Miles and his family are trying to escape with their lives.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
19 September 2005 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
There's something in the water. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Involving Family Entertainment with Unsusual For Sci Fi Intelligent Women See more (119 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 50)

Lake Bell ... Laura Daughtery (15 episodes, 2005-2006)

Jay R. Ferguson ... Rich Connelly (15 episodes, 2005-2006)

Carter Jenkins ... Miles Barnett (15 episodes, 2005-2006)

Leighton Meester ... Savannah Barnett (12 episodes, 2005-2006)

Ian Anthony Dale ... Davis Lee (11 episodes, 2005-2006)

Lou Anne Cooper ... Sylvia Barnett (11 episodes, 2005-2006)

Ric Reitz ... Ron Barnett (11 episodes, 2005-2006)

Eddie Hassell ... Phil Nance / ... (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Kelly Collins Lintz ... Tracy Connelly (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Joe Cipriano ... Announcer (10 episodes, 2005-2006)

Bobby Coleman ... Jesse Daughtery / ... (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Caroline Kent ... Emily Connelly (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
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Series Directed by
Jeffrey Reiner (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Writing credits
Jonas Pate (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Josh Pate (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jay Beattie (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dan Dworkin (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Chip Johannessen (2 episodes, 2005-2006)

Series Produced by
Jeff Henry .... co-producer / associate producer (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ed Milkovich .... producer (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jonas Pate .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Josh Pate .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jay Beattie .... producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jason Cahill .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dan Dworkin .... producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Greenwalt .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Chip Johannessen .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Lewis .... associate producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Darcy Meyers .... producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeffrey Reiner .... co-executive producer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Tom Wheeler .... consulting producer (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Original Music by
W.G. Snuffy Walden (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Cinematography by
William Wages (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
Gary Capo (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Film Editing by
Louise Innes (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Leon Ortiz-Gil (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Steve Polivka (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Casting by
Libby Goldstein (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Junie Lowry-Johnson (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Production Design by
Scott P. Murphy (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dins W.W. Danielsen (10 episodes, 2005)
Arlan Jay Vetter (5 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Chuck Potter (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Costume Design by
Michael T. Boyd (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Makeup Department
Julie Delaney .... key hair stylist (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sandra S. Orsolyak .... makeup department head (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jason Willis .... assistant makeup artist / makeup artist (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Joan Shay .... assistant hair stylist (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Coni Andress .... assistant hair stylist / hair stylist (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Production Management
Chris Bromley .... unit production manager (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael J. Ketelsen .... post-production supervisor (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael G. Jefferson .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Susan Carpenter .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
John Lind .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Trish 'The Dish' Stanard .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Barbara D'Alessandro .... second unit first assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)
Dawn Massaro .... second assistant director (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Art Department
Thomas Michael Ryan .... foreman (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Stephanie J. Gordon .... set designer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Richard Waldrop .... property master (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kip Bartlett .... assistant property master (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ricardo F. Delgado .... creature concepts (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
Chris Crowder .... foreman (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Joshua L. Ellsworth .... propmaker (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Beth Giles .... buyer (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
James F. Oñate .... scenic gang boss (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Susan Agnoff .... art department coordinator (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Tom Fleming .... props artist / storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2005)
Kevin Hardison .... set designer (2 episodes, 2005)
Thomas Lauifi .... construction general foreman / general foreman (2 episodes, 2005)
Leslie Borchert .... art department production assistant (1 episode, 2005)
Adam Tankell .... graphic designer (1 episode, 2005)

Martin L. Mercer .... storyboard artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Kenneth R. Burton .... re-recording mixer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Andre Perreault .... re-recording mixer (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Carl Rudisill .... production sound (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kevin Newson .... foley mixer (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Alexander Schwartz .... foley artist (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
John Benson .... supervising sound editor (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Mark McBryde .... foley artist (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Steve Walter .... foley artist (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor (6 episodes, 2005)
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer (5 episodes, 2005)
Dan Giannattasio .... foley artist (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Piotrowski .... boom operator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Raymond .... cable utility (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer (2 episodes, 2005)
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2006)
Matt Fann .... cable person (2 episodes, 2006)
Doug Madick .... foley artist (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Special Effects by
David Beavis .... special effects coordinator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Robert 'Lucky' Rieker .... special effects technician (6 episodes, 2005)
Susan Beavis .... special effects buyer (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Hill .... lead puppeteer (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Joseph Quinn Simpkins .... special effects technician (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael J. Hudson .... special effects assistant (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Emil Warren .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Eric Chauvin .... matte artist (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Steve Fong .... digital compositor (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Mitch Suskin .... visual effects supervisor (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Arthur J. Codron .... visual effects editor (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Robert Short .... visual effects supervisor: North Carolina (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
Eric Hance .... digital animation supervisor / digital effects artist (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Rob Bonchune .... digital animation supervisor (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Russell Isler .... digital artist (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Samantha Mabie-Tuinstra .... visual effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Stunts
John Copeman .... stunt coordinator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
G. Grant Jewett .... stunts (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ryan McInnis .... utility stunts (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dino Muccio .... stunt performer (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jennifer Badger .... stunts (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
John Gilbert .... stunts / stunt double: Andrew Matthews / ... (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Brian Finn .... stunts (2 episodes, 2005)
Kevin Hall .... utility stunts (2 episodes, 2005)
Jennifer Raine Kostel .... stunt performer / stunts (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Carey .... electrician (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ritchie Nannini .... grip (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Alan Aldridge .... "a" camera first assistant (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Logan R. Berkshire .... key grip (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Patrick Borowiak .... "b" camera first assistant (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Frank Godwin .... "b" camera operator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Tommy Ray Sullivan .... chief lighting technician (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ralph Watson .... "a" camera operator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sean Yaple .... second assistant camera / second assistant camera: "b" camera (13 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jason Poteet .... underwater key grip (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jamie Baglio .... rigging electrician (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Scott Frye .... dolly grip (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jay Hardie .... additional camera assistant (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Cristiano Palermi .... lighting technician (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Dave Spencer .... grip (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
John R. Sutton .... best boy rgging grip (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Troutman .... electrician (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeff Wallace .... rigging electrician (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jessica Ward .... second assistant camera / additional second assistant camera / ... (11 episodes, 2005-2006)
Roy Knauf .... additional camera loader (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Adam Hinson .... best boy rigging electric / electrician (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... local casting (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Lisa Mae Fincannon .... local casting (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Mark Fincannon .... local casting (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
McLean Alley .... extras casting (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanie Baker .... costume supervisor (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Cameron Doyle .... costume buyer (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jessica Williamson .... costumer (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Editorial Department
Dan Judy .... colorist (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Waco .... post-production coordinator (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jason Freeman .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sang Han .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
George Pilkinton .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Winston .... on-line editor (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Marc Fisher .... on-line editor (3 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Music Department
Alicen Catron Schneider .... music supervisor (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Alexander .... music editor (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Stacey Lee .... music production supervisor (10 episodes, 2005-2006)
Joseph Williams .... additional music (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Transportation Department
Greg Stancil .... driver (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ty Church .... transportation coordinator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Linda Pickett .... driver (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Brett Leslie .... transportation co-captain (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Other crew
Sean J. Donnelly .... assistant: Ed Milkovich / assistant: Josh & Jonas Pate (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Heath Howard .... production coordinator (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
Alexandria D'Arienzo .... assistant: David Greenwalt (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Vick Griffin .... location manager (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
E. Michael Hewett .... location manager (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Matthew Lasseter .... assistant: Josh & Jonas Pate (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Thom Rainey .... script supervisor (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Geoffrey Ryan .... location manager (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Eugene Woodbury .... marine coordinator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Stephanie Yeager .... assistant: Jeffrey Reiner (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Arthur Scott .... script coordinator (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Laura Bartlett .... studio teacher (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Debbie Lane Hewett .... production secretary (7 episodes, 2005-2006)
Brent Beath .... writing assistant (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ryan Bennett .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Reva Grantham .... craft service (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michelle Maloney .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jessica D. Johnson .... medic (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Susan Smits .... crafts service assistant (5 episodes, 2005-2006)
Steve Gottfried .... script coordinator (5 episodes, 2005)
Christopher S. Horne .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2006)

Kevin Black .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Dylan Boyd .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Heather Brannon .... assistant production office coordinator (unknown episodes)
Tommy Brockert .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jim Chizmar .... dive master: underwater crew (unknown episodes)
Elan Dassani .... computer/video playback supervisor (unknown episodes)
Bill Delaney .... key set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Todd Fullerton .... supervising 24 frame video/computer engineer (unknown episodes)
Allison Furgal .... travel coordinator (unknown episodes)
Charles Little McBryde Grannis .... location assistant (unknown episodes)
Connie Kunz .... second assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
J.D. Lombardi .... assistant to director: pre-production (unknown episodes)
Tye Lombardi .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Katarzyna 'Kait' Malec .... additional location assistant / additional production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Mariande .... location production assistant (unknown episodes)
Melanie McCracken .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jay McPhaul .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Brian Niemczyk .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Valerie N. Robinson .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Troy Waters .... assistant marine coordinator (unknown episodes)
Adam Willis .... location production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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The boat that is used is a 23' Parker 2310, a popular boat amongst serious angler's.See more »
Quotes:
[from trailer]
Laura Daughtery:[while in submarine] Something's coming up.
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41 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Involving Family Entertainment with Unsusual For Sci Fi Intelligent Women, 14 February 2006
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

The 15 episodes of the first, and I wouldn't be surprised only, season of "Surface" worked as involvingly as if it were a mini-series like "Taken." The executive producers, Jonas and Josh Pate, never seemed to be stalling or creating filler but had clear character and story lines and trajectories set from the beginning.

The production values, including of the sea monsters, were very high for a weekly series, so that even if the series is not renewed viewing the DVD as a whole will be very entertaining. An important element in its success was the filming locations in North Carolina which provided more visual variety than we usually see in most series which are routinely filmed on either an L. A. back lot and environs or in the Vancouver area.

While there were tips of the hat to many other sci fi movies and shows of the past (Jay Ferguson's "Rich" certainly seems similarly obsessed as Richard Dreyfuss in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; the daring duo's extreme adventures under the sea certainly seemed like a tribute to Jules Verne, let alone "The Abyss"; some sort of cryogenics facility seemed a lot like something we'd seen in "Coma;" their nemesis seemed to be borrowed from "The X Files," etc.) but it all came together freshly and with some unexpected twists.

Unusual for sci fi, the female roles were key and interesting. While I at first thought Lake Bell's "Dr. Laura Daughtery" was too young (not to mention impossibly gorgeous in a bathing suit) to be a marine biologist, over the first few episodes her threatened status as a newly minted PhD was dealt with spookily as part of the conspiracy to make her suspicious. Her scientific capabilities were always believable, even if her survival luck was amazing. I remained a little unclear about her personal time line of her life with her son, who she must have had when she was a teenager, and ex-husband (let alone the apparent ex-boyfriend "Jackson" who literally stuck out his neck for her). But her devotion to her son was a sweet recurring theme, even as she kept abandoning him to follow leads and escape henchmen.

Martha Plimpton had a delightful guest starring arc as a quirky, guilt-ridden scientist. And the teen age girls actually had brains and feelings. While the mom was clueless, so was the dad, amidst their extremely upper middle class lifestyle.

The relationships between the brainy females and their guys was always appealing, and their dialog sprightly. "Rich"s practical life skills as a fisherman and insurance agent, and brute physical force, were continually balancing "Laura"s scientific knowledge. I was very impressed that the series kept their relationship as a friendship with loyalty but no exaggerated sexual tension, as he is throughout a devoted family man to the wife and daughters he has had to leave behind on his quest, helping to make this appropriate family entertainment.

Teen Carter Jenkins' "Mile Barnett" was geekily adorable throughout, from his boyish loyalty to an unusual pet and his first crush on a girl who actually appreciates him, to his exploration, and finally embrace, of new found super powers. I particularly liked how the series helped him find his way through his volunteer work at the aquarium, which is shown as not just a commercial show but a serious scientific institution.

The story certainly capitalized on the world's recent experiences with natural disasters to believably surmise how people react, from prejudice to panic. A particularly effective episode incorporated MSNBC news and web coverage into the story line for a cynical commentary on old and new media.

Some of the travel times around the country seemed as unrealistic as in "Alias" as the central duo tracked down clues (and they seemed to get as much sleep as "Jack" in "24").

But the bringing together of the central characters and themes in the finale was convincing and exciting, even as it left open plenty of story lines for a network to capitalize on for a second season. NBC was smart to rerun episodes on the Sci Fi Channel and hopefully that could continue to build up interest in even short term renewal or mini-series conclusion.

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