Surface (originally titled Fathom) is a science fiction television series that premiered on NBC on 19 September 2005. The program aired fifteen episodes before going on hiatus on February 6, 2006 due to NBC's coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics. On May 15, 2006, NBC officially announced the series' cancellation, leaving the outcome of the show's plot unresolved.
During a routine submersible dive in the North Pacific Ocean, California oceanographer Laura Daughtery (Lake Bell) is attacked by an unknown life-form that appears out of a field of craters on the ocean's floor. Miles Barnett (Carter Jenkins), a North Carolina teenager, finds himself face to face with the strange sea creature after falling off his wakeboard during a nighttime outing with his friends. Meanwhile, Richard Connelly (Jay R. Ferguson), a Louisiana man on a fishing trip, loses his brother in a suspicious diving accident when a creature drags him to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.
All around the world, strange things are occurring in the world's oceans. Shooting stars fall from the night sky into the Caribbean Sea; a horrific howl tears apart a South African lighthouse. In South Carolina, an unknown carcass washes up on a public beach, prompting the government to evacuate and cordon off the area, claiming it as a beached whale killed by red tide poisoning.
Meanwhile, Daughtery's research is seized by government officials led by a mysterious Croatian scientist, Dr. Aleksander Cirko (Rade Šerbedžija); after attempting to confront them, she is fired. Curious as to what he's seen, Miles ventures back to the area where he first spotted the creature only to find the water covered in strange pods he classifies as "eggs"; he takes one home and places it in his parents' fish tank. Unable to cope with his brother's disappearance, Connely ventures to South Carolina to see the creature for himself. Connelly meets Daughtery upon arrival after they are both taken into custody due to asking too many questions.
When the fish in Miles' tank disappear and the tank breaks, Miles discovers that something has hatched from the egg; he attempts to conceal it but it escapes and causes havoc at his sister's pool party. Daughtery and Connelly sneak onto the beach and bring back a hagfish that had been feeding on the carcass. Each returns to his home, and Daughtery sends the fish's stomach contents to be tested. As they wait for the results, reports of strange creatures beaching themselves around the world begin to surface. These three strangers may have stumbled upon the greatest secret in human history.
The creature that hatched from the "egg" Miles found appears to be a kind of web-footed aquatic lizard possibly a Pliosaur. It has the ability to zap objects with an electrical charge. Miles's friend Phil names the creature Nimrod, "Nim" for short. Dr. Cirko discovers the origins of the creature, but is murdered before he can tell anyone. His assistant gives his research to Daughtery who has already teamed up with Connelly.
In the remaining episodes we learn that agent Lee is actually a clone of one of the men on the original Kessler expedition. After some of the other young creatures attacked him, Miles develops some of the creatures' abilities- electrical surges and a need for excess salt, due to Nim healing him by licking his bites and scratches. In the series finale the creature's activities on the sea floor causes a massive earthquake which turns into a tsunami that destroys Puerto Rico and heads toward the east coast.
Rich discovers a cryogenic version of Noah’s Ark in the Iderdex plant. Also there were dozens of monorails being sent into the Mariana Trench. The series ends with Miles meeting Laura and Rich during the evacuation. The last shot is of Miles, Laura, Rich and Caitlin looking out from the church steeple they climbed to escape the waves to see how the tsunami placed all of Wilmington, NC under water.
This TV series encompasses possible implications of genetic engineering, and modern biotechnology. The underlying theme of the series involves the artificial creation of an organism, through a secret biotechnological company. One scene involves a scientist going for an interview for the company, where the interviewer reveals revelations such as the recovery of the Archaeopteryx, and that cloning Dolly the Sheep was 30 years after their secret company discovered how to clone.
Season 1 Episodes [Complete Series]
1.01 There's something strange going on in the world's oceans
1.02 The mystery of the ocean is now on land
1.03 Things are heating up under the ocean
1.04 It is time to track these unidentified species
1.05 Who turned out the lights
1.06 Another one bites the dust
1.07 On the run
1.08 Submersible Setback
1.09 Race against time
1.10 Laura and Rich return from plunge to the ocean floor
1.11 The story's out
1.12 Fugitives on the run
1.13 Experiment gone awry
1.14 Fears are rising
1.15 Who will be left behind?