SURFACE SERIES REVIEW
Netflix may have it’s Knives Out but Apple TV steps up to the murder mystery streaming competition with an eight episode psychological thriller Surface from acclaimed writer/producer Veronica West (High Fidelity, Dexter: New Blood). Since Sophie’s (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) accident where she fell overboard on a ferry, every face is a blurry memory. Her husband James (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) just wants her to focus on feeling better and moving on. Her best friend Caroline (Ari Graynor) wants to be the rock she can lean on but isn’t sure they were all that close to begin with. Unsatisfied with the hand she’s been dealt, Sophie refuses to leave all her cards on the table. With her therapist Hannah (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) she’ll scratch the surface of her trauma to discover if she survived an accident, a suicide attempt, or an attempted murder! Bradly, Rae, and Neil polish up the magnifying glass and put on their Sherlock hats. Together they discuss the nuance of the mystery in the wake of Agatha Christie, sexy-time saucy scenes in a year of desert-dry hand holding, and ponder if the best kind of mystery asks us to solve the conflicts with in ourselves.
CREATED BY: Veronica West
STARRING: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ari Graynor, François Arnaud, Millie Brady, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Stephan James, Markian Taraiuk
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)
You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
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