The first episode takes three different characters and stories and entwines them together, all of them interesting. The first is about a young boy that's out boating and skiing with some friends. He falls in the water, and they take off leaving him in the middle of the water playing a joke on him. He sees something odd in the water while out in the middle and gets really spooked. It's huge. He later goes back and finds several eggs, and takes one home and puts it in his aquarium.
The second story is about two brothers who are going to go water diving. One knows of a perfect spot which is over by an oil rig. While diving they see something huge and unbelievable. They get spooked and scramble toward the structure of the rig for protection, but one of the brothers gets dragged under by the creature.
The third is about an underwater scientist who is exploring beneath the sea in a small submarine. She's bright, and her career is just beginning. As she explores the depths she notices something odd. She looses contact with her associates in the boat above, but later gets to the surface rather shaken. What is it that they've seen? These three stories start to form what Surface is about.
During The Sixties the Vietnam war was going on, yet here in America we had escapism entertainment like Star Trek, The Beverley Hillbillies, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, Batman, and so on. For me personally, it was a great time period for music, and a change in the youth culture.
The Seventies brought with the VCR the first time that you didn't have to watch live television, you could tape it and watch it later or rent a movie or even tape a movie off of HBO, Showtime, etc. (My how that aspect has changed.) But the programming in TV changed as well with Monday Night Football, Monty Python, and paid cable networks like HBO. Punk music began. There was also the exit of our role in Vietnam, Watergate investigations, and gas shortages.
Even given eight hours or so for each decade they basically skim over and highlight events. Granted you can't go very much into depth, but at least it does provide a snapshot look at the decades. It's been a worthwhile watch. It might be better to catch off Netflix or Amazon, so you don't have to contend with so many commercial breaks.
I'm always on the lookout for new (or older) movies to add to my Netflix queue. Recently I added these:
1. Mr. Brooks
2. Man on a Ledge
3. Reign Over Me
4. A Walk Among the Tombstones
5. The Terminal