The Gates Review: "Surfacing"

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Since we are only one week away from the season finale of The Gates, it didn't come much as a surprise to me that "Surfacing" would be quite the episode!

Nothing says spooky like revenge seeking ghosts and last night's episode pretty much consisted just of that.

Surfacing Scene

[Photo: ABC]

Before we get to the meat of the episode, may I point out one observation? Do you think Devon had something to do with Theresa's  ghost coming back from the dead? She did have that satchel of herbs that collected Nick's dreams...I wonder why she would want that? Thoughts?!?

Okay, so Theresa came back with vengeance. I had to keep covering my eyes for most of the hour. I don't know what it is, but ghosts really do scare the living daylights out of me - especially when they look as demonic as she did! Bravo to the writers for keeping The Gates a bit spooky and not too Desperate Housewives-ish.

One of the greatest scenes from last night had to be when Dylan and Claire sat down to tell Emily that they were vamps and Emily nonchalantly told them she already knew! So silly for these vampires to believe that they could pull the wool over Emily's eyes.

My only problem with this scenario is that if Emily was just a normal eight-year old, wouldn't this situation be rather scary? It only leads me to believe that Emily really isn't just a normal eight year old - she too must have some type of supernatural powers. Don't you think?

Charlie finally decides to give it a go with Andie. Hey, you can't really blame the guy. If I almost had my life taken away because some demonic ghost wanted to seek revenge of my father's wrongdoings, the next thing I would do is jump back into a relationship with a demonic girl that sucks the life out of men. Yeah. That's exactly what I would do. Hey, you really can't help who you fall in love with, can you?

Brett, his mother, the coach, well, really all of the werewolves were left out this week. But, by the looks of it, they will be back in full swing next week on the season finale.

Until next week's two-hour season finale, we leave you with a few The Gates quotes:

Nick: You okay?
Sarah; No. I'm not okay. I get why you didn't want to tell me about this place - I understand it was for our protection, but now that I know, I don't want to live here any more.
Nick: Sarah.
Sarah: No, we're leaving the Gates. | permalink
Claire: I am not nearly as old as your father, but I will never be old. | permalink
Nick: I don't understand, you were shot.
Leigh: But, lucky for me, I was wearing a vest. | permalink
Nick: Stop! It stops here. Please.
Theresa: What are you going to do Nick, shoot your wife? | permalink
Nick: Peg, she tried to kill my boy, I need help. | permalink
Charlie: Dad it wasn't the pool, it was like something pulled me under. | permalink

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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This show continues to impress me. Even with its absurd premise, the show keeps the focus on the characters, and that's something a lot of other shows forget about. I too thought that Emily might be something supernatural but I think it would depend on when she found out about her parents. If she's had time to process it, it's obviously not something scary for her. Besides, she loves her parents, and she accepts them for whatever they may be... and I think that's the message there. The show does a great job at showing us that Claire and Dylan don't just need Emily to stay 'good,' they actually love her as a daughter. The only thing I'm not liking is Devon. She seems very 2D and almost like a cartoon character. In a show where motives and characters are all gray areas, she stands out as a villain who only has one side to her. I hope that changes in the finale.

The Gates Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Peg: Nick, anything we discussed is privileged. You can trust me.
Nick: I've been seeing things, things that can't be real.

Devon; And how long have these nightmares been going on?
Sarah: Uh, about three weeks.
Devon: Nightmares are often driven by a conflict between the conscious and subconscious.

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