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Apple TV+ orders a second season of Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Surface

The thriller, from creator Veronica West, will take Mbatha-Raw's amnesiac protagonist Sophie back to her hometown of London for its second season

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw appears near a surface in Surface
Gugu Mbatha-Raw appears near a surface in Surface
Photo: Apple TV+

Amnesia thriller Surface is getting a second season at Apple TV+, with THR reporting that the mystery show—in which Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Sophie, a woman who survives a suicide attempt but develops severe amnesia in the aftermath—has gotten an order for a second run of episodes.

Surface was created by Veronica West, whose previous credits included Hulu’s short-lived High Fidelity TV adaptation, which she developed, and which lasted a single season on the streamer. She serves as the showrunner on Surface, executive producing on the series alongside Mbatha-Raw, frequent episode director Sam Miller, Lauren Neustatder, and Apple’s personal TV-producing powerhouse, Reese Witherspoon.

Although plot details about Surface’s second season are, obviously, light at the moment, Apple did reveal one major detail about the upcoming arc: The series will shift its setting from San Francisco to London, Sophie’s hometown, as she continues to face the various problems that she’s forgotten to remember that she has.

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As it happens, we weren’t especially hot on Surface, despite Mbatha-Raw’s considerable talents adding a bit of heft to its psychological thriller shenanigans. In her C- review of the show’s first season, The A.V. Club’s Saloni Gajjar wrote scathingly that,

The final product is a massively disappointing slow burn. The crawling pace would’ve been worthwhile if the show knew where to take its suspense, but Surface offers neither eroticism nor an edge-of-the-seat mystery. The story instead branches off into ridiculous subplots, including an unnecessary girls’ trip and an embezzlement scheme. There’s sporadic focus on Sophie’s life pre-marriage that is ultimately used to set up a (possible) second season. But why is that more important than wisely fleshing out the first one?

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Surface aired its first season back in July, wrapping up in September of this year.