SeaQuest DSV: Season 2
DVD | Box Set
Adventure resurfaces with the return of the spectacular Primetime Emmy Award-winning SeaQuest DSV. Rejoin Captain Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider) and his dedicated crew as they serve as guardians to Earth's undersea colonies and protect world peace from all threats—both above and below the water. This must-own 8-disc set is packed with all 21 thrilling Season Two episodes and features amazing guest stars Mark Hamill, Dom DeLuise, Kent McCord and others. Season Two of SeaQuest DSV continues the incredible, imaginative epic journey into the Earth's last frontier!
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I enjoyed Season 1 and had videotaped all the off air shows, but missed a lot of Season 2 due to a location change, so I ordered this set.
Sadly I didn't enjoy Season 2 as much, because it looked like (and turned out to be I was right) the writers were all different, and the producers
shifted the focus to add more sensational (aka Stupid) plot lines. It looked like some of the shows were lifted right out of the old TV show,
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, by Irwin Allen. And now, of course, its then state of art Effects look dated, and video gamish.
If I ever find it in a bargain bin, I might pick up Season 3 just to complete my set.
The show couldn't decide what it was, and when pushing boundaries it often just went off a cliff.
The aliens in the episode "The Fear That Follows" shuffle around like distressed mimes, less convincing even than the spacemen from the film Teenagers from Outer Space (1959). This is followed by a prescient yet pedestrian episode that preaches about how computers (especially computer games) will become so important that people will stop relating to one another in the flesh.
Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker!) guest stars as a professor / alien hybrid (because that makes sense) in "Dream Weaver," but the episode was so bad that I didn't even care about the fate of my once-favorite actor's character.
Oh, and while I have nothing against sea mammals, there is a talking dolphin onscreen far too often, which shatters any pretense of serious drama that SeaQuest might have been trying to pull off. Maybe this actually was a good show in 1994, but it certainly didn't age well.
Yet despite all this, there was usually something charming in each episode that kept me wanting to take a chance that the next episode would be worth my time. The acting is generally fine (aside from Dagwood's "gentle giant" persona being overplayed to the point of a 4-yr-old), and there is almost enough "sci-fi" in the season to keep aficionados engaged. The short little bits during the closing credits where SeaQuest actors take turns throwing some facts at you about sea animals is still a nice way to end each episode. Final verdict: Be willing to travel back to 1994 television, and Proceed at your own risk.
I think I saw another reviewer say something like this is Star Trek under water and I have to say that's a really accurate description. There is a great deal of the human element involved in these episodes and there is a ecological undertone to many episodes as well expressed with an attitude of innocence that is rather charming.
Perhaps one other part of this series that struck a chord with me is what I would call the "Galaxy Quest" intro. I thought Galaxy Quest was a very good parody and now having seen the introduction to Seaqust DSV I know that they weren't just parodying Star Trek, but this series as well.
There is much to watch here and the efforts of many good people to watch as well. Stephen Speilberg, Roy Scheider and a great supporting case are a few that should be mentioned. It was even a pleasant surprise to see Dom DeLuise in one episode(and his sons in many others). Good fun, good stories, good value for the price - highly recommended.