Seaquest DSV - Season One
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I, like the other reviewers, really enjoyed this series. It was my favorite show when it was on, and I still watch VHS copies I made of it when it was on. In fact, I probably enjoyed it more than many of the other reviewers here. Let me 'splain. I watched this show. I enjoyed it. I went to college and studied Marine Biology and Oceanography. I started keeping reef aquaria. I learned how to use computer-aided design software and designed my own undersea habitats and minisubs. I became a certified SCUBA diver. I'm a big fan of Bob Ballard. See what I mean?
Anyway, for those of you who don't know the series, it's set in the near future when mankind has colonized the oceans. There are farms, power plants, resorts, even prisons in, on and under the oceans. And with all this expansion comes some strife. The SeaQuest was built as a deterrent for those who might seek to wreak havok in the seas. Over time, the ship has taken on scientific research responsibilities as well. Nice plot. One thing I always liked is that the characters were 'fleshed out' well. They seemed like real people. You got to know them, and that's something I really like. Something else I found about this show is that the characters always do 'the right thing'. Even when it's not popular, or could get them killed. Like not counter-attacking an aggressor sub, but instead evacuating injured people from a damaged power station.Read more ›
In 1993 NBC did a show about a super-sub in the near future... starring Roy Scheider ("Jaws", "Blue Thunder"), Don Franklin, Stacy Haiduk ("Luther the Geek") and the late Jonathan Brandis. While it does have a decided ecological, liberal slant to the stories - save the whales, pollution in the oceans, underwater mining - it is exceptional SF. Probably the first modern series to explore the undersea world.
Airing on Sunday nights, "seaQuest DSV" kicked SF into the modern age... this wasn't some SF series about aliens in the far future; it was about what could possibly happen just around the corner.
The first season of "seaQuest" is very much worth it... the episodes may have been hit or miss, but there was an overall beauty to the scripts and the acting.
Don't bother with seasons 2 or 3... at the end of season 1, NBC decided that since it wasn't getting the numbers it wanted, it would go with a "younger, sexier cast" (as if you could get either without Stacy Haiduk), and fired four of the cast members - the second season introduced psychics, genetically-engineered clones, aliens and space battles. The stories in the following seasons were of the Berman type (poorly written).
The first season is definitely worth it - there was some great writing in there (co-produced by Steven Speilberg), and pretty decent acting. Good plots. Nice tension. Sure, it got a little silly at times, but for the first modern undersea series since "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", it was great.
Get season 1, ignore the other two seasons.
Then episode 8, "Knight of Shadows" aired. You hear a brief discription; The crew discovers a haunted wreck; and you think "Please, put this thing out of its misery." But watching the episode, you are blown away by the depth of the story and the preformances of Roy Scheider and Stephanie Beacham. It made you think the show finally found its own voice. From that point on, it became less and less Star Trek underwater, and more serious science fiction/fantasy of its own. Drawing you into the world of the UEO.
But unfortunately, it also sufferd the problem Star Trek: TOS suffered. After a stellar first season, NBC wanted the show a little cheaper and to try to aim it to kids. (Maybe NBC should just give up on sci fi, because most of it they put on is crap; i.e. Manimal, or when they do get a piece of good adult drama they either bounce it around so it never gets a chance or they put it in a suicide time slot.) Steven Spielburg, the shows executive producer, gave in and started to dumb down the show. Which we can all thank god, Roddenberry didn't. it slide fast during second season to the point where when you get to the third season premire, you look in pitty at the silliness of the huge Seaquest being transported to a freshwater river by six chinook helicopters.
You have Rockne S. O'Bannon (writer and producer of Alien Nation: the series and Farscape)is in full control of first season, and it shows. Intense, tight writing, and funny in the right spots. Season One is on my christmas gift list and it shound be on yours.
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It seems simple and cheesy, but I was watching those series when they just aired. A good addition to my collection for home streaming server.Published 1 day ago by Alexander V. Smirnov
It was great catching up on the series. Nice packaging, but I wish there were more behind the scenes special features.Published 2 months ago by Steven J
skipped a little on disc 1, but, i appreciate the purchase.Published 4 months ago by victor kolatka
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