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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season 4, Vol. 2
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Episodes on Disc 1 Side A:
- The Return of Blackbeard
- Terrible Leprechaun
- The Lobster Man
- The Abominable Snowman
- Secret of the Deep
- Savage Jungle
- Flaming Ice
- Edge of Doom
- The Death Clock
- No Way Back
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VOYAGE was a pioneer in its day---the first big budget science fiction television show that was episodic rather than anthology-based. Much of TV "sci-fi"---including the various incarnations of Star Trek---owes a debt to VOYAGE's producer Irwin Allen for boldly exploring this then-untapped venue. For those who do not know, VOYAGE was also the longest running non-syndicated prime time science fiction series on a major U.S. network for nearly thirty years. In my book, that's an impressive historic fact...and it wasn't achieved by a fluke. The star power of Richard Basehart and David Hedison, backed by an able supporting cast, plus state-of-the art miniatures, sets, and special effects that remain impressive to this day, are all part of the recipe that made VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA a great success.
This volume contains a good mix of the storylines that made VOYAGE memorable throughout its four-year run, plus a couple of unprecedentedly light-hearted diversions into the realm of fantasy. Here are what I consider to be the highlights:
"Nightmare" - A tense thriller where Captain Crane's world is turned upside down by an alien invader who wants to test humanity's psychological aptitude for resisting attack. This is one of the last episodes to make use of the excellent stock music that was written for earlier seasons by Alexander Courage, Nelson Riddle, and other musical greats.
"Secret Of The Deep" - Action-packed spy adventure that in some ways is a free-for-all of almost every major plot device that the crew of the Seaview ever encountered.Read more ›
These are the four episodes "not" to miss by all means necessary:
1. "Nightmare": Captain Crane finds himself alone on the Seaview except for a phantom crew that begins a countdown to fire nuclear missiles on Washington D.C.
2. "Edge of Doom": an espionage plot whose saboteur is a well-known Seaview officer.
3. "Secret of the Deep": an espionage plot guest starring Peter Mark Richman as a double agent.
4. "The Death Clock": Captain Crane assassinates Admiral Nelson under the influence of a time machine and attends his military sea funeral. Music by Harry Geller.
Time traveler Mr. Pem (Henry Jones) returns in "No Way Back" and meets again Admiral Nelson: the best of his two appearances and still directed by the same Robert Sparr from "The Wild Wild West".
Following the theme of the season 3 offering "The Brand and the Beast" (the sequel to "Werewolf") in which Admiral Nelson is turned into a werewolf, "Man-Beast" , also written by William Welch, shows Captain Crane who undergoes a state of biological regression due to the side effects of an experimental gas used to fight the high pressure of the deep sea inside the diving bell: one of the favourite episodes of actor David Hedison and whose means of sea exploration makes a veiled reference to a season 1 entitled "The Condemned". Music by Leith Stevens.Read more ›
What makes the series such a classic is that the preposterousness of the situations could easily be comedic, which was what dogged "Lost In Space" as it progressed, but even to the last minutes of the final episode the seriousness was never questioned, even with potentially questionable episodes like "The Lobstermen". Consequently it can truly be said that Voyage showed the viewer nearly week in and week out things they had never seen before.
And who could doubt the subtle beauty of the still classic miniature work that resonates just as strongly now as it did in 1969, even though not a single computer was used.
Has anyone else noted that not one woman appears to show up in the entire fourth season? I can't recall a single instance of even a background female character... now THAT's something of a feat.... not an admirable one... but you gotta admit...
The biggest complaint is Fox's lack of concern for those who remember the show from its initial airing, from 1964-1968, the ones who KNOW how it began and ended, including the opening theme with the line, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea brought to you..." The fact that Fox chose to omit "...brought to you by..." as well as the music as the opening radar sequence disappeared is truly an insult to the fan who has fond memories of it.
Also, with David Hedison (Capt. Crane), Terry Becker (Chief Sharkey), Bob Dowdell (Commander Morton), and Richard Bull ("Doc") still among the living, it would have been great if they had been allowed to give some new insight into the making of the classic series.
However, the compilation can be praised for allowing viewers to "play all" episodes contained on each side of the 3 two-sided discs. That was not available in many of the preceding discs of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The show itself is great. If you're looking at the DVD you probably already know that. My review is for the packaging, and DVD production. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Eclectic Me
one of my favorite science fiction shows growing up, brings back memories.Published 4 months ago by wareagle
Fun under the sea (and sometimes in space) with the crew of SSRN Seaview!Published 5 months ago by Patti
For a 1970s show, they hold up well. They started getting a little silly, but still good.Published 6 months ago by Sam P. Appleby
the show became more campy each season and this was the season that is incredibly silly often. Still it's entertaining to watch even today. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Dobey
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