Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
TV-G | 14 September 1964 (USA)

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    Pretty Good

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    Excellent but underrated film

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    Very interesting film. Was caught on the premise when seeing the trailer but unsure as to what the outcome would be for the showing. As it turns out, it was a very good film.

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    "voyage to the bottom of the sea" was the sixties' imaginative precursor to "star trek" in many ways. an artistically beautiful and super-capable sci-fi craft, launched into the great underwater frontier of our great oceanic world, still unappreciated in imagination as well as reality. yes, to be a kid at these times was an incredible blessing, and the series came on as really tremendously welcome relief to all the, well, too-many episodes of gun smoke and andy griffiths. it was much better to see the nuclear powered "Seaview" launched and ready to tango with anything the enemy could come up with, either alien or under-water monster. yes, the dramatic rapport between admiral nelson and captain crane was special, much like the descendant admiral picard and "number one." nostalgia – hope netflix puts it on, or i can find the DVD set around these parts of western canada.

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    Ruined the same way as LIS--and in this instance the was no presence of children to excuse it. It was--had been gravitated towards an older audience. The characters remained the same, the crew being people in the navy had an air of realism and the cast were competent actors; at the end the acting was the lone contributor of keeping the show on. Oh yeah and for me, using the modern term: "Crane was hot". I scored it 8 because it was 2nd to Star Trek in its convincing me for a long time it was a real ship they were filming.Clearly fault rests solely writers dropping the cloak and dagger spy genre of season one for taking inspiration from drafts of LIS season 2 & 3 episodes.

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    As a kid in the mid 1960s I regularly watched Star Trek, the Outer Limits, Twilight Zone re-runs, the Invaders and even Lost in Space. There was something about Voyage though that, even as an 8 year old, struck me as supremely sophomoric even though I didn't know what that word meant back then. In an era of cheesy special effects this show's were the Limburger. The plots had more holes than a mine field planted in the path of the LA Marathon. Oh, and that Richard Baseheart evil mini twin puppet? Oh, c'mon!! It just was NOT a good show to even a fairly non-discriminating viewer like myself at 8 or so years old. I've watched a few episodes in recent years just to see if my youthful opinions were well placed and you know what? I was right! If any of you dear readers liked the show or it is high in sentimental value for you, more power to ya', but as far as I was concerned the bottom of the sea was this show's high point.

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    I was just a teenager when this series was popular. I'd lie on the carpet in our living room and watch the plot of each episode unfold on our family's 21 inch black and white Electohome. The special effects were somewhat crude by today's digitalized standards, but they were state of the art at the time. The series centered around the experiences of the crew of the "Seaview", a remarkable nuclear submarine with capabilities far beyond those of the common submarines of the day. It could dive deeper and go faster than conventional undersea vessels and, as if that weren't enough, it could launch a small flying submarine that was as adept at flying in the stratosphere as it was at plying the depths of the world's oceans. The captain of the Seaview was Lee Crane, played by David Hedison. He was responsible for the day to day navigation and operation of the "Seaview". The ship was designed by Admiral Harriman Nelson, played by Richard Basehart. Admiral Nelson was always on the "Seaview" and made the larger decisions regarding the activities and challenges to be undertaken by the ship and it's intrepid crew. The Seaview often encountered monsters during it's explorations and these were my favorite episodes. More often however, the plot of the episode dealt with the larger political and environmental issues of the time. A great series that was about as stimulating as a young mind could wish for.

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