Thursday, March 5, 2009

Next Week on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea!

Quite possibly my favorite TV show of all time, VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, has been woefully neglected at TIAH Blog. Mostly because there’s been little in the way of news and not a whole lot more in the way of video to embed.

Now, we make up for that!

VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA Season Four, Volume One will be released on DVD March 31. With the assumed Volume Two to follow, Sixties TV Sci-Fi may very well be completed! What a wonderful feeling!

So, until we soon seen Admiral Nelson, Captain Crane and the Undersea Warriors of the Submarine Seaview battle Alchemist Victor Jory in the pit of a volcano, best Vincent Price and his “Deadly Dolls”, turn back classic sci-fi actor Warren Stevens and the Flying Dutchman, and blast Time Master Mister Pem (Henry Jones) to the past, let’s enjoy these embedded tidbits!

And, if you’re not a big fan of VOYAGE, watch ‘em anyway… they’re only a few seconds long! How much could it hurt?


Next Week Preview introduced by Richard Basehart. (Admiral Nelson)

Next Week Preview introduced by David Hedison. (Captain Crane)

Next Week Preview for “The Haunted Submarine".


Anonymous said...

I remember an ad for the then-upcoming second season (1965-66), narrated by Richard Basehart. I don't remember if it mentioned that it would be in color (although I would assume it did). I do remember him explaining that they were adding the flying sub. It was also the first time I remember them naming a specific year for when the show took place (1973).

Joe Torcivia said...

Ah, yes… That ad, though it appeared to be the introduction to the Flying Sub – and the second season in general, presented first season clips, most notably from “The Fear Makers”. Young me was anxiously anticipating that, even though we would not have color TV for another two or three years.

Using clues from the episodes themselves (text graphics and dialogue references), we can extrapolate that VOYAGE took place over the period of 1973 – 1982, and was the only Irwin Allen series that did not progress in “real time” (where one TV season = one year).

If I may be permitted a moment of TRUE “Voyage Geekiness”, I’d always presumed that Season 3’s “Deadly Waters” was the final adventure to take place in the 1970s (probably late 1978 / early 1979), with the Seaview wrecked and awaiting underwater salvage operations.

Even though it aired just BEFORE “Deadly Waters”, “Day of Evil” (with its opening graphic of “1980”) was the resumption of Nelson and Crane’s adventures in the 1980s – taking place mid / late 1980, after the salvage and repair. The balance of Season 3 and 4 covered the period 1980-1982 – and possibly (though never explicitly mentioned) 1983 for the final few episodes.

Then, LAND OF THE GIANTS would pick up in 1983- (1985?) extending the “continuum”.