to the Bottom of the Sea Thus ends a truly
classic episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. If the
writing, production and tone of the show had remained this high during
Voyage's entire run, it would probably be remembered today much more
fondly and have a current series of successful films based on it.
Hats off to all the people who made this series as great as it was, at
least for a time. Always entertaining, Voyage
would later only occasionally reach the general plateau of quality
established in its black and white first
"Submarine Sunk Here" page 4
The inevitable climax is on it's way. Curly and
Morton have arrived with the bell and the main flotilla ship lowers
the two over the side toward Seaview and the minefield waiting
below. Nelson announces on the intercom that help is on the
way--conserve air, he cautions. Shortly after the bell
enters the mine field, it fowls a cable and two mines collide,
exploding. Seaview rocks on the bottom tossing
about her tired and scared crew.
Nelson on the phone: Hello, Chip; diving
bell, come in! Salvage barge, can ya--can you hear
Crane: I just checked on the angle -- 31 degrees. That means the bell can't couple with us.
Nelson: It's as simple as that. We need to right ourselves at least five degrees.
But, as Patterson notes, they have no power to do that. Crane points out that there is one way -- flood a compartment. Blake overhears in the background as Nelson consults a set of blueprints and announces they need to flood compartment 47 to
A fowled mine detonates.
Nerves on edge - a sudden explosion.
right the sub sufficiently. Kowalski:
What for -- the bell's gone. There's nobody out
there. Nobody alive.
Crane: Kowalski, we have to count on that bell being there. I say we flood 47 now.
Nelson: If we open a seacock at this depth, the water will come in like a battering ram.
Patterson:But the watertight doors would be shut, sir. The water would stay in the compartment.
Nelson:Yes, and so would the man who opened the valve. I can't ask any man to do that.
The eavesdropping Blake sets his jaw and heads aft.
Blake advances on compartment
47, pushes his way past Harker, who is on his way to the
control room, and locks himself in. He proceeds to open
seacocks which let in water from the outside.
Nelson soon learns from Harker that Blake was seen heading
into compartment 47 and puts two and two together. They
all race for the compartment, but are too late, as the
sonarman is blasted unconscious by the incoming
Blake locks himself in compartment 47.
Nelson and Crane try to stop him.
Seawater Blasts in on the doomed Blake.
The realization of Blake's sacrifice hits both Nelson and Crane. There may have been question
of his attention span, but surely none remains about his character -- not even in Harker's mind.
Because of Blake's sacrifice, Seaview gets
the weight-shift she needs and settles back to an angle which
allows Curly to guide the diving bell over the submarine's forward
hatch for docking. The sound of the bell clamping onto the
deck above sends a surge of relief rushing through the
sub. And it's all made official when Chip Morton
drops through the hatchway and says: Permission to come
Permission to come aboard, Sir?
Nelson comes running
with a smile of relief and an appreciation of life written all over his
face. Survival is what this chapter has been about. Morton drops
into Seaview's control room with the assurance that oxygen and
rescue have come to a ship of seemingly doomed men.
Later, back at the Institute, Crane reports that the men, including Bishop are going to be OK. Nelson has good news too. Seaview is going to be raised and put back together.
A beaming smile that says it all.
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Thus ends a truly classic episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. If the writing, production and tone of the show had remained this high during Voyage's entire run, it would probably be remembered today much more fondly and have a current series of successful films based on it. Hats off to all the people who made this series as great as it was, at least for a time. Always entertaining, Voyage would later only occasionally reach the general plateau of quality established in its black and white first season.