Voyage to the Bottom of the
Effects--Deadly Creature Below
|The genesis of the underwater plant/animal
monster from season one's black & white episode, "The
Condemned"--the pre-production drawing at left evolved into the
monster that appeared on-screen as pictured below. Often, the
production drawings were more ambitious than the final creation
(usually due to budget
|As mentioned above, the creature seen here was
actually created for season one's black & white episode "The
Condemned" in which it performed more function than simply wreaking
havoc. As with most season one episodes, the story actually focused
on the foibles of its human characters; the creature serving as a 'bear'
to precipitate the show's crisis rather than being the story
itself. The monster as pictured immediately above left and
below as it appeared in year two's "Deadly Creature Below".
It was this episode that GAF chose as the basis for its Voyage to
the Bottom of the Sea Viewmaster set titled "Escape."
Inset shows effects crew working with camera on the dry side of the glass
in the green tank. Above right, another great miniature effects
shot in the making.
| Eight months after appearing in season one's "The
Condemned," it turned up in the Lost in Space episodes, "The
Keeper," (Parts 1 & 2), and then came back for season
two's "Deadly Creature Below". I'm sure it made several
other appearances as well.
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