Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Episode Guide, Year One, shows 25 & 26.
Production information and notes by Mark Phillips
Story synopses, Mike Bailey

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Cradle of the Deep
The Amphibians

Cradle of the Deep    (Airdate: March 1, 1965)

Paul Carr's seaman Clark, always something interesting going on.
Clark - back behind bars again!

          Dr. Janus is aboard Seaview to conduct research into the origins of life which he claims may lead to a cure for birth defects.  The only catch is that Seaview must navigate to the Venus Sea mount and an area that has the reputation of being the "Graveyard of Submarines."   Crane is reluctant, but newly commissioned officer Clark, whose brother died in a submarine that entered the area, gets downright belligerent.  Unable to convince Crane or Nelson to turn back, Clark sets Seaview's controls for a different destination; when Nelson finds out, Clark is thrown in the brig and the mission resumed.  Seaview arrives at her geologically unstable destination and Nelson and Janus retrieve a microscopic piece of primal matter from the sea floor

Janus & Nelson look on as strange particles bombard cellular structure.
Nelson peeks at new life.
New form of life with propensity to GROW!

Janus & Nelson watch bombardment of cells.
Nelson eagerly examines treated sample.
A new form of life.

    Janus soon submits the sample to his evolution accelerating apparatus.  As Nelson and Janus catch up on their sleep, a seaquake sends boulders cascading down on Seaview and the sub takes on water. 

    Awaking to the shaking, Nelson and Janus soon discover that coincidentally, their microscopic bit of matter is growing at an alarmingly accelerated rate, doubling in size every three hours.  It soon becomes a sizable blob that pulls the oxygen from Seaview's recycled air and sends much of the crew into nitrogen narcosis.  The problem is corrected and Crane announces he wants the experiment jettisoned.  Before anything can be done, Seaview goes out of control and strikes bottom.   

The sample has grown somewhat.
Nelson, Crane, Janus & new life form.

Crane pulls Nelson from smoke-filled lab.
      With the sub incapacitated, Clark, again on the loose, goes to Janus' lab to destroy the doctor's experiment, but Kowalski manages to stop him. Nelson has decided the life form must go and convinces Janus as well.  They attempt to destroy the organism before it outgrows the sub, by subjecting it to carbon dioxide.  Janus is crushed in the attempt, but the protoplasmic blob is destroyed in the resulting explosion. Crane is left to wonder if the experiment was worth it all.

   2   2  Crane pulls Nelson from Janus' lab after climatic explosion.

Sven Wickman, set decorator: "The actors on Voyage showed a keen interest in what we had created for every episode.  It was an exciting, challenging show to work on as we created throbbing brains, futuristic alien gardens and ghostly square riggers.  I liked Voyage, it was prime family entertainment.  I was also very fond of Irwin Allen.  Years later, I dropped in to say hi to him when he was with Warner Brothers in the late 1970s.  He looked up and smiled. "Sven!  Have you come back to work for me?"  He was a very loyal man and always appreciative of our work."    
Cradle of the Deep
Written: Robert Hamner
Directed: Sobey Martin
Guest Cast
Dr. Wesley Janus......... John Anderson
Bill Clark...............................Paul Carr
Dr. Andrew Benton....Howard Wendell
O’Brien............................Derrik Lewis
Helmsman........................Robert Payne
Corpsman........................Ray Didsbury

Mark Says: The giant protoplasm is kind of creepy but imagine how better it would have looked if they had used one of those giant weather balloons The Prisoner TV series used for Rover. Some interesting moments include the desperate calculations to reach shore before the amoeba splits the submarine in two, and Chip’s nitrogen stupor. The goofy factor is Bill Clark - how did such an unstable guy ever get promoted?

Mike Says: This episode is resonant of Ivan Tors' Magnetic Monster, in which a minuscule bit of matter, the result of an experiment which gets out of hand, doubles in size every 12 hours.  It's an interesting concept which plays on Voyage in fair "B" movie style.  And don't forget--there are some things that mankind just isn't meant to know! 

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The Amphibians    (Airdate: March 8, 1965)

     Given a grant to research man's ability to adapt to living underwater, Dr. Jenkins and his associate decide to go for the throat and have themselves outfitted with a set of gills he's perfected.  Not only can the two successfully breath seawater, they start kidnapping divers and converting them too, conscripting them into their army of mermen.  Seaview shows up with supplies and Jenkins tries to hide evidence of his work, knowing that Nelson might not approve (he's right in this assumption).
                                                                             Missing diver mystery.     2  2
  Zale Parry as Angie Maxxon.


     Back at NIMR, Morton alerts Nelson and Crane to the fact that the group has consumed 20% less oxygen than would be expected, making both Admiral and Captain suspicious.  Nelson sends Crane back to the undersea research center with orders to investigate, which he does, and soon observes a beautiful woman free swimming at impossible depths.

Robert Dowdell as Chip Morton.  Coulda guessed, huh? Zale Parry as Angie Maxxon. David Hedison as Lee Crane.  But then, you knew that.
An astonished Morton and Crane stare at Seaview's monitor, not sure they believe what they see.

Nice mechanical gills there, ace.

           Seaview divers go missing, then two well-placed explosive charges go off, damaging the submarine.  Crane has orders to take Winslow and his prisoners alive; Winslow informs Crane he's coming aboard to try to explain about how grand his experiment is and how the sub's crew better join up or they'll be changed into amphibians by force.  It is apparent that he's lost perspective on his power position, and when he almost keels over when an electrical panel short-circuits, Crane guesses the amphibians may have a weakness-ozone.  Crane eventually uses this knowledge to capture the outlaws, but not before Dr. Jenkins is killed trying to finish off Seaview with explosives.

Zale Parry says: "One of the major universities had concluded that under proper conditions, humans could breathe underwater without breathing apparatus.  So this episode was not only intriguing but very up-to-date in its science.  The director was always checking to make sure the gills on our throats were still there after underwater scenes. Can you imagine an actor surfacing and saying, "I lost one of my gills!"  The gills were actually circular screens used in washing machines.  Everyone on the show was very friendly and courteous and it was a lot of fun to do."     
Zale Parry
Experienced diver Zale Parry as the amphibious Angie Maxxon in Voyage's The Amphibions.

Mark says:  Another good cast, another low-energy story.  Zale Parry adds to the show, as does a lot of underwater photography. An unusually ambiguous ending for Voyage.

Mike says:  Yes, yes, I agree with Mark.   This was a potentially interesting, honest-to-gosh science fiction premise, that unfortunately, was not fleshed out by the writer. 


The Amphibians
Written: Rik Vollaerts
Directed: Felix Feist
Guest Cast
Dr. Jenkins.............Skip Homeier
Dr. Winslow...........Curt Conway
Angie Maxxon.............Zale Parry
Danny...................Frank Graham
Joe.............................Len Felber
Divers........................Paul Stader
                       George Robotham

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