|Trivia: When casting
Voyage’s pilot in 1963, Irwin Allen primarily wanted Richard
Basehart and David Hedison for the leads but some of the other actors
seriously considered for the role of Admiral Nelson included Richard
Carlson, Robert Sterling, James Whitmore, MacDonald Carey, Richard
Denning and John Forsythe. Actors considered for the Lee Crane role
included Dewey Martin, Mark Goddard, Robert Hogan, Grant Williams,
Barry Coe and Allen Case.
Mark Says: There is genuine mystery as Crane
begins to suspect Nelson of selling out America’s defense secrets
to save his kidnapped sister. Unfortunately, much of the show’s momentum
is undercut by boring exposition. This is one of many episode that has
the Star Trek "Red Shirt" syndrome, where unknown crewmen are
killed off. Here, a shore party consisting of Crane, Morton, Kowalski and
a nameless sailor (played by Dick Dial) battle General Fenton’s forces.
When the sailor is gunned down, no one laments his loss.
Mike Says: Sanders is great as the sophisticated
spy and the sets are fine -- excellent ambiance. This is certainly
one of William Welch and Al Gail's best scripts. They were often
guilty of writing in see-saw action that went nowhere or had no real relevance
to the story, other than to take up minutes of screen time. But in
this episode, the action works fairly well. Mark is right about the
boring exposition, but compared to what came in some of the later-season
shows, this one's a gem.