Amphibians (Airdate: December 17, 1967)
Seaview and the Flying Sub come under fire from a sonic cannon leveled
by amphibious creatures that have emerged from a subterranean lair,
intent on taking command of the world's oceans. They could
care less about the humans, but want Seaview and her reactor to power
their sonic weapon. After much see-saw action and a partial
conversion of Kowalski into a mind-controlled amphibian, Nelson retires
to the lab and concocts a counter-weapon to the amphibian's sonic
oscillator. The invaders are vanquished, their underwater installation
blown to smithereens and Kowalksi returned to human form just in time
for the end credits.
Written: Arthur Weiss
Directed: Jerry Hopper
Deadly Amphibian ||
Joe Tata: "Do you remember that little styrofoam ball that would go up
and down in the escape chamber? We always got a laugh out of
that. I once staggered backward and said, "Man, look at that little
ball go. I’m getting rapture of the deep!"
Mark says: One of my favorites. It
gallops along with new undersea footage, wild costumes (phony looking but
so outlandish that they’re actually fascinating) and Don Matheson, later
star of Land of the Giants, has the perfect voice for an arrogant
Mike says: There's
an outrageous example of a Voyage pet-peeve in this episode.
Early on, Seaview is seen crashing to the bottom, stranded there, her
nose jutting out over an undersea rock formation, obviously hundreds
of feet below the surface. The angle of the nose allows
the Flying Sub to be launched, and Crane, Sharkey and Kowalski go
out to have a look ahead. When FS1 is launched, the editor cuts
to a shot of Seaview seen from below, surface waves breaking in
the background Obviously, the sub was on the surface.
Similar to the way Ed Wood would randomly cut between day and night
shots in many of his films, including Plan 9 From Outer Space
. There was really no excuse for this kind of continuity break. What
was the editor thinking when he did this?
On other fronts, the music in this episode is particularly well matched
to the story, pushing it strongly forward, rather than dragging it
down with slow, funereal cues, and well, O K,
I admit, The Deadly Amphibians is kind of fun to watch.