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

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The Death Clock
No Way Back

The Death Clock  (Airdate: March 24, 1968)
A wild ride!  A time-traveler (Mallory) is on board Seaview.  Using a time displacement until, he has isolated Captain Crane from the rest of the crew--isolated him in time.  Sick bay is the only place on Seaview that's safe for the Captain, the only place where it isn't tomorrow.  The crew has witnessed Crane gun down Admiral Nelson in cold blood and for no apparent reason.  But Nelson won't really be dead until tomorrow, and besides, it wasn't really Crane who killed him, but a time-alternate.  Confusing?  Well, take it easy, this is a time-travel story complete with a conundrum or two, and a pretty good one at that. Crane experiences the nightmare of witnessing Nelson's funeral and eventually finds himself on a tropical island being tested by Mallory's time machine with precious little time to keep one of his alter-ego selves from eventually killing the Admiral, that is, if they don't kill him first.   PS...with Sharkey's help, Crane manages to get back to Seaview and destroy Mallory's time-displacement unit, and with it, Mallory as well.

Ladies, good things come in threes.
Captain Crane versus--Captain Cranes?  The Death Clock...


Written: Sidney Marshall
Directed: Charles Rondeau
Guest Cast
Mallory..................Chris Robinson

  Are these
three enough to stop three crazy Cranes?  
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  And here's three more.

Mark says:
  Another episode with a wealth of photographic tricks that effectively depict a nightmarish world where everyone seems against Captain Crane.

Mike says:  Dang it, yet another year-four episode that has me wishing there had been a fifth year of this series.  If you like em way-out, this is the outing for you.  The constricted budget shows a bit, but still, not bad entertainment.

No Way Back  (Airdate: March 31, 1968)
Mr. Pem is back for Seaview's final bow.  To bad they didn't scrimp an extra $100,000 to make this a big-budget romp.  It could have been really nice.  Still, not that bad.  In the first two minutes of the show, Seaview, Crane and much of the crew are blown to bits (Nelson is at the Institute).  Pem is back from the dead, having sneaked onto NIMR grounds, just as Seaview is reported missing.  Aha, just the impetus Nelson needs to assist Pem in creating a new time displacement piece.  (The audience is getting suspicious.)  Within hours, Pem has finished his device and transported   Henry Jones and Richard Basehart--two talented actors center stage.
 Lee, you think we can get through this one more time?    himself and Nelson onto Seaview prior to her destruc-tion, much to the consterna-tion of Captain Crane and the rest of the crew.  They start tearing into Seaview, hunting for anything which might explode, accidentally or purposely.  Pem, locked in the lab, manages to transport Seaview back in time so he can    Admiral, there is no doubt in my mind.
stage a meeting with Benedict Arnold and change history.  Not to worry, Pem is finally overcome, all historical figures are put ashore, and a bomb, of course planted by the darling Mr. Pem, is jettisoned before it can go off, thus saving Seaview from destruction, so she can sail into rerun heaven. 

Written: William Welch
Directed: Robert Sparr
Guest Cast
Mr. Pem......................... Henry Jones
Benedict Arnold............Barry Atwater
Major John Andre.....William Beckley
British Guards...........Denver Mattson
                        ..................Troy Melton

Now where'd I put that damn sonic ray-gun?
For Nelson, one last nostalgic look around the lab.  Where's that damn sonic ray machine?

A first in television history as the regulars of a TV series are killed off within the first 2 minutes (when Seaview is blown to bits).  Star Trek: The Next Generation would later do the same thing in their episode, "Cause and Effect."

Mark says: As a kid, I was disappointed that we didnít see Seaview cruising around with 18th century sailing ships or have the officers go ashore and explore a small town. The episode still has a great opening sequence and Captain Craneís weary sigh when he sees a British guard in the control room mirrors some of the castís feelings that four years of nautical mayhem was enough.

Mike says:  Back in 1968, viewing the final first-run episode of Voyage was very hard  for me.  The fact is, I was one of those kids from a broken family who had latched onto Seaview's crew as family, and Nelson as father-figure.  Corny perhaps--maudlin, but I don't apologize for it.  In spite of my indignation over script quality and monster-of-the-week orientation toward the end, Voyage was a wonderful and important part of my life.  Hats off to Irwin for being such a kid, albeit a mean one on occasion, and hats off to Richard Basehart for being such a great dad to boys like me, although he was apparently never even aware of that role.  My one regret is that in later life, I never attempted to write a letter to him saying thanks.  I was always afraid I would come off sounding like some kind of weirdo or geek, which of course, may not be far from the truth.  And then there's the talented and gracious David Hedison.  Along with Del Monroe, Paul Trinka, Terry Becker, Bob Dowdell and back in Season One, Henry Kulky and Paul Carr.  They weren't too shabby either.  Last but not least, I must remember to tip my cap to internet friend Ray Didsbury, who was along for almost all of the 110 episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea .

Irwin says I'm out of the will, Lee. And it's breaking my heart.
Well, David, now we can get on with our lives.

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