to the Bottom of the Sea
Paul Trinka brought to the televised version of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea a sense of calm and comfort--his character on the opposite end of the karmic scale than, for example, seaman Clark. As with the rest of the show's regulars, this had little to do with any substantive depth, detail or background inherent in the scripts. But the calm, easy-going side of Patterson wasn't always apparent in the show's comparatively gritty first season, during which "Pat", on more than one occasion, speaks almost bitterly.
Patterson: "Yeah, well don't worry how you look, Clark. Nobody's gonna see us again. Not ever."
Whether in the context of
kidding around with Kowalski about something/anything or waxing
philosophical about being shot or beaten up again, Pat remained
| Pat absent-mindedly rubbed his ear.
What was the Admiral so all-fired anxious to talk about? Could it relate to
the bizarre events that he, Jacob Compton and Lee Crane had just experienced on
their flight to Seaview? Likely so, since the Captain had ushered him directly
from the Flying Sub to the Admiral's quarters in great haste, hustling him
rapidly past his crew mates in spite of the fact that he hadn't seen most of
them in months. It felt as if Crane were trying to keep him temporarily
Pat sat waiting and fidgeting for several minutes, when finally the Admiral entered, closed the door, walked to his desk, and sat down. He fiddled with his shirt pocket as if hunting for a package of cigarettes, then, with a sigh of frustration, gave it up.
The Admiral is antsy, Patterson thought.
Nelson smiled. "Pat, it's nice to have you back. Leg better?"
"Almost healed, sir."
The Admiral cocked an eyebrow as he sized up how best to launch in. "Pat, Seaview is currently engaged on a rather unusual mission. I've heard Lee Crane's preliminary report of the events of your flight from Portland, and I'm asking you to keep quiet about what happened. I want to limit distractions to the crew. I'm sorry, I can't tell you more than that."
"You don't have to, Admiral. Your judgment is good enough for me."
Reassured, Nelson continued. "We've worked together long enough for you to know I would only ask this of you under extraordinary circumstances. Frankly, we've got some extraordinary circumstances.
Patterson smiled his boyish, knowing look. "As you know, Admiral, I try to