Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Series Basics and Episode Landmarks, Season
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea's first season was filmed in black and white, with the exception of the pilot episode, which was filmed in color. Seaview's external design was lifted intact from the 1961 feature film. The observation lounge was separate from and a level lower than the Control Room, and was accessed via the spiral staircase, starboard side. The nose had 8 observation windows, although only the lower four were ever seen from within. The boat's exterior color was a basic military gray. Science fiction, espionage, and Cold War themes dominated Season One. At 32 episodes, it was the longest of Voyage's four broadcast seasons. There were no two-part stories or sequels. Premiering on September 14, 1964, the ABC series ran Monday evenings at 7:30.
Season One Differences From the Movie:
* The USOS (United States Oceanographic Submersible) Seaview becomes theSSRN Seaview.
* Crew no longer wears radiation film badges.
* There are no female crewmembers.
* The Nelson Institute For Marine Research (N.I.M.R.) is introduced.
* "Peterbuilt"-sounding "dive" siren is changed to an antique car-sounding one. ("ah-ooh-gah")
Episode 2, "City Beneath The Sea": The first "regular" VTTBOTS episode. First use of the Paul Sawtell theme for the opening credits, with voice over. Closing credits are of the Seaview in the emergency blow maneuver from the movie. (The same view, in color, was used for the pilot.) First female guest star (Linda Cristal). First use (and loss!) of a mini-sub in the series. (The mini-sub also appeared in the 1961 movie.) First appearance of Patterson (Pat).
Episode 3, "The Fear Makers": The Seaview has a sister
ship, the Polidor.
Episode 12, "No Way Out": First chase through the
Episode 16, "Hail To The Chief": A non-NIMR diving bell is used to transfer the President.
Episode 17. "The Last Battle":
Nelson is now a four-star Admiral!
Episode 23. "The Human Computer": The first episode to feature a virtually empty Seaview, this time with Crane being stalked throughout the ship. This distinctive episode pushes the envelope with unique music, unusual cameral angles, and a record 15 minutes without dialogue. Directed by James Goldstone, one of Voyage's top directors.
Episode 24. "The Saboteur": First brainwashing of a crewmember (Crane). Captain Crane's mother is mentioned.
Episode 25, "Cradle Of The Deep": Last appearance of Chief "Curly" Jones. (Henry Kulky passed away February 12, 1965.)
Episode 27. "The Creature": Only title to be used twice. Episode 15 of the third year is also called "The Creature". Plots are unrelated.
Episode 29. "The Enemies": First time Nelson and Crane are pitted against each other.