In this review, Judge Cynthia Boris literally calls herself "a large, mutated, hungry clam." You can't make this stuff up. (Well, you can, but it would be stupid.)
Our reviews of Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 1, Volume 2 (published July 26th, 2006), Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 1, Volume 1 (published March 8th, 2006), Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 2, Volume 1 (published November 22nd, 2006), Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 3, Volume 1 (published July 4th, 2007), Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 4, Volume 1 (published May 21st, 2009), Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Season 4, Volume 2 (published March 10th, 2011), and Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea: Global Warming Edition (published October 26th, 2007) are also available.
"I think of Aramis cologne because [Irwin Allen] used to come on the set…and I always knew he was there because I smelled Aramis and I cannot stand that smell to this day. It terrifies me. That's what I think of Irwin."—David Hedison, on his impressions of Irwin Allen
When Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea premiered, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was going strong on the small screen and James Bond's Thunderball was breaking the box office. The Soviets had spy satellites, and LBJ sent fifty thousand troops to Vietnam. And though the Cold War wasn't quite so cold, we were still living in an era of mistrust. Those themes and fears were the basis for Voyage to the Bottom of Sea: Season 2, Vol. 2. But as we got into the later half of the second season, rubber suited monsters began to creep in. Monsters of the week may now start lining up for an interview.
Facts of the Case
In 1964, Irwin Allen made his first foray into the world of TV when he shrunk down his major motion picture Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and turned it into a weekly series. We've still got Richard Basehart and David Hedison (The Fly) heading up the crew of the submarine Seaview. Bland but beloved Bob Dowdell is there as the sub's exec and Terry Becker as Chief Sharkey (though he does disappear for a while thanks to a salary disputre). We also have recurring background players, turned fan favorites Del Monroe, and Paul Trinka and Allan Hunt adds a bit of youthful enthusiasm as surfer boy, Crewman Riley.
Other than cast tweaks there were two major changes to the series in this season. First was the use of living color. For the first time, audiences got to see the lovely blue-green ocean with its bright white-capped waves. Such a waste that the Seaview herself is nothing but a dull gray. Oh, time for major change number two: The addition of the bright yellow Flying Sub! This clever gadget was berthed beneath Seaview's command deck (and they were smart enough to retool the front windows of the sub model to match). The "sub" had a pilot and co-pilot seat and room for two more. It's unusual saucer shape made it visually stunning as it sliced upward, breaking the surface of the ocean to become airborne time and time again. The Flying Sub was so popular with fans that the model kit made by Aurora and then Monogram is still highly sought after today.
The second half of the second season marks a real turning point for the series. Though it features some of the best episodes of the season, it also presents some of the worst. Beware: Here there be monsters!
The second season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an interesting mix of plots with an emphasis on spying, action, and adventure. There are a few more fanciful storylines scattered throughout the season, including a story about a two-headed seaweed monster, a trip to a land time forgot, and several ghost stories. There's good. There's bad, and there's awful. Take a look.
• "Killers of the Deep"
• "The Phantom Strikes"
• "The Sky's on Fire"
• "Graveyard of Fear"
• "Dead Men's Doubloons"
• "The Death Ship"
• "The Monster's Web"
• "The Mechanical Man"
• "The Return of the Phantom"
• "Special Features"
Still Gallery: This is another great set of photos. I've been collecting photos from this show for years, and there are plenty in this gallery that I've never seen. It's amazing.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Sorry, but I'm happy as a clam. A large, mutated, hungry clam with plans to eat the Seaview—but a clam, nonetheless.
While some people will complain about Voyage's campy style and rubber monster suits, that is an unfair criticism. Sure, there are some missteps. But in general, this series is unlike anything you've ever seen on the small screen. The miniature work is so perfect you'll forget that you aren't watching a real submarine slice through the ocean. Episodes such as "The Phantom" are cleverly written and well executed. The DVD itself is incredibly clean and sharp with colors that pop off the screen—and that's a welcome change from years of watching episodes taped off of a local channel before cable.
If you enjoy a good action show, give Voyage to the Bottom of Sea: Season 2, Vol. 2 a try.
This court finds Voyage to the Bottom of Sea: Season 2, Vol. 2, to be guilty of sabotaging itself with silly monsters. Stick to the human condition and your episodes will be top notch!
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