Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: Season Two Volume Two
DVD Reviews | Aug 29th, 2007
Starring Richard Basehart, David Hedison
Written By: Irwin Allen
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Ahhh, the days when sci-fi viewers were treated to ghost pirates, lost dinosaur islands and killer androids…and loved it. Those were simpler times but as I can attest, “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” wasn’t a simple show.
With each volume that I watch, I’m usually more and more impressed by “Voyage”. The second part of season two is one of those exceptions. Myself being a fan of the science fiction aspect of the show, the latter half of the second season leans more towards the espionage side of the show with Cold War politics still lingering heavily. Of course, there are the usual run of episodes with gigantic sea creatures and bizarre experiments gone awry but I feel that the thirteen episodes on Season Two Part Two are by far the weakest to date. Something just seemed different. Maybe it was the fear of possibly not being renewed for a third season or that the writers were just in a slump…I don’t know. Some of the episodes were goofy and the pace seemed off at times.
When the episodes were good on this particular set, they were really good. In “The Mechanical Man” a scientist and a super android have discovered a new element that can provide limitless energy once harnessed. The element is found in the earth’s core and mining it could destroy the entire planet. Crane and Nelson must find away to prevent the total annihilation of Earth before it’s too late. “Terror On Dinosaur Island” finds Admiral Nelson stranded alone on a newly risen island only to discover that he isn’t really alone and that prehistoric dinosaurs occupy the island! With a side story dealing with a Seaview crewman seeking revenge on Crane for the loss of a fellow crewman, the tension leading up to the final showdown and the rescue of Admiral Nelson makes for a fast-paced, action-packed episode from start to finish.
Even though the second volume of season two was somewhat of a letdown to me, I feel that the show was moving ahead and that better things were to come. There are still two seasons left to “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” so here’s bigger and better things.
David Hedison Interviews
English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Close Captioned, Spanish
Full Frame (1.33:1)
English and Spanish
Favorite Scenes: Terror On Dinosaur Island, The Mechanical Man, The Shape Of Doom
Running Time: 659 minutes