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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best episodes in the history of the series, 21 Jun 2008
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Reginald D. Garrard "the G-man" (Camilla, GA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Voyage to the Bottom of Sea: Season 2 V.2 [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Season two of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" saw the beginning of the "monster of the week" storytelling that would mar much of the show's last two seasons. Though installments like "The Sky's on Fire" and "The Shape of Doom" have plots similar to the theatrical film and a first season show, respectively, there is enough originality in the remaining ten to satisfy fan and non-fan alike.

"Terror on Dinosaur Island," replete with footage taken from creator Irwin Allen's feature film "The Lost World," benefits from guest star Paul Carr's performance as a crewman obsessed with seeking revenge against Captain Crane who Carr feels is responsible for the death of a fellow sailor. Michael Ansara and John Wayne's son Patrick are both featured in the tense cat-and-mouse episode "Killers of the Deep" while perennial heavy Nehemiah Persoff gets to chew the scenery as an escaped convict in "Deadly Creature Below!" Robert Loggia plays a scientist determined to retrieve a submerged youth serum at all costs in "Graveyard of Fear" and Albert Salmi, who would appear in Allen's "Lost in Space" the same year in a similar role, dons a pirate's garb in the enjoyable "Dead Man's Doubloons."

"Voyage" borrows from Agatha Christie in the "Ten Little Indians"-like "The Death Ship." Interesting camerawork and impressive special effects are the highlights of "The Monster's Web" and "The Menfish."

"The Mechanical Man" features James Darren as an evil android intent on world domination. Darren would later star in Allen's short-lived series "The Time Tunnel." This particular episode is one of the few with a "special guest star" in the form of veteran Arthur O'Connell. There is also an eye-popping view of the Seaview as it is hooked to an underwater laboratory.

The major highlights of the disc are "The Phantom Strikes" and its sequel "The Phantom Strikes Again." Both episodes allow stars Richard Basehart and David Hedison the opportunity to stretch their acting mettle. Alfred Ryder is outstanding as a malevolent spirit determined to possess Captain Crane's body. Even featured player Del Monroe ("Kowalski") has a "moment" in "The Phantom Strikes."

As in the other compilations, the special features are at a minimum but the superb sound and color make up for the weaknesses in the "extras" department.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great edition, 15 Sep 2013
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Enrique Borras Insa (Valencia, Valencia Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Voyage to the Bottom of Sea: Season 2 V.2 [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Received what expected. Wonderful release. Back to when the TV was in black and white. Better tthan the spanish release
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