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Seaquest DSV - Season 2 - Complete  [DVD]
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The complete second season of the futuristic '90s sci-fi series about the crew of a submarine. In the near future, having drawn upon most known sources of natural resource on earth apart from those under the oceans, mankind must put on its scuba gear and search. A league of nations has agreed to work together to research what, exactly, can be plundered from the ocean floor and sends teams out to investigate. However they are under steady attack from rogue nations who never signed the pact and must be protected. Roy Scheider stars as Nathan Bridger, captain of the hi-tech Seaquest submarine, sent to do just that, with Stephanie Beacham as Kristin Westphalen, the sub's doctor. Episodes included: 'Daggers (1)', 'Daggers (2)', 'The Fear That Follows', 'Sympathy for the Deep', 'Vapors', 'Playtime', 'The Sincerest Form of Flattery', 'By Any Other Name', 'When We Dead Awaken', 'Special Delivery', 'Dead End', 'Meltdown', 'Lostland', 'And Everything Nice', 'Dream Weaver', 'Alone', 'Watergate', 'Something in the Air', 'Dagger Redux', 'The Siamese Dream', 'Blindsided' and 'Splashdown (1)'.
Set in the year 2018, this futuristic sci-fi series revolves around mankind's attempts to colonise the earth's waters. As various deep-sea colonies are set up, conflict ignites among different communities fighting for precious natural resources. Assigned the task of keeping the peace by the United Earth Oceans (UEO), a submarine known as seaQuest DSV is sent underwater for the purpose of preventing war. The high-tech ship's diverse team is anchored by Captain Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider), and includes clairvoyant doctor Wendy Smith (Rosalind Allen), giant janitor Dagwood (Peter DeLuise), whiz kid Lucas (Jonathan Brandis), and even a talking dolphin. The second series of Seaquest DSV includes 23 episodes and features guest stars Kent McCord, Dom Deluise, and Mark Hamill.
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My only criticism is there is no behind the scenes extras or cast interviews. Given the amount of hype this show had at the time they must exist?
I enjoyed watching Seaquest when I was younger, but this time around I found that the episodes are a lot more 'unlikely' and not quite up to the same standards from the first series. Don't get me wrong as this is still a fantastic and very entertaining program it's just somewhat less believable and even a bit too far-fetched in places even for science fiction (man eating plants never did float my boat.) The two hour first episode is great and one of my favourite episodes from the series, also there are two gems "The Sincerest Form of Flattery," and "Splashdown." It becomes obvious when watching that the ante has been raised in terms of special effects and sets as this time around they are more impressive while not being over the top. Again the acting from all is brilliant. At the end of the first series Seaquest was destroyed in the final episode, but thankfully they build another one with a few new characters including a Forest Gump like `Dagger' called Dagwood.
We've waited a long time for Seaquest to be released on DVD and while I have my disappointments about the series and the packaging, I'm still very glad that I bought it and I'm sure you will be too.
I remember that I liked the first series, I enjoyed the second better (except for the preaching at the end by Bob "the grave robber" Balard and his oceanographic institute) and the third rocked my world. Unfortunately, even though the third had the best viewing figures the tv network decided to cancel. I remember the 3rd series best (I was, and still am, a Michael Ironside fan).
The second series lost a lot of viewers because of it's 'preachy' views at the end (it was ahead of it's time in the promotion of ecology conservation) - and it wasn't necessarily the save the seal, whale, etc, that bothered the viewers but the condescending way it was put. This ecolgy section at the end was apparently the brain-child of lead actor and mechanical shark killer Roy Scheider, it was also his decision to dumb it down so much that viewers were left feeling insulted and switched off early. All this came on top of the whole submarine kidnapped by the space aliens story-line (another Scheider inspired story) and Scheider lost his lead role to Michael Ironside (season 3).
Season 3 is my preferred format, more action less preach, and we learn more about the sub and other members of the crew, and boy genius, Lucas was allowed to grow up and become a member of the crew.
The only thing that saddens me about this series is that Jonathan Brandis (who played the so-called "boy genius" Lucas) like many other child actors found that once he'd grown up he wasn't able to find work in the acting profession, and committed suicide in 2003. A sad footnote to a great family-friendly series.
There are some great episodes, e.g. "When we Dead Awaken" and "Dead End" are two examples. There's a subtle tribute to Roy Schneider in "Meltdown" where a bohemoth prehistoric crocodile is thawed out from the Antartic ice and attacks a colony. Why only 4 stars? There are a couple of problems with the series. Firstly, it clearly seems to emulate the X-Files, very popular at the time. There is a lot about legends, aliens and such like. Not that there is anything wrong with this per se. It just de-focussed the series and frankly made the series silly in places, which, as an admirer of the series overall upset me a bit. Some episodes seemed to come to no satisfactory conclusion, such as in the episode "Watergate", were the crew encounter the Gods Neptune and Minerva. The crew may have just come across a couple of haddock for all the surprise they exhibited. The potential of the episode was just not developed. Secondly, there was a very strong emphasis on psychic ability. What has this to do with submarines? I have no idea, but it dominated the series, especially towards the latter episode. This led to the somewhat weak and daft episode "Alone". Thirdly, Seaquest is a submarine, not a member of Starfleet.....!
I must say that I liked the "Sea Facts" sections during the end credits, were a crew member talks about some sea creature. This was the first time I learnt about pseudo killer whales!
However, overall, this series makes for good viewing, and stil retains the excitement of the first series. I certainly recommend it to people who enjoy adventure and perhaps those after a bit of 1990's nostalgia. Also, one gets to see Mark Hamill!
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Can "playback" please get to work on Seaquest 2032.