VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA-The Amphibians, The Exile, The Creature (1st Creature)
Fish underwater near an undersea lab which is continuing 20 years of research started by the main man--the old Dr. Winslow. Dr. Jenkins, younger, more muscular, has pushed the doctor ahead on doing more experiments---using human subjects--human volunteers. Biochemistry has been changed using drugs and injections which lowered Jenkins' blood pressure, made his eyes able to function in less light, made his skin able to be immersed in water for a longer period of time. Jenkins' artificial gills have completely healed--they have been put into his neck. Winslow is not completely confident they are doing the right thing. They have spent 3 months at the bottom of the sea. Jenkins is in a bathing suit and goes up to a tank of water. He goes into it and bubbles come from his gills. It works. Jenkins gets overly excited, "It worked! The operation's a success! I breath water!" ? He is the first amphibian man. Winslow warns him as he moves toward the pressure hatch to dive down and outside--Jenkins, he feels has spent too much time in the water as it is. Jenkins wants to stay under longer--he feels he can now. He dives out and down the lab hatch--to its under cage--then goes outside the cage into the deep. If you look closely, a rock formation out there looks like a giant sea shell or giant clam shell but it is just a rock.
The main VOYAGE theme is heard. Chip is at the periscope--two miles to the station. Dr. Winslow has asked that Seaview approach from the east to not stir up the water around the XP1 lab. He and Jenkins have been living for six months underwater with plans for one full year. Seaview runs 1.82 degrees at 200 feet. Crane goes to Sparks. At the XP1, Jenkins and Angie, a girl (who seems almost mute) bring in a swimmer--who is unconscious now. Another man, Danny, helps them. Winslow thought they agreed to stop kidnapping people. Jenkins (although at times it sounds like Winslow calls him Jacobs) tells him they need man power (or girl power as the case may be). Winslow sends Angie to her quarters and responds to Crane's call by asking that the sub remain 500 yards away. Crane is bringing them supplies. They need pepper--Winslow tells them that although they can synthesize almost everything they need to eat from Kelp--pepper cannot be made. Jenkins and Winslow operate and make the swimmer man into an amphibian with no side effects in their reactions. Jenkins wants Winslow to let Nelson know what they've done. They put the body of the swimmer into a freezing chamber. Winslow isn't sure what the chemical and medical changes will do to the human body and insists Jenkins is not the same man. Jenkins tells him he is not, nor is Winslow--Winslow is an amphibian also--with gills. They did an excellent job on each other. The tissues are changing, the mind expanded and opened up. Seaview lands on a ledge. Crane goes out and the longer swim gives him good exercise, he jokes about this to Winslow. The reports given to Crane for Nelson are deprived of the most important info--since Nelson was against the use of human volunteers from the start. Jenkins tells Winslow they must, "break away from the world and Admiral Nelson," and make more of their kind. They get a signal that Capt. Crane and Kowalski are here and the two surface up the hatch. It is interesting to note the hatch goes up and there is a tank that allows one to see Crane and Ski before they surface. Crane waves hello and we can see from this and from when he surfaces and takes off his mask there is a great deal of water in his mask. It has been ten days since Crane's last visit. Nelson will make the next supply trip. The scientists want to make it known that this project is about making man adaptable to the sea. Winslow tells him, "Life began in the sea," the first man came from the sea he insists. He also says embryos of humans have had gill slits. Jenkins puts to Crane that they want to try their experiments on a human being. Crane lets them know the Admiral will object. They show Crane mice swimming under the water in a fish tank. A bit unnerved, Ski wants to collect the oxygen tanks and go back to Seaview. Crane goes with him but first Jenkins says, "Science is always held back by small, unimaginative minds." Crane, not one to let anyone get away with a comment like that, skillfully counters with a non-nasty, "I'm sure you're not including the Admiral in that assessment." Crane gives a hearty, "Bye, Dr. Winslow," the older man. Later at dock in Seaview Crane tells Nelson they've changed. Nelson presses him for information since it is important information: the nervous tissues--the brain, the synthetic tissues of Winslow's may caused a change. Crane says it is subtle, something in their personality and attitude. It will take two weeks to complete a proof or disproof of Winslow's results. The whole report to Nelson is a plea to try the experiment on Jenkins. Nelson explains Jenkins is skilled geneticist and Winslow is a brilliant, great scientist. Nelson was only too happy to find the money and do his share of the research. Seaview's crew has brought back tanks that have 80 percent of the oxygen not consumed--a clue that they may have begun experimenting on themselves. The two scientists didn't account for that--perhaps unconsciously Winslow did this and perhaps Jenkins just wanted to let it out into the open. Nelson has talked to Washington DC and he wants Lee to go back. The authorities have informed Nelson of missing people--four men and one woman scuba divers and excellent swimmers all missing along the shoreline near the XP1. There has also been a great deal of publicity about the XP1. Seaview is on the surface soon but dives to 200 feet, course 235. They want to observe the XP1 from behind a heavy rock formation which will shield them from the lab. Angie is fully asleep in an underwater tank. He heart has lower blood pressure. We hear the Seaview theme as we see the sub; Chip and Lee look at the TV monitor in the Control Room. Seaview's engines are off and but it is running and we hear the bleep beep. Chip and Lee see Angie swimming at 200 feet scuba free! They note the metal attachments on her neck. Crane says, "Dr. Winslow has gone ahead--he's made his amphibians," and then a bit too dramatically, "He's started making his monsters."
Crewmen Carson and Lynch are replacements for crewmen Davison and Morely. The two jobs are to observe the lab from outside Seaview. The XP1 gets signals and also picks up the two divers. When Winslow calls, Crane says he is concerned about the gas content in the tanks given to the Institute and he would like to take some tests. Jenkins calls their not accounting for the oxygen used in the tanks blunder--they should have let out the air from the tanks to show they used air like non-amphibians. Crane tells Chip to make noises like the crew is doing some repair work on Seaview to further their excuse of not being able to leave. The scientists have their electrolysis functioning. Jenkins gets plastic explosives but Winslow is worried. Even though they will damage Seaview, they will save many of the crew for new recruits. Winslow muses that he is not afraid by what they are doing, he feels power and assurance that they are right. Ski and Crane come back in. Winslow tells them it is funny about the gas content. Crane, dead pan serious now, says, "Really. How is it funny?" Crane and Ski check for leaks but one room is locked. Jenkins makes some excuse about experiments on animals that is in that room and it is crucial not to disturb the tests. They will take 24 hours but maybe by then Seaview's repairs won't be finished, Crane tempts them--he claims they have a pressure leak. He asks the two over to Seaview for dinner but they refuse. When Crane and Ski leave, Jenkins says, "He knows." Winslow tells him they should take the two Seaview watchers and "if Seaview hasn't left in two hours, we'll destroy it." Angie leads Carson and Lynch (we see light from above the surface beaming down--how deep is the XP1 supposed to be anyway and if 200 feet--can light penetrate that brightly?) into a trap. A net drops over the two Seaview men and Danny, also amphibian and in only a bathing suit, uses tranquilizers on them and they are taken to the XP1. Chip looks at a photo of the missing girl and claims it is the same girl. Crane wants to search the XP1 again. Chip feels they have to but Crane considers the safety of the hostages first. They get a report from Davison and Morely that the other two-Carson and Lynch are gone. Crane recalls Davison and Morely back to the ship. Chip looks on the telescopic viewer (fancy name for TV camera). Jenkins tells Winslow to stall Capt. Crane and Winslow wonders if this is the right way to proceed. He wants the amphibians to disable Seaview only--with the entire crew as recruits they will need the living space of Seaview. A three minute timer is on the bomb device. Angie and Danny leave. Crane is called Commander by a crewman getting static. On the TV, Chip gets static. Crane gets heavy electronic interference. Sparks tells them the XP1 is the source of the jamming. Crane tells Chip to prepare to get Seaview underway. The explosive packs are set by Angie and Danny. Two blasts rock the Seaview (we see the smaller model in an extreme long shot).
Ski takes the very hurt Mr. Morton to Sickbay. Buoyancy tanks, the electric system, and the pumps are out. The flooding is under control. Jenkins is overly happy when Angie and Danny return, "Great job!!! Both bombs exploded!! Seaview won't be going anyplace. Angie, some food---I'M HUNGRY !!!" THIS GUY IS A LOON. And so is Angie for putting up with him. Jenkins looks at Seaview on TV (don't we all). Winslow has done some tests on the electro encephalograph--there is a change in the brain from their experiments. Then he asks Jenkins, "Are we mad?" THIS GUY IS A LOON, also. Jenkins says, "We can't back out now. We're in this a little deep." Yes, 200 feet deep. Winslow tells him the changes include violence that they have done--changed people without their consent (hey, he doesn't hear Angie complaining, does he?). Jenkins says, "Excuse me if I won't shed a tear." THEY ARE BOTH LOONY TUNES and not the cartoon kind. Jenkins is served, "Excellent Angie, you've become a very good cook!" Gee, I guess this experiment was worth it just for that. They get all their food from the sea--bread from plankton (THE PLANKTON! THE PLANKTON! ANNA!). Sorry. They also get meat and vegetables from the sea. Crane calls Winslow and tells him to release the hostages. When Winslow won't, Chip tells Crane he wants to torpedo those maniacs (right, Chip and kill the innocent Angie and the others?). Crane tells Chip to prepare the electronic screen but this will hold back repairs. Winslow knows Seaview is here to spy on them--well, duh. Winslow tells this to Crane and wants to come over to Seaview. Jenkins will start on the Seaview men, making them into amphibians. After the call is over, Crane quietly says, "He's insane, that's the only explanation." He wants them to search Winslow when he comes aboard. In the Missile Room, Crane tells Ski to take Winslow to the observation nose. The electronic screen whines in the Missile Room. Chip calls a Chief engineer who tells him the screen is set up at 100 yards now, safe from further free diver attacks. In the nose, Winslow coughs (a flub or was this to imply that Winslow was getting sick from his change; or that his breathing air is making him sick?) in the nose (well, his cough comes from his mouth but he is standing in Seaview's nose). You know what I mean. Crane tells him five of their men are injured, some severely. Crane is really mad at him. Winslow tells him that no one has a right to stifle scientific research especially in adapting man to life undersea. He and the others can breath air and water, getting oxygen from the water itself. "Oh, commander, if you only knew the freedom, the beauty, the music of the silences of the deep. From it we get all minerals, all chemicals, we can make anything, do anything, and you can't hurt us--touch us but we can destroy you." SOMEONE SHUT THIS NUTCASE UP!!! Crane tries with telling him mankind--people have to set foot on land but Winslow tells him they do not have to anymore. Winslow tells him Nelson lied to him about the brain changes but WHO'S LYING NOW? Crane tells him Nelson, he, and the crew have no interest in joining them. The radio bursts nearby. Winslow gives the Commander (Crane) two hours to surrender and join them. After Winslow leaves, Chip says, "That's no more the man we took out six months ago than I'm Admiral Nelson!" Crane noticed an ozone burst from the radio blast affected Dr. Winslow. He wants to check on something--the ozone from the short in the electrical circuit did that to Winslow. It is ten after four. The Seaview has until 6PM--but Jenkins did not make the promise to wait. He plans a surprise for the sub--Angie. Sayyyy, well now. In one of the Seaview men's scuba gear, she is going to deliver oxygen tanks which are really an explosive. "Seaview loses either way." Chip watches the TV---Winslow passes the high intensity electric field--the 100 yards limit. Crane tells Chip to have ozone generators built and then Crane goes outside the electrical field to be on guard (what? The captain of the sub? Why? To stop someone from getting killed? Did he know Angie was arriving?). Winslow is worried that if Angie is captured, she will make a sacrifice of herself--Jenkins has a plunger on the O2 tanks which will blow her and anyone near her up. Crane swims outside the field and orders it put back on again. Chip sees him and the new scuba diver on the viewer. Crane sees no bubbles coming from the tanks and realizes it is not one of their men--it is Angie--hey, shouldn't he have guessed this from other observations? Crane grabs her and rips her mask off. He tears the tanks off and the tanks fall to the ocean floor and blow up. The blast hits Angie in the back.
Crane carries Angie to Seaview; Winslow and Jenkins watch on their TV. Winslow ponders that if the Seaview men knew what the conversion brings--wisdom, pure joy--they would willingly join them. Jenkins will go to attack it again while Winslow will take the two Seaview men out of cold storage to begin their change. Ski takes Angie from Crane and is to get her to Sickbay on Crane's orders. He responds with a quick, "Yes sir." Chip and Crane go to Sickbay. Doc (Rich Bull) doesn't think there is permanent harmful effects from the blast. Her heart rate is low and her temperature is under 75 degrees. Chip uses one of the ozone generators on her and it has a bad effect. Doc gives her oxygen. Crane tells him, "Watch her, doc, keep her here--this young lady could flood the Seaview and kill us all and still get away herself--that's one advantage an amphibian has." The same notion is in DEADLY AMPHIBIANS in year four. Winslow is still talking in the lab, "Why? Why do we do this? Angie was a nice person." How would he know? Jenkins tells him to forget her and to forget the sonar screen, "Take care of our young men--make them amphibians as soon as possible." Jenkins swims at Seaview. Ski and Crane swim out with the ozone generators. Crane tells Chip to turn the electronic field back on after the pair are out. They see Jenkins swim into the electrified shield and he is killed by it, floating in the water now. Crane and Ski leave him and set the ozone generator under the sea lab. Two men inside are knocked out. In Sickbay, Doc spoke to Nelson at the Institute. Surgery may restore the girl back to normal. Winslow, babbling about vulnerability (the non amphibians are vulnerable) and victors (which will be the amphibians) is brought aboard with three men including Danny--however they wake up and plan to escape. They rescue Angie from sickbay. Winslow has a bomb (again!). He wants to go to the stern. He makes the way clear for them to get out the missile room hatch. He tells Crane and Chip to open the escape hatch once they are in the tube. The bomb will explode in three minutes if they do not. Winslow slams the door, "Goodbye Commander Crane, gentlemen." What is this Commander Crane stuff? Winslow in the tube starts to climb the ladder (one of the first times and perhaps the only time this was shown being done). Crane cuts the intake valve off and the hatch to the outside hull can't open unless the interior is equalized by the water pressure. Chip stalls Winslow on the radio. Crane sets a small grenade on the door hatch and calls for all the men present to lean on a crash matt against the door. It blows; Chip opens the torpedo tube door while Crane grabs Winslow's bomb and stuffs it in. Ski fires it out. Crane calls Control, "Blow all tanks--give it everything's she's got or she'll stay down here forever." The blast shakes them a bit. Later at the dock and in the Seaview nose, Winslow tells Nelson that stopping him will not stop the research he and others all over the world are doing to adapt man to life in the sea--man will need the food the sea can give us and must go down to harvest it--the research will go on. Nelson tells him for now they are more concerned with reversing the damage he has done to the other people he changed and returning their normal human characteristics. Staring blankly while sitting at a table, Winslow tells them, "If I'm right, it can't be done." Nelson says, "If I were you, doctor, I'd start praying that I were wrong."
REVIEW: The gills are pretty strange and Skip Homeier who has played in many science fiction series (THE OUTER LIMITS) and who also played a junior Nazis, not even 10 years old, in TOMORROW THE WORLD!, adds to the strangeness of this experiment. The truth is, despite this one being very different from almost all the other first seasoners and also being the first to include water breathing beings---ala THE MERMEN--this one isn't very memorable. Nor is it one of the better first seasoners, possibly the worst one. Frank Graham plays Danny and also played a monster in LOST IN SPACE-A CHANGE OF SPACE. He and Angie have no lines. The concept of this one is fine but it is very talky and repeats itself a great deal. The bomb thing drags on far too much. And Winslow and Jenkins are far too boring--they go on and on with long speeches--one might almost be the other continuing the speeches. There are long drawn out scenes of them talking to each other about the experiment--and only a few of these scenes give us any new information. Skip Homeier is way too over the top and reads his lines like they were from a whimsical fairy tale. Curt Conway as Winslow is not too over the top but too underplayed except of an occasional daft line here and there every so often. Many of these are commented on in the synopsis. Again, the idea and even the story outline are very good---but the lines and the actual writing of dialogue is terrible. The same problem plagues DEADLY AMPHIBIANS, a similar episode. DEADLY CLOUD and SHADOWMAN, written by THE AMPHIBIANS (season one) Rik Vollaerts also suffers from this. Rik's episodes are some of the worst episodes. This may have been due to the fact that his scripts were messed with by the networks and others but he is consistently bad on logic and dialogue. It is also odd to note that both this and the former episode just before it, CRADLE OF THE DEEP, discuss about how life came from the sea.
WRITER-WILLAM REED WOODFIELD
October 3rd, 1974 (and AFTER the second season episode AND FIVE OF US ARE LEFT-circa--Nov. 16, 1973--!!!!???!!!): a dictator of the People's Republic is about to be shot (the country is it---China? Nope. Russia? Seems like it? Some other country? Fictional one? We are not told and this time, it may be a good thing we are not--it is better left to the imagination). Dictator Alexi (or Alexis) Brynov is to be shot, "Today my comrades kill me--tomorrow I kill them." A man leads the execution. This same man, Josip, who asked Alexi if he wanted a blindfold (he did not want one!) and who Alexi spit on before the shooting due to this question, has set up this escape and told him to be steady. The firing squad is shot by men on the roof of the nearby building. Josip spirits Alexi away.
We see the teletype and the camera zooms in and out. Nelson goes to Sparks and at this point we don't see Sparks but we hear him. There are orders from Washington DC. Crane wonders why DC is granting Alexi asylum--supposedly the former tyrant has micro film that could avoid a war. Alexi's yacht is in a fogged coastline. Nelson is to leave in the mini sub in scuba gear--if caught he will be shot as a spy. Crewman McGarrett reports to Mr. Morton who tells him to take Seaview to 100 feet. Nelson has three hours to get to the yacht. His radio is water proof. Seaview cannot stand by the yacht since the US may be blamed for kidnapping Alexi. Crane is not happy about this. If he doesn't hear from Nelson Seaview is his life insurance. The mini sub is lowered. On the yacht is Alexi's personal doctor Konstantin-an older man with thick glasses; the smug Josip; Mikhil Brynov--Alexi's older brother who fought with him side by side in the rebellion to make their country free; and a banker man named Semenov who seems to be Alexi's accountant. Alexi repeats the motto to Josip, "Together we conquer, revenge me if I die, but kill me if I retreat." Alexis tells the doctor he is strong, "I will die violently fighting, I will not die from a heart attack." Alexi mentions he never turns his back on Josip since Josip's hobby is razors (he helps Alexi to fix a razor as Alexi shaves). The American Admiral comes aboard. Alexi will see him in five minutes. Mikhil knows Alexi will drive the world to war but Alexi smiles, "Just A SMALL WAR to return me to power." He calls Mikhil an old woman and stops the older brother from throwing Alexi's St. Barbara chain outside the porthole window. Mikhil is through killing and warns he will tell Nelson. Alexi threatens him, "Then you will have his death on your conscience." Alexi tells him to tell Nelson and then to trust in the saint to protect him. Alexi comments on Nelson being in an outfit of the People's Republic. He also tells him, "We are aware of the scientific exploits of men such as yourself." He tells Mikhil to get underway. Nelson wants to evaluate the micro film but the Premier won't let him...he will only let the American President see it. Nelson will then return to Seaview and forget the whole thing. Alexi asks how Nelson knows he will let him go. Nelson reveals, "My Captain has orders to radio the yacht's position to your enemies." This is his insurance. The micro film is in the St. Barbara chain--she is supposed to protect from death. Alexi tells Nelson, "You don't like me very much." Nelson almost spits, "I despise you and everything you stand for." Seaview shakes from depth charges launched by destroyers; frame 20 is flooding, 4-5-6 leaks. They can't lead the destroyers to the Admiral. As Nelson looks at the micro film, Alexi puts his hand on Nelson's back. Nelson glances at him and the stout man removes his hand. The film shows missile sites and 12 major cities of the US that will be attacked. Nelson calls it the plans of madmen. Alexi claims he fought against them. He goes to a breakfront and reveals a radio set up inside. Nelson calls Sparks who gets him to Crane. In six hours they will meet. The inertial navigator and the radar is damaged on Seaview. It will take 3 to 4 hours to fix. Propeller shafts are hot and run out (by A TIME TO DIE in the fourth season, Nelson tells the men in the Control Room they don't use propellers, perhaps by that time they didn't). Nelson refuses a drink from Alexi to celebrate. A raft is thrown into the water. Nelson and Alexi hear a searching plane which Alexi says cannot find them in this fog unless someone's betrayed them. The two run out and there is a blast. The room blows up.
A body slips beneath the water (I never found out if it was one of the survivors who make it to the raft ala ABANDON SHIP with Tyrone Power and Hitchcock's LIFEBOAT). Nelson is on a wooden door but swims to Mikhil who is hurt and they get to the lifeboat raft. Mikhil is delirious and yells at a non-present Alexi. Mikhil tells Nelson he must warn him about Alexi. The doctor, Semenov, and Josip pull Nelson and Mikhil into the raft. Josip can only worry about who he calls "my beloved Alexi." Seaview stops; Pat hears nothing on the hydrophones. Sparks tells them the Baltic--the ship of Alexi--was sunk. Crane tells them they have to reach the rendezvous coordinates--200 miles away. Chip tells Crane, "They'll shoot him as a spy!" Crane yells, "You don't have to remind me of that, Mr. Morton!" He yells for him to set a course. Nelson pulls a gun on Josip who attacked a man in the water. They are five in a raft now, three men must take turns in the sea except Mikhil, who is badly hurt. Nelson tells them he is positive the raft, made for 4, can take 5. The doctor tells them, "He knows the sea--we are saved." Mikhil asks if Alexi is alive and feels it is better that he were dead. He also asks Nelson to "Pray for me, Admiral, and my brother." He dies and they put his body in wrappings and Nelson says a few words, "Whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Nelson will make a schedule for them to rotate and tells Josip everyone must take turns in the water. Dr. Konstantine says to Nelson, "My survival depends on your good health." Nelson puts Josip in charge of food and water; the doctor tells Josip that his influence died with Alexi. Nelson wonders who launched the raft. The banker-Semenov-tells them the raft was already in the water. Alexi is alive on a desk or a chair and he swims over to them. The doctor calls him indestructible. Nelson orders Josip and Sonja (or Semenov) into the sea. Alexi tells them he is alright but one of them betrayed him. Alexi pulls Josip's gun away from him and asks about Mikhil. When he hears, he says, "Poor Mikhil--did he say anything before he died." Nelson tells him about the prayers for him and his brother--meaning Alexi himself. Alexi laughs at this, "Is that all!" Josip sees sharks. Men jump in to the raft; Alexi shoots one, then another and tosses another to a shark, killing three men in all. "Murderer!" Nelson attacks Alexi but Alexi points the gun directly at Nelson.
Sharks gone. Nelson feels Alexi has no conscience and tells him so. He's killed thousands of men, woman, and children only to gain power. Alexi calls them traitors. A ship comes toward the raft; Semenov yells to them but Alexi chokes him down and asks if he is THE TRAITOR; wanting his 60 million dollars in Switzerland which he and Alexi only have access to. Nelson grabs Alexi off Semenov who is almost dead from the choke. Nelson makes a sail--he wants to be away from here with the fog--before it lifts. Alexi puts Semenov out of the raft. Alexi wonders if the doctor betrayed him but feels the doctor saves lives, not takes them. Josip he knew since childhood and Josip fought with him in the revolution--but both the doctor and Josip were on the raft before him--the doctor first. Alexi says, "Because a rat always leaves a sinking ship first." Nelson wonders what Mikhil was really trying to tell him before he died. Seaview approaches the rendezvous point. Crane takes info from Chip but then says, "Chip, I'm sorry I blew up." Chip says, "I understand, Lee." Crane tells him it is difficult only being able to wait which is all they can do--is wait. Chip adds, "And hope." The raft is off course and misses the rendezvous by 200 miles. The doctor figures they can survive three days. Nelson tells them to go on half rations--a cup of water twice a day. Semenov is weakest now and asks for water--he does not prefer to die of thirst. Alexi asks, "How would you prefer to die?" The doctor knows the word rudder but before he told them he knew nothing of the sea and of rafts--Josip and Alexi point this out--maybe he lied because he is the traitor. Nelson tells them all they have to start learning if they are going to survive. Night: Semenov begs for water and will trade info to Nelson that will save his country--the US--he asks for the water first. The micro film will reveal positions of bases--but these are not attack sites they are defense sites with defense rockets--the foreign country is not about to attack the US. Alexi wants the US to strike at the country first; when the war begins, he will return as a hero. Alexi shoots Semenov and the man falls into the sea. As if on cue, lightning bursts forth. Holding the gun on Nelson, Alexi says, "Sorry you had to hear that, Add-mirror-al."
Alexi never kills anyone he needs and he needs Nelson to get back. Alexi makes Konstantine take Nelson's gun and tells him to toss it into the sea. Nelson makes a move for it but Alexi shoots Nelson in the leg. The doctor puts the gun he has to Alexi's neck. It was him after all. He makes Alexi throw his gun away. The doctor tells Alexi, "You betrayed our country." The doctor tells Alexi he used Josip, who gets mad and rallies up--grabbing the doctor's arms. The two fall over board in their fight and die. Alexi says, "Interesting, isn't it, Admiral, just the two of us." Nelson reminds him, "And the sea." He orders Alexi to stow all gear. Crane looks in the periscope and gets a report--a storm front is moving in from a westerly direction. Crane tells them they are on this side of it but hope Nelson is also. Alexi cannot get the sail down. Nelson tells him to or they will capsize. He does and Nelson tells him to stow it down. The storm is bad and the raft goes over anyway. They hang onto it. Alexi is on top the raft with a gun. Nelson is hanging on to the side but in the water. Day: Alexi awakes as Nelson tries to get his gun. Nelson tells him, "Get it over with, once we reach Seaview, you'll kill me." The sun beats down on them, hotter than ever to both. Alexi looks at it, "Perhaps you will have the pleasure of watching me die first." Nelson laughs, "The thought of it could keep me alive for a week." Alexi tells him he has defeated enemies and has a will to outlast them--a born survivor he fancies himself. Nelson tells him they should get the raft right side up. Crane is looking through the periscope on Seaview. Alexi takes his jacket off. Nelson uses a hand device to take a reading. It has been two days and the storm blew them off course. Alexi puts his hand in the water. Nelson sees a ship and moves the raft away; Alexi doesn't seem to notice much now. Night: Nelson drinks the last of the water and dumps the rest, he then feigns sleep. Alexi looks up and sees a star. He suddenly grabs the rudder. Nelson tells him, "Anything you say." He had showed Alexi how to navigate. Day again: Alexi finds the water gone and yells at Nelson to wake up. Nelson throws the canister over but Alexi tells him to steer. We hear the main VOYAGE theme. Alexi tells him, "If we don't reach Seaview today, I'll kill you, Nelson." Alexi drinks salt water from the sea. Nelson seems to sleep. Alexi drinks more salt water. Nelson ties the rudder and grabs Alexi's gun. He finds the St. Barbara medallion. Nelson puts the gun to Alexi's head and seems about to pull the trigger, his face tight with anger. He doesn't--he will leave him to his own people. Nelson turns the raft. Next: Nelson awakens in Sickbay, thinking they found him but Lee tells him he found the Seaview. Nelson tells Lee he was afraid Seaview would have find him too soon--before Alexi passed out. He tells Lee that Alexi would have killed him the moment Seaview was seen. He asks where Alexi is. Crane tells him, "He's dead. He was dead when we picked you up." Nelson sits back to rest some more, "You know Lee, I wish I could say I'm sorry but I'm not."
REVIEW: Ed Asner, aka Lou Grant later on, is a vile dictator. His scenes stranded on a raft with Nelson and others is reminiscent of LIFEBOAT and ABANDON SHIP with survivors being killed off for one reason or another, many of them men who supported the dictator. The acting in this one is fantastic and literate. Neither main performer--Basehart or Asner--try to outdo the other and this shows in that their performances are wonderfully played off each other and the other main men in the raft. The at sea sequences are rather nice, giving VOYAGE a real watery feel this time. A very good episode.
THE CREATURE I
A radar and sonar signal at a tracking station presents a disturbance from 8000 feet off the island the rocket testing base is located on. Sergeant Frank Drubin (sorry, couldn't resist one Leslie Nielsen joke) aka the Captain of this base--Capt. Wayne Adams--believes it to be an underwater quake. The missile they are going to fire is okay. We hear an odd sound effect. Someone mentions radiation. Adams wants the missile to fire anyway. A new strange sound hits and rises in pitch. Thirty seconds before it is launched, the missile blows up, the roof of the base caves in.
Seaview theme as the sub is on the surface. Adams wants to know what went wrong as does Allied Command, who believe it may be a man made weapon. There is also some suspicion cast on Adams who thinks it may be something natural. Crane knows Adams is considered a genius but 20 men were lost on the island blast. Crane dives Seaview to 500 feet--Seaview theme again which it the flavor of being an ocean show. Commander Adams calls--there is a noise in the lab hydrophonic gear--he tells Crane to set course 215 in a pushy way and over the mike. Glancing at Chip--both thinking Adams is an arrogant nuisance, Crane asks what depth but Adams doesn't answer. Nelson wants them also looking for an ultrasonic sound device that might have interfered with the missile. Adams turns to Nelson when Lee and Nelson enter the lab, "Admiral. Oh and you too, Crane, c'min." Adams tells them the signal they are following is school of porpoises. Sonar tells Chip they are following porpoises. Crane says nothing much but his face tells it all. Adams figures they can rule the porpoises out. Washington DC asked Nelson to undertake this mission. Adams is arrogant and calls Crane a "school bus driver" using a comparison since Adams is always asking Nelson to give the sub orders to change course. In the Mess, Ski tells Pat and Patrick Culliton's crewman, "The Seaview following a herd of porpoises." He heard Adams may face a court martial, perhaps he was testing his ultrasonic flipper theory. Pat figures next they will track a school of tuna. Culliton says, "20 men died on that missile test site." Crane tells Adams via a mike, "Commander Adams, we lost the porpoises when they broke up and scattered." 4000 feet under the keel they get a something. Sonar bursts flashes. Something partly within the human hearing range and partly out of human hearing range. Adams comes into the Control Room and starts giving orders, ignoring Crane. Sparks calls to them but it is not Sparks voice--there is interference and static. The viewer shows the initial pattern but also gets static. Adams says, "We're blind." He wants to go outside and Crane tells him he will go with him. Adams says, "If you wish." Nelson tells Crane, "Be patient, Lee." Adams is under a lot of tension and strain. The sonic sound gets louder and breaks three glasses in the Mess Hall. Ski shows this to Capt. Crane. A light bulb on the wall blows. A sonic barrage is hitting. Lee wonders if this happened on the island--why didn't Adams stop the countdown. Adams tells him his continuing had nothing to do with the blast. The two swim outside. The audible part of the sounds is painful to their heads--Adams feels worse than Crane, who wants to go back. 10 to 20 thousand cycles per second. Nelson wonders what is causing it. Adams tells him it is what caused the disaster. Crane orders an emergency descent but Adams tells him no. They must have the source triangulated closer. Nelson will use the bathysphere. He wants coffee and goes down to the observation nose. He sees a giant devilfish--a giant manta ray near the Seaview. Lee is with Nelson and sees it too. It scraps the top of Seaview, which shakes.
Nelson tells Lee to hold on his wanting to surface. Adams joins them. Crane tells them both his responsibility is to the crew and the ship. He puts the men on battle readiness. Crane says of the creature, "It hasn't done any harm...YET." Adams records the sound it is making. Nelson calls the noise strange but the largest of these beautiful, graceful creatures are 20 feet and 3000 pounds. this is ten times that size. Mantas are usually harmless although a its supposed blood brothers---the manta shark will attack boats. Although known to produce grunts, barks, and even musical bell tones, a manta never produced a sound like this creature is. Adams says, "Well, the answer is obvious...it must be some new species." The manta ignores Seaview, slows down and settles on the bottom. Control Room personnel watch it on the TV screen. Seaview has neutral buoyancy. Bats use sonar and so do porpoises. The interference they received was from THE CREATURE. It senses and reacts to sonar. They see a smaller one--the younger of the giants. Adams asks for another trip out; Crane says, "I'll take the chance." They use a tranquilizer. When they go outside, the smaller one looks much too small. They bring it in through the Missile Room. In the lab tank, it regains consciousness and sends out its own signal. The giant responds to it--some kind of distress call. Nelson wants more facts. Adams tells him, "I want to kill that monster that destroyed that missiles and those men." Nelson wants to know about its effects on other missiles since every ship in the Navy carries missiles. Adams has a one track mind. Chip tells Crane the men are getting bugged by that thing out there. Crane says, "So am I--by the sheer size of it." The little one seems harmless enough. Crane wants Seaview ready to move out at any minute. The little creature and the larger one are not stirred up enough to use their weapons as potently as before--so Adams wants to arouse them both into attacking. Nelson tells the men to disarm every nuclear warhead on the ship since its beam is coming at Seaview. The manta hits Seaview dead on. Adams turned up the signal recording. Seaview shakes twice. The ballast tanks are cold. Nelson runs to Adams and tells him he will wind up in the brig. Crane tells them the vent steam is coming from the emergency valves. The sound waves are heating the water in the buoyancy tanks. Crane wants to get out of the area while they can. Nelson tells him they must balance the risks for knowledge. He accepted Adams' apology. Alone with Nelson, Crane insists on leaving--they are getting warnings, Adams ignored the risks -and Lee tells Nelson, "And we are too." In Crane's judgement there is nothing but danger here. Nelson tells Adams not to interfere with Crane's running of the ship. Nelson tells Adams to hold his tongue, when he comes in to the nose and snaps at Crane. Nelson tells Adams to do nothing to excite the creature. Since the manta uses ultrasonics on prey, they will follow it and observe it attacking its prey...which could take a long time...so Nelson advises Adams he better be patient. Later, Adams tests the smaller one by giving it food. The large one is near Seaview again. Control wires smoke and there may be fire Nelson is told by Pat. Nelson in the nose tells them to bring Seaview up. The manta hits the conning tower and downs Seaview to the bottom.
Nelson and Crane both want to release the smaller creature. Chip tells Adams if he has any objections, he better talk to Capt. Crane in the nose. Chip and Ski and other men come in and go behind the lab tank and carry the manta in a net to the escape hatch. They put it in the tube--why not let it out via the mini sub launcher area? Adams tries to get them to listen. Crane snaps, "We've listened to you too much, Mr. Adams." Adams tries to stop Ski from closing the hatch but Crane tells him this was the Admiral's idea and his own order. The Reactor is burning fuel. The Air Recirculating has trouble--oxygen is down, CO2 is up. Crane tells them to use emergency supplies. Nose: Adams goes to Nelson. NOTE: We a sign behind Adams which gives dates about the Seaview. Nelson tells him that they may have to destroy the creature before they get proof of his not having overlooked the signs of an accident. Nelson says, "Are you that far gone that you can't get that through your head." Seaview rises past weeds, sea growths, and rock without sonar. The manta is behind the sub. Nelson found out there is heavy weather topside. Crane tells Kelly on the hydrophone to keep vigil. There is nothing thus far. Crane tells Chip to take over. Adams turns on the sonic machine and blocks the door to the lab with a ladder. Nose: Crane and Nelson watch the manta. Nelson figures it is Adams with his recordings again. They find the lab blocked. Crane calls engineering for two cutting men and two electricians. Nelson tells Adams through the door, "I never thought you were responsible for the loss of life on the project." Adams says safety is not one of his own virtues. Crane tells the crew to overload the reactor and worry about fuel loss another day. Air Conditioning is on emergency full but the heat continues to go up! Crane wonders if they go topside and put the crew on life rafts. Nelson tells him they will lose some men in the heavy seas. Seaview shakes. The manta is above and on the side of them. Depth is 225 feet, then 300 feet. Crane orders all back full. They hold at 450. We hear a loud shaking sound effect as they shake some more. Drive shafts and props are jammed. Seaview goes down again with bubbles steaming out. The manta is over Seaview now and looks darker than before. Steam breaks in the Control Room and men are hurt. They are taken to Sickbay. The cutters are cutting a hole in the lab wall. One passes out from the heat. Crane takes him to Sickbay as the manta lands over Seaview.
Adams works in his T-shirt. The electrician is working on the wiring in the wall and it sparks. A cutter begins cutting the inner wall. Nelson has an idea about the ultra sonic barrage--maybe they can use their own ultra sonic beam that will drive the manta away. Crane quips, "If we can do half as much damage to him as he has to us--I'll be satisfied." Nelson tells Chip to order a sonic panel set up in the nose--disconnecting the dish antenna and putting triple leads to the hull. The manta hits the side by the conning tower. The cutter falls with the torch in his hand and is hit against the back wall. Crane looks up, "It's fighting mad!" The cutter is taken to Sickbay. Ski takes over to finish cutting the wall--ten more minutes. Nelson calls maneuvering for double voltage. Missile Storage Room is critical. Crane tells them not to flood it yet. The hull temperature drops slowly. The manta moves away. Crane calls Adams and then goes into the lab (via good stock music). He opens the door. Adams has all the proof he needs now. Nelson doesn't care--he's going to see that Adams go to prison for this MUTINY. A guard takes Adams to the brig. Nelson follows--there will be no vindication now (nice move Nelson, disturbing this nutcase even more)---Adams' judgement put them all at risk. Adams admits it--a calculated risk--he blames the creature and wants to kill it. He throws Nelson at the guard and runs off. Adams runs into Ski and hits him down. Nelson, Crane, and Ski follow Adams who locks himself in the Missile Room now. Nelson sends Ski through the vents. Adams suits up. He is in the diving tube when Nelson tells him they will torpedo the manta ray. Adams goes out with a device on his harpoon gun to make the thing follow him and to make it mad--a compact ultrasonic signal sender. A torpedo concussion now would kill Adams. Crane and Nelson suit up and follow him to save him. They have explosive devices on the end of the harpoons. They grab Adams and try to convince him to come back with them. Adams swims off, slipping free of their grip (good action music). Nelson and Crane fire their harpoons at the monster and it blows up. Nelson and Crane get the hurt Adams back to Seaview. Nose: Nelson and Lee learn (from an off screen Doc) that Adams is in Sickbay under heavy sedation. Doc informed them he will be okay. Nelson says, "Poor Adams," and realizes he was carrying around a heavy load of guilt. The smaller one is following Seaview around and they see it at the windows. Crane smiles, "You don't suppose it thinks the Seaview is its mother, do you?" Nelson says, "Why not? It's the only thing that's big enough." The two laugh.
REVIEW: Leslie Nielsen, nowadays known for his comedic roles, plays the tough but worried man who demands absolution for the death of many men. His tenacity is admirable but he uses a giant manta and its offspring---a truly wonderful array of fantastic effects sequences. The fight between Seaview and the mother manta is outstanding, even if the noise the creature makes is annoying. Somewhat reminiscent of GORGO and GAPPA, THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER in that a giant monster wants its baby back. At one point, the baby thinks the Seaview is its mother, something which was stolen by STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION when a space "whale" thinks the Enterprize is its mother. Why not--NEXT GENERATION stole lots from SPACE: 1999 and LOST IN SPACE, so why not VOYAGE!
The idea that they have to kill the monster is somewhat irritating but kill it they do and consider that it has no parent now, somewhat funny!!! Not very nice. This is also somewhat reminiscent of THE GHOST OF MOBY DICK with a man carrying around a heavy guilt and wanting to kill the giant beast that caused that guilt--even though they feel responsible. Was Adams really the cause of the disaster? Probably not whereas Walter Bryce in THE GHOST OF MOBY DICK was totally responsible for the death of his son and the loss of his yacht (and presumably crew?).
NOTE: Robert Lipton as "Radio Man" and Nigel McKeand as "Sonar".
MANTA NOTES: The statistics stated by Nelson and Adams about manta rays are true. They resemble sharks in having gill slits but under the pectoral fins. Eggs are fertilized and hatched inside the female.