Cordial greetings and a very good day.
Heartly concur,Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was superb television and compulsive viewing, as were the other Irwin Allen shows like Land of the Giants, *Time Tunnel * and, last but not least, Lost in Space..
“Cheesy sci fi” it may have been, judged by todays brash standards, but it was clean and wholesome entertainment for *all *the family. Would that there was an abundance of such shows today rather than the deplorable and profane Simpsons and Friendsprogrammes with their puerile ‘nerd’ humour. However, back to Voyage, the rapor between Dick Baseheart and David Hedison was excellent and IMHO accounted for the phenomenal success of the show both Statside and here in the UK. Those chaps made the show what it was and both had a terrific screen presence.
At long last the entire four series have been released on DVD during the course of this past year (2011) in the UK on Region 2. The DVD’s contain extras, including interviews with David Hedison, who remenices about his time on the show back in the 60’s - all jolly interesting stuff, if I may say. My favourite episodes are the two werewolf stories, which I think were among the best, though I must confess, Admiral Nelson’s werewolf affliction does seem rather laughable now. Having said that, I do think it holds up jolly well and I enjoyed watching ‘The Mark of the Beast’ episode again recently. As a boy of 8 back in 1969, it did frighten me a little and I remember asking my grandmother why Admiral Nelson had a “big teddy bear head and hairy hands” - cannot recall her reply!
Voyage was undeniably a ground-breaking sci-fi series and the genius of Irwin Allen was unparalleled, setting new standards as regards suspense, vision and imagination. Who will ever forget the rampaging gorillas, diabolical puppet masters, time-travelling androids and interplanetary kidnappings that was the weekly fare of this show. Great memories from a great show.
Warmest good wishes,