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VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA-Turn Back the Clock,Village of the Guilt


Chase - Posted on 20 July 2009

TURN BACK THE CLOCK

WRITER-SHELDON STARK

DIR-ALAN CROSLAND JR

MUSIC-HUGO FRIEDHOFER 

 

TEASER

A dinosaur with fins on its head chases a man with reddish hair onto a beach and into the water. The man has something in his shirt, something that look like rocks or eggs (?). He uses a balloon made out of some material to breath under the water as he escapes the beast by going under.

 

ACT ONE

Carol Denning develops pictures (it's a fact) in Baha, California. Crane knocks on her sliding glass door. Nelson wanted Crane to get her. She jokes, "I'm Batgirl."  No, just kidding. She jokes, "So the Admiral's admitted I'm the best underwater photographer."  Crane is serious---an ice breaker found Jason Kemp and he was flown to the US. He had been lost for nine months in the Antarctic with her father and two others Bob Harrad and Bill Younger (who were both from Nelson's Institute). The Admiral has Carol flown to Washington DC's Naval Hospital (named Avestha?). Nelson, Carol, and a doctor (played by Robert Patten) talk to Jason, who doesn't recall a thing. Jason asks her if she is still his girl. Nelson is in full dress uniform. Carol was on the deck of the ice breaker when the expedition left and the bell went down and was lost. Jason was the last one in. Jason and Dr. Denning were from the Denning Institute which was cooperating with the Nelson Institute on the mission. The cable on their bell broke, ice closed in. Doctor tells Nelson about a tape Jason made on the plane--delirious--something about a tropical oasis and seeing monsters. Jason says, "How about that honey, a tropical oasis in the middle of the Antarctic."  Nelson wants to hear it. Jason says, "Go ahead, Admiral, have a laugh on me."  Nelson and the Doctor do. The Doctor tells Nelson, "I am careful to regard something as impossible as this as real. As a scientist, you should be as careful as I am."  He wonders if this is just a hoax or hallucination. Nelson responds with, "As a scientist I am careful about the word impossible."  There are other stories proven about areas of no ice in the Antarctic, where it is 50 degrees; the hot springs in Iceland (an incredible fact) and animal tissue found preserved in the ice, just as it was when the animal died. Nelson calls Ernst Ziegler of the Institute of Science Academy. Ziegler is a zoologist and paleontologist and teaches paleontology.

 

The found balloon Jason had is the esophagus of an ithyosaurus (which in reality is a marine reptile with a long snout, paddle shaped limbs, and a tall tail fin--it was born and lived and died in the sea). The picture Ziegler points to is a finned (all of the Dimetrodons were) Dimetrodon (early to middle Permian--270 to 260 million years ago) and was a dominant predator of its time but could sleep weeks sleeping off a meal, killing rarely. Ziegler points out whole, fully furred mastodons were found alive in ice in present day times...but dead. His atomic clock testing has found this dino creature to have been alive about one year ago! "Harrimin it was alive one year ago."

 

ACT TWO 

Seaview is being hosed down (good, finally). A Nelson Institute of Marine Research (NIMR clearly marked on the car side) pulls up. Jason and Carol come out with Nelson. Crane tells the crewman to take Carol's luggage to his cabin (hey, there, Lee!) since she will take it while he will sleep in the crew's quarters. Jason tells Crane, "Thanks for taking care of my girl while I was away."  After he moves off, Chip rolls his eyes, "Oh brother--my girl."   Crane snaps at him, "Mister Morton, prepare to get underway!"   After Crane walks away, Chip asks no one, "What I say?"  Seaview passes huge underwater peaks. 5.3 and they are shipping water. Men turn a valve to stop water. MGA on the inertial guidance navigator. Jason agrees with Crane--he can't take risks with the sub and the crew--he suggests they pull into the Falklands for repairs. Nelson developed the NGA (or is MGA?). He fixes it and they proceed. Crane gives Nelson coffee; they put the correction in the log. It is 59 degrees, at 100 fathoms it is 70. There was only one other case of this ever happening in these waters. Nelson asks Jason, who is recalling before the dive, "I thought you lost your memory."   The diving bell can take the pressure below 4000. Crane wears the same clothes David Hedison wore in Irwin Allen's THE LOST WORLD in 1960. Nelson wears what Claude Rains wore (no not INVISIBLE MAN clothes) in the same movie. Carol will photograph every 50 feet; Lee will handle communications with Seaview; the bell is launched down. They go to 3002. Curley is at the winch with a sailor with a sailor's hat on, doing the bell wire by ---by hand--? It can't be. Jason is nervous; he begins to recall the diving bell accident that left him and the other three stranded. They reach 4000 feet and a tidal current begins blowing the bell. The bubbles get worse. The bell cable snaps and those inside shake all over it. It gets washed into a rock wall which has a hole in it. The bell hits into the hole and gets to float upward to a beach. Crane and Nelson jump out and help Carol out. Nelson carries her to the beach; Jason has a rifle, Crane gets a gun from the bell. They collapse on the beach. A zoom up and out shows us the whole wild jungle set--then the camera gets closer and closer to a giant three toed reptilian footprint nearby.

 

ACT THREE        

Crane checks his rifle. The area is heated by volcanic activity and the bell was swept into a thermal current caused by the heated water pouring into the Antarctic ocean. Carol finds it an incredible place. Nelson spots flora (trees and plants) that seem to be from the Mesozoic  Era. They discuss this with Jason and ask about what he can recall now. Carol feels it is so peaceful here and warm. She will soon change her opinion as she wanders off and sees a three toed footprint. Crane and she go one way; Nelson and Jason another--circling the water hole. Carol photographs the footprint (later she will make a print of the print--get it?). Crane says, "This is the weirdest vegetation."  A dinosaur with fins on its head comes near Carol. Carol can only say, "Lee. Lee. Lee!"  Lee shoots the rifle at it, grab Carol, and run around a rock. Carol screams as it chases them through the thick jungle. It makes a tree fall. Crane and Carol, tiny figures to it, are chased out of the jungle into a wide open rocky area. Crane fires his rifle at its mouth again. Carol falls and Crane pulls her away. They hide at a rock in this LOST WORLD. Another dino, an alligator like one, arrives and the pair of monsters fight, biting each other. Carol keeps screaming. The tail of one of the monsters passes over the rock they are hiding behind. The music is excellent and sounds like a machine gun firing...it is used to good extent in other episodes and especially in spy stories. The dinos are not identified but they look like lizards that are alive today, optically enlarged (as in movies from the 1940s, 50s and even 60s--more on this in TERROR ON DINOSAUR ISLAND). Only a Psittacosaurus looked like the lizards of today but these were very small (six feet) compared to what we see here and to what most dinos should look like. The lizards roll off a cliff which is somewhere near Crane and Carol. By watching THE LOST WORLD, Irwin's version, we can tell the cliff is just beneath the rock they are hiding behind. It also appears that the small lizards...which are optically enlarged for this episode's fight scene...were dropped to film their cliff falling death scene. The monsters fall to the bottom. Nelson and Jason arrive. Crane says, "I can't believe what I saw."   Nelson calls this another WORLD (he's right, you know). They found a camp site. Carol tells Jason she is all right and waves him off. They move through a dense jungle on the other side. Crane thinks he saw something human moving in the growth. Nelson lets him go after the person he saw. Crane calls to a native girl he spots--Crane looks younger somehow (dino atmosphere must agree with him or maybe...uhmmm, it's footage from Allen's THE LOST WORLD--from 1960). This four year younger Crane chases the girl past vines. The jungle music used here is very well done. The girl runs past a cave where white webs fill most of the interior and exterior. Crane follows in a tunnel of webs. A giant tarantula comes down from the ceiling at the girl. She screams and slips past it. Crane almost runs right into it--he shoots it down and goes out of the web area. He gets the girl (who is played by the same girl from THE LOST WORLD). Crane tells the twisting girl, "Nice company you keep. Now, let's meet some of my friends."  Carol drinks some running water; Jason moves off to dig something up; Nelson sees the girl Crane brings back. He says she might be South American by the looks of her high cheek bones--Amerindian perhaps, descendants of a primitive tribe who came here centuries ago by a storm perhaps. Carol asks about Dr. Denning. The girl starts to talk, then recognizes Jason and moves to him. He tries to shoot her but Nelson grabs her down and saves her life. Crane jumps Jason and they fight but a rain of spears stop this. Natives are on the ridge above them (LOST WORLD stock again). Four natives take them and put them into a wood barred cell built into the rock. Nelson looks at the larger crowd of natives (more stock) and realizes it is some sort of sacrificial altar they are preparing (he should know--remember KINGS OF THE SUN?). Jason reveals it is a ceremony to the fire god and at high noon no the longest day of the year they will be sacrificed. That's today. In one half hour they will die. Nelson figures it was Jason who tampered with the navigator--Jason tampered with the gyros. Nelson grabs Jason by the collar, "You could have killed us all!"  Jason says he didn't want anyone dead but he was afraid of what the native girl would tell them about Denning. Nelson wonders what that means.  A man, Denning, ragged and tired, comes out from behind a boulder in the far reaches of the cave (can't they get out that way? No.). Denning tells them not to believe or trust Jason. He used the girl to escape--she fell in love with him (it is not clear if the girl who fell for Jason was the same native girl that Lee Crane captured--but one can assume it is). He used the girl to get away but to distract the other natives, he lead Harrod and Younger into a trap--a trap which killed them. When Jason cries and yells he didn't know they would be killed, Denning says, "He knew they'd be killed."  Crane figures it was why Jason was stalling them to rescue Denning...he knew Denning would tell the truth. He wanted Denning to die before they could find him--at noon today. The girl brings them food. Krassy nogga is one of the words she uses. Jason uses sign language to her. She wants to open the door but the huge muscular guard throws her back. Nelson takes off his shoe (GET SMART! time--what is he, Maxwell Smart--but remember this was a time when there was no Max Smart yet!! but he was coming soon!). From his shoe, Nelson takes out a paralyzing drug and a blow gun. It can immobilize the guard for 30 seconds---they have to get the girl to open the door in that time. The guard uses his spear to poke at an irritating Crane and Jason who want to draw him closer. Nelson uses the dart on him and he falls. Nelson tells Lee to get back away from the door as Jason tries to get the girl to open the door. She's too afraid. Nelson looks at his watch, "15 seconds..almost too late."  She finally does it--just as the guard awakens. Crane punches the native down and they all run out toward the cave by the big water. About the other way, the girl and Jason warn about a fire monster. A safer way would be to go past the big pool. Crane says, "I vote for the pool."  Nelson does too but they see a large horde of natives running at them from the pool area. Nelson says, "The pool's been outvoted."   They all run toward the other way...and the fire monster.

 

ACT FOUR

They run up rocks along a cliff side into an interior cavern. They run down over bones of a dinosaur, then up again over a lava pit. They move along a ridge over the boiling red liquid. Nelson has a torch and waves it to make four or five chasing natives fall off the ridge. Everyone leaves Nelson on the ridge by himself! They go out another hole. More natives give chase over the dino bones but the torch attack scared them. The girl parts ways with the group after pointing the way out. The fire thing rises up out of the water! Another lizard but this one is more effective (and was in the movie THE LOST WORLD, too). A dam is nearby to hold the lava back (made by the natives one can assume). Crane moves toward it to use a log to make the dam break and have the lava pour out and kill the creature. Crane climbs it but ducks from the dino's head. Jason attracts its attention, moving too close. It eats him. Crane pulls on the log and the lava comes over the rock wall dam. It hits the dino, Lee runs off, and the dino sinks into the water, boiling. Crane falls back to the others. The caves shake and they run out a tunnel. Nelson tells them when the lava hits the ice the whole mountain will explode. They go out to ice and fallen snow and darkness. Seaview surfaces nose first (VOYAGE movie stock). Chip and another man use binoculars. Curley does also, all 3 are in parkas. Chip sees the survivors and alerts Curley to get a landing party. Curley smiles, "Aye, aye, sir, aye, aye."   Soon enough, the entire group is on the Conning Tower lookout and see the entire mountain explode. Denning feels sad that they haven't anything to show for what happened. Nelson feels he is wrong, "We have our lives."  Chip calls--radar has reported ice fields ahead. They must leave.

 

NOTE: Del Monroe is credited as "PANEL MAN". Mark Slade, seen in SAMMY THE WAY OUT SEAL--the TV series not the Disney-Billy Mumy movie, plays "CREWMAN".  

 

REVIEW: Well, it was THE LOST WORLD REVISITED wasn't it. The music is the most memorable thing about this and the fact that for once, the traitor was a wholesome American youth in the form of the ill fated Nick Adam's ill fated character Jason Kemp. It was also more interesting to figure out how the production team would fake matching up to the previous movie, THE LOST WORLD. Not too bad but not fantastically original either. For once, we get to see Lee visiting a girlfriend of his--played by the delightful Yvone Craig. I also never forgot, Jason saying to Crane, "Thanks for looking after my girl,"  then Chip asking Lee, "What's with the my girl?"  Only to have Lee snap at him. Chip wonders what he said that was so bad. The diving bell sequence was also very well handled. Those bubble whirlpool sound effects can get on one's nerves after a while.

 

When one looks at TURN BACK THE CLOCK today, it is easy to criticize; however, it is like a mini movie and in some ways makes THE LOST WORLD footage better, better than the movie version. While the movie has color over TURN BACK THE CLOCK, the hour show moves faster even if it doesn't have the engaging interplay among a too large cast of THE LOST WORLD. Also, looking at almost any first season VOYAGE, these hour shows, TURN BACK THE CLOCK no exception, were like mini movies, better produced than some films made at the time. TURN also starts off with an interesting twist--nothing new (see THE LAND UNKNOWN--but new to THE LOST WORLD footage--that of it being in Antarctica. It also holds up well against many "classic-age"  science fiction movies and plays remarkably like one of them (see IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, THE LOST CONTINENT-both versions, THE LAND UNKNOWN, THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, UNKNOWN WOMEN, etc.). The dino fight was newly filmed for THE LOST WORLD in 1960 but the technique of taking hapless lizards and making into dinos by sticking fins and horns on them goes back to ONE MILLION BC-the original. See the review of TERROR ON DINOSAUR ISLAND for more info. Nick Adams and Yvone Craig help the show quite a bit as does the very mystery science-like feel in the first act. The build up to the footage makes this one entertaining. Taken for what it is, TURN is pretty good. Next.

 

VILLAGE OF THE GUILT

Writer-BERNE GILER

Dir-IRWIN ALLEN

 

TEASER

The rowboat Hummeren has three drunken fishermen in it. They are unaware a brief clip from IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA has been planted nearby. A giant octopus arm rises from beneath the waves. Next we see the giant octopus from the movie VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA and we see what they viewed through the viewport windows but without the viewport this time--the waves of water pushing against the window (that here in THE VILLAGE OF THE GUILT was absent) gave it away this time. Then the octopus tentacle--which is out of scale with the very giant octopus arm from IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA---attacks the rowboat. It kills two of the men and destroys the boat. Despite the preponderance of ill matched effects, the atmosphere with the fog and the accordion playing was very good.

 

ACT ONE

The Seaview theme song is played and driven home is the feel of the sea in this season...a good atmosphere. Aboard, the crew listen to a news report (usual for the movie, the first and second seasons) about giant sea monster that have been seen in Tana, Norway. Crane asks, "Sea monsters? Even if I saw one, I wouldn't believe it."  Now, in hindsight, that comment has some real ring of truth about it. Crane saw several in season one and season two, yet in season three (where he was worn down somewhat by the time DOOMSDAY ISLAND rolled around...and I do mean rolled around), he was still incredulous as to the arrival of aliens, amphibians, and alien amphibians! He seemed to acclimate himself to THE FOSSIL MEN's existence quite quickly. Nelson explains that sea monsters do exist but they are six inches long and found only at extreme ocean depths. Chip says, "Oh, well then..."  Nelson stops him, "Don't dismiss it. There are depths we've never reached..who's to say what's going on down there. Don't close your mind to the improbable just because it is improbable."  Nelson smiles and goes. Crane tells Chip, "That should take care of you."  Chip says, "Not me--I'm a firm believer in sea monsters."  Another news report sounds like the voice of Irwin Allen himself. Nelson listening, claims the monster description by a survivor, sounds like a cephalopod--an octopus which Crane claims is small and shy. They set a 3 minute course for Tana. O'Brien comes down from the conning tower with a brown leather jacket on. Chip orders him to dive. Crane watches the ship dive--stock dive sequence. They move to 90 feet. The control room layout is very different from what it would be and also looks different from ELEVEN DAYS TO ZERO. The computer is on the right side; the table comes first, then the periscope, the map. The music is very positive and uplifting. Crane, later, views fishermen on the beach and mountains in the background. Chip takes Seaview up to the surface. The fishermen see it. The outdoor sets in this episode and several others in season one are really outdoors. They also lavish upon the series quite an expensive look...better than the look and feel of some feature films...and make these episodes like mini-movies. The outdoor area also looks as if it was used in a few FUGITIVE episodes (definitely one during the fourth season to represent Mexico). Seaview launches a motorized raft to shore. Nelson and Crane meet Meris and two other men of the news service. The villagers are superstitious and believe Seaview is bad luck being in their fjord. At a quaint but elaborate home (an excellent set), a blond woman, Sigrid Mattson, tends to Rorvik (named Malmac in some sources or perhaps this is his first or last name?), the survivor of the first attack by the monster. As she answers the door, someone sneaks into the window of the bedroom of the survivor and smothers him with a pillow. Dying, Rorvik pulls off a button of the killer's jacket. We also see suction cup marks on the victim's face...made by the monster and they look very silly. Nelson meets attending Dr. Anderson and the nurse Sigrid. Anderson has enjoyed Nelson's articles. They go to see Rorvik and the suction cups are also on his back...looking just as silly there. Sigrid finds the button of the killer and keeps it. The man is dead.       

 

ACT TWO

As Nelson and Crane enter a pub (another great set), the music and laughing stops. Lee comments, "Friendly, aren't they?"  The two talk to the nurse Sigrid who echoes what the newsmen told them: the villagers consider a sub in the fjord to be an ill omen. The woman claims she is a school teacher who helps Dr. Anderson out when she can. Anderson, she claims, left with the reporters, but told her the man died from his injuries in an "accident", not from a sea monster. She tells them they would never find the rowboat remains since the fjord is two miles deep in some places. Nelson wants to look, "I'm a stubborn man."  When they leave the pub, Lee says that the girl was just as anxious to get rid of them as the rest of them were. Seaview launches the mini-sub, then is on the bottom, waiting for the mini-sub report. The mini sub won't find anything in a fjord this large. A man with a sailor hat on, is seen aboard Seaview. Nelson smokes (gawk!!) in the nose (out of which we see the waves churning). Seaview is about to leave the area but sonar picks up odd sounds. Curley Jones comes to the nose, Nelson calling him a "human sonar"  who can pick up any sounds. Curley cannot place it as the control room men pipe it to the nose loudspeakers. He claims it is a new one on him and that it may sound like whales but isn't. Nelson laughs, "First sea monsters, now whales, the next thing you know..."  A shaking ship and Curley interrupt him, "Holy cow!"  Outside the nose are giant catfish! Seaview gentler this time, shakes but then surfaces as the three discuss who catfish can get that big. A boy whose name may be Halmar and whose age may be 12, 13, or even 14, is in a rowboat and is helped up by the men to the deck of Seaview. Nelson wants to make the little blond Norwegian to feel at home but then gets an idea and asks crewman Garten to translate for him. The boy tells them the monster attacks came from a different fjord--Ludia Fjord. The villagers steered them to the wrong place on purpose! The boy's father calls him and he has to leave. Nelson and Chip watch as Crane and other divers dive and swim out past the windows. They find parts of the rowboat and a part of an animal of some kind. This is an extensive water sequence and very nice. In the Missile Room, Crane returns with the section from the monster, which Nelson says is a small part, "A very, very small part."  Using binoculars someone is watching Seaview surface. The tentacle part Crane found was hacked off it by one of the men--drunks Lars Mattson says. Lars claims if it weren't for that boy...Seaview would be gone. Anderson and the woman Sigrid want less trouble than Lars--they want no more deaths by the monster. The fishermen who died had ignored Lars's warnings. All the villagers know of Lars's experiments...they all share in the guilt of the deaths. Lars's experiments to create enough of a food supply to feed the world. Sigrid and Anderson want him to destroy the creature which he will do, he claims, after his research is over. Anderson threatens to go to the police--he is Sigrid's uncle. Lars convinces him not to go.

 

ACT THREE 

We see a very rare shot of Seaview on the surface but our point of view is from underneath her! Nelson finds a fantastic discovery...there is a trace of enlarging chemical pituitary convatrophin--used to grow cells. He is at the nose table. A Dr. Thompson from Washington DC calls: there is an Oscar Dalgren who subscribes to science journals. Nelson thinks it is a scientist from the Royal Science Academy, a man who vanished years earlier. He and his aide Lars Mattson, wanted to feed the world at a small cost. Nelson and Lee return to the bar and question the bar tender about Dalgren but the bar tender won't reveal anything. Crane and Nelson are using big mugs to drink. When the pair leave the bar, Nelson comments to Lee, "That ought to start things moving pretty fast."  As they move through the barren mountains and forestry, Nelson tells Crane, "You know, Lee, a man could disappear forever in a place like this."  Lee says, "I've got an urge to get back to the Seaview and jump into a tall hot drink."  As Crane checks his shoe; a man, above, drops a boulder near Nelson. They run but the man shoots at them with a rifle. Lee, behind some rocks, tells Nelson, "You sure flushed a lot of action with that questioning back at the pub!"  Crane circles around as Nelson distracts the shooter. Lee jumps the man. Crane is in full uniform and even has his hat on, as does Nelson. Crane punches the man down. Nelson questions the man. A stranger hired him. He is a crack shot--he was only scaring them, not ordered to kill them. The man runs off and Nelson tells Crane, "Let him go, Lee."  Lars in his undersea pen for the octopus giant, feeds it a shark, releasing the shark from a side pen. Lars enjoys feeding his "child" as he tells aide Otto Hassler. The aide tells him this is dangerous business. Lars tells him they must keep Anderson and Nelson apart. Sigrid arrives but turns away from Lars. She is cold, has no feeling, and reveals the button she found. She knows Lars killed Rorvik. He shuts the door. For a few brief scenes, their talk is filmed from the other side of a fish tank...a brilliant way to film it. She will try to understand. After she leaves, Otto comes in. If Dalgren ever finds out about Rorvik...

 

ACT FOUR

Seaview picks up a diver who plants what may be a bomb on the lower hull. It may have a magnetic timing device. Seaview is called to battle stations. Ski and Nelson go out in diving suits. A note on the tube: Curley has to turn a valve to open the hatch and let the water into it. This returns to the antiquated machinery argument--why would such a modern sub have a diving tube like this. Nelson and Ski get the device off the hull. For some reason, the hull of Seaview is very odd looking and covered in moss (or barnacles?). Despite this, the underwater sequences are very good...it really looks like another world. Nelson goes after the diver while Ski brings the device onto Seaview. It's not a bomb. Curley asks why someone would put this on Seaview. Crane figures, "It's a trap, Curley, if it is--the Admiral's swimming right into it."  Crane calls for all available divers (this is not followed through in the rest of the act). Nelson goes up to the pit and takes off all his loose gear. He opens the door hatch and Otto is pointing a gun at him; Lars tells Otto to put the gun away. Lars says, he, the student, has outstripped the master, Anderson--who is Dalgren (this point--is not in some drafts of the story). It is easy to see just how short Richard Basehart is in this episode as he faces Lars and Otto but this doesn't detract from his performance or the story. Nelson calls Lars quite the psychiatrist. Lars has cross bred calm fish with fighting fish. In months, marine life growths and other forms of life will his to make as he desires. It is Lars's name that matters to Lars, Nelson notices---not the saving of lives. Nelson wants him to give Dalgren his credit. Lars turns more obsessed than ever, wanting Nelson to be a part of his creations. Nelson is told by him that he will pit his creation against Nelson's creation--the Seaview. Nelson says he is gambling with the lives of over 100 men. Seaview dives (I thought it already was underwater?). Sigrid and Anderson arrive at the lab. Anderson apologizes to Nelson. Lars wants to let out the monster. Anderson tells Nelson that Lars killed the survivor---Sigrid told her uncle. As Lars goes below, ordering Otto to follow with the other three, Anderson wonders why. When Nelson explains to him they will not let any of them out, Anderson attacks Otto, giving Nelson the chance to divert the gun and get it away from Otto. As they fight (in a well choreographed fight) Sigrid moves to the hatch where she sees Lars below, at the valve to let the creature free. She warns him not to but he doesn't listen. She shoots into him but as he falls, he opens the lever. He falls into the pit and the beast devours him. Then it heads for Seaview. Anderson points out the short wave radio to Nelson, who tries to call Seaview. On the sub, there is no real warning as the octopus sneaks up from underneath it. It covers the nose and shakes the whole ship. Lee and Curly see its tentacles from the viewports in the nose. Water falls in on them. Nelson finally gets through and tells them to bring the reactors up to full power and shoot a charge through the hull. Lee warns Nelson that could blow them sky high. Nelson says, "Trust me, Lee, it'll work!"  It does and the monster dies, falling to the bottom. Nelson orders them to surface and put a boat ashore for him. Lee asks, "Is everything all right on that end?"  Nelson smiles as Anderson aka Dalgren, comforts a crying Sigrid, "It will be. It will be."  Seaview is on the surface soon enough.

 

REVIEW: Many times in syndication, this episode was aired second, which makes sense. Irwin Allen directed this and it shows--it is fast paced, moving, and has some interesting character stuff that shows the man's passion and vision. At first glance, it may be too talky but this only enhances the action. The exterior attack on the Seaview by the octopus was from the movie as was the shots of the viewport enhanced in front of Crane and Curley. This episode and others in this season--CITY BENEATH THE SEA, CRADLE OF THE DEEP, THE CREATURE I, THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN, THE INVADERS, MUTINY, SECRET OF THE LOCH, and THE AMPHIBIANS---all seem like a 1950s science fiction film. This is not a negative criticism--I like these movies--it is just an observation. In addition to that feel, this episode has Richard Carlson who starred in some of the best of that 1950 genre: THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE. To add to the effect of an old time monster movie the equipment sometimes used on Seaview looks like the submarines of the 50s and maybe even the 40s, the gear and the music sometimes mirrors FLASH GORDON of the 40s and 50s. The music used is a bit like music for the 50s music--IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (which evokes from this episode for more reasons than one) and others; also KING KONG like music adds to the conundrum effect of old and new together. There are also scenes on the beach which seem to be in almost every 1950s science fiction movie, news reporters and reports, sightings of monsters, etc. There is also a mystery tone to the first act and a half dealing with the murder of the victim, giving it a link to PERRY MASON or any of the other mysteries that graced early TV. The murky water sequences look good and remind one of the early sea dramas like SEA HUNT. None of this detracts from VILLAGE at all or in any way.                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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