VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA-The Enemies, Secret of the Loch (Doctor Who reference), The Condemned, The Traitor
Writer-WILLIAM REED WOODFIELD
A sub called the Angler has an exec named Frank Richardson (the always brilliant Tom Skerrit) who is mumbling about his captain--Jim Williams. They disagree over the course, both men edgy and jumpy. The commander's agitation rises; Frank yells at him that he's been on his back since they left that island. The fight escalates to blows but the other men break it up. Jim runs, gets a machine gun out, spouts how he has always hated Frank, and fires into the group of men. The sub crashes into a mountain side.
Seaview is 200 miles away; Nelson is taking water samples from 6000 feet, checking the profiles--which read constant. Chip gives Lee the report about the Angler--no survivors. Captain Williams and Frank Richardson were friends of Nelson. Nelson wants the Radio Commander Sub Pack--which might give them a clue to the disaster. Lee calls Frank and Jim, "Two of the most decent, gentle men he's ever known." Nelson bangs a beaker in anger over this tragedy. Seaview gets metal contact and sonar is piped into the PA. The sound is at 200 feet. On the scanner screen, they see the wreck--no wonder no one got out. They must have hit the mountain at full force. Divers get the log tapes of the sub. Note: the door hatch is the one that must be turned by hand to open. Crane and Nelson watch the divers go by the viewport windows from the lower nose section. In Missile Room, Crane and Nelson listen to the tapes of the two arguing. Some of the crewmen overhear the tape and listen, looking upset. Crane cannot understand how this happened, "Frank and Jim were as close as..." Nelson stops him, "Yeah, I know." The demolition team opens Jim's safe. They read his personal log--the Angler had found an uncharted and fog bound island and after they left the island, trouble started. Jim and Frank went to it on a raft. Nelson and Lee feel they owe it to the two men to find out what made two friends hate each other to the point of murder. Seaview goes to periscope depth. Nelson views it--it is covered in slime and it gives him gooseflesh. The logs had said the island was uninhabited. Nelson and Crane use the mini-sub, then they hide it mini sub once on the island. They are in survival gear clothing. A device is watching them. They see two dead jungle cats--they killed each other---something they rarely if ever do as mates. Nelson finds papaya and feels as if someone is watching them. Crane felt the same way since they arrived. Nelson pulls Crane's foot out of a quicksand pit--the fruit falls in and sinks. We hear the jungle sounds from DOCTOR DOLITTLE. A TV camera is watching the two men. A landing party stands by. Doors open. Nelson calls Seaview, telling Chip if he doesn't call him back in one hour--to tear the island apart. Nelson and Crane go through the doors to a room---a giant man--some kind of soldier--walks in--towering far above them.
The man is apparently Oriental, General Tao, who tells them the room is an illusionary trick--a psychological ploy that makes things on one end look larger than on the other. Nelson claims to charting the coral reefs. Tao explains this is top secret research installation and that this second visit is not a coincidence, referring to two others who were here--Jim and Frank. Nelson tells him that the two officers who came here before, did so by accident. Oriental guards come in and disarm the two men. Nelson tells Crane, "Easy Lee." Tao, sarcastic and arrogant now, mocks them by repeating Nelson's words to Crane, "Yes, Lee, easy, Lee." Chip and Ski and other crewmen (some with white sailor hats on) come to the island in a raft. Tao and guards stop them, Tao telling them the two commanders left an hour ago. To prevent Chip and his men from searching the island to make sure, the guards fire a machine gun in front of them and a bullet from Tao hits SKi's gun down, looking as though it hit his arm. Fu Nag Tao of the People's Republic (of China?) tells the insisting Chip he has no right to demand any search on this island. Crane, in a rock walled cell, asks Nelson, "What happened to Chip?" Nelson's watch was taken. Tao tells Dr. Shinera, a quiet, lab coated, sly scientist, he grows impatient with this experiment. As he eats with chop sticks, Dr. Shinera tells him he has an electric brain stimulant-drug polluting every stream and lake on the island. Tao wants the drug proven--by making Nelson and Crane kill each other. Shinera smiles and nods in agreement.
O'Brien picks up nothing on sonar--Seaview has no clearance to return to the island. O'Brien wants to go back anyway. Sonar suddenly gets the mini-sub at 2000 feet--below crush depth. Tao in the dark room, paces--he wants this weapon to work. Shinera tells him only scientific method can tell if it will work. First--he makes certain they are truly friends. He uses suspicion, isolation, and mistrust--the friendship must survive this. Each man is put in a smaller cell--separate and dark. Shinera wonders if each is blaming the other. The rooms are near each other and one wall of each room is a one way mirror so the two enemy agents can see into Crane and Nelson's rooms, monitor their reactions. In the rooms, alone, they each face the fact that there are forces that control their destiny--which would frighten anyone. Shinera wants to strip the veneer of civilization that separates us from the animals. Seaview is below again--a nice effect. A deep sea suit--metallic and bulky is being put on a crewman by O'Brien. This suit looks like the robot from THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN. Shinera's phase two--fruit and water are placed in Nelson's room and to Tao's surprise, are not drugged--they are pure. They light up Crane's room. Seaview diver returns and explains the two men in the mini sub were torn up badly--and he couldn't get the bodies out. He did find Lee's ring and Nelson's watch. In the lab we hear Jupiter II's interior first season sound effects (via FANTASTIC VOYAGE). Shinera directs the animal emotions. They allow Crane to view Nelson on a small TV screen and Crane sees Nelson has food, water, books. For a split second, Shinera feels, Crane is resentful; while this goes on, Nelson via a TV in his room, sees Crane and feels guilt. Tao tells Shinera that Nelson is only pretending he feels guilt but Shinera feels Nelson really does, "Oh, he does, he does," but also thinks Nelson will justify his guilt. Crane, Shinera guesses, will try to find a reason to hate Nelson. Shinera then says, "He must not see what his friend does next." He cuts the TV screen off and Crane cannot see Nelson now--since Nelson will knock the food, drink, and books off the table they are on. Shinera is correct--Nelson does this. Crane is allowed back into the trick room and he finds a gun. Nelson comes in from the other side--and appears as a giant--and has a gun also. They face each other, pointing the guns at each other.
Shinera and Tao view the pair on a rounded screen---and determine the pair are genuine friends. Shinera sets them free, the two unite, and the doors open automatically. Shinera makes tea with water from a sink. Tao is beginning to appreciate the scientific method--or least he tells this to Shinera. Nelson feels the enemies are playing cat and mouse with he and Lee. A system of screens is on the island which are auto trackers. Sound is not given but Shinera tells Tao that doesn't matter now. Crane eats a berry which Shinera tells Tao contains 20 micrograms of the drug. In 30 minutes he will hate Nelson. Lee eats more. When Nelson recalls the enemy agents never had Williams and Richardson at all--he makes Lee drop the grapes. The two men who are now dead--were drugged. Nelson tells Lee there are drugs that can completely change a personality. The two talk of this. Nelson feels they can contaminate the water supply and the drug can seep into the earth, contaminating the entire island's growth. There must be some water source of the People's Republic troop that is not contaminated--for their own use. Something like a reservoir on top of the island. Nelson and Crane destroy a camera watching them. The cameras are self activated to movement. Crane stops another. Then the two aim two cameras at each other and jam the TV system, unaware in five minutes, the drugs will affect Lee. The two go to a cliff where lee wonders where Chip is, "When I get my hands on him--he disobeyed orders, Admiral, I'm going to break him--he's a coward!" Nelson fires shots to alert Chip, then asks Lee for his gun to continue the signal. Lee questions as to why Nelson wants his gun and then starts reacting against Nelson, telling the Admiral, "I don't have any use for you." Nelson attempts to get the gun and Crane falls. Lee then shoots at Nelson who flees into the jungle. Lee pursues him, "Nelson! I'm going to kill you!" This is one of the first and last times, Crane calls Harry by his last name---he usually just calls him, "Admiral" or when referring to him, "The Admiral." Nelson goes to thick trees, hides, and releases a tree branch he bent back. It hits Lee who shoots at Nelson as the Admiral once more runs away. Lee hits a tree but falls again. Nelson finds a small water fall and a pump. He turns the pump, pulls a cable out from under, and slings it over to another stream or lake. Not able to see Nelson or Crane now, Tao takes a rifle and goes outside. Shinera drinks tea. Ski and Chip return in the raft with men but Crane surprises Nelson, who throws Lee away from him. They have a large fight, ending when Lee kicks Nelson into quicksand. Tao goes to shoot Crane as Lee tries to make Nelson sink faster. Nelson, having scooped up Lee's gun, shoots Tao. Tao falls headfirst into the quicksand and sinks to his death. Crane scoops up a branch and tries beating Nelson over the head and misses. Chip and Ski and other men come up behind Crane and overpower him. In Seaview later, Crane is visited by Admiral Nelson. Crane wishes they could blow up that island. Nelson says, "That would have jeopardized relations with a friendly country. Of course, when they find out I put their water pump into a lake with the drug in it, that friendly nation might hear a few protests of their own." Lee adds, "That is if anyone is left alive to protest."
REVIEW: A good hour of excitement which showcases the role of friendship and what it can withstand. Tao is played by the wonderful Henry Silva who can smile and show how evil Tao really is with just the smile. His sarcasm ("Yes, easy, Lee") makes him one of the more snide and superior feeling baddies of the show without sacrificing his potential as a powerful man. His death scene is very shocking even in the overall violence of VOYAGE--not only was he shot but plunged headlong into the quicksand. I always wondered where Tao took the bodies of who was really in the crushed mini sub. The direction was good and the island set was very nice to look at...and for once, the jungle looked wild and overgrown. It also appeared to really be outdoors which it may have been.
NOTE: Patrick Culliton is credited as "Sonar Man", Derrick Lewis is credited as O'Brien (for once credited), and Robert Lipton is "Helmsman".
THE SECRET OF THE LOCH
A hurt man stumbles into a Loch Ness pub, talking of the monster who attacked him, another scientist and three others who were in a launch near the dock. "Out of the dark it came," he says. The doctor is mangled and dying; thus the pub men rush out into the night and fog through the forest and rock in a very atmospheric scene. They reach the beach where the man tells the others, "The doctor is dead." One of the Scottish men asks, "Who were he? DOCTOR WHO? Tell us man." He can't tell them. One of the men yells, "Lookie there!" Out on the loch water they hear the growling sound heard in THE PRICE OF DOOM (yes, the plankton, Anna). From out the darkness and mist, the outline of the head of an amphibious monster can be seen.
Seaview is on the surface and we hear calm music. A crewman played by Mark Slade is seen (Malone maybe?). Crane tells Chip to log something. They head for Inverness. Nelson asks Lee if he is curious and Lee smiles, "I've been curious ever since we left Santa Barbara." We hear the Seaview theme. 6 miles from town is Loch Ness but they cannot get Seaview into the loch. Crane meets Nelson in his cabin. Crane tells Nelson that this is seeming more and more like a CLOAK AND DAGGER mission. Nelson asks him about what he knows about Loch Ness. Crane knows about all the legends and the deepest parts of Loch Ness have not been logged. Nelson tells him at 700 feet under the surface is top secret lab working on an ultimate weapon. Nelson received word on the scrambles last night--Tuesday. Dressed in civilian clothes, Nelson and Crane, one hour later, are dropped off in the forest near the town (more Seaview themes occur as we see it). Abriachan is four miles to the right; Inverness 16 to the left. The two make their way through the fog, rocks, and woods. Marine biologist, Professor Alistair MacDougall of the University of Edinbourgh, meets them and tells them Dr. Crothers died last night and the papers are to be turned over to him now. Crane exclaims the monster is just a legend to which MacDougall responds, "Then it was a legend that killed him." Digby, Rasor, Malcolm--all dead--the entire staff of the sea lab. At pub Glen Morey Ames, McDougall is to testify since he is the only witness and he must lie under oath to keep the project hush-hush. Good stock music as they walk through the woods. McDougall asks for the papers but Nelson tells him he hasn't got them--the papers are on Seaview. Nelson and Crane pose as newspapermen. McDougall pushes Nelson and Crane back as an arrow hits a tree near where Nelson was standing. Crane fires his gun several times but the poacher asks them to hold their fire. Nelson asks him, "What did you think we were--rabbits?" Crane wonders why he is out at night hunting with a bow and arrow. He claims to have seen a stag and wanted meat for his table. He is a scary dude. At the inquiry, McDougall says, "It smashed our boat and killed all but me." He reckons it to be an Ithyiosaurus or some reptilian sea dinosaur--prehistoric. Inspector Lesterson from Scotland Yard brings a message to the magistrate who reads it and says, "I see. Perhaps I don't see. I shall protest." He adjourns the inquiry. When the inspector asks Nelson and Crane questions about who they are, Nelson uses an accent and tells him newspaper men and begins asking him questions! This makes Lesterson leave quickly and Nelson and Crane share a laugh. Nelson tells MacDougall to be ready at the Hotel Inverness at 9AM. Outside the pub, the poacher aims the arrow from his bow right at Nelson and Crane (good musical cue into commercial).
McDougall comes out and asks for a match. From behind, Lesterson hits the poacher from behind and watches the other three leave. Seaview music is heard again. Nelson's cabin: Lee doesn't like any of this. He doesn't think Nelson should turn the papers over to MacDougall. Crane asks, "Do you trust somebody who claims he was attacked by a prehistoric monster?" NOTE: This is ironic since he and Nelson have already been attacked by a few prehistoric monsters (TURN BACK THE CLOCK and one might want to also count THE CREATURE I and CRADLE OF THE DEEP) and will be for many episodes in the future. It also makes no sense in the confines of the series since even VILLAGE OF THE GUILT established that "sea monsters" do exist. Washington DC had ordered the papers turned over to MacDougall--he has top security clearance but Nelson can use the excuse of investigating the cause of Crothers' death to delay giving MacDougall the papers. From the bridge, Ski calls Mr. Morton and tells him MacDougall is on board. Nose: Crane and Nelson talk to the Professor. Crane says, "I can't make myself believe in a sea monster." NOTE: This episode must take place in a parallel universe where Crane and the others haven't had any of the previous adventures yet (including ELEVEN DAYS TO ZERO with its huge squid). Just sarcasm there. Nelson tells MacDougall that DC has told him the papers stay in his safe on Seaview in his cabin until they find out what killed the other men (is this true or is Nelson making this up?). For 50 years folks have seen the Loch Ness monster; Crane counters with it being publicity for the tourist trade. "Ever hear of a more unlikely spot for tourism as Loch Ness?" MacDougall asked. NOTE: YES, I HAVE-King Tut's Pyramid, the Amityville Horror House, the Montauk Project, etc. The tourist trade increased via the monster stories. McDougall knows of a way into the Loch for Seaview--not shoals or channels but 400 fathoms down is a navigable route. He adds, "If there is any craft that can follow it--we're aboard that craft now." Nelson calls Sparks for a private call. Nelson breaks out the local Scotch which MacDougall is thankful for since it doesn't taste like the sea water from the pub. Seaview theme sequence again--rather nice and watery. Lesterson calls--he has heard from the British Home office. He tells Nelson there was a second attempt on his life last night by the poacher. The Inspector questioned the poacher and has been getting some very strange answers. His home secretary has told him to relay to Nelson not to do anything with those secret papers. Crane tells MacDougall that Seaview can go far below 2400 and they will try tonight. Seaview theme. They see the natural cavern tunnel ahead--it is 200 feet wide and they move ahead one third. Sparks calls Nelson to the Radio Shack. On a motorboat, Lesterson calls--there are two men with him, one is the poacher (Angus?) who is handcuffed. The fog is like pea soup. The poacher told him everything. He knows why the men of the lab were killed, "Admiral, you're in mortal danger." The monster comes at them; Lester shoots but the boat floods and tilts. The thing hits the boat and turns it over. The boat blows up.
Crane thinks they should think about turning back. There is 200 from keel to bottom. The tunnel descends. Crane says, "Into deeper trouble." McDougall wages a six pence that they can make it. Seaview goes down another 100 feet. McDougall smiles. There is 110 below. They go down another 50 feet and ahead two thirds below Mount Grantite. Nelson tells MacDougall his faith seems akin to knowledge. MacDougall wants more scotch and goes to the nose from control. He looks at Seaview plans near Inspection Panel 14A. Someone with a ring on plants a device which sparks and shorts a line. Crane orders the duty technician to check it. The forward torpedo loading and launching system is out. Ski and men put out a fire. Crane sends Chip down to the Control Room. Crane thinks it was MacDougall. Seaview comes into the Loch. Two miles south of Loch Ende, Equid Circuit Bay (or something like that). At the window are waves. Nelson says, "We're going monster hunting, Lee." MacDougall pours it on, "That I should have lived to see this day--to be aboard the world's greatest submarine craft and the world's greatest marine mystery ahead of us." It will take four hours to fix the torpedo firing system--defective cable brackets caused this, bypassing the circuits that would have prevented this. Ski tells Crane it couldn't happen again in a million years. Crane asks, "Kowalski, do you think it was an accident?" Nelson calls Lee to the nose. We hear the Seaview theme again. Sonar has picked up something south by south west moving at 600 feet, 2200 yards. They move ahead two thirds-heading 1-2-3. Bubbles come out the Seaview back. They slow to one third and soon all stop. At 300 yards, there is something continuing to move at them. At the window, Crane, Nelson and MacDougall see the creature--its eyes blowing, the mouth blinking a light. Nelson tells them this is a monster they can talk to. MacDougall tells Nelson it is not his turn to talk. The radio pipes a message from the "creature"--a submarine made to look like a monster, "Submarine Seaview, remain where you are." The voice sounded British--in fact, it sounded like Lesterson! MacDougall confirms his presence aboard--if he didn't the other sub would have fired in 60 seconds, waiting to hear from their spy. Nelson lets him answer. Crane tells MacDougall, "You're as much a professor as you are a Scotsman." The real MacDougall is dead at the bottom of the Loch, MacDougall Fake admits. He admits, proudly, that using a monster to spy on the base was a brilliant move. The voice wants Nelson and the Professor in a mini sub with the plans. It gives Nelson 6 minutes to do so or it will torpedo Seaview--6 minutes to midnight. The Professor says, "You don't want to die any more than I, Nelson, mon."
McDougall tells Crane and Nelson "We are all reasonable people, just on opposite sides." Crane tells Nelson, "Don't let them bluff you out of those plans." Nelson is thinking of their men--over 100 lives. "Two minutes to DOOMSDAY and you haven't turned a hair," Nelson tells MacDougall. Nelson calls for the mini sub. MacDougall tells Crane to shut up when Crane tells him not to do it--they will blow Seaview out of the water as soon as the mini sub is launched and safely away. Chip tells Ski to prepare the mini sub. MacDougall tells the other sub to hold their fire. They have 3 minutes to send the mini sub. Nelson tells Lee not to countermand any of his orders and leaves with MacDougall following. He tells Lee, "BE SEEING YOU." MacDougall says, "Uhh, don't count on it." Nelson gives MacDougall the plans. MacDougall seems nervous and wants to leave right away. Nelson urges him to check the plans. MacDougall looks, telling Nelson he wouldn't be so stupid as to pass anything off fake on him. Nelson locks MacDougall in his cabin and calls the Missile Room. Then he lets MacDougall out. The mini sub leaves. Crane in the nose watches the monster and sees the mini sub moving away from Seaview. Nelson with a gun, shoves MacDougall into the room. The mini sub moves closer to the creature sub. The monster is suppose to shoot as soon as the mini sub is safely away. The plan was to capture Nelson and blow up Seaview. Nelson tells MacDougall to talk to the other sub--he has 45 seconds--if he wants to live. He calls, telling them another arrangement will be made. The other sub via the voice is surprised MacDougall is not on the mini sub---shouldn't this tell him that the mini sub is really a bomb? The mini sub blows up the other enemy submarine creature. MacDougall puts his hands over his face, sad at losing it and his men. Arrrghh, too bad, too bad. Seaview is almost out of the Loch Ness now. Nelson sits in the nose, wondering if there really is a monster out there. Crane tells him, "You couldn't prove it by me." Nelson says, "Perhaps one of these days, we might come back and find out."
REVIEW: Suspenseful, atmospheric story when in Scotland, a bit slow when on Seaview but not too bad. Torin Thatcher seemed to truly care for the men who died on his submarine after it was destroyed by the mini sub that Nelson sent to it. He didn't care that he destroyed others using the Loch Ness monster as a ploy. Odd that in this season, the Loch Monster turns out to be a hoax when in other episodes, both before and after (plenty of later episodes), giant monsters were almost all real! The sub used is quite good, resembling a sea monster and the Nautilus in 20 THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. The eerie sequence when Lester's boat is destroyed is quite chilling. I must admit to feeling a bit cheated when finding out the monster is really a submarine but this is a good twist--a monster sci-fi tale really is a spy one. Other series used this as a model of sorts. A recent X FILES had the two agents checking out a sea monster which is really not a sea monster. They find out it was a giant alligator--something very natural to the area the "monster" was seen. Sounds like THE SECRET OF THE LOCH. Oh, and Scully's pet poodle had to be eaten by the alligator. What a bad series X FILES is sometimes.
Writer-WILLIAM REED WOODFIELD
Everyone is busy aboard Seaview in the Missile Room, ready to launch test dummies in a hull bathysphere which is made of the same material as Seaview. As usual in the first season, crewmen such as Kowalski, wear button down shirts with rolled up sleeves and dark black pants. The music used in this opening is uplifting and sea-like. When we see Seaview hovering close to the surface from underneath, we do not hear the familiar popping sound effect. Using an atmosphere exchange inside the probe the experiment will allow it to go far below usual crush depth. At 5000 feet, the atmosphere exchange keeps the bell from imploding, the inner pressure equaling the outer (which doesn't sound possible or quite right). Chairman of the Inner Space Press Council Admiral Bentley Falk, the supposed creator and inventor of the hull and its mixture, is not here. He is at a press conference. Nelson is agitated, "Why isn't he here." Nelson dislikes headline grabbing news related scientists--it's a disgrace. At 36 thousand feet, Nelson tells Crane he'd make a deal with the devil to get Seaview to go that deep. The test bell lands on the bottom at 36,200 feet. Ski starts bringing it back up but some huge, giant, two headed monster grabs the bell.
The monster is two headed and its faces seem to radiate some type of light or reflection. It has seaweed like covering and roars and makes other sounds. The hull comes up. We then see the titles to the episode and hear a version of the VOYAGE theme over the Missile Room. Falk finally arrives with a photographer and press agent named Hoff. Chief Scientific Assistant Archer is not 100 percent sure the experiment was a success. Falk takes photos with Tracy, a man who seems to be either a Seaview member--possibly from the Nelson Institute or more likely a member of Falk's own staff. Tracy can give these photos to his grandchildren one day as Falk tells him to. Falk and Nelson disagree, Nelson feeling that Falk is really a phony who only wants credit for himself and not for the science world. Nelson tells Crane only he can order the hull to come up since he knows the Seaview hull better than anyone. Falk comments he may be sorry he chose Seaview but Nelson counters with the fact that he chose Seaview because he knows it is the only sub that can make the depths. Nelson wishes them all the best and says so to Archer. Falk tells Tracy, "I'll take care of you." Tracy, Lee, Falk, and Archer make a dive, each in one of four compartments around the device. The top of the bell is clear. Falk fingers a bull statue he takes out of his clothing. They make the first atmosphere change while holding the descent long enough to do so. Archer takes pills. One half of one percent more nitrogen will enter the test device. Lights blink and flashes of lightning hit. The molecules in the hull are accelerated to be heavy enough inside to withstand the pressure outside. Nelson calls, "Good, Falk, you've done it!" Falk, conceited, calls back, "Of course." Nelson makes a face of aggravation. Crane notices the statue of the Greek mythological Poseidon. Falk's father had it on his own bathysphere dive. Crane read Falk's father's book a dozen times--it kept him interested in the sea as a boy. The bell moves to 20 thousand feet, 6 thousand decibars of pressure. Nelson gives Falk his congratulations at 36 thousand, 200 feet. Falk says, "I've beaten you, father." The bell goes to the bottom (a fantastic miniature set design which makes one sorry it is not in color--as this season of VOYAGE and the first of LOST IN SPACE should have been). The monster seems aware of the bell. There is a leak in the mixture valve--one fourth of their air gone. One of them may die. Lee tells Nelson that they need to come up fast and at the rate of ascent they are at, they will need the decompression chamber ready when they arrive. Falk cuts Crane's air off and Crane passes out. Then Falk cuts Tracy's air out.
Unconscious, Lee, Falk, and Archer are put into the Decompression Chamber in the Missile Room (?). Tracy is dead. Doc (Richard Bull's Doc) asks Nelson for a schedule of the decompression. Nelson does not have it yet. Doc orders Ski to seal the chamber. They simulate 6 thousand decibars of pressure. Doc tells them if they hold at that pressure they may die. Nelson stops Hoff from shooting pictures and orders no press releases from the sub. Hoff tells him then they have a problem: he already radioed to the press. Nelson vetoes any more messages. At 4000 decibars, the three men show signs of being somewhat better. Chip tells Nelson the master cylinder was defective in the test hull bell--gas collected, expanded, and burst. There was nothing wrong in Tracy's compartment. Chip found the bull. Falk, getting up, checks Crane who is still out. He goes to Archer and wakes him up, telling him to be quiet. The theory of the atmosphere mixture is Archer's, who saw Falk kill Tracy so they would have made it back--if he hadn't all four may have died. Falk tells him their mixture will open up a whole new world of riches. Archer tells Falk that telling on him won't bring Tracy back but he continues to want to destroy Falk, something he's denied himself for a long time. Archer says he is not doing this out of some sense of right or wrong but for science. He has denied himself more than revenge on Falk--he's denied himself honor, self respect, and dignity. Falk says, "How noble." Crane is up now and all are up and eating. Nelson gives Falk his bull back. Falk brags about how the atmosphere equalization process worked. Nelson reminds him, "A man died." Falk lies--telling them that when Tracy saw Captain Crane pass out, Tracy closed his own intake valve in his compartment to save the other three men. Falk says when he realized what Tracy was doing, he was going to reopen the valve from the master panel but it was too late to do it. Falk continues the lie, "Tracy's last thoughts were of me and this project." Nelson won't dive Seaview just yet, he wants another test bell dive. Nelson argues with Falk over this, "This is my sub--I say it won't go down until I say it does!" Falk turns to Crane after Nelson leave. He wants Lee to make Nelson understand. Nelson, in a t-shirt, is in his bathroom and tells Lee there will be no test for another week (the 27th of the month). Nelson is singing and Crane wants to convince Nelson but Nelson wants the test to work, only he's not willing to risk even one life to make it work. Nelson calls Falk an egotist--he will risk putting up with that egotist for the sake of the project. Crane gets agitate this time, "How can you be convinced of anything?" Lee wonders if Nelson wants it to succeed. Nelson wonders if Lee thinks he is jealous of Falk. Lee looks at him and leaving says, "Of course not, Admiral." Crane walks out. On the teletype to Seaview, the President requests Nelson pose no further delays to Falk's test dive. Nelson is angry Falk went over his head and tells Falk, "If there is any trouble, I'll abort this dive, orders or no orders and I'll will hold you personally responsible!" Falk claims, "There's nothing to worry to about." On the bottom is the giant monster.
Seaview is going down. Nelson wants Archer to brief him on every component. The computer is programmed to all levels of change of atmosphere. They are now 200 feet above crush depth. Two huge circular devices and four small ones are in the room (the lab? Missile Room?). Everyone gets dizzy as they make the first exchange of atmospheres. Crane tells the crew, "There's nothing to worry about." Is he oxygen deprived? Doesn't he recall Tracy's death? Hoff almost lights a cigarette but Falk stops him--he could have blown them all to Kingdom Come. Hoff wants to take more photos. Falk tells Hoff just to go sit down. Archer, without looking at Falk, says straightly, "Why, Admiral Falk, you've never refused to have your picture taken before." Nelson laughs quite a bit. Seaview holds. Nelson tells the crew the small purple lights installed in the air ventilization and revitalization systems are to allow Seaview to withstand the pressure of lower depths. Seaview shakes a bit and sparks fly. Archer holds his chest and tells them to continue the dive. Crane takes Seaview down. Seaview is past crush depth--the hull pressure is normal. It is 96 minutes to the bottom. Falk leave with Hoff. Suddenly, it is 98 degrees and getting hotter. It is usually a constant 78 degrees but now it is 100. Nelson tells Chip to check the cooling system. Patterson checks the blowers and ducts. Falk returns and finds Archer on the floor. He puts pills in Archer's mouth as it becomes 130 degrees. Nelson calls Falk a fool when he realizes Falk cannot help him fix what is wrong. Archer was the assistant, Falk explains, he knew about all the details and takes care of them. Seaview dives and lands on the bottom. The hull is fine but Nelson wants to go back up to 200 feet. Nelson tells Archer, "Fine work, Archer." They go to the nose to look out, Archer telling Nelson they can only do so for five minutes as decompression time increases every minute. They look out at perpetual night. Archer quotes Falk's father, "The abyss is where your nightmares live." Falk arrives and tells them his father was a better writer than a scientist." Falk tells them his dreams are of conquering the sea, not a nightmare--a dream. Falk has called the President and already spoken to him. The President wishes he were right there with them. Falk talks about all his glory which upsets Archer, who finally yells at him but then falls, dead. Nelson grabs the pills Falk pulled out of Archer's jacket--digitalis--Nelson asks Falk if he knew Archer had a heart condition. Hoff calls their attention, "Look Admiral!" The monster is seen out the nose and comes at Seaview.
Nelson orders Seaview back. The nose camera goes on for Lee and Chip. Nelson and Falk leave to go to the devices. Lee calls--they've backed into a canyon--effectively trapping them. Nelson stops Falk from turning a mixture blend off--it only goes off if the computer malfunctioned--which it hasn't. Archer told Nelson this. Falk yells, "Let me think!" He sets it. Seaview goes up, the creature, notes Nelson, isn't following. Perhaps it can only survive on the bottom. Falk tells Nelson he is sorry--the shock of Archer's death made him upset. They hear gas--there is some kind of imbalance inside--the pressure inside is greater than outside! They must compensate. Falk looks in the book for answers. Nelson switches to manual and orders the men to flood ballast---Seaview must go back down--where the monster waits. Falk slips that Archer built the machine. Falk told Archer what he wanted and Archer built it. Falk insists he conceived it. Nelson asks, "Who was it who turned the dream into reality?" Falk can't help him. Nelson calls him a thief and a fraud who's dishonored his father's name. He also asks him if he's ever done anything in his life for himself, by himself. Falk tells Crane and Hoff, "Tell him he's wrong." The two men just stare at Falk. The monster attacks. Crane orders the reactors up to full power and sends a charge through the hull--twice. Electric shocks hit the beast, coming off of the sub. Divers cannot go out--at this depth, they'd be crushed---Falk overhears this. Lee orders Seaview back up again but slowly. He gets scuba gear in Missile Room. Hoff tries to stop him but Falk hits him with an air tank (the symbolic shaking of the press and the glamour). Thanks to Falk, the monster lets Seaview go. Falk goes out and uses a light to lure the monster away from Seaview. Seaview exchanges atmospheres. We see a small light--Falk--near the monster--on the TV monitor Crane, Falk, and Nelson see it too. Sickbay--Hoff has his head wrapped up, telling them Falk said he wanted to do something important once in his life. Nelson won't expose Falk. When Hoff thanks him, Nelson says, show your thanks by making sure Archer gets the credit he deserves. Archer will be as famous as Falk, Hoff promises and he sounds sincere. As Nelson and Crane move away, Hoff asks, "Admiral, can you use a really good press secretary?" Nelson turns to Lee, "Come on, Lee, I think I'm going to need fresh air."
REVIEW: A really more engaging episode when you watch it more than once or twice. Falk symbolically leaves behind the unimportant press and fame for something "really important in his life." He didn't seem to be an out and out bad guy but just opportunistic. His killing of Tracy was not fully revealed but it did seem that if he didn't do it, he, Crane, and Archer would have died. But if he were so noble, why not sacrifice himself? Of course, he realizes this at the end and does sacrifice himself. Nelson was a bit hard on him in the 4th act but for all the nonsense Nelson took from him earlier without any return, it was justified. Another thought is that the monster represented Falk's dad...his monster who he lived in the shadow of his whole life---and using a light against his shadowy monster--he does something really important, for himself. Also, it is difficult to feel sorry for Archer since he came off as being as cold as Falk; however toward the second half, Arthur Franz imbibes him with some sarcastic humor, it is difficult not to like him. His motives weren't altruistic by his own admission but perhaps they were and he didn't see this--but he kind of "dug his own grave" by not being honest from the beginning. He was partly to blame for Falk's deception and misjudgments. The fact that Falk redeemed himself makes Falk somewhat more likeable in a strange sort of way.
WRITER-WILLIAM WELCH and AL GAIL
A blond woman in a foreign country at night (France?) is chased by men. Her car is blocked. She throws one man threw a window of a building and stops a car for help. A man gets out to help her and sits her in his car, "Don't worry, I'll take care of you." She realizes what he is just before he uses a handkerchief and says, "You have a smudge on your face." He knocks her out with the drug on it. He makes a call, "We have Admiral Nelson's sister."
We see the city harbor and the Seaview conning tower as we hear the main theme song again. Nelson is looking at photo passport of a woman. Seaview will be docking in 15 minutes and Nelson will go ashore. At 0900, the Western Alliance Inspection Team (actually NATO) will bring the detection navigator aboard. Crane finds the fallen passport of what appears to be Nelson's sister; Nelson grabs it, angered. He lies, telling Lee the harbor pilot brought him an urgent personal letter: his sister has been hurt in an accident. She is the only family Nelson has. Nelson goes to Marseilles, France (this street will be used on many productions, Allen and Fox including THE GREEN HORNET and the LAND OF THE GIANTS episode EVERY DOG NEEDS A BOY). At La Fleur Cafe Nelson orders a beer when the man who kidnapped his sister sits down and shows him a photo of the girl in his cigarette case. Nelson asks about her, the man making Nelson worry--she is his vulnerable spot. The man pays, then admits he has to subject Nelson to childish rigamorerole to take him to a brick walled computerized room. He shows Nelson a map but Nelson bluffs about not recognizing it. On the longitude lines are missile silo sights but there are new missiles and new sights. This man wants those, no one will know Nelson told him, but in the event of war his "side" will have the advantage. Only a half dozen men know the locations. Two men search Nelson when he returns--he disobeyed instructions but he tells them he has the map. His condition is he must know his sister is safe inside the American consulate. He sees her on a TV screen in a car with an assassin. The girl calls Nelson, "Harry." The man with Nelson makes the killer let Miss Nelson out of the car and she walks toward the consulate. As she walks, the man demands the map. When Nelson shows signs of wanting to wait until his sister is in the consulate, the man tells him she will be shot by the killer the moment her foot hits the step unless he countermands the order. Nelson takes out the microfilm and the man countermands the order. The man tells him, "We trust no one." Two Western Alliance officers will come aboard Seaview to inspect one of the sights and to test the device. This man, the immediate leader of this spy ring, wants to be with them. A word from this man and Nelson's sister could be killed within the consulate. Nelson realizes this. The new device shuts Seaview off when it is in range of the missile silos and then puts it on automatic to bring it to the area. Nelson returns to Seaview. His sister will be all right. Seaview pulls away. One of the Allied guests, a Major General Fenton, comes down to Admiral Nelson, "Nice to meet you at last, Admiral Nelson." It is the man who kidnapped Nelson's sister.
A Colonel Hamid is also on board and he asks about Nelson's sister. Nelson lies, telling them she is in a Caan Marseilles sanitarium. Nelson wouldn't shake Fenton's hand when he greeted him. Four hours to the first sight and only Nelson can calculate the areas and the device's effectiveness. Sparks gives Hamid a message which prompts Hamid to search Nelson's cabin. In the nose, he tells Crane there was no accident to Nelson's sister and no American woman in a sanitarium. Crane says the French must have made a mistake and if Hamid thinks Nelson is lying, to tell the other security officer aboard. Hamid tells him it is policy that they work independent of each other. Hamid has a handwriting sample of Nelson's sister; Crane will return it. Seaview is near to the first missile sight and in 15 minutes will go on automatic. Crane tells Nelson about Hamid. Nelson yells, "I will not be cross examined about my personal affairs!" Crane tells him, "It won't happen again." Chip tells Lee, "What's with the Admiral--he had fire in his eyes when I just passed him." Lee tells Chip about the sister in Europe lie and Chip tells him it is none of their business (which fits in with Chip's private nature). He tells Lee touring in Europe is s popular pastime. Nelson's sister was returning to New York three weeks ago--from a trip to Europe--two tours in less than a month? Five more minutes to auto. Nelson checked their knots. Sparks finds someone is using an electronic device. Crane uses the portable detector to find Hamid in the room next to Nelson, using a spying device to try to listen in on Nelson and Fenton. He slams the door purposely. Hamid asks him to listen. Crane says, "I don't spy on friends and the Admiral's my friend." The device of Hamid's isn't working too well--the electronics on the Seaview are interfering with it. Hamid tells Lee that an agent claims Miss Nelson was entering the consulate when Nelson claimed he was visiting her elsewhere. Crane sends a message via Sparks to the consulate himself and gets a coded message in return. Fenton waits in the nose of Seaview. Crane bends down to find tapes on the hallway floor when Nelson hits him from behind, takes the coded message and the tapes and leaves!
Ski calls a corpsman to hall A4. The message is gone. Nelson, Fenton, and Hamid arrive. Nelson asks a Bill to get Capt. Crane to sickbay and have Doc check him. Later, Crane leaves Sickbay and says, "Thanks Doc." We don't see the Doc at all (this would happen in the future--characters would leave Sickbay and talk to the Doc but we don't see him). Crane must send another message. Fenton diverts Sparks and plants a bomb in the radio. Lee tells Chip he forgot to duck. Sparks is thrown off his chair when the radio is blasted. A fire detail is called down. Lee tells Mr. Morton to surface to scrub the ship of smoke, crack all hatches, and turn blowers on. Nelson asks if Sparks is all right, then wants to see Fenton in his cabin. Crane tells a confused Chip to cut off all electronic devices and to go to silent running. Hamid and Lee listen using his ear device as Nelson and Fenton talk in the room next to the one they are in--Nelson's cabin. Nelson calls Fenton a fool and a dangerous maniac--"you could have killed one of my men!" Fenton merely answers that it was regrettable--he sounds sincere. As Crane listens, Hamid doesn't have to ask what he's overheard---Hamid can read it in Crane's face. Crane gives Hamid permission to arrest both men. Hamid goes to Nelson after Fenton leaves and tells him he will return him to Marseilles. Nelson tells him to keep this secrecy going--he gives his word he won't try to escape and tells him to tell no one--especially Fenton and to let Fenton escape. Hamid won't do this. They have a tremendous fight with excellent stock music. Hamid takes out a gun; Nelson punches him; a light is thrown over; Hamid flips Nelson over the desk. Nelson is really beaten up but knocks Hamid down and runs out to call the Master At Arms from a mike in the hallway, "General Hamid's gone berserk!" Crane goes to the Admiral's cabin and turns Hamid over---there is a knife sticking out of Hamid's back! He's dead.
Nelson asks Lee, "You know me a long time. Do you believe I did it?" Crane says it is not for him to judge. Nelson thinks that is true--he insists he did not kill Hamid. Nelson hit him though. Crane calls him a traitor. Nelson insists, "I'm not, its been made to appear I am." His real sister is in the states undercover and in hiding for now. An American intelligence agent posed as his sister---the photo of the blond woman is not his sister but the agent (played by Susan Flannery--we never get to see the real sister--we only saw the agent posing as the sister!). The first missile silo location on the map that Fenton has is real. The rest of the map is a fake. This was done to make the other side believe it was real. It will make their side stop looking for the silos--"our" side doesn't want to change the locations of the silos. Nelson asks Crane to make Fenton think Nelson has been believed--that he killed Hamid in self defense. In the nose, Fenton is calm. He has no reason to doubt the other missile sites now. Fenton now wants the detection device as well, and he will use Nelson as the second officer to carry it to land. Fenton supervises the taking of the navigator. Nelson tells Lee to get their best men rounded to shore party. They can't follow yet. Nelson tells Lee, "These men are not amateurs." He has a cigarette ultra sonic silent signal so they will know when Fenton sends the radio report to his superiors. Nelson has a tracer on his shoes; Lee's glasses will allow him to see the tracer--footprints of Nelson's. Chip, Ski, and another crewmen follow Crane, all in plain clothes, dressed like dockmen. Water on the dock makes them lose the trail but they find it again. Ski goes up steps; Chip sets up a line on the door to blow it in. Fenton sends the message and his superiors tell him to complement Nelson, which he does. Nelson blows the cigarette. Crane blows a whistle. Ski sabotages the electric, Nelson grabs the device, a crewmen from Seaview shoots a man who was about to knife Nelson as the Admiral makes his way up from the basement. Fenton shoots this crewman dead, the man falling through the window and dying. Fenton chases Nelson up to the main storage room of what appears to be a warehouse. He wants to make a deal with Nelson. Nelson says no deal--he is getting out with the machine. Fenton tells him the fire that has just started due to the fight, has started a self destruct and the whole building will blow. Nelson says, "Let it blow. You're not getting your hands on this again!" Crane shoots a man, gets Nelson out, Chip fires into barrels which fall on Fenton. The surviving Seaview men run out of the building which is blasted from inside. Seaview is back in the harbor. Crane talks to the device, "The things we went through for you." Chip tells Nelson his sister has called and wants to go to dinner with him and she made it clear she wants him to bring Lee along. Crane tells Nelson the dinner is on him. Hey, what about inviting poor Chip along?
REVIEW: Great complicated episode. I have always liked George Sanders--he makes a great laid back villain who, despite his being calm, even in the action sequences, is slippery and evil minded throughout with almost no redeeming qualities--he just has a job to do and does it. Even if it means killing a man by stabbing him in the back, ordering a girl to be shot, kidnapping, lying, cheating, etc. And he isn't satisfied with just getting his job done...he has to have more. Sanders was excellent in a very different type of role, that of hero and father, in the classic 1960 VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (based on the novel THE MIDWICH CUCKOOS and followed by a sequel film CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED, equally good, if not better than the first).