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Timon -> SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (6/6/2006 5:06:30 PM)

Let's face it. SeaQuest DSV was essentially 'Star Trek Underwater' but it was still an intriguing premise and it had Steven Spielberg executive producing.


It had a solid cast including Roy Scheider, Ted Raimi and Stephanie Beechman but eventually it was canned after 3 years despite several name and cast changes. Michael Ironside was the final captain.

Like Trek, it had the 'understanding humans' in the form of a talking dolphin called Darwin but as the series progressed it got more 'New Agey' with the addition of Dagwood, a prototype GELF (Genetically Engineered Life Form), Tony Piccolo, a man with surgically implanted gills, and Dr. Wendy Smith, a telepath/empath, to its crew of specialists. Personally, i prefered the show when it was dealing with enviromental/history elements rather than mystical stuff like ghosts and underwater aliens but that's just me.


So who else was a fan? Who else enjoyed it at first but tuned out as it got too spiritual? And who else was shocked when Jonathan 'Lucas' Brandis hung himself?

nols31 -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (6/6/2006 5:25:25 PM)

I remeber when it first came on , quite liked it then lost interest . Didn't it get messed around the schedules though?

Kid A -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (6/6/2006 5:32:25 PM)

Excellent thread, Timon.

I loved SeaQuest, but even I admit it was lucky to last 3 seasons. It was very hit and miss, and Jonathan Brandis was just about the most punchable little fucker imaginable. Like Wesley Crusher but even more of a creep. Some of the military stories were excellent. i think it could have been an absolute gem had the studios not meddled it to death.

AgentGoth -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (6/6/2006 5:42:22 PM)

Aww look at ickle Ted Raimi.[:D]

I really loved this show. I've been meaning to try to get hold of this for a while now. The dolphin, Darwin, was great.[:D]

Vertigo...Woo.Yay. -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (6/6/2006 5:58:50 PM)

Nothing went wrong - it was just really preachy and dull. Those bits at the end with Bob Ballard telling us about real life in the deep jumped right over patronising into a whole new plateau of talking down to an audience. Like the end of a He-Man episode but smugger...

Timon -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (6/6/2006 6:15:28 PM)

Oh yeah...i remember. He was a smug git.


"Hi there, did you know that DSV stands for Deep Submergence Vehicle? Tune in next week for more fascinating facts on Seaquest DSV!"

doctorolorinbats1975 -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (7/6/2006 3:26:51 PM)

I'm judging from the lack of response that the show never got the right exposure.

Never heard of it until now. Still... Spielberg and Schneider ay?

Cat5 -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (7/6/2006 3:36:56 PM)

I used to watch it every week. There were  good weeks and bad weeks and the dolphin was cool. Ah memories....[:D]

Monkeyshaver -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (7/6/2006 3:50:28 PM)

Easy, Roy Scheider + water shark = rubbish.

Pinkvelvet -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (7/6/2006 4:10:30 PM)

I used to love watching it - but seem to remember I kept missing it for some reason.

Timon -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (8/6/2006 8:21:29 AM)

It had an awesome theme as well. Download below

ripleynine -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (8/6/2006 8:34:26 PM)

didnt the kid in seaquest take his own life not long after dsv was cancelled?

Sundance -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (8/6/2006 11:28:02 PM)


ORIGINAL: ripleynine

didnt the kid in seaquest take his own life not long after dsv was cancelled?

Jonathan Brandis? He killed himself quite a while after it was cancelled. He only died about two years ago.

I used to watch the show, wasn't a big fan. I liked the dolphin though. But then I was only about nine.

Tohru_Readman -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (2/7/2006 12:53:18 PM)

I remember watching seasquest when I was a kid, it was great. I think I stop watching it when they started to mess around with the cast. Might get the first season imported from America, unless they bring it out here first, but I can't see that happening.

stuartbannerman -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (3/7/2006 12:49:08 PM)

I preferred the series when Michael Ironside took over the Captaincy. That guy is ace.

stu 2 stu -> RE: SeaQuest DSV - What Went Wrong? (4/7/2006 3:30:58 PM)

i love threads like this to remind me of all the telly that has been and gone.

What went wrong? it sucked.

Timon -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 10:35:42 AM)

Me and a friend were discussing this show the other day, and we reckon while the 'SeaQuest' brand is dead and not really worthy of resurrection, a film about a giant exploring submarine would be awesome.

I know they're resurrecting Captain Nemo and the Nautilus for an origin story but I think a sci-fi futuristic film set under the oceans (perhaps a little less mystical than The Abyss) would be awesome.

discodave101 -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 11:32:32 AM)

Oh man, SEAQUEST! As light hearted early Saturday evening TV this really hit the spot for me, but then again ANY Sci Fi show did when I was about 10.

Poor Stephanie Beecham, Seaquest to Corrie.

I remember watching the first episode when Ironside took over, and stopped watching from that point. You've now got me thinking about other american 'drivel' that I used to watch on saturdays. There was a show on ITV at about 4-5pm on Saturdays about a guy from the future who goes back in time for some reason, and as a result of the how far from the future he's slightly stronger and faster than most people (evolution). Think he used to pass notes back and forth through newspapers or something? What the hell was that? It was good shit, literally good 'shit' for a 10 year old.

EDIT: Haha - found it. Who remembers THIS?

Timon -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 11:46:25 AM)

I can beat that.
Used to be on after The A-Team or Airwolf on ITV

discodave101 -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 12:13:19 PM)



I can beat that.
Used to be on after The A-Team or Airwolf on ITV

Yep, vaguely remember that. Time Trax definitely trumps that tho T! [:D]

Tech_Noir -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 12:17:45 PM)

Nothing tops Thunder in Paradise

Hulk Hogan and a boat. [:D]

Harley Quinn -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 12:28:57 PM)

SeaQuest was great I've actually got one of the books. I loved Jonathan Bradis as well.

discodave101 -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 12:29:29 PM)

Thunder in Paradise: Must admit, I find the DVD 'Interactive' option tantalising!

Timon -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 12:32:53 PM)

Let's not forget that Seaquest also had Michael Ironside. He trumps all others.

Captain Black -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 12:40:29 PM)

Don't do it Dave - be strong! [:D]

I never got along with SeaQuest, though in the Saturday evening stakes that ITV used to populate with shit US imports, I do recall them highly promoting 'from the makers of Independence Day', The Visitor, which must have been utterly tedious as I can't remember a single thing about it. Cancelled after 13 episodes in the States.

Also: Team Knight Rider, notable only for a few veiled mentions of Michael Knight and one of the actors pretending he was Christian Slater. And I did catch an episode of a TV series spin-off from Time Cop on ITV4, which was (you'll be surprised to hear) rate shit.

Timon -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 1:14:39 PM)

How about the Total Recall series, they showed for about a week....

Tech_Noir -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 1:20:36 PM)



How about the Total Recall series, they showed for about a week....

All I remember is that it opened with a scene where a woman got undressed.

blackduck -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 1:43:37 PM)

Seaquest was one of those shows that I kinda liked. Nothing about it to love , not much to hate. Two main problems, 1 they had no actual purpose or proper bad guys, It was basically just them pottering around the ocean. 2. Underwater is murky, anytime they showed the sub or anything going on around it you could see bugger all. Oh and there was the guy with the really big ears, very distracting those ears.....

Vadersville -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 1:47:45 PM)

Wasn't there a DSV episode set on board an old sunken ship that for some reason had breathable oxygen inside?

Timon -> RE: SeaQuest DSV (19/3/2009 1:55:20 PM)

I distinctly remember one where (somehow), they went back in time to the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Anyway, whilst ITV got some rubbish, I was suprised when BBC2 snared Seven Days! Of course, no one else watched it... and it was cancelled.
Had the XO from SeaQuest in as well.

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