"Next week Admiral Nelson and the Men of the Seaview challenge the powers of an Alchemist! Victor Jory guest-stars in Fires of Death next week's exciting, thrill-packed episode on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in colour on this television channel!
's stirring narration for the next week preview from the VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
1964-68) episode entitled "Fires of Death
" (17/09/1967) written by Arthur Weiss
and directed by Jerry Hopper
Well I'm a devout VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
fan myself and as such would naturally purchase all 110
hour lone episodes (79 including the unaired tv pilot of "Eleven Days to Zero
" produced in colour).
For me it's interesting to see this classic 1960s SF
tv series go through its various phases of development and while the first two seasons are undeniably VOYAGE
's best there were still episodes of (considerable) interest produced in the third (1966-67) and fourth seasons as well.
was one of the first SF tv series to be produced in colour from the mid-1960s and pioneered many extraordinary visual effects to be seen on television (in both black-and-white and colour).
(August 31st, 1914 - September 17th, 1984) and David Hedison
and company were always consistently good throughout the entire series' run and it's during the latter two season in particular where (priceless) comedic performances from this extraordinary (and delightful) cast of players are much more in evidence over the first two seasons giving some added dimension (and variety) to their more (typically) stalwart, grim and intense characterizations.
In regards to the two versions of the SSRN Seaview
while I like them both I feel that that the more streamlined and refined version introduced in the second season (1965-66) complete with the four larger observation windows, the loading bay for the Flying Sub
with its retractible sliding hatch sections, the (even further enhanced) flamboyantly designed stablizing tail fins and rear propulsion engines is far more advanced and dynamic looking than the (earlier) eight windowed designed submarine (originally) from the VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
(1961) theatrical motion picture and provided a necessary upgrading of this extraordinary futuristic undersea research vessel.
One thing is for certain that collectively speaking the VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
universe with its now-classic characters is justing as interesting and impressive as that of any other SF
tv series and worthy of repeated visits and rediscovery.
Lastly I feel that VOYAGE
would do an outstanding performance in DVD
retail sales on a global scale and now with the LOST IN SPACE
1965-68) tv series DVD
collection near completion (this coming June 14th, 2005) hopefully 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment
has already turned its focus of attention toward the other Irwin Allen
tv series franchises for possible release sometime later this year.