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Old February 16 2013, 01:55 AM   #16
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A reboot would work really well. But they would need to mix the science and keeping the peace with the threat of war. If done well, and with 13 episode seasons, it could be a nice 5 year show.

First year introduces the world, season year the threats increases has some attacks, season 3 a war break outs, same in season 4, then season 5 the seaquest is destroyed in order to have peace, and we see the aftermath of the war.
b-but that's just Babylon 5
So? This will be completely different...

And never will happen.
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Old February 16 2013, 02:12 AM   #17
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A show best forgotten I think...
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Old February 16 2013, 02:15 AM   #18
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2nd season was unbelievably bad, like Lost In Space times the worst of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, only 'embellished' with vfx courtesy Hanna-Barbera (technically that last part is true for all 3 seasons.)

Anybody remember the S2 ep where the sub is used for time travel, I think into some alternate future with just a couple human kids alive? I was waiting for Bridger to say 'When this thing hits 88 knots, you're going see some serious shit.'

Then again, Scheider wasn't shitting us when he said that season was going to be childish.

I think there were maybe 4 or 5 s 1 eps that showed real potential, and I though the very early one where they find the 'loading dock' for the library at Alexandria was actually a winner on all of its plot threads, and Bridger really came off very Kirk-like (in a GOOD way) when he threatens to destroy all those treasures if these assholes don't get their ducks in a row yesterday. I've probably seen that one ep 15 times (14 on VHS!) ... but man, such wasted potential.

I almost got to go on the sets early first season for an article, and I still wish that hadn't fallen through. Somebody in Amblin' PR kept jerking the editor and publisher around on the date I was supposed to go, and finally, about 48hours before I was going to fly down, another joker at Amblin had the nerve to ask the editor and publisher about their bona fides. The reply was something akin to,"you know that MAKING OF JURASSIC PARK book your boss likes so much that he actually put it ON CAMERA in the movie? Yeah, we're the ones who wrote it, bye asshole.'

Even after it fell apart, I had a really good correspondence and phone conversation with the original production designer, who was impressed I noticed the lack of lips on shelves (to keep everything from falling on the floor when the ship swerved) ... apparently they had all that designed in a more credible way, but those finishing details got left off (I think he had already left by then to do Earth 2 for Amblin.)

I remember an ad or commercial like you describe from when I was a kid, but that would have been 20 years before seaQuest aired. It was a very rich evocative thing, a family looking out to sea or to the horizon as night fell, but obviously not the promo you saw.
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Old February 16 2013, 04:49 AM   #19
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I liked SeaQuest when it was originally on, but not so much these days. I really would welcome a total reboot of it, though. Perhaps the SeaQuest could just be a multipurpose submarine assigned to undersea colonies in the year 2100. That way, there could be a variety of stories, including those featuring conflicts between the colonies that the SeaQuest might have to intervene in as well as stories regarding the discovery of a civilization that once dwelled below the sea long before Humans did. I think when it comes to the sci-fi angle, that's as far as it should go (no telepaths, mutant soldiers, undersea gods, or ghosts, please).
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Old February 16 2013, 06:39 AM   #20
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Hey, I liked the ghost show!

I liked SeaQuest. I loved Roy Scheider. But I loved Stephanie Beacham too, so I was when they dumped her.

Season 1 is my favorite. Remember Bob Ballard doing those little bits for the closing credits? Season 2, I think I liked two episodes. Season 3 was a big head-snap, but hey, Michael Ironside, cool.
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Old February 16 2013, 08:52 AM   #21
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Michael Ironside was the best thing about Season 3, IMO. And I definitely remember Bob Ballard's factoids during Season 1.
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Hey, I liked the ghost show!

I liked SeaQuest. I loved Roy Scheider. But I loved Stephanie Beacham too, so I was when they dumped her.

Season 1 is my favorite. Remember Bob Ballard doing those little bits for the closing credits? Season 2, I think I liked two episodes. Season 3 was a big head-snap, but hey, Michael Ironside, cool.
Agreed. I'm a Season One fan, loved the Robert Ballard closing comments. I didn't like Season Two or Three, and wish they would have stayed with the more scientific format of the first season.
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Old February 16 2013, 10:11 AM   #23
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I really really liked Seasons 1 and 3, albeit they were completely different shows. I liked Season 2 back when it aired, but I recognize now it was goofy as hell. Even parts of Season 1 don't stand up that well anymore (but other parts really do, and more than anything dumping Hitchcock, Crocker and Krieg was one of their biggest mistakes).
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Old February 16 2013, 03:31 PM   #24
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Hey, I liked the ghost show!

I liked SeaQuest. I loved Roy Scheider. But I loved Stephanie Beacham too, so I was when they dumped her.

Season 1 is my favorite. Remember Bob Ballard doing those little bits for the closing credits? Season 2, I think I liked two episodes. Season 3 was a big head-snap, but hey, Michael Ironside, cool.
Agreed. I'm a Season One fan, loved the Robert Ballard closing comments. I didn't like Season Two or Three, and wish they would have stayed with the more scientific format of the first season.
I've never understood why people liked season 1 so much. I thought it was only ok when it first aired, but it was actually quite boring and unforgiveably repetitive. (really how many stories can you do about scientists that went into hiding).

The sci-fact direction of season 1 was VERY limiting. Simply put, for an adventure/drama show...the real world ocean just is not that interesting. The most memorable episodes from season one were either the pure scifi eps or the political eps. Unfortunately NBC decided to push for more scifi episodes and thus it became Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

The most intersting aspect of seaQuest, right from the pilot, was the unique politics of the 21st century created for the show. In fact the very first sequence in the pilot was about depicting how unstable the political situation was in the world of 2017. That was what the show should have focused on...and ultimately what they did focus on in 2032. That's why season 3 always struck me as the superior season. Having the seaQuest and a weakened UEO struggling to keep the world from collapsing into all out war IS a workable premise for an adventure/dramatic TV series. Its the reason that season 3 felt like a tighter better run show...they actually had a direction.
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Old February 16 2013, 06:29 PM   #25
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The sci-fact direction of season 1 was VERY limiting. Simply put, for an adventure/drama show...the real world ocean just is not that interesting. The most memorable episodes from season one were either the pure scifi eps or the political eps. Unfortunately NBC decided to push for more scifi episodes and thus it became Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

The most intersting aspect of seaQuest, right from the pilot, was the unique politics of the 21st century created for the show. In fact the very first sequence in the pilot was about depicting how unstable the political situation was in the world of 2017. That was what the show should have focused on...and ultimately what they did focus on in 2032. That's why season 3 always struck me as the superior season. Having the seaQuest and a weakened UEO struggling to keep the world from collapsing into all out war IS a workable premise for an adventure/dramatic TV series. Its the reason that season 3 felt like a tighter better run show...they actually had a direction.
The problem with season 3 is they ditched science completely and started off on the wrong foot. After the horrid season 2, there was just too much crap involved that was leftover.

Plus season 3 wasn't all that great, they went back in time to the Cuban Missile Crisis, there was a silly runway train episode.

If they combined the science and discovery of the first season with the politics and war of the third season I think they would have a great show on their hands. It's why I'm in favor of reboot. But 5 seasons of just season 1 would have been boring, and 5 seasons of just war and gloom would have been boring too.
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