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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
12 September 1993 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Beneath the surface lies the future.
Plot:
In the early 21st century, mankind has colonized the oceans. The United Earth Oceans Organization enlists Captain Nathan Bridger and the submarine seaQuest DSV to keep the peace and explore the last frontier on Earth. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 96)

Jonathan Brandis ... Lucas Wolenczak / ... (57 episodes, 1993-1996)

Don Franklin ... Commander Jonathan Ford (57 episodes, 1993-1996)

Ted Raimi ... Lt. j.g. Timothy O'Neill (57 episodes, 1993-1996)

Roy Scheider ... Captain Nathan Bridger (47 episodes, 1993-1995)

Marco Sanchez ... Sensor Chief Miguel Ortiz (44 episodes, 1993-1995)

Peter DeLuise ... Dagwood / ... (35 episodes, 1994-1996)

Michael DeLuise ... Tony Piccolo / ... (34 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kathy Evison ... Helmswoman Lonnie Henderson / ... (34 episodes, 1994-1996)

Edward Kerr ... Lt. James Brody (28 episodes, 1994-1996)

Frank Welker ... Special Vocal Effects (28 episodes, 1993-1995)
John D'Aquino ... Lt. Benjamin Krieg / ... (24 episodes, 1993-1995)

Stacy Haiduk ... Lt. Cmdr. Katherine Hitchcock (23 episodes, 1993-1994)

Royce D. Applegate ... Chief Manilow Crocker (23 episodes, 1993-1994)

Stephanie Beacham ... Dr. Kristin Westphalen (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
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Series Directed by
Anson Williams (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Bryan Spicer (6 episodes, 1993-1994)
Les Sheldon (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Jesús Salvador Treviño (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Oscar L. Costo (5 episodes, 1995)
Bruce Seth Green (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
Bill L. Norton (2 episodes, 1993)
Burt Brinckerhoff (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
David J. Burke (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Steven Robman (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
John T. Kretchmer (2 episodes, 1994)
Robert Wiemer (2 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Writing credits
Rockne S. O'Bannon (24 episodes, 1993-1995)
Carleton Eastlake (8 episodes, 1994-1996)
David J. Burke (7 episodes, 1993-1995)
Patrick Hasburgh (7 episodes, 1994-1995)
Clifton Campbell (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
David Kemper (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Kerry Lenhart (4 episodes, 1993-1994)
John J. Sakmar (4 episodes, 1993-1994)
Lawrence Hertzog (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Javier Grillo-Marxuach (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Lee Goldberg (3 episodes, 1995)
William Rabkin (3 episodes, 1995)
Hans Tobeason (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Robert Engels (2 episodes, 1994)
Naren Shankar (2 episodes, 1995)

Jonathan Falla (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer (44 episodes, 1993-1995)
David J. Burke .... executive producer (38 episodes, 1993-1995)
Clifton Campbell .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (34 episodes, 1993-1996)
Patrick Hasburgh .... executive producer (34 episodes, 1994-1996)
Philip Carr Neel .... co-producer / associate producer (33 episodes, 1993-1996)
Carleton Eastlake .... supervising producer / co-executive producer / ... (30 episodes, 1994-1996)
Lindsley Parsons III .... coordinating producer (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Oscar L. Costo .... producer (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lawrence Hertzog .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Peter Mavromates .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1995-1996)
Les Sheldon .... consulting producer / supervising producer (13 episodes, 1993-1995)
Steve Beers .... producer (9 episodes, 1995-1996)
Lee Goldberg .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 1995-1996)
William Rabkin .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 1995-1996)
Harker Wade .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1995-1996)
David Kemper .... co-producer / producer (5 episodes, 1993)
Kerry Lenhart .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 1993)
John J. Sakmar .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 1993)
Gregg Fienberg .... producer (4 episodes, 1993)
Tommy Thompson .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Hans Tobeason .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Original Music by
Russ Landau (24 episodes, 1994-1996)
Don Davis (9 episodes, 1994-1995)
John Debney (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kenneth Zunder (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Stephen McNutt (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Geoffrey Schaaf (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jimmy Giritlian (10 episodes, 1993-1996)
Casey O. Rohrs (9 episodes, 1994-1995)
Roger Bondelli (6 episodes, 1993-1994)
Troy Takaki (5 episodes, 1995)
Tanya M. Swerling (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Douglas Ibold (3 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Casting by
Vicki Huff (21 episodes, 1993-1995)
Dava Waite (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Elaine J. Huzzar (2 episodes, 1993)
Johanna Ray (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Production Design by
Vaughan Edwards (19 episodes, 1993-1995)
Okowita (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Richard B. Lewis (3 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Art Direction by
Richard Fojo (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
James Lima (3 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Cindy Coburn (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Brenda Meyers-Ballard (20 episodes, 1993-1994)
Carol Bayne Kelley (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Leslie McCarthy-Frankenheimer (3 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ingrid Price (12 episodes, 1994-1995)
Emae Villalobos (10 episodes, 1993-1995)
Andrea Ayre Mol (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Michael T. Boyd (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Makeup Department
Erin Koplow .... makeup artist (36 episodes, 1993-1996)
Lee Grimes .... makeup artist (33 episodes, 1993-1996)
Gary Walker .... key hair stylist (28 episodes, 1994-1996)
Louis Lazzara .... key makeup artist (24 episodes, 1993-1995)
Julie Hill-Parker .... makeup artist (22 episodes, 1993-1994)
Denise Paulson .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1993-1994)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair stylist / assistant hair stylist (8 episodes, 1993-1994)
Mary Ellen James .... key makeup artist / assistant makeup artist (8 episodes, 1994-1996)
Colleen LaBaff .... key hair stylist (6 episodes, 1995-1996)
Carol Pershing .... key hair stylist (2 episodes, 1993)

Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Peter Mavromates .... post-production supervisor (35 episodes, 1993-1995)
Oscar L. Costo .... production manager (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
George Lakes .... production supervisor (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Janie Thompson .... post-production supervisor (9 episodes, 1992-1995)
Harker Wade .... production manager (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Philip David Segal .... executive in charge of production (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Lindsley Parsons III .... production manager (3 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Finn .... second assistant director / first assistant director (34 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kimberly Law .... second second assistant director (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Paul Sirmons .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 1994-1996)
Frank Falvey .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
James Dillon .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Frank Davis .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1993)
Brian Sofsky .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1994)
John T. Kretchmer .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1993)
Kurt Kulhanek .... second assistant director / second second assistant director (2 episodes, 1994-1995)

Gary Rogers .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Matthew T. Weiner .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Jeffrey Scott Taylor .... leadman / set dressing leadman (57 episodes, 1993-1996)
John Harrington .... assistant property master (56 episodes, 1993-1996)
Joan Bernier .... scenic (51 episodes, 1993-1995)
John Eaves .... storyboard artist (36 episodes, 1993-1996)
Michael Metzel .... construction coordinator (34 episodes, 1994-1996)
Kevin D Sturgill .... assistant property master / set dresser (24 episodes, 1995-1996)
Ricardo F. Delgado .... storyboard artist (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Andrew T. Grant .... property master (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Mark Simon .... storyboard artist (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Stephen I. Erdberg .... assistant property master (15 episodes, 1994-1996)
William D. McLane .... assistant property master (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Dawn Brown .... art department assistant (8 episodes, 1993-1994)
Kurt Thoresen .... property master / property master: inside (8 episodes, 1994-1996)
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser (7 episodes, 1993-1994)
Ian Scheibel .... property master (3 episodes, 1993)
Jo Brown .... head scenic / lead scenic (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
James Harris .... foreman / general foreman (2 episodes, 1993-1994)

Mike Brooks .... propmaker (unknown episodes)
Karl J. Martin .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Randal Woodward .... stand-by painter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Troy Porter .... foley mixer (37 episodes, 1993-1996)
Jeffrey Kaplan .... sound designer / sound effects editor (32 episodes, 1993-1995)
Robb Navrides .... sound editor (25 episodes, 1993-1995)
John S. Orr .... supervising sound editor (24 episodes, 1993-1995)
Andrew Spencer Dawson .... adr supervisor / dialogue editor / ... (24 episodes, 1993-1994)
Douglas Shamburger .... second boom operator (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Henri Lopez .... sound mixer (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Ron S. Herbes .... first assistant sound editor (16 episodes, 1993-1994)
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer (15 episodes, 1994-1996)
Charles Bruce .... sound editor (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Thomas E. Allen .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joseph A. Johnston .... supervising sound editor (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Eric A. Norris .... supervising sound editor (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Will Yarbrough .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1993)
Rich Cusano .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993-1994)

Skip Adams .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Gary Raymond .... sound utility (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Dennis Yeager II .... special effects technician (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Kevin Harris .... special effects / special effects supervisor (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Bruce E. Merlin .... special effects coordinator / special effects (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Joss Geiduschek .... special effects (3 episodes, 1993)

William Butler .... special effects coordinator: underwater suits (unknown episodes)
Brian Sipe .... creature and makeup effects technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Bruce Hall .... CGI senior animator / cg artist / ... (36 episodes, 1993-1995)
Fred Tepper .... senior animator / CGI senior animator (34 episodes, 1994-1996)
Glen David Miller .... digital effects artist (33 episodes, 1993-1996)
John F.K. Parenteau .... CGI effects supervisor / cgi effects supervisor / ... (29 episodes, 1993-1996)
Tony Stutterheim .... CGI effects supervisor / cgi effects supervisor / ... (29 episodes, 1993-1996)
Eileen O'Connor .... CGI coordinator / CGI effects coordinator / ... (3 episodes, 1993-1996)
James Lima .... CGI effects supervisor (3 episodes, 1993)
Nancy Shumovich .... CGI supervisor (2 episodes, 1993-1994)

Rob Bonchune .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Chris Del Conte .... visual effects coordinator: onset playback (unknown episodes)
Karl J. Martin .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Scott Milne .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Cort Hessler .... stunt double / stunts (35 episodes, 1993-1996)
Lex D. Geddings .... stunt actor (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Nick Brandon .... stunts (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
Tommy Mack Turvey .... stunts (11 episodes, 1993-1995)
Brian J. Williams .... stunt double: Roy Scheider / stunt double: David Marciano / ... (7 episodes, 1993-1994)
John Zimmerman .... stunts / stunt performer / ... (7 episodes, 1994-1996)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (6 episodes, 1995-1996)
John Evanko .... stunts (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Bryan Hanna .... scuba diver (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Keith Meriweather .... stunts (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Kokoa Woodget Aubert .... utility stunts (4 episodes, 1994-1995)
Jay Amor .... stunts (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Jodi Lyn Brockton .... stunts (3 episodes, 1993)
Jim O'Rear .... stunts (3 episodes, 1994-1995)
Mitchell Dean .... utility stunts (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt double / stunt performer (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Mike Washlake .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1993)
Anderson Martin .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1995-1996)

Tom Akos .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Kevin Ball .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Andy Gill .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steve Hart .... stunts (unknown episodes)
David Jolin .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Larry A. Lee .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Mike Massa .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Thomas J. McTague .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Felipe Savahge .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Gar Stephen .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jimmy Waitman .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Parker .... video assist (57 episodes, 1993-1996)
Craig W. Richards .... rigging gaffer (34 episodes, 1994-1996)
Robert Kositchek .... director of photography: second unit (31 episodes, 1993-1994)
Andy Clapp .... gaffer / electrical gaffer (29 episodes, 1993-1996)
Ben Betts .... video engineer (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Edward C. Peters .... dolly grip (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Joseph T. Terranova .... best boy / best boy electric (21 episodes, 1993-1994)
Ben Kanegson .... grip / best boy grip (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Mike McGowan .... second assistant camera: second unit (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Frank Miller .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1994-1996)
Barry Ryan .... key grip (6 episodes, 1995-1996)
Walt Fraser .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1993)
Tim Metivier .... second assistant camera (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Hugh O'Neill .... video playback supervisor (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Larry Markart .... video/computer playback (2 episodes, 1994)
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip (1 episode, 1994-1995)

Michael Noles .... video engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Fred Tepper .... senior animator / animator (23 episodes, 1993-1994)

Lee Shapiro .... animation intern (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Melvin Johnson .... casting: Orlando (28 episodes, 1994-1996)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stanley Moore .... costume supervisor (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Marie Boller .... costumer (11 episodes, 1994)
Barnaby Smith .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Emae Villalobos .... costume supervisor (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
 
Series Editorial Department
Martin C. Heselov .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1993)
Cara Howe .... post-production assistant (1 episode, 1993)
Evelyn Purwins .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1993)
Janie Thompson .... post-production coordinator (1 episode, 1993)
Gaston Santiso .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1994)
Tanya M. Swerling .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1994)
Sarah Johnstone .... post-production coordinator (1 episode, 1996)

Lance Anderson .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes, 1993)
Bruce Gorman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Eric Johannessen .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Todd Ludy .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jim Thomson .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
John Debney .... composer: theme music (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Carl Swartz .... music editor (20 episodes, 1994-1995)
Peter Davison .... orchestrator (11 episodes, 1994)
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Lori L. Eschler .... music editor (3 episodes, 1993)

Frank Bennett .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Russ Landau .... composer: new title theme (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Doug Wilson .... transportation captain / transportation co-captain (24 episodes, 1993-1994)
Gina August .... driver (7 episodes, 1993-1994)
Manuel Angel Gonzalez .... production driver (6 episodes, 1994)
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1993)
Steven Salzman .... transportation captain (1 episode, 1993-1994)

Danny Mortenson .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Ron Parsell .... captain / talent driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Joan Egan Foglia .... production accountant (57 episodes, 1993-1996)
Gregory Allen .... stand-in (32 episodes, 1994-1996)
Leslie Moak .... production coordinator (28 episodes, 1994-1996)
Bob Ballard .... technical consultant (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Eric Dyson .... production assistant (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Suzan Lowitz .... script supervisor / continuity (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Fred Tepper .... computer display graphics (23 episodes, 1993-1994)
Jacqueline R. Clay .... script supervisor (21 episodes, 1994-1995)
Lisa Marie Hill .... first assistant accountant / assistant accountant (19 episodes, 1994-1995)
Kacy Palmieri .... assistant to producer (18 episodes, 1994-1995)
Matthew Houbrick .... production auditor / production accountant (13 episodes, 1993-1995)
Jim Lau .... assistant to producer / assistant: producer (13 episodes, 1994-1995)
Rick Callan .... assistant location manager (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Roger Darnell .... assistant to producers (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Trevor A. Rudolph .... assistant to producer (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Kokoa Woodget Aubert .... stand-in for elise neal (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Jesse Blanco .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1993)
Amy A. Blanc .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Sara Fuller .... location manager (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Naren Shankar .... executive story editor (7 episodes, 1995-1996)

Aaron Bennet .... location assistant: Universal Florida / location coordinator: Universal Florida (unknown episodes, 1994-1996)
Matthew D'Acquisto .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 1995)
Amy Lee Allison .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Wendy Delouche .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Leila Huff .... research assistant (unknown episodes)
Micah May .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
David J. Burke .... special thanks (1 episode, 1993)
Carl Swartz .... in memory of (1 episode, 1995)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"SeaQuest DSV" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
60 min (59 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:G (some episodes)

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Trivia:
During the third season, several episodes were shown out of order. As a consequence, the character of Lt. Brody dies in one episode and then reappears in a later one. Similarly during the first season the episode in which Admiral Noyce is appointed UEO Secretary General aired after two episodes were broadcast with him already in this position.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Lucas Wolenczak is a magna cum laude graduate of Stanford University. Stanford University doesn't award cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude distinctions. Even if they did, Lucas would most likely have been a summa cum laude since his GPA record was never broken.See more »
Quotes:
Lucas:Do you ever laugh, Commander.
Ford:Can't laugh, Lucas.
Lucas:Why not?
Ford:Because when I laugh, I'm too good-lookin'.
Lucas:I see what you mean.
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Soundtrack:
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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Has some charms, but it didn't live up to my fond memories., 10 February 2006
Author: Li-1

I was a bit of a sci-fi nut growing up, so you can imagine the joy I experienced when sci-fi on the small screen made a strong resurgence in the early to mid 90s. Yep, those were the days, back when I found myself glued to the television, eagerly watching and awaiting the newest episodes of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Earth 2, Sliders, The Outer Limits, and NBC's Seaquest DSV.

Seaquest caught my attention for three particular reasons: the premise of an undersea world was immensely appealing, the series was being executive produced by none other than Steven Spielberg, and the star of the show was one of my favorite actors, Roy Scheider. With all these ingredients, I just knew this was going to be a sci-fi classic and given how undemanding a sci-fi fan I was back then, this show won me over from the start. Watching season 1 again, it's a bit tougher to imagine why I was so fond of this show in the first place.

Certainly, there's a handful of bright spots to be expected. Scheider, as always, does a great job of playing the fatherly authority figure/everyman role that I'm sure he's grown used to. The f/x and sets, very "90s" in look and style, were quite impressive for its time and are still passable enough today that they don't often distract the viewer. The series even occasionally delivered its share of high adventure and mild suspense. I also liked John Debney's main theme, which is actually kind of catchy.

But the series never came together like it should have. From the start, Seaquest was clearly aping ST: TNG, what with the UEO/Federation parallels, the captain/ship's doctor romance, and the brilliant but annoying teenager who served no other purpose than to draw in a younger demographic (even though Jonathan Brandis, RIP, was a better actor than Wil Wheaton, I still found Lucas far more irritating than Wesley Crusher).

This would all be perfectly forgivable if the show actually delivered on its fantastic premise. Unfortunately, Seaquest is cluttered with too much vanilla-bland writing and cheesy dialogue. Seemingly 3/4's of the episodes attempt to deliver an important "lesson," but this tends to come off as self-consciously heavy-handed and corny. The show was also clearly intended for a family audience, hence the mostly light tone and lack of any material that might come across as potentially offensive; this must almost be entirely attributed to Spielberg's presence, as I cannot imagine Rockne S. O'Bannon pandering to younger audiences.

Looking back at the first season's 23 episodes, I wouldn't say they're awful; in fact, I found most of them just plain and mediocre. The only one that stood out was Episode 4, entitled "Games," which managed to deliver sharp suspense for most of its duration, still unfortunately marred by a cheesy climax, which became a staple of the series. Of all the shows I mentioned above, this rests with Earth 2 as the worst of the bunch (TNG still the best, of course).

Is Seaquest a bad series? For the most part, yes, but I've got too much of a sci-fi slant to hate it. Anyone completely weaned on today's sci-fi shows (Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Firefly, Stargate, Enterprise) aren't going to find much in Seaquest that would appeal to them. But those who grew up on early 90s sci-fi...well, you've undoubtedly seen this show enough times already to know if it's up your alley or not.

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