Love Boat: The Next Wave: Season 1, Episode 1

Smooth Sailing (13 Apr. 1998)

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The crew of a huge cruise ship awaits its new captain, Captain Jim Kennedy III, who left his US Navy career early for personal reasons. As if this transit weren't hard enough, his ex ... See full summary »

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The crew of a huge cruise ship awaits its new captain, Captain Jim Kennedy III, who left his US Navy career early for personal reasons. As if this transit weren't hard enough, his ex immediately forces upon him the care for their 15 year-old son Danny, a problem kid with a juvenile record; the captain orders Chief Purser Will Sanders to watch the boy permanently. The new Ship's Doctor John Morgan is seasick even before they sail. Josh Walters was stood up by his fiancée, so he takes their honeymoon with his mate Luke Staley, which makes girls believe they are gay, and flock to the hunks, but... Written by KGF Vissers

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Meeting The Captain
24 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the pilot episode of Love Boat:The Next Wave entitled Smooth Sailing,we witness newly-divorced Captain Jim Kennedy in his first cruise at the helm of Sun Princess.

Too bad that it is somehow complicated as his ex-wife orders him to take full custody of their troubled teen-aged son,Danny.In addition to that,his lifestyle somehow clashes with the crew members as he used to be from the military as a Navy commander while the latter seem to live care-free.

Also,we witness stories that are humorous and romantic like two male friends mistaken for a gay,a man who proposes to the woman on the day of their first meeting, and when a woman takes offense on her comedian boyfriend who puts down marriage during his act.

This was nice pilot episode as the viewer gets to meet Captain Jim Kennedy,portrayed excellently by the late Robert Urich.It was one reason why the show did well during its first season.Urich was able to provide character to the Captain.Unfortunately,that can't be said of the other crew members are to seem to be generic and not as interesting as the captain.As for the love stories,they are also generic as well and they barely would elicit any laughter.


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