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Top-flight season one outing from Harlan Ellison.

10/10
Author: seaview2 from United States
22 November 2006

Arctic scientists inadvertently expose a newly discovered deep-ocean plankton to heat and light at their arctic base, and the stuff grows wild, killing them. Alarmed by the unexpected silence, Nelson drives Seaview toward the Arctic base with Dr. Reisner and his associate Dr. Julie Lyle on board. Reisner has high hopes that plankton can help feed the world's starving populations. Opposing Reisner is Phillip Wesley, a representative of the big corporation that laid out the money for the research--he wants results that pay dividends. When things go amiss, Nelson concludes there's a spy on board and it has to be one of the three.

Harlan Ellison was dissatisfied with the treatment of his script for "The Price of Doom," so it was credited under his pen name Cordwainer Bird. Picky, picky! As with this episode, Voyage's first season produced numerous thoughtful, well written and acted hours that resonated similarly to first-season classic Outer Limits episodes. There might be a bear (monster) on the loose, as in this episode, but it wasn't the point of the show. The human story was the essence of things. Not only had writer Ellison scripted for "Limits," but this episode's director, James Goldstone, helmed several "Limits" outings. As science fiction chronicler Mark Phillips has pointed out, "The Price of Doom is classic Voyage.

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea-The Price of Doom

7/10
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
6 May 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea often felt like a series of creature features every week including a SPECTRE like foreign organizational threat often trying to uncover information onboard Seaview for their own nefarious purposes. On an Ice Station, plankton is undergoing experimentation…there's hope that an unlimited supply of plankton can cure food problems for starving nations. Behind this research and development is German scientist, Dr. Reisner (David Opatoshu), stigmatized (and probably ostracized) for working in his native country during Hitler's rule. He so desires to complete his research and hopes for success because Reisner is dying from an accidental dose of mass radiation when an experiment went wrong exposing him. Wesley (John Milford) is the money behind the project and is always willing to use this when confronting Admiral Nelson (Richard Basehart), Captain Crane (David Hedison), and Reisner when they get annoyed by him. Julie (Mrs. Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland) is another scientist working on the plankton research team. We learn from a scene inside the terrorist organization that they have a saboteur on the Seaview, with plans to get plankton research information so they can use the need for food to control the world, and use a bomb to sink the ship. When heat causes the plankton to grow at an alarming rate, destruction and death lies in its path if there isn't a discovered method to stop it. For some reason the plankton makes a squeaking sound and looks like a growing blob with rubber needles! The saboteur plot is always fun to me, although I thought it was a bit too easy in this episode. Clearly pointing a finger at Reisner was too much of a red herring which only meant it could be a small number of selected characters left. Still, all in all, any creature that causes members of the Seaview to scramble down tight corridors and have to use their quick intellect to combat it before the whole crew is in trouble of certain death is rather exciting. You add tension between Americans and a German scientist who just wants to be beneficial to his fellow man instead of destructive, coupled with the knowledge that a foreign spy/agent is on the Seaview, all of this does keep the episode humming along with plenty going on; the plot is quite busy. Like Lost in Space, I think early Voyage is the best to watch, because the quality of the scripts and storytelling deteriorates as seasons go by.

Despite my feelings about how silly the creature looks and sounds, the way it "eats" people who try to get away and can't, and the aftermath of the ice station disaster are really memorable moments during the episode to me.

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