Travel to the spectacular undersea world of seaQuest DSV as all 23 groundbreaking episodes from the epic first season surface on DVD. The amazing adventure begins in the mid-21st century, as humankind expands its undersea ... more »colonization efforts and a tenuous world peace is enforced by the United Earth Oceans (UEO). In order to protect the fledgling underwater colonies from unknown dangers and hostile invaders lurking in the depths of Earth?s last frontier, the UEO recruits Captain Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider) to command the high-tech battle submarine seaQuest and its diverse and eclectic crew. Along for the ride are a roster of stellar guest stars, including Charlton Heston, William Shatner, Seth Green, Kellie Martin and Kent McCord. Now on DVD for the first time ever, with exclusive never-before-seen footage, the Emmy® Award-winning seaQuest DSV is sure to make waves with thrill-seekers everywhere!« less
5 Stars for the first season but watch out for the rest
Tuvan Uner | Virginia,United States | 12/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this show. It was NBC's only decent sci-fi show since they canned Star Trek: TOS in the late 1960s. What we have is a show that parallels Star Trek in many ways yet instead of space travel this takes place underwater. Roy Scheider is Capt. Nathan Bridger who take command of Seaquest DSV an experimental vessel of UEO, which stands for United Earth Oceans. The show draws on many Star Trek principles such as exploration, science, and technology.
Season 2 introduced new characters to the crew and this is when the show's steady decline began. You had a character with gills, an empathtic doctor and a mentally difficient clone called Dagwood joining the crew. The storylines continued to get sillier as the crew battled aliens on other planets. I guess the writers ran out of ideas.
Finally season 3 saw the departure of Schieder as Capt. and the introduction of Micheal Ironside as the new CO. Dont get me wrong, I like Mr. Ironside but after the departure of so many key characters and then the subsequent departure of Scheider made me want to say goodbye to the show as well. Seaquest DSV was cancelled during the middle of its 3rd season.
Once again, a great show that had potential which was ruined by poor writing, frequent cast changes, and an audience that failed to embrace it."
Darwin love Bridger!
Kathleen J. Bracken | Latham, NY USA | 10/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Come on. The show had a talking dolphin with his own scuba gear. It should have been released onto DVD much sooner than this!
I, for one, am overjoyed that I will soon be able to enjoy the wonders of Darwin, Bridger, and the late Jonathan Brandis in the comfort of my living room. If entire seasons of The Bachelor are out already on DVD, Seaquest was way overdue. I'm glad this oversight has finally been remedied.
Warning, In-Depth Review
chemikalguy | Durham, NC USA | 01/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have to admit, I was a bit frustrated when reading posted reviews. All of the reviews I read were for the show, not this release. In fact, loads of them had been posted before the DVDs were even released. I wanted to read a review someone had written having actually watched these DVDs. So, when I got the DVD as a gift, I watched all the episodes, and decided to write my own. Here goes.
I, like the other reviewers, really enjoyed this series. It was my favorite show when it was on, and I still watch VHS copies I made of it when it was on. In fact, I probably enjoyed it more than many of the other reviewers here. Let me 'splain. I watched this show. I enjoyed it. I went to college and studied Marine Biology and Oceanography. I started keeping reef aquaria. I learned how to use computer-aided design software and designed my own undersea habitats and minisubs. I became a certified SCUBA diver. I'm a big fan of Bob Ballard. See what I mean?
Anyway, for those of you who don't know the series, it's set in the near future when mankind has colonized the oceans. There are farms, power plants, resorts, even prisons in, on and under the oceans. And with all this expansion comes some strife. The SeaQuest was built as a deterrent for those who might seek to wreak havok in the seas. Over time, the ship has taken on scientific research responsibilities as well. Nice plot. One thing I always liked is that the characters were 'fleshed out' well. They seemed like real people. You got to know them, and that's something I really like. Something else I found about this show is that the characters always do 'the right thing'. Even when it's not popular, or could get them killed. Like not counter-attacking an aggressor sub, but instead evacuating injured people from a damaged power station.
As far as this DVD set goes, there are four of disks that contain a total of 23 episodes. I'd have to say that these first season episodes are excellent, although after getting the box set, I started trying to find a couple of my favorite episodes, only to find that they were from the second season. I guess I'll have to wait to watch them again.
The reason that I didn't give this set 5 stars is that the bonus features are very sparse. There are really only a few deleted scenes from about a third of the episodes, which don't really add anything to them. I had hoped for something cool, like crew bios, schematic layouts of the ship, something. Anything! I was told by a studio insider that originally, this set was slated for release sometime in 2006, but that they were pushed to try and make the 2005 holiday season. I guess they decided to leave out any additional bonus features in order to try their best to make it. They ended up missing it by one day, releasing on Dec. 26.
Another reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it seemed a bit, well, cheap. The disks are double-sided, and have two or three episodes per side. I'm a big fan of pictures and stuff being printed on the top of my DVDs. You know, pictures of the ship, the crew, the dolphin named Darwin, anything. I just think it's the details that make it seem 'classy'. Call me weird. I accept that.
The DVD transfer is as good as can be expected from a show that aired in 1993. The video quality is far better than those bootlegs that have been available on auction sites for several years. It's much better than the VHS recordings I've been holding onto for the last twelve years. The audio is also quite good. It's even in Dolby Digital 2.0, which was a pleasant surprise. I would have loved if they'd reworked it and done it in 5.1, but hey, you can't have everything.
One other thing that I wished they would have done was a dedication to the memory of Jonathan Brandis who played the character of Lucas, the ship's teenage genius. I could have overlooked everything else and given 5 stars had they done that. That, to me, would have shown a great deal of compassion and class.
This is a great show, and a very good addition to anyone's DVD library."
Like Trek, season one is the best
Steven G. Hevland | Clarksvile, Tn | 12/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When Seaquest DSV premiered on NBC, I watched it because at the time good Sci Fi was still rare. It commanded a cast with some serious acting chops. but after the first seven episodes, you were kind of left with the impression "My god, this is trying too hard to be Star Trek."
Then episode 8, "Knight of Shadows" aired. You hear a brief discription; The crew discovers a haunted wreck; and you think "Please, put this thing out of its misery." But watching the episode, you are blown away by the depth of the story and the preformances of Roy Scheider and Stephanie Beacham. It made you think the show finally found its own voice. From that point on, it became less and less Star Trek underwater, and more serious science fiction/fantasy of its own. Drawing you into the world of the UEO.
But unfortunately, it also sufferd the problem Star Trek: TOS suffered. After a stellar first season, NBC wanted the show a little cheaper and to try to aim it to kids. (Maybe NBC should just give up on sci fi, because most of it they put on is crap; i.e. Manimal, or when they do get a piece of good adult drama they either bounce it around so it never gets a chance or they put it in a suicide time slot.) Steven Spielburg, the shows executive producer, gave in and started to dumb down the show. Which we can all thank god, Roddenberry didn't. it slide fast during second season to the point where when you get to the third season premire, you look in pitty at the silliness of the huge Seaquest being transported to a freshwater river by six chinook helicopters.
You have Rockne S. O'Bannon (writer and producer of Alien Nation: the series and Farscape)is in full control of first season, and it shows. Intense, tight writing, and funny in the right spots. Season One is on my christmas gift list and it shound be on yours."
Star Trek - Under Water?
David Masters | Wilton, NH | 12/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the history of television there has been little intelligent Science Fiction... "seaQuest DSV" is one of those shows.
In 1993 NBC did a show about a super-sub in the near future... starring Roy Scheider ("Jaws", "Blue Thunder"), Don Franklin, Stacy Haiduk ("Luther the Geek") and the late Jonathan Brandis. While it does have a decided ecological, liberal slant to the stories - save the whales, pollution in the oceans, underwater mining - it is exceptional SF. Probably the first modern series to explore the undersea world.
Airing on Sunday nights, "seaQuest DSV" kicked SF into the modern age... this wasn't some SF series about aliens in the far future; it was about what could possibly happen just around the corner.
The first season of "seaQuest" is very much worth it... the episodes may have been hit or miss, but there was an overall beauty to the scripts and the acting.
Don't bother with seasons 2 or 3... at the end of season 1, NBC decided that since it wasn't getting the numbers it wanted, it would go with a "younger, sexier cast" (as if you could get either without Stacy Haiduk), and fired four of the cast members - the second season introduced psychics, genetically-engineered clones, aliens and space battles. The stories in the following seasons were of the Berman type (poorly written).
The first season is definitely worth it - there was some great writing in there (co-produced by Steven Speilberg), and pretty decent acting. Good plots. Nice tension. Sure, it got a little silly at times, but for the first modern undersea series since "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", it was great.