History Series / SeaQuestDSV

6th Jun '18 10:33:54 AM dangerdan97
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''[=SeaQuest=]'' was essentially a wet SpaceOpera, and its stories and characters would be equally at home on the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]'' or ''[[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]'' as under the ocean, save for Darwin of course. As the flagship of the UEO (like the UN, but wet), [=SeaQuest=] and her crew had dual roles as a military powerhouse and research/exploration vessel. She could dive deeper, move faster, and hit harder than anything else on or under the sea. The design of the ship was revolutionary, not only as a fictional ship, but as a set and special effect. The interior sets struck a balance between cold functionality and whimsy, the latter provided by the transparent ''swim tubes'' (or hydropressure system, to series scholars). These allowed the ship's dolphin crew mate, Darwin, to enter any part of the ship, from the bridge to the launch bays and back. Darwin was provided with speech by an advanced computer system developed by the ship's TeenGenius.

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''[=SeaQuest=]'' was essentially a wet SpaceOpera, and its stories and characters would be equally at home on the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]'' or ''[[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]'' as under the ocean, save for Darwin of course. As the flagship of the UEO (like the UN, but wet), [=SeaQuest=] and her crew had dual roles as a military powerhouse and research/exploration vessel. She could dive deeper, move faster, and hit harder than anything else on or under the sea. The design of the ship boat was revolutionary, not only as a fictional ship, vessel, but as a set and special effect. The interior sets struck a balance between cold functionality and whimsy, the latter provided by the transparent ''swim tubes'' (or hydropressure system, to series scholars). These allowed the ship's boats's dolphin crew mate, Darwin, to enter any part of the ship, boat, from the bridge to the launch bays and back. Darwin was provided with speech by an advanced computer system developed by the ship's boat's TeenGenius.



* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Dream Weaver", Ford, who has seen sea monsters, encountered two species of extraterrestrials, helped restore the helmet of the Prince of Atlantis to its rightful heir, and whose ship's doctor is a telepath, dismisses a folk singer suddenly channeling a spirit speaking ancient Greek as a rocker publicity stunt.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: In "Dream Weaver", Ford, who has seen sea monsters, encountered two species of extraterrestrials, helped restore the helmet of the Prince of Atlantis to its rightful heir, and whose ship's boat's doctor is a telepath, dismisses a folk singer suddenly channeling a spirit speaking ancient Greek as a rocker publicity stunt.



** Also, the episode introducing Wendy Smith has her consistently call the ''[=seaQuest=]'' a ship, while Bridge insists that it's a boat.

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** Also, the episode introducing Wendy Smith has her consistently call the ''[=seaQuest=]'' a ship, while Bridge insists that it's a boat. In this case it's TruthInTelevision, as Bridger is in line with modern American naval parlance regarding submarines.



* LivingShip - The ship has an organic, self-repairing external skin (handy if you've just been torpedoed). At least one episode involves it developing an infection and threatening to lose all structural integrity.

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* LivingShip - The ship boat has an organic, self-repairing external skin (handy if you've just been torpedoed). At least one episode involves it developing an infection and threatening to lose all structural integrity.



* StockFootage: Usually what you would expect; for example, the shots of [=SeaQuest=] crash-diving to escape the Delta-IV in the pilot are often reused to show the ship simply diving. One episode, however, has old footage from ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' to give the villain an attack helicopter that strafes Caicos Key.
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* StockFootage: Usually what you would expect; expect, especially in light of the expense of CGI effect in those days; for example, the shots of [=SeaQuest=] crash-diving to escape the Delta-IV in the pilot are often reused to show the ship boat simply diving. One episode, however, has old footage from ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' to give the villain an attack helicopter that strafes Caicos Key.
* SubStorySubStory: The last to air on TV until ''Series/LastResort'' twenty years later.



* TranslatorCollar - Darwin has one, a system of underwater microphones and speakers that pick up his clicks and whistles and translate them to Frank Welker speaking in pidgin English via computer. Only works aboard ship, and only in certain locations equipped with the hardware (namely the sea deck and the bridge). In the second season it seems tied specifically to the handsets the crew uses to speak to him, with Bridger bringing one off the ship to talk to Darwin while he sets up a barbeque.

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* TranslatorCollar - Darwin has one, a system of underwater microphones and speakers that pick up his clicks and whistles and translate them to Frank Welker speaking in pidgin English via computer. Only works aboard ship, aboardship, and only in certain locations equipped with the hardware (namely the sea deck and the bridge). In the second season it seems tied specifically to the handsets the crew uses to speak to him, with Bridger bringing one off the ship boat to talk to Darwin while he sets up a barbeque.
21st Mar '18 1:34:35 PM SingtheRing
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** Apart from a random desk clerk in the second season, anyway.
9th Jan '18 4:48:13 PM FTD
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** It's not a ship. ''[[InsistentTerminology It's a boat.]]''
23rd Dec '17 11:15:32 AM nombretomado
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* StockFootage: Usually what you would expect; for example, the shots of [=SeaQuest=] crash-diving to escape the Delta-IV in the pilot are often reused to show the ship simply diving. One episode, however, has old footage from {{Airwolf}} to give the villain an attack helicopter that strafes Caicos Key.

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* StockFootage: Usually what you would expect; for example, the shots of [=SeaQuest=] crash-diving to escape the Delta-IV in the pilot are often reused to show the ship simply diving. One episode, however, has old footage from {{Airwolf}} ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' to give the villain an attack helicopter that strafes Caicos Key.
22nd Nov '17 9:28:03 PM pvsage
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* GreetingGestureConfusion: When Dagwood goes to Cpt. Hudson's office to talk about becoming an official member of the crew, there's a series of proffered handshakes and salutes that awkwardly go unanswered. A similar sequence happens before Dagwood leaves the office.
22nd Nov '17 9:02:01 PM pvsage
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: At the end of "Destination Terminal", Captain Hudson realizes that Ford and Henderson were om a date.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: At the end of "Destination Terminal", Captain Hudson realizes that Ford and Henderson were om on a date.date and orders them to finish up before returning to duty.
22nd Nov '17 8:44:02 PM pvsage
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* CrapsackFuture: At the beginning of the third season, ''Seaquest'' has been missing for ten years. In its absence, a dictator has taken control of most of the colonies in the Pacific Ocean and is poised to take over the entire Pacific Rim before Lucas' next birthday.
-->'''Cpt. Hudson:''' [''to Lucas''] I'd celebrate that birthday as soon as I could if I were you.


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* SpoilerOpening: The opening credits for the first two seasons show attack submarines that aren't introduced until the third season.


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* TimeSkip: The third season begins in a CrapsackFuture ten years after the end of the second season.
22nd Nov '17 8:23:57 PM pvsage
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* ReplacementGoldfish: Lucas as a replacement for Captain Bridger's missing son. Lucas and Darwin are two of the few things that help convince Bridger to stay on the ''Seaquest'' after the pilot, and Dr. Westphalen occasionally {{lampshades}} their relationship.
12th Nov '17 5:49:59 PM marcoasalazarm
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* TheBridge: Both the original and second subs had very cool-looking bridges.

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* TheBridge: Both the original and second subs had very cool-looking bridges.bridges, with tubes that allowed Darwin (or a probe, or someone willing to swim through them) to get all the way to it. Understandably, this was an important plot point on various episodes.
12th Nov '17 5:45:43 PM pvsage
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* TitlePlease: With the singular exception of "Knight of Shadows", the episode titles were not shown on screen.

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* TitlePlease: With the singular exception of "Knight of Shadows", the episode titles were are not shown on screen.screen in the first two seasons. Averted in season 3, where every episode title is presented before the "guest starring" credits in the first act.


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* UnableToCry: {{Invoked}} in "Brainlock". Lt. Fredericks is a "chippie", which means she has a mind control chip that prevents her from feeling fear. It also means her thoughts are monitored 24/7 and she hasn't cried in four years.
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