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* DroppedInSpeechClip: The opening shot of the first episode has a portion of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, speaking of why people are continually drawn back to the sea.


'''Bridger:''' (disbelieving) The ''Lieutenant Commander'' is a sweetheart?\\
'''Krieg:''' Oh, that's old history... see, Katie and I, we used to be... ({{Beat}}) Married.\\
'''Bridger:''' (quizzical look)\\
'''Krieg:''' Seemed perfect on the surface. We were both top in our Academy class, headed for command, and then we... well, you can see. (long pause) I guess she didn't really leave me, she just... left me behind.

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'''Bridger:''' (disbelieving) ''(disbelievingly)'' The ''Lieutenant Commander'' is a sweetheart?\\
'''Krieg:''' Oh, that's old history... see, Katie and I, we used to be... ({{Beat}}) ''({{Beat}})'' Married.\\
'''Bridger:''' (quizzical look)\\
''(quizzical look)''\\
'''Krieg:''' Seemed perfect on the surface. We were both top in our Academy class, headed for command, and then we... well, you can see. (long pause) ''(long pause)'' I guess she didn't really leave me, she just... left me behind.

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** Also, Dagwood is a ''prototype'', not whatever slur someone just shouted at him.


* ConspicuousCGI: ''Very'' conspicuous. There was only so much that could be done on a TV budget in 1993, after all.


* BadassGrandpa: Both Bridger and MCPO Crocker prove their badass credentials on a few occasions. Notably, they actively invoke the trope in "Brothers and Sisters" to talk down a grief-crazed teenager who's resisted all of the crew's attempts to reach out to him - reasoning that a hardcore MilitaryBrat might respond better to a more authoritarian approach, Bridger and Crocker break out their BlingOfWar and ''order'' the kid to stand down.


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* ThatsAnOrder: Bridger and MCPO Crocker prove their badass credentials in "Brothers and Sisters" to talk down a grief-crazed teenager who's resisted all of the crew's attempts to reach out to him - reasoning that a hardcore MilitaryBrat might respond better to a more authoritarian approach, Bridger and Crocker break out their BlingOfWar and ''order'' the kid to stand down.


* UncertainDoom: The fate of main castmembers Migel Ortiz and Dr. Wendy Smith is never specifically explained or mentioned after their final appearance in Season 2's finale; they simply don't show up with the rest of the scattered crew 10 years later in 2032. When trying to explain the events on the alien world (the resolution of which was never seen on screen), Bridger says "some of us didn't make it; we lost some very good friends", so the basically Smith and Ortiz were killed in the fight somehow, but they are never specifically mentioned for the rest of the series.

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* UncertainDoom: The fate of main castmembers Migel Ortiz and Dr. Wendy Smith is and Migel Ortiz never specifically explained or mentioned after their final appearance in Season 2's finale; they simply don't show up with the rest of the scattered crew 10 years later in 2032. When trying to explain the events on the alien world (the resolution of which was never seen on screen), Bridger says "some of us didn't make it; we lost some very good friends", so the basically Smith and Ortiz were killed in the fight somehow, but they are never specifically mentioned for the rest of the series.


* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle - Starring Dr. Robert Ballard (the guy who discovered ''Titanic'' and ''Bismarck'', as well as scads of slightly-less-famous shipwrecks), and explaining the real-life oceanographic science behind each episode. Season 2 had the segments done by the cast and featured much less science, instead explaining marine lifeforms.

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* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle - AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Starring Dr. Robert Ballard (the guy who discovered ''Titanic'' and ''Bismarck'', as well as scads of slightly-less-famous shipwrecks), and explaining the real-life oceanographic science behind each episode. Season 2 had the segments done by the cast and featured much less science, instead explaining marine lifeforms.



* {{Atlantis}} - The main subject of "Lostland".
* AtlantisIsBoring - One of the greatest ''[[SubvertedTrope subversions]]''.

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* {{Atlantis}} - {{Atlantis}}: The main subject of "Lostland".
* AtlantisIsBoring - AtlantisIsBoring: One of the greatest ''[[SubvertedTrope subversions]]''.



** SergeantRock - Master Chief Petty Officer Crocker, chief of security. Also OldSoldier and CoolOldGuy. Gone after season 1.
** TheScrounger - Lt. Ben Krieg, "supply and morale officer," also with a healthy dose of LovableRogue and BunnyEarsLawyer. Gone after season 1 and replaced with Lt. Tony Piccolo.
** BridgeBunnies - Chief Petty Officer Ortiz (sensors), Lt. Phillips (weapons), Helmsman Shan (AcePilot), etc.
** TeenGenius - Lucas in seasons 1-2. Eventually becomes EnsignNewbie in season 3, when he's forced to join the Navy to stay aboard.
** ReasonableAuthorityFigure - Admiral Noyce.

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** SergeantRock - SergeantRock: Master Chief Petty Officer Crocker, chief of security. Also OldSoldier and CoolOldGuy. Gone after season 1.
** TheScrounger - TheScrounger: Lt. Ben Krieg, "supply and morale officer," also with a healthy dose of LovableRogue and BunnyEarsLawyer. Gone after season 1 and replaced with Lt. Tony Piccolo.
** BridgeBunnies - BridgeBunnies: Chief Petty Officer Ortiz (sensors), Lt. Phillips (weapons), Helmsman Shan (AcePilot), etc.
** TeenGenius - TeenGenius: Lucas in seasons 1-2. Eventually becomes EnsignNewbie in season 3, when he's forced to join the Navy to stay aboard.
** ReasonableAuthorityFigure - ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Admiral Noyce.



** ...but definitely not Milos Teslov, a political criminal played by Creator/WilliamShatner in "Hide and Seek."



* MockGuffin[=/=]GoldFever - "Treasures of the Tonga Trench" [[spoiler: Turned out to be fool's gold, though. Or to Krieg's relent, bioluminescent fish poop.]]

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* MockGuffin[=/=]GoldFever - MockGuffin[=/=]GoldFever: "Treasures of the Tonga Trench" [[spoiler: Turned out to be fool's gold, though. Or to Krieg's relent, bioluminescent fish poop.]]



* NegativeSpaceWedgie - Sea Wedgies, technically.

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* NegativeSpaceWedgie - NegativeSpaceWedgie: Sea Wedgies, technically.



* OrganicTechnology - The [=SeaQuest=] itself has an organic shell.
* ParentalAbandonment - Lucas' parents didn't have time enough to bother with him, hence they dumped him on Seaquest.
* ParentalSubstitute - Captain Bridger to Lucas Wolenczak.

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* OrganicTechnology - OrganicTechnology: The [=SeaQuest=] itself has an organic shell.
* ParentalAbandonment - ParentalAbandonment: Lucas' parents didn't have time enough to bother with him, hence they dumped him on Seaquest.
* ParentalSubstitute - ParentalSubstitute: Captain Bridger to Lucas Wolenczak.



* PopulationControl - An episode with an island nation that enforces their population via death squad.

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* PopulationControl - PopulationControl: An episode with an island nation that enforces their population via death squad.



* PsychicPowers - Wendy Smith; also, there seems to be a sizeable population of psychics in the human population, referred to as 'spyers'.

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* PsychicPowers - PsychicPowers:
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Wendy Smith; also, there seems to be a sizeable population of psychics in the human population, referred to as 'spyers'.



* SubmarinePirates - In the pilot movie, a heavily modified Delta IV submarine was being operated by pirates, led by former [=seaQuest=] captain Marilyn Stark. The pirates were working for an evil corporate syndicate; Stark just wanted to see her old boat drown.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - a good many of them.

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* SubmarinePirates - SubmarinePirates: In the pilot movie, a heavily modified Delta IV submarine was being operated by pirates, led by former [=seaQuest=] captain Marilyn Stark. The pirates were working for an evil corporate syndicate; Stark just wanted to see her old boat drown.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute - a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: A good many of them.



* 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 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 boat to talk to Darwin while he sets up a barbeque.

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* TranslatorCollar - 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 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 boat to talk to Darwin while he sets up a barbeque.


* FieryRedhead: LCDR Hitchcock in spades. Averted with Dr. Wendy Smith.


* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The end of "Treasures of the Tonga Trench." Having determined their treasures are actually [[spoiler: fecal pellets (i.e. fish poop)]], Bridger comes to deal with Krieg, who started the whole thing, leading to a string of violated regulations. His punishment: confinement to quarters for 24 hours...before he can clean up.

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The end of "Treasures of the Tonga Trench." Having determined their treasures are actually [[spoiler: fecal pellets (i.e. fish poop)]], poop)[[note]]''GLOWING'' fish poop.[[/note]]]], Bridger comes to deal with Krieg, who started the whole thing, leading to a string of violated regulations. His punishment: confinement to quarters for 24 hours...before he can clean up.


* ForgotAboutHisPowers: An especially egregious example about the ''second'' version of the seaQuest. Among its many weapons are 'intercepts'- weapons that can destroy incoming torpedoes. In the second season opener, the crew used them to defend against an aattacking sub - yet in that season's finale, they seemed to forget they had those weapons and let the ship get sunk by an alien super-weapon fired at them.

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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: An especially egregious example about the ''second'' version of the seaQuest. Among its many weapons are 'intercepts'- weapons that can destroy incoming torpedoes. In the second season opener, the crew used them to defend against an aattacking attacking sub - yet in that season's finale, they seemed to forget they had those weapons and let the ship get sunk by an alien super-weapon fired at them.


''[=SeaQuest=] DSV'' was a groundbreaking show set initially in 2018. It first aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 1993 with Roy Scheider as Captain Nathan Bridger. The show received significant retools at the beginning of each season, including numerous cast rotations. Scheider left after the second season and was replaced by Creator/MichaelIronside as Captain Oliver Hudson. The show was then renamed ''[=SeaQuest=] 2032'' as the second season finale set up the characters to be [[TimeSkip thrust ten years into the future]]. The third season performed abysmally, and the show was canceled.

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''[=SeaQuest=] DSV'' was a groundbreaking show set initially in 2018. It first aired on Creator/{{NBC}} in 1993 with Roy Scheider Creator/RoyScheider as Captain Nathan Bridger. The show received significant retools at the beginning of each season, including numerous cast rotations. Scheider left after the second season and was replaced by Creator/MichaelIronside as Captain Oliver Hudson. The show was then renamed ''[=SeaQuest=] 2032'' as the second season finale set up the characters to be [[TimeSkip thrust ten years into the future]]. The third season performed abysmally, and the show was canceled.


** CunningLinguist:Lt. Tim O'Neill. Also TheSmartGuy and rarely TheChick.

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** CunningLinguist:Lt.CunningLinguist: Lt. Tim O'Neill. Also TheSmartGuy and rarely TheChick.



* PlotHole: [[spoiler:Lt. Brody explicitly dies at the end of "Spindrift" after sacrificing himself for Lonnie. However, later episode "Brainlock" shows him being alive and well.]] The DVD sets put the latter episode ahead of the former to try and correct this.

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* PlotHole: [[spoiler:Lt.[[spoiler: Lt. Brody explicitly dies at the end of "Spindrift" after sacrificing himself for Lonnie. However, later episode "Brainlock" shows him being alive and well.]] The DVD sets put the latter episode ahead of the former to try and correct this.


* MegaCorp: Deon International, whose CEO, Larry Deon, is such an egomaniac that his employees have to ''get tattoos of the company logo.''

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* MegaCorp: Deon International, whose CEO, Larry Deon, is such an egomaniac that his employees have to ''get tattoos of the company logo.''logo''.



* OminousCrack: Happens to a gang of terrorists who attempt to hijack the [=seaQuest=] in "Nothing But the Truth." The terrorist ringleader asks LCDR Hitchcock, who up to that point has been under orders to cooperate with them, if the pressure at their current depth will crush their escape sub. She says it will. The terrorist [[TooDumbToLive says "That's the lie I was waiting for" and takes off anyway.]] Cue escape sub going Crunch.

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* OminousCrack: Happens to a gang of terrorists who attempt to hijack the [=seaQuest=] in "Nothing But the Truth." Truth". The terrorist ringleader asks LCDR Hitchcock, who up to that point has been under orders to cooperate with them, if the pressure at their current depth will crush their escape sub. She says it will. The terrorist [[TooDumbToLive says "That's the lie I was waiting for" and takes off anyway.]] Cue escape sub going Crunch.



* UncertainDoom: The fate of main castmembers Migel Ortiz and Dr. Wendy Smith is never specifically explained or mentioned after their final appearance in Season 2's finale; they simply don't show up with the rest of the scattered crew 10 years later in 2032. When trying to explain the events on the alien world (the resolution of which was never seen on screen), Bridger says "some of us didn't make it; we lost some very good friends", so the common assumption is that Ortiz and Smith were killed in the fight somehow, but they are never specifically mentioned for the rest of the series.

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* UncertainDoom: The fate of main castmembers Migel Ortiz and Dr. Wendy Smith is never specifically explained or mentioned after their final appearance in Season 2's finale; they simply don't show up with the rest of the scattered crew 10 years later in 2032. When trying to explain the events on the alien world (the resolution of which was never seen on screen), Bridger says "some of us didn't make it; we lost some very good friends", so the common assumption is that basically Smith and Ortiz and Smith were killed in the fight somehow, but they are never specifically mentioned for the rest of the series.

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* AbsenteeActor: Averted by Jonathon Brandis, who is the only cast member to appear in every episode.

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* FieryRedhead: LCDR Hitchcock in spades. Averted with Dr. Wendy Smith.


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** Actually, this is a case of TruthInTelevision that roared past ArtisticLicenseBiology and ran smack into a solid wall of {{Narm}}. The process is called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiccation Desiccation]] - it's just that the episode really didn't try to make it even seem remotely realistic.

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