seaQuest DSV

To Be or Not To Be

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/12/93
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  • Episode Description
  • The crew of seaQuest are joined by a reluctant Captain Nathan Bridger and set off to investigate a distress call from an underwater colony, only to find it is a trap by a renegade sub under the command of Captain Marilyn Stark, who has a personal vendetta against the seaQuest.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Marco Sanchez

    Sensor Chief Miguel Ortiz (Season 1-2)

  • Don Franklin

    Commander Jonathan Ford

  • Frank Welker

    voice of Darwin

  • Stephanie Beacham

    Doctor Kristin Westphalen (Season 1)

  • Stacy Haiduk

    Lieutenant-Commander Katie Hitchcock (Season 1)

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Top notch pilot!

    By johnjaha99, Aug 04, 2013

  • A good, not great, start that leaves plenty of room for improvement.

    By timmer82, Jan 24, 2009

  • The first, and the best, episode of "seaQuest."

    By jamoon2006, Nov 08, 2007

  • meet the new crew of seaquest dsv

    By seaqueastdsv, Sep 15, 2007

  • This is a fantastic beginning to a wonderful show that lasted three seasons (Although the third is better left not mentioned)

    By WingedAlchemist, Mar 15, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • Krieg: Robert used to say that a son would be lucky to have a father like you. Bridger: Thank you.

    • Bridger: Are you the Ben that painted the Army mule yellow at homecomming? Krieg: No, pink.

    • Crocker: Perhaps a few introductions might be in order, Lieutenant, before you swallow your entire leg.

    • Crocker: Does this mean you’re captain, now? Bridger: No, no, chief, just trying to save our necks.

    • Bridger (Ford trying to talk him into taking command to save the ship): I made a promise to my wife and myself that I’d never have anything to do with the military again. Ford: With all due respect, sir, I’ve got hundreds of people aboard this boat who wouldn’t give a damn about your promise! Sir.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Lucas Wolenczak wears a Florida Marlins baseball jersey throughout this episode. On the back, it says "World Series Champions - 2010." At the time of the original air date, the Marlins were just finishing their first season as an expansion team in Major League Baseball. In 1993, it was probably be laughable to suggest the Marlins would have won a World Series before the franchise turned 20 years old. However, the Marlins won the World Series in 1997 and 2003.

    • TRIVIA: Brenda King, the woman who portrays Carol Bridger in this episode (and any other referring to her) is actually Roy Scheider's wife.

    • The foreign businessman who is planning on destroying the seaQuest fills a goblet with red wine. Then he throws it to Captain Stark but when she grabs it, it is empty. But in the next cut it is full again.

    Allusions (4)

    • Title: To Be or Not To Be
      This is a reference to the famous line from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet: "To be, or not to be: that is the question.”

    • John F. Kennedy: ...it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came.
      This speech played before the main credit sequence is an excerpt from a speech that John F. Kennedy delivered at the America's Cup race in 1962.

    • "If anyone's interested, that boomer's making a turn." Boomer is Navy slang for a ballistic missile submarine. The Delta IV class is a real class of Russian ballistic missile submarines.

    • Noyce: You don’t think the Navy’s gonna let one of its most valuable human resources run off to some desert island and not keep tabs on him. Bridger: What happened to privacy? Last time I looked, the Bill of Rights was still intact.
      In the United States, the Bill of Rights is the term for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These amendments explicitly limit the Federal government's powers, protecting the rights of the people by preventing Congress from abridging freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of religious worship, and the right to bear arms, preventing unreasonable search and seizure, cruel and unusual punishment, and self-incrimination, and guaranteeing due process of law and a speedy public trial with an impartial jury. The bill of rights was initially drafted by James Madison in 1789.

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