Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Season 1 Episode 22

The Buccaneer

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Feb 08, 1965 on ABC

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  • Having the Seaview taken over by invaders might have been as expectable a plotline as having her trapped on the bottom a few episodes back, but it was well done, with an excellent villain.

    You know, Crane might have had a point way back in the pilot episode when he complained that the ship's security was "soft". He and Nelson were probably appalled at how easily Logan and his crew got on board. Not to mention learning such classified information as navigating Seaview's private channel to the sea. Presumably heads will be rolling at the Nelson Institute when all is said and done.

    There is also a good deal of confusion between the teaser and the scenes following the opening credits. I would like to know if it was clumsy editing, or if someone decided to censor the scene, thinking it too violent, but we end up with two seamen dead for no apparent reason.

    There's an interesting contrast between Logan and his crew. Logan is brilliant, cosmopolitan, courteous,and well spoken--and boy, does he make sure everyone knows it! You get the impression that he likes to show off his superiority by throwing in as many big words as he can. Just his own inimitable style, I guess. There is something infuriating about an enemy who is so utterly confident that he can afford to be nice to you.

    His crew, on the other hand, are thugs, plain and simple. Even his captain, Igor, "the best submariner money can buy" clearly prefers violent action to courteous discussion, as Crane finds out to his cost. It's no wonder Logan is so full of himself. If you consistently surround yourself with people noticeably dimmer than you are, you look so much brighter in comparison.

    After pulling off many sucessful and lucrative capers, Logan can now afford to spend time, money and effort on some personal gratification. He is after the "most desirable woman in the world"--the Mona Lisa, and he's made up his mind that if he can't have her, no one can. Nelson comes to believe that Logan means what he says, and persuades the French captain who is escorting the painting to give it up. Crane, in the meantime, has taken to the ducts, and manages to cause enough damage to prevent the Seaview from destroying the French ship.

    Logan, of course, cannot resist the opportunity to gloat and show off his prize to the Seaview's officers. Crane grabs the opportunity to throw a switch and cause the Seaview to lurch violently. A lurching submarine is all in a day's work to the Seaview's crew, so of course they're able to recover and run for it before the invading crew gets its act together.

    The obligatory sacrificial lamb gets gunned down during the escape (hmmm, no one seemed inclined to censor that bit of violence) but the rest manage to get to the Missile room. Nelson, who always works well under pressure, already knows what needs to be done.

    There is an exciting sequence that-surprise, surprise--doesn't involve the stars of the show. Patterson is sent into the air ducts with a long tube to blow tear gas into the Control room. Two of the invaders hear and go in after him (rather than reporting the situation to their captain, but as I said, they're thugs) and Kowalski goes in after all of them. It's rather difficult to fight from the confines of an air duct, but 'Ski manages it.

    Crane exits the sub so that he can attack the Control room from above (and Allen could slip in some stock footage). Everyone converges on the Control room for the final battle. Interestingly, all of our boys end up ripping off their air masks and fighting in the tear-gas-laden atmosphere. (Guess they all wanted to look good for the camera.)

    Logan, having been in the presence of his beloved, finds that he cannot destroy her after all, and meekly surrenders rather than risk damage to her. The Seaview's officers are left contemplating the Mona Lisa and wondering what she's thinking. Nelson says that every one interprets that for himself.

    Well, here's my interpretation: "I wish this painter would hurry up and finish before this smile cracks my face." In Italian, of course.