Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Season 2 Episode 2

Time Bomb

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Sep 26, 1965 on ABC

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  • Nelson meets a sex bomb and nearly gets a bang while Crane shows off his zoom lens.

    Evil minds (we want to start a war and emerge the rulers of the world) have devised a way of turning a human being into a walking bomb if they come into contact with radiation.

    Nelson been asked to undertake a spying mission in the black sea to ascertain if the Russians have devised a huge new nuclear bomb which could make all other weapons useless (like they do)

    The briefing at the beginning feels more like James Bond with Nelson being given secret breathing devices and guns hidden in pocket watches. He also meets a beautiful female Russian which seems to have him grinning. Things quickly turn sour when Nelson is secretly injected with the explosive substance.

    After a tense scene avoiding a destroyer the Seaview launches the flying sub and Nelson suited in a blue jump suit prepares to parachute into Russia.

    Once down Nelson then changes his appearance to the most unconvincing Russian sailor ever and oddly keeps running into people who speak perfect English.

    Soon Nelson is grinning again as he frolics and romps about with the Female Russian spy unaware she's out to finish him.

    Back on Seaview Crane has been informed that Nelson has been turned into a walking bomb and before long he's been packed off to Russia with a load of gadgets too. He has orders to save Nelson or kill him if goes near the Nuclear power station to complete his spying mission, which will set off the bomb.

    Using speed boat races as a cover Nelson swims underwater to the Nuclear research base, with Crane and a female assistant hot his heels. By this time Crane has discovered the Russian female is a double agent and he is forcing her to help him stop Nelson.

    Crane gains entry through the main gate after rather a clumsy way of distracting and knocking out the two guards. He then changes into their uniform.

    Nelson emerges from the water after a near miss with a blow torch and nearly kills his little pocket watch gun is broken otherwise a beautiful friendship would of ended there!

    Crane explains all and gives Nelson the antidote which happens to work immediately (so handy). Nelson still wants to look at the reactor and heads in.

    The base is alerted when Russian guards find one of the main gate guards unconscious spread eagle in full view without his uniform. (No wonder they selected Nelson for the original mission) what was Crane thinking not hiding the guards body?

    The group head off and make for the sea not before abandoning the female double agent. Soon they meet up with the flying sub and are back aboard Seaview where Nelson explains there was never any super weapon, the whole thing was an attempt to start a war.

    Nothing too exciting here I'm afraid and very little time is spent aboard Seaview.

    Its odd seeing Nelson enjoying the company of the Russian female and kissing her. I keep the thinking of the Nelson which would end series four grumpy at times and having to save the world every week from a rubber monster.

    Fun to watch an early episode simply because it was early and things were different.

  • This was a fun romp, and the scenes with the new Flying Sub were magnificent, but it was a rather ordinary plot. It could have been transferred to "The Man From Uncle", "The Avengers" or even "The Wild, Wild West" without too much trouble.

    I suppose that everyone was jumping on the James Bond bandwagon. Seaview was strictly a means of transportation in this episode. And even that was mostly given over to the new sub. Those shots, however, were absolutely gorgeous (even if there is a bit of a wobble when the Flying Sub leaves the water).

    The scene in Vice-Admiral Johnson's office (and later, when Katie came aboard Seaview) was straight out of James Bond. The only difference was that Johnson showed the gadgets to Nelson himself, rather than having a specialist bring them in.

    Nelson getting injected with the unstable cesium also seemed a typical spy gimmick (one that would be reused years later on an episode of "The New Avengers"). And, of course, the interlude with Litchka was straight Bond, although, being series television, they left it to the viewers' imaginations as to just how far it went.

    (Litchka is seen to favor the same brand of cigarettes as the Soviet Navy, which could have some significance, but they were probably just reusing the prop.)

    I loved Nelson's interval with the Soviet soldiers. Looked like he was enjoying himself, too.

    The good guys discover the cesium plot by picking up the little man who injected Nelson and questioning him--but there is no explanation as to why they picked him up in the first place. When he got Nelson, he was disguised as a little boy. Did he get drunk and start boasting about his actions in front of an Intelligence agent, or what?

    Katie worked pretty well with Crane, but her lines seemed to be too conciously witty (like a lot of Bond's). She's also quite blatant about using her charms when dealing with enemy males.

    Crane is faced with the necessity of killing Nelson to prevent the nuclear explosion--but of course we knew he wouldn't do it! He does need some practice at this spy business. He left, not one, not two, but three unconcious bodies lying out pretty much in the open, instead of concealing them--which probably would have slowed down the pursuit at the end.

    Nelson's underwater travels were well-shot, including his unexpected fight with a diver doing maintenence work (one hopes that the poor man woke up before he ran out of air). They have the obligatory close call with Nelson trying to shoot the disguised Crane, only to have his dart-gun watch fail. (I really think that they just forgot to reload the thing.)

    Crane said that the antidote worked instantly, and he wasn't kidding. If I'd been Nelson, I think that I'd have waited just a few moments more before rushing into the nuclear facility.

    The last underwater scenes with Nelson, Crane and Katie swimming out to the Flying Sub were beautiful.

    Katie's comment about Litchka always looking evil sounded like pure jealousy and spite. I did like Nelson's comment, "Not always...." leaving Katie (and the others) to wonder just what he had meant by that remark.
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