Paul Kremin (Waiter)
The monster for this episode would show up again in color the second season in the aptly named "Deadly Creature Below!"
This episode seems to have the first clear indication that Seaview carries more than one mini-sub on board. They refer to "a" mini-sub, not "the" mini-sub, and Nelson orders that "one" of the mini-subs be prepared for launching.
Dr. Shinera, played by the great character actor, Maliachi Throne was a frequent Star Trek actor providing the voice of the "Keeper" in the first pilot, "The Cage", playing Commodore Jose Mendez in what became the the STOS two part episode "The Menagerie" that was created out of the pilot, and Senator Parde, in the STNT two part episode, "Unification".
Also interesting is a cool performance by a 32 year old rookie Tom Skerritt as Richardson, the First Officer of the ill fated submarine "Angler" in the teaser.
As Nelson and Crane come onto the island, we see a camera observing them. We see a second camera moments later. It is not facing Nelson and Crane; it's aimed to the left of the screen and the men are coming up from the right. The moment they pass the camera, it promptly swivels around and faces back the way they came.
The submarine Angler is nothing more than the Seaview model with a different nose and a decal with the ship's name on it. Likewise, the Angler's control room is a simple redress of the Seaview set.
The scene where Nelson, Crane, and General Tau appear to shift dramatically in size is a genuine optical illusion, not just a special effect.
Leslie Nielsen in this episode played Captain Adams, the obsessed, Captain Ahab, Quint-like character. Nielsen also played a well grounded and professional, Commander J. J. Adams, of the star cruiser C57D, in the 1956 SciFi classic "Forbidden Planet". This Adams character,was a clear inspiration for Star Trek's, Captain Kirk.
William Stevens (Radarman), Jim Witherill (Cutter)
They made a mistake in showing the two mantas out in the water together. In that scene, the smaller manta is only a third or fourth of the size of the larger--which would still make it considerably larger than the men could handle. The manta brought inside is comparatively tiny.
The date given for this episode is October 3, 1974.
Paul Kremin (Survivor), Ron Burke, Denver Mattson, Bob May and Bud Garrett (Men)
Paul Stader and George Robotham (Divers)
In regard to underwater explosions, we often hear a character mention the lethal danger, not necessarily of the explosive itself, but of the resulting concussive force. Angie was supposedly carrying enough explosive to destroy the Seaview. She was right over top of it when it went off, and all it did was knock her out in a cloud of bubbles, while Crane, who was right beside her, was not affected at all.
Dr. Jenkins gives Angie and one of the other male amphibians four bombs to plant on Seaview, telling them where to place them. We only see two bombs placed, and there are only two explosions, yet Dr. Jenkins is perfectly satisfied.
Derrik Lewis (O'Brien), Robert Payne (Helmsman)
According to both Science Fiction Televison Series and Irwin Allen Productions, John Anderson took Richard Basehart to task during the shooting of this episode. Basehart had been clowning around, making fun of the dialogue. Anderson pointed out that it was difficult enough for him to deal with the script, without Basehart making it worse. Basehart agreed, apologized, and stopped doing it.
According to the book Science Fiction Television Series, David Hedison ranks this episode as his least favorite.
When Nelson and Janus come into the laboratory to stuff the blob with carbon, Nelson stands at the far end of the room, away from the door. Janus moves to the other side of the blob. When the explosion occurs, Nelson somehow gets thrown straight out the hatchway, when he should have hit the far wall of the lab.
When Crane visits Clark in the brig, one of the ship-wide microphones is hanging by the hatchway. When Kowalski brings Clark some food later in the episode, the microphone has vanished.
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