TITLE: SEAQUEST DSV - SEASON TWO
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2007 (Universal Home Video)
Number of Discs: 8
Number of Episodes: 21 (1 two-hour episode)
Running time: Approx. 16 Hours, 52 Minutes
Audio Tracks: English Dolby Digial 2.0
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English Subtitles for the deaf & hard-of-hearing
Special Features: None
Adventure resurfaces with the return of the spectacular Primetime Emmy Award-winning
seaQuest DSV. Rejoin Captain Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider) and his dedicated crew as they
serve as guardians to Earth's undersea colonies and protect world peace from all threats -- both
above and below the water. This must-own 8-disc set is packed with all 21 thrilling Season Two
episodes and features amazing guest stars Mark Hamill, Dom DeLuise, Kent McCord and others.
Season Two of seaQuest DSV continues the incredible, imaginative epic journey into the Earth's
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
seaQuest DSV's second season premiered on September 18, 1994 on NBC with the two-hour episode,
"Daggers." It continued to air on Sunday nights at 8:00-9:00 P.M.. Many changes were made
to the show in the second season. At the end of the first season, the seaQuest was blown up
and it was replaced with a redesigned and somewhat more intimate vessel. First season cast members Stephanie Beacham,
Stacy Haiduk, Royce D. Applegate, and John D. Aquino left the show. Added to the cast were
Edward Kerr as Lt. James Brody, Rosalind Allen as Dr. Wendy Smith, Michael DeLuise as
Tony Piccolo, Peter DeLuise as Dagwood and Kathy Evison as Helmswoman Lonnie Henderson.
Composer Don Davis won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series for the episode
"Daggers" in 1995. Although the show improved a bit in the ratings for the second season, it failed
to crack the top 30. For the show's second and third seasons,
it was filmed on location in Orlando, Florida. A total of 58 episodes were produced from 1993-1995.
Memorable episodes included the exciting two-hour premiere, "Daggers," in which Captain Bridger is
interrupted in his inspection of the newly designed seaQuest by violent trouble at a genetically engineered
life forms colony. Relationships surface as Bridger and Dr. Wendy Smith acknowledge their mutual
attraction and Lonnie Henderson and Tim O'Neill confront their rocky beginnings in "Vapors."
The seaQuest crw is haunted by a message they receive from a child asking for help, but their
assistance mission lands them in a completely unrecognizable world of the future in "Playtime."
When a catastrophic error in a programmed submarine launches it on a mission of worldwide destruction,
Bridger must battle a computer-generated image of himself before it's too late in "The Sincerest Form
of Flattery." Lucas, Brody and O'Neill become trapped in a giant whirlpool, which deposits them - with
little oxygen - in an ominous cavern beneath the ocean's floor in "Dead End."
During an exploration journey on the ocean's floor, Commander Jonathan Ford is initially stunned -
and later haunted - by the image of a Greek warrior rising from the mud in "Lostland."
Tony Piccolo's strange dream becomes a recurring nightmare of torture, so Smith takes him to the
Chatton Parapsychology Center, where she runs into an old flame in "The Siamese Dream."
Notable guest stars included Dom DeLuise, Michael and Peter DeLuise's father, as
Nick Piccolo in "Vapors." Brittany Snow played the young girl in "Special Delivery."
Mark Hamill guest starred as Tobias in "Dream Weaver" and "Splashdown." Lewis Arquette appeared as
Kearny in "Something in the Air." Kent McCord returned as Space Commander Scott Keller in three episodes. Richard
Herd appeared in the recurring role of Admiral Noyce in several episodes.
The packaging is, once again, very stylish and has some hologram-like effects. It has a similar
look to the Season One set. The outer box features photos of Rosalind Allen, Jonathan Brandis,
Roy Scheider (with a beard), Peter DeLuise and Edward Kerr. The seaQuest logo is in the center of the cover and
the seaQuest vessel is below it. On the back of the box, there is a seson two photo of ten of the cast members.
There is a montage of various photos at the bottom of the box, including shots of Don Franklin, Rosalind
Allen, Jonathan Brandis and Darwin. A synopsis of the set and the DVD specs are listed. Roy Scheider
is featured on the spine of the box. There are four slimcases that slide out from the right of
the outer box. Each slimcase has the seaQuest logo and the seaQuest vessel in the background. They
have a green-tinted background and photo of an individual cast member on each of them. Roy
Scheider is on slimcase #1. Jonathan Brandis is featured on slimcase #2. Kathy Evison is on
slimcase 33. Slimcase #4 features a photo of Peter DeLuise as Dagwood.
There are short episode summaries on the back of the cases. They are listed by disc number.
I did notice one error on the episode listings. They switched the episode descriptions for
"Blindsided" and "Splashdown" on disc 8. It would have been nice if they listed the
original airdates as well. Inside the slimcases, there is just a green water/wave background. They could have put some more photos or bits of trivia in this space.
Many of the holders inside the cases arrived broken when I opened the packaging. They could have
used some sturider holders, as the discs can easily pop out and become scratched.
Since these episodes aren't double-sided like the season one set, the discs have some information on them. Unfortunately, they
only have the seaQuest logo on them with a green background. Photos on each disc would have been
much nicer. Each disc has 2-3 episodes. A sheet is included that promotes some other Universal TV
DVD releases, including the second season of seaQuest DSV.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus look pretty good and are easy to navigate. They are a bit simpler
than season 1's menus. The main menus feature the redesigned seaQuest vessel in the center
and a green-tinted, animated water/wave background. The seaQuest DSV logo is in the lower right
side of the screen. John Debney's majestic and patriotic theme can be heard in the background,
and it loops after 46 seconds. There are three options for each disc: Play All, Episode Index,
and Subtitles. There is a yellow line under the option that you highlight that turns green
upon your selection. When you select Episode Index, it takes you to a sub-menu where the episode
titles are listed with a still image. There is a yellow border around the episode that you highlight
that turns green upon your selection. Unlike the season one set, there are are no additional menus
that give episode descriptions or guest stars and there are no separate scene selection menus.
Chapter stops are available within the episodes at the appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
Season one featured some excellent video and audio quality. That trend is continued
with season two. The picture quality and detail is quite good.
The episodes are presented in their original full frame 1.33:1. These episodes look
much better than what I've seen on the Sci-Fi Channel in recent years, or on the VHS tapes
I have with episodes I taped off NBC during the original run. The colors look quite
nice with a lot of blues, and the overall picture is sharp. All episodes are presented in their original
broadcast order, except for the last two episodes that were swapped. It makes sense though on the DVD, because
they have the real season finale as the last episodes. There is nothing on the packaging to indicate
that any of the music had to be replaced. Season one had just one song that was replaced or edited out.
The episodes run between 45-46 minutes in length, except for the season premiere. "Daggers" originally
aired as a two-hour episode, so it runs 1:28:42 on the DVD. For season two, the closing credits had
"seaQuest Sea Facts" hosted by various cast members. These are all included on the DVD.
For the closing logo enthusiasts, there are logos for Amblin Television and Universal Television.
The audio is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 track. The audio is crisp, and the dialogue is at
a good level and easy to understand. John Debney's theme really sounds great on the DVDs. Don Davis
and Russ Landau did most of the scoring for the second season episodes. Don Davis won an Emmy for
the "Daggers" episode. There are options to use English subtitles for the deaf & hard-of-hearing.
No Spanish subtitles are available for this season.
Here is the breakdown by disc, including the running times:
1. Daggers (1:28:42)
2. The Fear That Follows (46:24)
3. Sympathy for the Deep (46:12)
4. Vapors (45:56)
5. Playtime (45:30)
6. The Sincerest Form of Flattery (46:19)
7. By Any Other Name (46:28)
8. When We Dead Awaken (46:27)
9. Special Delivery (45:41)
10. Dead End (45:58)
11. Meltdown (46:23)
12. Lostland (46:28)
13. And Everything Nice (45:35)
14. Dream Weaver (46:23)
15. Alone (46:14)
16. Watergate (45:53)
17. Something in the Air (46:19)
18. Dagger Redux (46:20)
19. The Siamese Dream (46:35)
20. Blindsided (46:20)
21. Splashdown (45:30)
Most fans seemed disappointed that the season one special features were only about 30 minutes
worth of deleted scenes. Unfortunately, there are no special features included this time.
While the complete and unedited episodes are the most important thing to me, some extras
would have added to my enjoyment of the set. This set could have had some deleted/extended scenes if
they had them available for the first season. Commentaries and some new interviews would have
also been great to hear. Maybe we will see some for the final season. We had to wait
over 2 years between releases, so they could have made some effort in this department.
After a two-year wait, the second season of seaQuest DSV has finally surfaced on DVD.
Questies have to be happy to have the second season at long last, although they may be disappointed
that no special features are included. The overall presentation of the set is good with stylish packaging
and menus and high quality, unedited episodes. It was a good idea for them to drop the double-sided DVDs,
but they could have used sturdier holders inside the slimcases. It seems odd that there would be such a
long wait between seasons. I guess season one didn't sell as well as Universal expected. seaQuest was one of the
most requested unreleased shows at tvshowsondvd.com several years ago, so I know the fan base for the show is still there.
I was a big fan of the first season. It had more of a science and educational feel to it.
After some disappointing ratings for the first season, they made a number of cast changes and
brought in some younger people. The storylines became more sci-fi and fantasy oriented. The second
season seemed to lack some of the big name guest stars that they had in season one (maybe because they shot in
Orlando). While I still enjoyed the show, it lost some of the magic and charm of the first season.
I guess the changes helped the show a bit in the ratings, but it never became the big hit
that it could have been. I don't think Sunday night was ever the best place for it, and it may
have done better on another night. Hopefully we won't have to wait that long for the final season that
had 13 episodes. They retitled it "seaQuest 2032" and set it 10 years in the future. Roy Scheider was no
longer a regular cast member and Michael Ironside was brought in as Captain Oliver
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 01/04/08
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