Irwin Allen

BOOK REVIEW: “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” by Raymond F. Jones (1965)

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I may be the first person to have *Ever* reviewed this book. Hell, I may be the first person to even have read it in a decade or so. I, myself, have only read it twice in thirty-something years, though I’ve had it all that time. It’s pretty obscure, and fairly personal to me, so allow some gonzo journalism before we get to the actual review:

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Who Ruled 1960s SF On Television? The Answer May Enrage You...

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When you think about science fiction on TV, probably, like most people you think of Gene Roddenberry. This means that probably, like most people, you don’t watch a lot of repeats, because Roddenberry was a shameless self-promoter who lucked into a lucrative franchise by passing off other people’s ideas as his own, but when all is said and done, he really only had one show at a time when a zillion other shows in the genre were running. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that those other shows were mostly crap, but a large - and unsung - part of the success of Trek was that it was running in contrast to the crappy shows. Compared to Dr. Kildaire or Gunsmoke, Trek looked pretty damn lame, but compared to Lost In Space and Stingray, it looked glorious indeed.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “The Amazing Captain Nemo” (1978)

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Last week we did Irwin Allen’s not-at-all-famous B-movie, “City Beneath The Sea.” The man had kind of a nut for underwater shows, and for pretty obvious reason: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was his longest-running series. (4 seasons, 110 episodes) He made periodic attempts to re-capture that particular spark, and this is, more or less, the final one.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “City Beneath The Sea” (1971)

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Irwin Allen had four, count ‘em, four SF series running on TV in the second half of the sixties, an accomplishment that has never been equaled, though the 90s Trek franchise came as close as anyone ever has with three series running over the course of a decade. That in no way prevented Mr. Allen from trying for five, however, and though ultimately he failed, he still produced a film that is ripe for our riffing.

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“My Submarine’s In Turnaround”

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Why you haven’t seen a big screen Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea movie yet, and may not ever.

Cinemaspy is reporting that the long-rumored “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” reboot is in development hell, and it’s increasingly unlikely it’ll see the light of day anytime soon. Though largely forgotten today, “Voyage” was a long-running and popular Science Fiction series in the 1960s, and at 110 episodes and one movie, it’s arguably the most popular submarine-based ever.

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "The" Flying Sub (1965-1968)

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Of course no pointless retrospective on flying submarines would be complete without a mention of the Flying Sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea:

Curiously, there's not much actual video online of sub from the show, so above I've put a CGI flight simulator hack that someone did. It at least gives you a sense of the look and feel of the thing. Click through to see it.

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