1 9 9 3 – 1 9 9 6 (USA)
1 x 90 minute episode
58 x 60 minute episodes
This Hi-Tech Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea for the 90s featured the adventures of the 1,000-foot Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) supersub, SeaQuest, patrolling the deep on behalf of the United Earth/Oceans Organisation.
The SeaQuest crew was led by Roy Scheider – entering the sea again, just when he thought it might be safe having won the day in Jaws (1975).
The first season was very eco-aware and green-oriented, which resulted in a choppy critical reaction.
Nervous studio executives insisted on more bug-eyed monsters and fantasy – to the displeasure of Scheider (and many hardcore fans) who dismissed it as “childish trash”.
The show arose from the schlocky abyss for a cyberpunkish third season, but with Michael Ironside replacing Scheider on the bridge of SeaQuest Mk II – the original having been used to plug a magma fissure to stop a catastrophic earthquake – and the loss of the scene-stealing animatronic/CGI-generated dolphin, Darwin 9 (which was ruled too costly). The action was updated to 2032.
Captain Nathan Bridger
Captain Oliver Hudson
Lt Cmdr Katherine Hitchcock
Dr Kristin Westphalen
Cmdr Jonathan Ford
Lt Tim O’Neill