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With my weakness for science fiction series on television, SEAQUEST DSV was one of those shows that I couldn’t help but tune into week after week.  Of course, having Steven Spielberg listed amongst the series executive producers ensured family friendly content, so the show lacked the edginess of THE X-FILES, another sci-fi laced series that debuted in the same year.  However, SEAQUEST DSV had its own quirky charms that made the show fun to watch.

Set in the not too distant future, the basic premise of SEAQUEST DSV finds that mankind has begun colonizing the Earth’s oceans, which leads to all sorts of new territorial disputes and other oceanic problems.  The United Earth Oceans Organization (U.E.O.) is responsible for policing the seas and assigns the Seaquest, its high tech flagship, to keep the peace.  The season one cast of SEAQUEST DSV features Roy Scheider as Capt. Nathan Bridger, Stacy Haiduk as Lt. Cmdr. Katherine Hitchcock, Royce D. Applegate as Chief Manilow Crocker, Stephanie Beacham as Dr. Kristin Westphalen, Jonathan Brandis as Lucas Wolenczak, John D'Aquino as Lt. Benjamin Krieg, Don Franklin as Cmdr. Jonathan Ford, Edward Kerr as Lt. James Brody, Ted Raimi as Lt. j.g. Timothy O'Neill and Marco Sanchez as Sensor Chief Miguel Ortiz.

SEAQUEST DSV: SEASON ONE ($60) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features the following pilot movie and all twenty two episodes that were aired in the show’s freshman year. Pilot: To Be Or Not To Be, The Devil's Window, Treasure Of The Mind, Games, Treasures Of The Tonga Trench, Brothers And Sisters, Give Me Liberte, Knight Of Shadows, Bad Water, The Regulator, Seawest, Photon Bullet, Better Than Martians, Nothing But The Truth, Greed For A Pirate's Dream, Whale Song, The Stinger, Hide And Seek, The Last Lap At Luxury, Abalon, Such Great Patience, The Good Death and Higher Power.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made the pilot movie and all the episodes that comprise SEAQUEST DSV: SEASON ONE available on DVD in the proper full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. While SEAQUEST DSV looks pretty good for an early 1990s television series, the DVDs almost appear as though they were created from broadcast masters, instead of new transfers. Close ups look best, but the image is never razor sharp and the long shots do come across as mildly soft, especially on a large screen display. Colors are fairly vivid and the flesh tones appear accurate. Blacks are deep, whites are clean and contrast adequate for a television show from the nineties, but shadow detail is somewhat lacking. The source materials are free from excessive defects. Digital compression artifacts are never a cause for concern.

All the episodes that comprise SEAQUEST DSV: SEASON ONE come with Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo surround soundtracks. The tracks are pretty much what one would expect from a television production- they are forward loaded, with most of the sound coming from the front channels, the center channel primarily. Surround usage is minimal, with ambient sound and musical fill being about all one will hear coming from the rears. Fidelity is respectable, not at theatrical levels, but not bad for a television production of this vintage. No other language tracks are provided, but English and Spanish subtitles have been included. Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features. Over thirty minutes of Deleted Scenes for various episodes have been included as supplemental content.

SEAQUEST DSV is family friendly sci-fi fun. Universal’s DVD release looks and sounds fine, but isn’t demo material. If you are a fan of the series, you’ll want to check out SEAQUEST DSV: SEASON ONE on DVD.



Seaquest DSV - Season One (1993)



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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