"The twenty-first century. Mankind has colonized the last unexplored region on Earth, the ocean. As captain of the seaQuest and its crew, we are its guardians. For beneath the surface, lies the future."
Thus began the opening credits of the show that, quite frankly, most people remember these days for the talking dolphin. That was Darwin, able to communicate in English thanks to an AI program which interprets his clicks, whistles, and movements in the water. The year was 2018, and the future was so bright, you gotta wear shades. Even underwater.
The basic gist of the show was exploration, research, and, of course, the conflict of the seaQuest with pirates, would-be pirates, poachers, unscrupulous mega-corporations, the military of various countries/confederations, and terrorists and eco-terrorists. It was largely marketed as an ensemble show, but it was pretty plain the main character was Nathan Bridger, with Lucas as a close follow-up. They got the bulk of the character-building story arcs and relationship interaction. Which could be one reason sickos like me enjoy reading and writing the dirtywrong underage sex. To have subtext, you've got to have text first, and these two had the lion's share of screentime.seaQuest DSV
lasted for three seasons, morphing in the last one into seaQuest 2032
. With a ten-year storyline gap between the first two seasons and the last, a significant change of cast, and an even more drastic change of outlook, there are some fans (*koff*me*koff*) who consider the last season a completely different show. Since I have only seen about three episodes of said show that I remember (trauma-induced amnesia is a marvelous thing), both my overview and recs are going to be focused on the first two seasons. I would apologize for that, but I'd be lying.
There were also cast changes and focus changes between the first two seasons. Season one rode an environmental awareness high, with storylines extrapolating from then current marine science research, and the closing credits featured Dr. Bob Ballard, then Director for the Center for Marine Exploration at Wood's Hole, who would mention the pertinent scientific plotpoint and how it related to actual marine science. The show had a team of experts on staff to assist in the verisimilitude of the marine science mentioned or shown on the show. They could also have benefited from a military expert or two, but I digress. Helmed by Rockne S. O'Bannon of Farscape
fame and by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, first season was decidedly aimed at sf fans with a marine bent. Specifically, it was aimed at Trekkers, and along with the scientific elements, a number of storylines strove to be "pertinent" and "topical" in much the same way ST:TOS was.
Season two saw the departure of most, if not all, of the experts, and a fair bit of the crew. The show had changed filming locations, and not all of the actors were able to relocate. That was fine with the creators, who felt pressured by ratings to change their focus. The new season was to be younger, hipper, with a larger eye candy factor and more emphasis on the fiction than the science in science fiction. While season one was my favorite, season two is admittedly more of a slasher's wet dream (pun intended). The first season ended with the destruction of the seaQuest (a 1000-foot plus submarine shaped a bit like a squid with its tentacles fused together) in order to close up a gaping chasm in the ocean floor, so the second season also saw a new, and slightly smaller, seaQuest. I confess, I couldn't really tell the difference between the two, except that the second one had much nicer guest suites.( Putting this behind a cut tag because some of the pics are large )Archive LinksGeneralseaQuest.net
A compilation site of sQ-related sites and links. The compiler tries to keep it fairly up-to-date and as all-inclusive as she can manage.seaQuest Scripts
This site has transcripts for all of the first season episodes, and only the first season episodes.seaQuest Vault
Character profiles, quotes, and an episode guide for first and second season that includes brief summaries of each episode and transcripts for about 2/3rds of them. Most of the pictures of the characters above came from this site.Stardock Alpha's seaQuest Page
Pictures, quotes, character info, screencaps (first season), sound files, and some fanfic.FanficThe Slash Nexus
Note: This site is under construction and has been for a while, so not all the links work. Lucas-centric gen h/c and torture wallows.The Nathan and Kristin Relationship Archive
(het)Wonderful World of Make Believe
While I'm a huge fan of the show and an active writer in the fandom, I don't belong to any lists and I've never been terribly familiar with the archives, so if you know of other archives, please post them in the comments.