A previously unseen type of UFO is seen operating underwater
at the beginning of the episode. It soon destroys a
freighter sailing on the surface.
The life preserver floating in the sea after the destruction
of the freighter at 2:05 on the DVD identifies the ship as
the Atlantica from Penarth, Wales, United
This episode reveals that Straker suffers from
This episode reveals that Skydiver has the capability of "seaskimming",
i.e. travelling rapidly over the ocean surface.
At 9:15 on the DVD, actor Ed Bishop's blue television
eyeliner make-up is quite obvious!
The rescue plane that searches for the crippled Skydiver is
SHADAIR Albatross 15. It will also appear in
At 29:50 on the DVD, the air regulator on Lt. Lewis' scuba
tank is a Mistral. This is a brand made by
Just before the rescue of Straker and Lt. Barry is affected,
we hear Straker's thoughts, as he believes they are going to
die in the sub; they are a variation on the Burial at Sea
prayer often used by sailors to commit the dead to the sea.
After visiting time is over with Straker and Nina, Freeman
says, "Well, back to the salt mines." This is an idiom which
basically means it's time to return to work, with
reluctance. The idiom originated with Russian prisoners in
Siberia, who were forced to work the salt mines there in the
There is the hint of an attraction between Lt. Nina Barry
and Commander Straker in this episode, but nothing is seen
to come of it throughout the series.
NOTES FROM THE AUDIO COMMENTARY BY ED BISHOP ON THE DVD
Bishop (Commander Straker) notes the scar visible on his lip
at about 22:20 on the DVD. He says he received the scar when
he was in the Army.
Bishop tells that the watch worn by Straker throughout the
series was given to him at the end of the season shoot and
he continues to wear it to that day. (Bishop died in 2005.)
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