The Cold War
Sputnik did more than light a fire under science and technology in government, private industry, and academia. It also provided, with its enhancement of the Cold War, a powerful theme for almost everything in popular culture. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was about a research vessel that happened to be the most heavily armed vessel in the US Navy, though the Sea View was not really in the Navy, although it could be commandeered by the Navy at any time and often was, although when it was, its crew tended to act in very non-Navy ways, although they were all originally from the Navy….
How is it that the Sea View was supposed to be doing all this research but was really engaged in the fight against the enemies of mankind most of the time? Perhaps there is a clue in the opening episode.
Oh. I see.
Well, anyway, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and other TV shows like it helped young Americans learn what and who to be be afraid of, and most importantly, what our enemies looked like.
In the following clip we see part of the plot unfold when an Evil Third World Dictatorship messes with a new gas Weapon of Mass Destruction with the support of Nefarious Second World Agents. One can see how a child who feeds on this tit could grow up to be George Bush:
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