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Deepwater Black
AuthorKen Catran
SeriesDeepwater trilogy
GenreScience fiction
Publication date

Deepwater Black is a 1992 novel, first in the Deepwater trilogy, by the New Zealand science fiction writer Ken Catran, with a cast of young characters who are supposedly stranded in space while a virus ravages Earth. The book series itself is quite different from the television series later developed. The approach of the novels focused on the characters as younger children, around 13-14, rather than the television approach, in which the characters were much older.[citation needed]


The main plot involves a virus that breaks out and leaves the humans residing on Earth doomed. In a desperate attempt before the end, all humanity's resources are dedicated to a crash program to produce a deep space ark, capable of seeding humanity on a new world. The ship is crewed by six clones, teenage versions of people who achieved great works during the ark project, equipped with the memories of their donors. Before reaching their destination, however, the crew is awoken prematurely to face a threat to the ship, before their memories are complete. They must come to terms with the workings of the ship, the dangers faced by their ship, the realization that they are clones, and their ultimate destiny to save their race.

TV series[edit]

Deepwater Black
Mission Genesis
GenreScience fiction
StarringGordon Michael Woolvett, Nicole de Boer, Jason Cadieux
Music byFred Mollin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production companyYTV
Original release
Release1997 (1997)

The trilogy was adapted as the Sci Fi Channel's first original scripted television series in 1997 under the name Mission Genesis. The series was a co-production between YTV Network and USA Networks, and was distributed by Sunbow Entertainment.[1] In Canada and the United Kingdom, the series retained the original title, Deepwater Black. Only one season of 13 episodes was made, and involved a relatively small cast and heavy use of CGI. Soon after production ended, lead actress Nicole de Boer joined the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and lead actor Gordon Michael Woolvett joined the cast of Andromeda.[citation needed]

The series was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Music for the series was composed and performed by Fred Mollin.



The show only had 13 episodes before it was canceled. They were:

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1. "Awakening" George Mendeluk Bill Taub July 21, 1997
2. "Lullaby" Don McCutcheon Jeff Copeland
Barry Pearson
July 28, 1997
3. "Legacy" Don McCutcheon Jeff Copeland August 4, 1997
4. "Reflections" George Mendeluk Jeff Copeland
Barry Pearson
August 11, 1997
5. "Plague" Don McCutcheon Doug Molitor August 18, 1997
6. "Cycles" Don McCutcheon Jeremy Hole August 25, 1997
7. "Refugee" George Mendeluk Jeff Copeland
Barry Pearson
September 8, 1997
8. "Hunt" Don McCutcheon Raymond Storey September 15, 1997
9. "Fugue" George Mendeluk Dennis Foon November 10, 1997
10. "Siege" George Mendeluk Doug Molitor November 24, 1997
11. "Prime" George Mendeluk Dennis Foon December 1, 1997
12. "Infestation" Don McCutcheon Barry Pearson December 15, 1997
13. "Aurora" George Mendeluk Dennis Foon December 22, 1997


  1. ^ "Video Innovations: Deepwater Black: Young rave CGI: In-house effects add flexibility".

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