In Down Periscope, Lt. Commander Thomas Dodge (Kelsey Grammer) is about to be passed over a third time for command of his own nuclear submarine because of his unorthodox methods and a rumor of a genital tattoo (“Welcome Aboard!”) received after getting blind drunk while on shore leave. Failure to secure a submarine will result in Dodge being dropped from the Navy’s command program, and that means he will resign from the Navy. During his career, Dodge has made an enemy of Rear Admiral Yancy Graham (Bruce Dern), who strongly speaks out against Dodge’s promotion.
Vice-Admiral Dean Winslow, ComSubLant (Rip Torn), who likes Dodge and his unorthodox methods, plans a war game to test the Navy’s defenses against possible attack from older Soviet diesel-powered submarines in the hands of America’s enemies. Among the defenses that are being tested is Dodge’s prior billet, the Los Angeles-class sub...More