In the seaQuest 2032 season 3 episode "Spindrift":

LT. James Brody is killed while attempting to rescue Lieutenant Henderson.

However, in "Brainlock", aired after Spindrift

Brody is alive and an active character in the episode's plot.

According to Wikipedia's List of seaQuest DSV Episodes, the episode numbers and air dates of "Sprindrift" and "Brainlock" are opposite. "Brainlock" was produced prior to "Sprindrift", thereby maintaining continuity of a very important event affecting the story, however they were aired in opposite order.

"Spindrift" (#51): aired November 8, 1995

"Brainlock" (#50): aired January 12, 1996

Why did NBC air the episodes out of order?

  • could it be a bug in Wikipedia?
    – AidanO
    Jan 10 '12 at 14:34
  • No, they were definitely aired out of order by NBC. I distinctly remember the uproar it caused.
    – Chad Levy
    Jan 10 '12 at 20:14
  • Usually its because of 'sweeps week' where they broadcast an episode perceived to be likely to gain higher ratings out of order.
    – Valorum
    Oct 16 '20 at 22:58

I can't find any information to say for certain, but the simplest explanation is that there was some logistical issue that stopped "Brainlock" from being filmed/post-produced at the right time. I come to this conclusion because on the wikipedia page you linked, its production number (which are generally given irrespective of air date) is also out of order.

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