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I think my brain is starting to bubble out of my ears.

My notes for this episode consist largely of one line. "Bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad." This is a slight clue as to how I feel about it. This time Mark is in a support role, and the focus of the story is Elizabeth's boss - or sort of boss. Poor Elizabeth doesn't actually do anything of course, which doesn't really qualify her for needing anybody to be in charge. Nonetheless she has CW, who doesn't seem to do a great deal either; save worry about funding, and organise bizarre swimming tournaments for Schubert to come along and disrupt with his intelligent plastic octopus. Mostly he's just there, wearing a suit and sitting at his desk. Anyway, he accidentally gets infected by one of Elizabeth's lab experiments, because she and Mark go wandering about the office with it. He drinks some that's got into his coffee, and immediately grows hairy, and starts gambling. See, I bet that wouldn't have happened if he'd been drinking tea.

This is the sort of episode that most shows have at some point, where a lesser member of the cast has a bigger role in order to give the main star a rest, or to allow them to film two episodes at once for reasons of time or budget. As much as I dislike the episode, I do find it rather amusing that they didn't give it to Elizabeth. She's supposed to be the co-lead! Or she was, once upon a time. Now they don't even trust her with her own episode?! But no, because she's off being utterly pointless again with Mark on the annoying submarine. I hate that submarine. I may have mentioned this before. (Although Mark does have a lovely jacket whenever he's onboard). In this instance they're off on a bit of filler plot for the Navy, dealing with some important (and, predictably enough, booby-trapped) equipment that needs picking up. Mark has to go get it for them, which of course means that the submarine and all of its utterly pointless crew members have to go with him, in order to sit around and do nothing all episode. This gets everybody neatly out of the way, so that CW can be hairy and gambly in peace. For some reason, when Mark and Elizabeth discover what's happening with CW, Elizabeth starts asking Mark's advice on psychological issues, as though suddenly he's qualified as a psychiatrist between episodes. He can barely function in society, but she expects him to be able to effectively analyse CW's mental state, and suggest the proper course of action. Okay then.

The episode nearly gets good towards the end, though. Hairy!CW has fallen in with a bad crowd, who come around to the research centre looking for trouble. They haul Mark off for a bit of torturing, to try to make him talk about possible stealables; but their idea of torture is sticking his head in a tank of water. This, needless to say, causes him to go all Incredible Hulk on them just as soon as his curls go splosh. So there's almost some action, although yet again it gets scuppered by Mark getting soggy. Then there may have been a fight, but we don't get to see it, because the camera chooses to go next door and let us listen to what might be happening instead. So that's nice and exciting. Then they feed some of the alien chemistry experiment to the bad guy, to temporarily turn him into a good guy (it turned CW into a bad guy, so it turns bad guys good. For a bit). After that they just let him walk away. He comes to their office, he threatens violence, he tries to drown Mark, and he wants to walk off with national secrets to sell to the hightest bidder - but hey, for the next couple of hours he's a good guy, so let's exchange pleasantries with him and allow him to leave. That makes plenty of sense. I suppose they picked him up later, when he was evil again? Or something?

Easily the worst episode yet, anyway, even if didn't have Schubert in it. CW is as pointless as Elizabeth most of the time (so much so that I don't think I've even bothered mentioning him before, and this is the thirteenth episode). Suddenly expecting him to carry a whole storyline, especially when it involves something as lame as growing long sideburns and a gambling habit, is asking rather a lot. Declining to fill it, yet again, with anything approaching a truly menacing bad guy doesn't help matters; and adding in a silly sub plot, in which Mark defuses bombs on the ocean bed in order to save that bloody useless submarine that shouldn't even be there in the first place, is going even further still. And how does he know how to defuse bombs anyway? Where did he pick up that little skill? Given that the Navy forgot to tell him about the booby-traps, he certainly didn't learn it from them.

Actually, this one can't be the worst episode yet, can it. It didn't have Schubert's daughter in it. Second worst, then. Mind you, the worst is definitely yet to come...

Comments

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ladygretchen
Apr. 18th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)
Couldn't you at least put a picture of Hyde? hahahaha. But that would be too much! CW was the most boring character to me. Seriously. I wish they had given him a personality. Do you know in the books he was an older British man with a cane? The C.W. Crawford name sounds much better with that image. I wish Elizabeth had at least one little episode for herself. One little semi-adventure! Just ONE! arrhh!
swordznsorcery
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Poor CW. He really was pretty pointless, though. This was one of the main problems with the show, of course - the cast was too big. All they really needed was Mark. A well-written human friend, helping him to learn the ways of the world, after finding him one day in the surf, would have been great. But they even screwed that up!
mickeyk
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Damn you! ;) You made me look up Man From Atlantis on Youtube!

I still like the theme. *blush*

Doesn't Elizabeth disappear before the show ended? I remember that Belinda J. Montgomery left it before it was canceled.

Btw, I think it was on Monday or Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. so yeah, aimed at a younger audience.
swordznsorcery
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
I assume that she did leave, yes. She's missing from the final two episodes. Not that you really notice, since there was no point in her being there anyway.

Poor woman! One of the most thankless roles in television history, I should think.
mickeyk
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Was the sub still around?

Yeah, I think you're right about it being one of the most thankless roles in TV.
swordznsorcery
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
The sub quit soon after she did.
mickeyk
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Okay, thanks.

I saw in your reviews and comments, that Patrick Duffy was beautiful in MFA. He really was. Another gorgeous and beautiful actor was Dack Rambo, ever see him in anything?
swordznsorcery
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Who could forget that name! Yes, I saw him in Dallas. Poor guy died young. Such a pity.
mickeyk
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
I saw him in Sword of Justice, another short-lived, cheesy '70s show and saw him guest star in some shows.

Yeah, I was really sad when I heard that he was HIV positive and that it progressed to AIDS, and how horrible that his twin brother died in the '60s, I believe he talked about how that affected him really badly.
swordznsorcery
Apr. 19th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
Sword Of Justice sounds like fun!
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