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From inexplicable undersea cowboys, we move to slightly less inexplicable undersea aliens. Sadly the cowboys took the fun scripts with them, though, and we're back to business as usual.

You know, I've never had anything against Victor Buono in the past. Why would I? He even made a Rat Pack movie. But then along came Man From Atlantis, and now every time I see "Special Guest Star: Victor Buono" in the credits, I want to run away. He's as bad as ever in this one. Having inexplicably become super rich again, despite having lost all his money in his previous episode, he's now acquired a submarine and a crew. And Odo! This is just about the only good thing in the episode, actually; the fact that one of the bad guys is played by Rene Auberjonois, from Deep Space 9. And he has hair in this, which is always a little off-putting; as is the fact that I didn't need to look up how to spell his name. Anyway, there's a huge bubble under the sea, and - surprise, surprise - it's got a little world hidden inside it. In this case that means an enclave of aliens, with a rather annoyingly distracting method of walking. They have some hugely powerful gravity stones, which Schubert wants to steal; although doing so will destroy the undersea bubble and everybody in it.

So, Mark goes to investigate the bubble, with his hugely pointless submarine and its hugely pointless crew both in tow. Neither of the latter two actually do anything all episode, which will come as no surprise to anybody. In fact he has to save them, which makes them not only useless, but also a liability. And they're still doing that annoying thing of being able to keep him dead centre on their cameras whilst talking to him via their radio link. Even when he's behind rocks, still they manage to permanently keep a camera focused right on him. What are they using? Super-intelligent cameras? It looks silly. Anyway, Schubert's lurking nearby, and when Mark finds a way into the bubble, he follows with Odo. So it's not too deep for divers or anything. So if they felt like it, the crew of Mark's sub could come along and help him out. But of course they don't, as they're pointless. Schubert uses mind control (again) to get the aliens to give him their amazing gravity stones, but Mark foils his plans by being amazingly immune to all mind control (again). Shades of the pilot, then - and they already revisited the pilot in "The Disappearances". Happily Odo manages to be a bit threatening, which helps to make up for Schubert being the most rubbish bad guy ever, but even so there's precious little drama. I know that Mark's always going to win. The heroes always win in shows like this. It's not as though I'm looking for an adventure where he fails. I just want it to look like he might occasionally. It may happen yet, you never know - but it doesn't happen here. Defeating Schubert and Odo without breaking a sweat, Mark saves his underwater alien friends and their gravity stones, and Schubert escapes to be rubbish another day. Although happily he becomes somebody else's problem from here on in, as this is his last appearance on Man From Atlantis. Praise be.

And then Mark goes back to his sub, which is nice of him, as it means that Elizabeth gets a bit of dialogue. Not much, but some. And that's about it. Not nearly as much fun as inexplicable cowboys, but I guess it was better than the giant plastic octopus. I do wish they'd lose that wretched submarine, though.

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jekesta
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Did you know that Paul Reiser was making a new thing, called The Paul Reiser show? Is that why you started rewatching My Two Dads, or is it just beautiful timing? I'm going to download it purely because you have been reminding me that he is lovely.

swordznsorcery
Apr. 15th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I didn't know beforehand, no. I found out shortly after I started watching. I really ought to take a look and see what it's like! It started last night, I think.
ladygretchen
Apr. 18th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Ahh the Clicks...I actually found this episode really amusing. But that walk DID have to go. The clicks reminded me of the underground Nuclear people in Beneath the Planet of the Apes. You slay me with Schubert being rubbish and the submarine you despise so much. I was never big on shows that enclosed people. I guess that's why I don't care for too many 'space' shows either. But the ocean is even worse for that. Those shows never seem to last.
swordznsorcery
Apr. 18th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
They don't need to enclose people on this show, though. Mark doesn't need the sub, and can swim anywhere, in all the sea. They should be making the most of that, showing us awesome undersea footage, and celebrating Mark's world. Instead we just see all those poor people stuck on the submarine, doing nothing.

Grr. ;)
ladygretchen
Apr. 18th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
You're right, I would have liked to have seen more underwater footage, even if it was stock. lol. He could have had crazy adventures right in the ocean-like finding a pirate ship and jewels and..meeting one of his own kind-not a twin-maybe a lost mate or something, or actually finding Atlantis! That would have been fun too. So many possibilities.
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