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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “Crystal Water, Sudden Death” (Season 2, Episode 7)

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Oh, thank God: Mister Schubert is back. I realize he’s a hopelessly overused villain, but he’s a significant presence and his episodes generally have some kind of a plot, no matter how thin it may be. After the last couple of just-jerking-around episodes, I’m happy to see something with a little more narrative drive to it. Also: Shubert is no longer a comedic buffoon. He’s back in amiable badass mode. This is, by the way, his sixth appearance in the series, his fifth this season.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAP FEST: “Mysterious Island” (1961)

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When Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Beneath The Sea” came out in 1954, it was something of a watershed, if you’ll pardon the unavoidable pun. It was a huge hit for the studio, it was arguably the first genre effects picture to be an unquestioned success with mass audiences, and of course it whetted people’s appetites for Victorian SF on the big screen, and SF in general. Had “Leagues” not been made and successfully marketed, you would not have had a zillion other Verne stories made in to lesser films like this one. Nor would you have had things by HG Wells and others from the era up on the big screen.

This movie sets the bar high. With a comparatively big budget, a good enough cast, and the rights to the sequel to a story that had already been a hit movie, they aimed to re-capture the magic of the flick that started it all.

 And they miss by a mile, sadly. 

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“My Submarine’s In Turnaround”

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Why you haven’t seen a big screen Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea movie yet, and may not ever.

Cinemaspy is reporting that the long-rumored “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” reboot is in development hell, and it’s increasingly unlikely it’ll see the light of day anytime soon. Though largely forgotten today, “Voyage” was a long-running and popular Science Fiction series in the 1960s, and at 110 episodes and one movie, it’s arguably the most popular submarine-based ever.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “The Mudworm” (Season 2, Episode 2)

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We now come to the first episode of the regular series that I have strong memories of. Well, “Strong” perhaps too strong a way to describe it. Suffice it to say that I had *some* memories that were definitely of this one, and a whole lot of random memories of the series that turned out to be from this one. I had a bunch of flashbacks while watching it, that allowed me to remember as-yet-unseen scenes from later in the episode, and, most surprisingly, one line/mannerism that I often use, but which I’d long since forgotten the source of.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “Man From Atlantis IV - The Disappearances” (Season 1, Episode 4)

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As the short and wildly unsteady first season of Man From Atlantis comes to a close, I think the producers learned something: I think producers learned that chick dig a shirtless, wet Patrick Duffy running around in tiny yellow shorts. I think they realized that a large segment of the people watching these shows were *not* dateless wonders, Trekies, and geriatrics who’d misplaced the TV remote control. Rather, there were a lot of chicks who tuned in every week to get a little beefcake.

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