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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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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “Man Of War” (Season 2, Episode 5)

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Ah, memory, how you fail me in my dotage. At first I was absolutely certain I hadn’t seen this episode, but suddenly - out of nowhere - comes a line of dialog I remember, and then nothing else. Aside from one brief conversation in the middle of this episode, I have no memory of it whatsoever, but I know I must have seen it. That’s disquieting.

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RETROSPECULATIVE TV: Man From Atlantis: “The Hawk of Mu” (Season 2, Episode 3)

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I saw this one when it first ran back in October of ‘77, but curiously I only remember one scene clearly, and one other seems familiar after I saw it again. I quickly realized the reason: this was a completely pointless story with a beginning, a middle, but no end.

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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: “Melt Down” (Season 2, Episode 1)

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Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, and the ‘real’ main sequence of the show has begun, there’s a whole lot of changes in Man From Atlantis, some for the better and some for the worse. Well, really, no, I can’t think of anything that isn’t better, actually. Maybe some of the set redesign, but generally everything is way better than it was before. In many ways, this is a rebirth of the series, so let’s just jump right to it, shall we?

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