Man from Atlantis: Season 1, Episode 5

Melt Down (22 Sep. 1977)

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Water levels are rising all over the Earth. Mr. Schubert offers to stop the disaster in exchange for Mark Harris, but it's the villain himself who is melting the world's ice caps with ... See full summary »

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Water levels are rising all over the Earth. Mr. Schubert offers to stop the disaster in exchange for Mark Harris, but it's the villain himself who is melting the world's ice caps with microwaves. Schubert agrees to stop the melt down if Mark will stay on of his own free will as a test subject, though his true plan is to flood the world and repopulate it with a new species of water-breathing men. Written by whatsitsgalore

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The sea levels are rising
21 June 2013 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Dr. Schubert is back! This time he's melting the world's ice caps with microwaves and causing the sea levels to rise. He promises to stop if Mark will agree to become his test subject.

The first regular episode in the series. Absent is Dr. Miller (Kenneth Tigar) from the previous three TV movies but Dr. Merrill (Montgomery) and C.W. (Fudge) soldier on with Mark (Duffy) on his upcoming adventures. There's a noticeable difference here in that Mark's physical strength is prominently displayed as he easily battles four muscled henchmen and can smash his way through doors quite easily. Also; he seems to be able to stop machines from working using only his mind!

Overall; this episode is quite good. It's pretty much lull-free, competently made with some good looking locations, OK sets and a fair amount of action. Some stock footage from the earlier TV movies is applied - mostly containing the sub and of Mark swimming underwater.

Script wise; this is an OK idea for a villain as Dr. Schubert, of course, has no intentions of stopping the melt down as he's still intent on destroying everything on land. Problem is; Dr. Schubert isn't a menacing presence but a bit clownish and silly looking. But Victor Buono is a fun actor and he at least makes Schubert memorable.

Acting wise it's Duffy that deserves all the praise. Montgomery is remarkably stilted and lifeless (perhaps a bit disinterested) but here's hoping she'll get going in future episodes and Fudge is sort of neither- here-nor-there. In the last TV movie ("The Disappearances") C.W. showed comedic potential but he's completely static here; probably his character still a work-in-progress. Duffy, however, makes the most out of his character and is becoming quite the leading man.

Guest star alert; Dee Wallace plays a small part here. Only four years later she headlined one of horror's most impeccable werewolf movie "The Howling". Here she isn't even credited.


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