Ships are being damaged by an unknown agent hidden at a depth impossible for the Navy to reach, where the Cetacean finds an automated robot, the Mud Worm. It is programmed to crawl along ... See full summary »

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... Mark Harris
... Dr. Elizabeth Merrill
... C.W. Crawford
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Brandyn Artis
... Mr. Schubert
Anson Downes ... Airlock Officer
Duncan Gamble
Jean Marie Hon ... Jane
James Ingersoll ... Officer
Robert Lussier ... Brent
Jack Somack
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Ships are being damaged by an unknown agent hidden at a depth impossible for the Navy to reach, where the Cetacean finds an automated robot, the Mud Worm. It is programmed to crawl along the sea bottom collecting mineral samples, but was damaged, and now resists all efforts to approach it with deadly force. Mark manages to shut down the robot and haul it inside the Cetacean, but when it reactivates, it will destroy everything in its path in an effort to escape. Written by whatsitsgalore

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13 October 1977 (USA)  »

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Mudworm on the loose
23 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

A Mudworm; a creation of Dr. Schubert; designed to collect mineral samples at the bottom of the ocean has broken down, goes in defense mode, and tries to destroy everything that approaches it. Mark manages to shut it down and bring it aboard the sub but Schubert has the power to activate it...inside the sub.

It's official; dr. Schubert is not a menace but a somewhat funny foe that Mark doesn't perceive as any real threat but has to strain himself somewhat at dismantling his gizmos (here; the Mudworm).

"The Mudworm" is an OK episode - a bit (I stress; BIT) of tension develops once Mark gets the mudworm inside the sub and it's only a matter of time before Schubert activates it. Once he does, the lack of special effects (and probably a low budget) prevent any destruction and action on screen as the device tears itself free. It could have been a decent scene.

It's fairly long-winded and has a lackluster denouement but, in the spirit of harmless entertainment, goes by pretty easily. The Mudworm itself is an imaginative creation (obviously very fake looking by today's standards) and, if you've been privy to see the side-splittingly funny and cheesy "Superman" Spanish knock-off "Supersonic Man", it looks a lot like the robot that caused an awful lot of havoc there.

So far; "Man From Atlantis" is an enjoyable sit-through for Cult TV seekers. But enough of Dr. Schubert!


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