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A great start for The Man From Atlantis
on 7 August 2012
This 2 disc set contains the very best of The Man From Atlantis - the quartet of TV movies. Sadly, when it went to standard 50 minute episodes, the quality dropped and most of the episodes were - frankly - awful.
The opening pilot tells the story of a mysterious man, green eyed and with gills and webbed fingers, washed ashore and found by Navy doctor Elizabeth Merrill. She realises he needs to immerse himself in water at regular intervals and may be the last survivor of Atlantis. He learns to speak English and she gives him the name Mark Harris. Mark agrees to undertake a mission for the Navy and this leads to his first encounter with the villainous Mr Schubert.
The pilot is well made and handles the concept with considerable skill, though I think some acknowledgement should have been made to Marvel Comics - the character isn't a million miles away from Prince Namor, the Submariner. In the second movie, Elizabeth has left the Navy and has joined the Foundation For Oceanic Research, taking Mark with her. This introduces CW Crawford, their boss, and Elizabeth's partner Miller Simon. This latter character would be written out after the four movies. We also encounter the submarine Cetacean and it's crew - though after the movies the crew would be replaced by a new one.
The 4 movies are all of a high standard and treat the concept seriously and intelligently. This set is highly recommended, but venture into The Complete Television Series at your peril!