THE DEATH SCOUTS (1977)
Movie-length episode of “The Man from Atlantis”
Article 2661 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-28-2008
Posting Date: 11-25-2008
Directed by Marc Daniels
Featuring Patrick Duffy, Kenneth Tigar, Tiffany Bolling
Mark Harris, the Man from Atlantis, discovers a spaceship at the bottom of the ocean whose inhabitants resemble him. Will he discover the truth of his origins, or will the aliens prove hostile?
The first few episodes of the TV series “The Man From Atlantis” were feature-length TV movies, hence the inclusion of this episode here; it is not two episodes of the series strung together. I’m not familiar with the series as a whole, but from what I see here, I’d have to say the ideas and the sincerity outstrip the writing and the acting; there are moments here where the dialogue and the line deliveries are truly awful. It works best underwater; I don’t know if Patrick Duffy did his own swimming in the series, but it’s highly effective, since it feels more like the swimming of a creature native to the water. It’s also nice to have underwater scenes between people where everyone isn’t obscured by masks; you have no trouble telling what is happening in the underwater scenes. Overall, I haven’t really decided how I feel about the series, but the other three movie-length episodes will eventually be covered by me, and perhaps then I’ll have more of a feel for it.