Mudworm on the loose
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!