Wild wild west with a dose of Aqua
Turns out that Mark has an identical twin brother! Whenever Mark’s in his vicinity he can sense his brother’s pain and that’s just what happens when Billy (Duffy, of course) gets stabbed in the shoulder when he’s caressing an unwilling lady. Because his instincts tell him so; Mark heads out of the sub and onto land – but there’s a twist – in 19th century wild wild west.
Why? I’ve no idea. Mark’s suddenly back in time and Billy seems to be the same kind as him, looks the same and even sported webbed hands before he cut them off (the web – not his hands).
“Man From Atlantis” has had some weird ideas floating around but this tops them all. But this episode is a joy from start to finish; easily the most entertaining so far. The concept here works surprisingly well, mostly thanks to Duffy’s superb performance in his dual role. Obviously relishing the chance to be a bit uninhibited; he excels here.
“Shoot-Out at Land’s End” is fast paced, well acted, full of action and hilarious on occasion. The bit where Billy enters the sub (obviously assuming that the people won’t know him from Mark) is a laugh riot.
We also have a fairly engaging main plot revolving around a powerful bad guy wanting Billy to spring his son out of jail. All this culminates in an exiting gun fire that wouldn’t look to out of place in an above average western.
It’s clear that inconsistency plagued “Man From Atlantis” and I’m beginning to see why it only lasted 13 episodes. But this one is terrific and the definite high point of the series so far.