The Man From Atlantis

Season 2 Episode 1

Melt Down

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 1977 on NBC
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Melt Down
Schubert threatens to cause world wide flooding by using powerful microwaves to melt the earth's polar ice caps unless the government turns Mark Harris over to him.

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  • Schubert plans to blackmail the US government into giving him Mark Harris by melting the polar ice caps and thus flooding the world's coast lines.

    One of the better episodes so far, though the techno-babble is still hopelessly outdated to modern ears.

    Blocking out microwaves by means of a sonar... Sure.

    Anyway, Mark's arch nemesis, the evil scientist Mr Schubert we first met in the pilot episode, is back. He uses a huge device that emits microwaves to melt part of the polar caps and promises the US government to reverse the resulting floods if they 'give him' Mark Harris, so he can perform genetic tests on him and create a new race of water-breathing humans.

    This is the first episode in which Mark expresses feeling distant from humans, he wants to experience emotions. A theme which would come up again in future episodes.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As of this episode, the docking procedure of the Cetacean has changed. Instead of moving into the dock on its own power, it now rests on huge clamps which transport the vessel inside the cave. The sea gate has changed too. It now resembles a camera diaphragm whereas the previous gate was one gate which split into two parts to allow the Cetacean entry.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Schubert: What's that?
      Brent: What?
      (sonar-like ping)
      Schubert: That!
      Brent: Someone in the perimeter of the phase shifter.
      Schubert: An animal?
      Brent: Too big. I'll have it pinpointed for you in a minute. It's a vessel of some kind, I think.
      Schubert: Of course, it's the Cetacean. Who else could've found the source. Oh, they are good, aren't they? It's a pity we're gonna have to step on them.

    • Elizabeth: I think I know what he's up to. He's using his sonar to block out the microwaves.
      Jomo: He's no opera singer and that thing is no wine glass.

  • NOTES (2)