Water Hazard starts with the best before credit sequence of the series. A bit of mystery, drama and the unknown begins a new episode with yet another new mutation, bursting from the water hazard on Melvin Plug’s site, a site he is making into a golf course.
Burt is back and Larry is noticeably absent, which if you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ll know is a big disappointment for me. Fortunately Burt is such a star that after missing two episodes it is great to see him back again.
Melvin Plug, the ‘evil’ property developer, is back, this time with the crazy idea of building a golf course in Perfection. Would anyone really be crazy enough to go to Perfection, and risk meeting up with a Graboid, amongst other mutated creatures, just for a round of golf.?
Another welcome return is that of Dr. Casey Matthews (Friend or Foe, Graboid Rights). Scientist extraordinaire and seemingly the one person able to decipher the genetics of the ‘mixmaster’ creatures. She may be mainly used for scientific explanations and for advancing the plot along but her character makes a nice change from the regulars and is growing with every episode she appears in. She is certainly more useful, long term story wise than Cletus!
The ‘defection’ of Rosalita to work for Melvin is an unexpected twist that brings an air of anger and disgust to the community. That she has to work for him shows how badly her farm is doing, which is no surprise really when you consider how many farm animals probably vanish into the moth of the Graboid every week.
This is another of those episodes that blend the comedy (Melvin is such an idiot!) and the horror. That the creature is unseen, and underwater, most of the time gives it an almost Jaws like tension (okay maybe Jaws II rather than the incomparable Jaws!)
Is it there? Will it leap to attack? Who knows with mixmaster affected creatures!