Man From Atlantis II: The Death Scouts, The (1978) New
Movie Review by The Gravedigger
Mark Harris (Patrick Duffy), the Man from Atlantis, and Dr Elizabeth Merrill have quit working for the Navy and are not at the Foundation for Oceanic Research. Two new characters are introduced. One if Dr. Miller Simon (Kenneth Togar), a marine biology expert, and the other C.W. Crawford, who is the facility's director and handles all the money. In the opening scene a group of three divers encounter something strange in the water and are pulled off their boat by gray, webbed hands. Later, one of them washes ashore, dead, while the other two, a man and woman, are acting very peculiar and stiff. In fact, they are duplicates. Even their swim suits feel like flesh since they probably didn't realize it was a different material. Around this time two kids bring Miller a strange plant they found washed up on shore--but when they go to show him it's a big rock. Soon after Miller places it in water it transforms into an odd looking plant. Is there a connection between this and the duplicates? Mark is sent to investigate near that area where a meteor is said to have gone down, finds a swathe of radioactive coral on the bottom of the ocean and traces it to an odd looking spaceship. He swims aboard and sees strange designs on the walls. One of the designs, a sort of spiral, looks exactly like the emblem that's on his swim shorts. Coincidence? The woman alien explains that he is indeed one of them and is supposed to be their King when they colonize Earth. Mark believes them at first but later realizes she is lying to him.
Clearly some time has passed since the first movie and there's more of a connection between Mark and Elizabeth. The addition of Miller and C.W, complete opposites, supplies some humor. They are also using the submarine, the Cetacean, which they acquired from the villainous Mr. Schubert in the first movie.