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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Aquaman Episode 22 - The Sinister Sea Scamp

Aquaman Episode 22 - "The Sinister Sea Scamp" by Oscar Bensol

Aquaman and Aqualad are on a mission to pick up some phosphorous, a dangerous but essential material needed to provide light for Atlantis. While carrying some of the phosphorous back, Tusky gets distracted by a fish and gets lost. He does not know that he is being watched by some strange aliens in a nearby ship:
The leader of the aliens--known none-too-fearsomely as The Sea Scamp--decides to use his "Animator Ray" on Tusky by aiming it at some sea grass, which suddenly comes alive and grabs Tusky!

Aquaman and Aqualad notice their pal is gone, and retrace their steps. They see Tusky in danger and rescue him, only for Aqualad to get caught the same way! Aquaman leaps aboard a shark and then frees him, just in time for the Sea Scamp (*chortle*): to aim the beam at some coral, which is transformed into a raging monster!

Aquaman calls in his finny friends, but they are outmatched by the coral monster. The Sea King then climbs atop some bull sharks, who use their massive bulk to knock a giant boulder off a cliff, dropping it onto the coral monster, destroying it.
The Sea Scamp then animates a lump of phosphorous rock, turning it into a creature whose very touch is deadly. As everyone scatters, Aquaman realizes that phosphorous is extremely flammable. He summons some Star Gazers ("Electric spark plugs of the sea"--Ted Knight) who attack the creature and blow it up. The Sea Scamp then sends out his alien henchmen, who are easily dispatched.

The Sea Scamp tries to escape, but Aquaman has his finny friends crash into his ship, causing it to spiral out of control and explode. Tusky grabs the Sea Scamp and Aquaman plans to drag him back to Atlantis, where his scientific genius will be put to use for the benefit of Atlantis. As The Sea Scamp cries out in protest, we have reached...The End!

The Sea Scamp is the saddest villain of this series, full stop. Maybe there's an even bigger Mort waiting in the remaining dozen episodes or so, but I don't think so. Not only is his remotely physically imposing, but his henchmen are totally useless, and when captured he cries like a baby. Plus his name is, you know, The Sea Scamp.


Anthony said...

The Sea Scamp's voice, mannerisms, and even appearance (save blue skin/different clothes) resemble Mr. Mxyzptlk's, as he appeared in the Superman half of "The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure." So maybe they wanted a similar foe for the Sea King---someone just acting as a pest for kicks (with an "animator beam" substituting for magic)?

Earth 2 Chris said...

^Then why didn't they get Quisp? Maybe they were afraid people would get confused with the cereal mascot?

As much as I love Filmation overall, their obsession with funny imps baffles me to this day.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's rather hard to believe that Quisp never made an appearance here. He's a natural fit for the world they create.

While the Sea Scamp is not much in the way of a villain, I like the coral and phosphorus monsters. I think they present neat challenges.