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Stingray, the supersub of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, picks up
Thompson, a man they find in a catatonic state in a lifeboat in the middle
of the Ocean, and brings him to Marineville, headquarters of the Patrol.
There, scientists are puzzled by his state, it is as if Thompson is in
some kind of trance and just won't wake up, no matter what. However,
whenever nobody's watching, Thompson seems to come to life, and he uses
his wristwatch - which is something more than a mere wristwatch, obviously
- to put others into a catatonic state resembling his own. And soon all of
Marineville is out, all but Marina, a tailless meremaid on whom the
wristwatch apparently has no effect because she's another species, and
Troy Tempest and Phones, the Stingray crew who are out on patrol, and whom
Marina now - despite being mute - radios to return to Marineville to set
everything right again.
Once back at Marineville, Troy soon enough figures that Thompson must
be behind everything, so he sends Phones into his room as a decoy and when
Thompson tries to activate his watch, Troy smashes it to pieces, which
makes Thompson as well as all the others come out of their catatonia.
Turns out Thompson has been put into a trance by some evil underwater
beings and hypnotized to put all of Marineville into a trance as well so
the evil underwater beings can attack without facing any resistance.
Soon enough, the enemy is attacking too, but Stingray is already
awaiting the enemy fleet (consisting of one boat) and ultimately blasts it
to kingdom come.
Though by and large lacking action and special effects (Stingray's
strengths), this is one of the better episodes of the series, thanks to an
unusual plot and a fittingly creepy direction that goes beyond what could
be expected from a mere marionation series.