Aquaman “Pilot” (part 6 of 11)

Cut to azure-blue waters, accompanied by pounding CNN-thinks-we’re-going-to-war drums. A title tells us this is “Mercy Reef”, which is “25 miles off Tempest Key.”

Another twentysomething stud is in the water, draped across an artfully ragged chunk of planking. A Coast Guard radio voiceover tells us this is a possible shipwreck victim, but there’s no sign of much more ship than this plank, so perhaps he was a raftwreck victim. A diver brings him aboard a chopper, where Tom Curry, AKA Lou Diamond Dad, checks him out. He’s hypothermic and his pupils aren’t responding. Then Tom notices the seahorse pendant hanging around the victim’s neck.

As Tom touches the seahorse, the young man snaps awake and says, “They’re coming! I must warn Orin!” Thanks to that desultory fight in front of the police station, we know that Tom knows the name Orin. But Lou Diamond Phillips cagily keeps Tom’s reaction to this to himself. He just tells the man to “take it easy.” Good advice in lots of situations, actually.

Caption contributed by Mark

“I hope you realize that, in Atlantean culture, touching my seahorse means we’re engaged.”

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Mark "Scooter" Wilson

Mark is a history guy, a graphics guy, a guy for whom wryly cynical assessments of popular culture are the scallion cream cheese on the toasted everything bagel of life. He spends his time teaching modern history at Brooklyn College, pondering the ancient Romans at the CUNY Graduate Center, and conjuring maps and illustrations for ungrateful bankers at various Manhattan monoliths. Readers are welcome to guess at reasons why he's nicknamed Scooter, with the proviso that all such submissions are guaranteed to be rather more interesting than the truth. Mark lives in the Midwood section of Brooklyn with a happy-go-lucky, flop-eared dog named Chiyo who is probably, at this very moment, waiting patiently for her walkies.

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