Saturday, February 15, 2014

Geek TV: Isis (AKA The Secrets of Isis)

IsisConcept: High school teacher finds mystic amulet that gives the wearer the powers of the Egyptian goddess Isis, and these powers are used to help rescue high school students and perform other beneficial functions.

Total Episodes: 22

Original Air Dates: September 6, 1975-September 3, 1977

Original Network: CBS


Andrea Thomas (JoAnna Thomas): High school science teacher who possesses the amulet of Hatshepsut, which gives her the power of Isis when she pulls it out of her shirt and chants, “Oh Mighty Isis.” As Isis, she has the power over nature, and chants incantations to perform her mighty feats, most often “Oh zephyr winds which blow on high, lift me now so I can fly.” Andrea has a pet crow named Tut, which she keeps in her classroom.

Rick Mason (Brian Cutler): Another high school teacher and close friend of Andrea's, although like everyone else, he has no knowledge that she is Isis.

Cindy Lee (Joanna Pang, Season 1) and Rennie Carol (Ronalda Douglas, Season 2): Students of Andrea's who find themselves involved with Isis' adventures.

Dr. Joshua Barnes (Albert Reed): Head of the high school Andrea teaches at.

Geek Guest-Stars:

John Davey guest-starred as Captain Marvel in three episodes, a role he'd been playing in Shazam! He'd previously appeared in an episode of Night Gallery and later guested on Remington Steele, the 1985 Twilight Zone, and an episode of Max Headroom.

Mike Lookinland guest-starred in one episode. Of course, he's best known for playing Bobby on The Brady Bunch. Debralee Scott also guested, and had appeared in American Graffiti, but may best be known for her role on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman or her first season role on Welcome Back, Kotter.

Leigh McCloskey also guested on the show, later guested on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Fall Guy, Blacke's Magic, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Johnny Doran later guest-starred on an episode of Ark II. Laurette Spang is probably best known as playing the “socialator” Cassiopea on Battlestar Galactica, but has also guested on The Six Million Dollar Man. Tommy Norden was previously best known for playing Bud Ricks, the younger brother of Sandy Ricks, on Flipper.

Geek Pedigree:

Of course, as with all Filmation projects, you've got the usual Filmation creative people, such as Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott, and Arthur H. Nadel, and just starting to list the geek works they've been a part of would make this way too long!

Hollingsworth Morse directed 11 episodes of the show, he'd previously directed episodes of Sky King,The Lone Ranger, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger, Zorro, Tarzan, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H.R. Pufnstuf, and Shazam! He later went on to direct episodes of Ark II, the “Mystery Island” segments of The Skatebirds, Lucan, and The Fall Guy.

While JoAnna Cameron didn't have any geek roles before Isis, she did return the guest-starring “favor” to Shazam! By guesting on three episodes of that, and later played Gale Hoffman in two episodes of The Amazing Spider-Man.

DVD Release: Full series release, as I should well know, having done transcriptions for the special features!

Website: None that I could find.

Note: Isis later reappeared in animated form, although not voiced by JoAnna Cameron. I recall reading somewhere, possibly in TV Guide, that this show was very popular with dads, no doubt due to JoAnna having fantastic legs and wearing a fairly short skirt as Isis!

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