Saturday, March 15, 2014

Geek TV: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl!

Concept: Female crimefighters use advanced technology to battle villains while lampooning the Caped Crusaders.

Total Episodes: 16

Original Air Dates: September 11, 1976 – September 2, 1977

Original Network: ABC


Electra Woman (Diedre Hall): Senior member of the crime-fighting team, a magazine reporter in her spare time. In her civilian identity, her first name is Lori.

Dyna Girl (Judy Strangis): Junior member of the team, also a magazine reporter; had a tendency to say things were Electra-something, i.e. “Electra-blinding,” “Electra-cool,” and so forth.

Frank Heflin (Norman Alden): Scientist who stayed at the ElectraBase, operating the CrimeScope computer and keeping in touch with Electra Woman and Dyna Girl via the ElectraComs.

Geek Pedigree:

Prior to this show, Diedre Hall's only geek role was in an episode of Rod Serling's Night Gallery in 1971. Judy Strangis had previously appeared in episodes of Twilight Zone (“The Bard”), Batman (“The Cat's Meow/The Bat's Kow Tow”), and Bewitched (“Serena Stops the Show”). She also voiced Groovia on The Roman Holidays, Merilee on Butch Cassidy, and Rota Ree on Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch. She later did the voice of Goldie Gold on Goldie Gold and Action Jack, Pauline on Saturday Supercade, and did the voice of Tammy Vance in the Batman animated episode “Baby-Doll”.

Norman Alden could previously be seen playing a football player in The Nutty Professor, heard as Sir Kay in The Sword in the Stone, played two different roles in his guest roles on My Favorite Martian, a Joker Henchman in two episodes of Batman (“The Joker Trumps an Ace/Batman Sets the Pace”), a guest role on Mission: Impossible (“Double Dead”), Kung Fu (“The Praying Mantis Kills”), voiced Aquaman and Green Arrow (among others) on Super Friends, Henry McSummers on Devlin, played Zako in an episode of Planet of the Apes, and continued to voice Aquaman afterwards. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 87.

Marvin Miller was the narrator on the show, he'd previously been the narrator on the original Gerald McBoing-Boing, played Arjenian on Red Planet Mars, Mr. Proteus on Space Patrol, was the narrator for Godzilla Raids Again, King Dinosaur, The Deadly Mantis, voiced Robby the Robot in The Invisible Boy, and many, many other voice roles, including Aquaman on Filmation's series and multiple roles in the animated version of Fantastic Voyage. He later voiced Robby again for the movie Gremlins, and narrated Police Squad!

Geek Guests:

Peter Mark Richman played The Pharaoh in four episodes. He'd played a lot of genre guest roles prior to this, and voiced The Phantom in Defenders of the Earth. Claudette Nevins, who played the Empress of Evil in two episodes, voiced the characters Judy Franklin and Nova in Return to the Planet of the Apes. Malachi Throne played Ali Baba in two episodes, you may rember him better as False Face in two episodes of Batman, or his guest roles in episodes of The Time Tunnel or Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Noah Bain on It Takes a Thief, or War Lord Brack in two episodes of Ark II. He later played Senator Pardek in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and did other voice work until his death in March of 2013.

Jeff David, who played Side Man in two episodes, later did voice work for animated shows such as Jana of the Jungle, Godzilla (the voice of Captain Carl Majors), and the 1981 Spider-Man, plus he provided the voice of Chrichton on 11 episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Sid Haig played the Genie in an episode, but for me, he'll always be Dragos on Jason of Star Command, although he had plenty of other genre roles as well. H.B. Haggerty appeared in an episode as a security guard, but I remember him more as laying Tigerman in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

DVD Release: One episode in a compilation DVD.

Website: claims to be the “largest, definitive site on the Internet” for the show, so you can check that out, but many of the links are broken there.

Notes: Diedre Hall's twin sister, Andrea Hall, guested in two episodes, playing Electra Woman's double and clone, plus the Spider Lady! A pilot for a revival was produced in 2001, starring Markie Post as Electra Woman and Anne Stedman as Dyna Girl, very different from the original, and available on YouTube.

1 comment:

  1. Loved this show as a kid and had a huge crush on Dyna-Girl :D


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