The Secrets of Isis - The Complete Series
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Oh Mighty Isis! She was Saturday morning's first live-action super-heroine, saving lives and stopping crime in a mini-skirt and go-go boots on The Secrets of Isis! When science teacher Andrea Thomas unearthed a lost treasure on an archeological dig, she found that the mystical amulet endowed her with the powers given to the ancient Egyptian Queen, Isis! Now granted the powers of animals and the elements, Isis soars as the falcon soared, runs with the speed of gazelles, and commands the elements of the sky and the earth. Although her secret identity is unknown to even her closest friends, fellow teacher Rick Mason, or students Cindy Lee and Renee Carrol, Andrea uses her powers as Isis to stop criminals, save lives, right wrongs, and teach valuable lessons... sometimes with the aid of fellow hero Captain Marvel (Shazam!). Now available on DVD for the first time, the entire two seasons of The Secrets of Isis contain a treasure-trove of special features, and all the super-powered goodness that the heroine represented. Now, you too can be the heir to...The Secrets of Isis!
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Joanna Cameron as Andrea Thomas, co-starred Brain Cutler as Rick Mason, Joanna Pang as Cindy Lee, and Ronalda Douglas as Rennie Carrol.
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You must not forget that these edition is out of print and now hard to find, so don't hesitate if you find it for a nice price. For sure, the picture is not very good but it takes part of the charm. If you're a fan of DC Comics characters, this dvd set will take place along with Wonder Woman, Superboy and other tv shows inspired from comic books in your collection.
Oh, Mighty Isis, you're pretty cool if I do say so myself. Along with Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman and any number of their spiritual sisters since, Isis was a different type of crimebuster, a kinder, gentler one who, though nice to all, could still get the job done as well as any man. A staple of the transition between strictly Saturday morning and the regular programming which resumed after noon, Isis (along with her much dorkier male counterpart, Shazam, a.k.a. "Captain Marvel") was fun to watch, though not quite as memorable or substantive as the others. Like bionic Jaime Sommers, her alter ego was a teacher, and like Wonder Woman, she relied on magic and traced her roots back to an ancient goddess. But UNLIKE these others, Isis only had HALF the hour to herself, less when the occasional crossover episode saw her asking Shazam for help (something else which would become a fixture on The Bionic Woman a year later, and would work MUCH better there).
The writing was a mixed bag, and a small but significant turn for the worse accompanied Isis' short-lived run independent of her predecessor. Since Joanna Cameron didn't participate in the interviews, it's almost too bad you can't just get the first two discs. To enjoy this show, you'll also have to be willing to accept the magic source of Isis' powers, a definite drawback of this show as compared to the much better Bionic Woman. After all, Isis descends literally from on high most times, and simply tells the elements what to do -- not much of a challenge except for thinking up appropriate rhyming couplets. Still, this allows her to capture everyone without hurting a soul.
And in the end, it really doesn't matter, at least for the golden run of the series, to be found on the first two discs. Standout episodes? "Fool's Dare", where she is truly tender in her capture the bad guys, with a net and old tires, respectively, and the one later on, which is set in a ghost town, where she temporarily loses her power-bestowing amulet, and has to have her students help out. Worth a miss? "Lucky," about the death of a pet -- too raw and real -- and "The Hitchhikers" on the last disc, for its cavalier treatment of a serious subject even as the rest of these final episodes were getting too serious, and alter ego Andrea Thomas was beginning to talk -- and sound -- like the smart alec Dianna Prince of Wonder Woman's second season. As for the final two-parter, let's just say that the only REAL weather control device on TV of that era premiered four days later on rival network ABC as a FAR better THREE part combo Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman story. Please do NOT watch these back to back; stick with the first two thirds of Isis' run, minus "Lucky". It's well worth it, and ultimately deserves to be rated on ITS OWN MERITS, not compared to its betters unless you're REALLY into female superheroes, in which case you'll probably feel as I do.
So, Oh mighty Isis, perk me up from feeling low, entertain me all night with your cool TV show!!!
What I always loved about ISIS is it's sense of wholesomeness and its ongoing sense of adventure. ISIS was a hero to look up to, and better portrayed it than any of todays so-called "hero's" She was not violent and didn't carry a machine gun. She did not use foul language. No wonder it's not on tv anymore! The point is, today we have do not have positive heroes to look up to. Todays kids are introduced to mostly violent programming and inappropriate content. The Simpsons are a good example of that. I do not find the show funny or good for kids. I grew up with ISIS, SHAZAM, WONDER WOMAN, THE BIONIC WOMAN, THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN. When my generation were kids we all wanted to be one of these heroes. We had a reason to stay home on a Friday and Saturday night with our families and watch these shows together. We still talk about and cherish those times now. I'm at the age of 41 now and they have just finally released the first 2 seasons of the Bionic Woman on region 2 dvd and the Six Million Dollar Man, and 2 years ago Wonder Woman series. I own all of what is available of these shows and I have the kids I work with view them now and then. Some kids love them, and others are not even slightly interested in them. The ones that don't like them think they don't have enough action. What they really want is all that phony computer generated and overly fast paced junk that looks much more fake than when they actually used to do it the hard way and have actual stunts.
Oh well, I could go on and on, but the important thing about ISIS and SHAZAM is that these shows were kid friendly, had morals to be learned, and showed young people to they could be real hero's too. I saw the comments about her being a sexual device, but that was never part of the shows intention. JoAnna Cameron was lovely and in my opinion had the look of innocence and purity much like Lynda Carter always has, but the show was not about sex for me. Funny though, JoAnna was one of the prettiest women I have ever seen and when she was ISIS, "WOW!" Even though she wore much more than Wonder Woman, she was still incredible.
I would recommend this show to anyone who has small children, and it is just so much fun for adults too, especially if you like the transistion to good "clean" viewing.
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