Why would couple of science teachers and Nate returns for a sequel to Shazam: it's Secrets of Isis from 1975!
The Secrets of Isis (1975) - "The Lights of Mystery Mountain"
Aired: September 6, 1975
Episode Run: 22
Created by: Filmation
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Written By: Russell Bates
Official Description: An archaeologist gains an amulet that allows her to transform into the superheroine goddess Isis and fight evil.
- Joanna Cameron as Isis / Andrea Thomas
- Briant Cutler as Rick Mason
- Joanna Pang as Cindy Lee
Amazon/IMDB User Reviews
7/10 by bkoganbing18 July 2008
This was a great Saturday morning show for more than the kids. The dads too enjoyed seeing JoAnna Cameron as Isis dealing with all kinds of 20th century trouble.
By day Cameron was Andrea Thomas mild mannered archaeologist who came into possession of an ancient amulet, purportedly the property of Queen Hatshepsut back in the day. Worked properly and the spirit of ancient Isis entered the body of presumably a female and could give one superpowers.
JoAnna Cameron was one drop dead gorgeous goddess. Many a pubescent teen had some fantasies about her. Like Clark Kent she kind of dressed down in Andrea Thomas mode and had the requisite pair of dorky looking glasses as I recall.
I wouldn't mind seeing this again sometime.
Third rate Wonder Woman clone.
1/5 Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
I'm a huge Shazam! fan. Sadly we didn't have a remote control or there were worse shows on the other networks so Isis was on next.
Not sure what was worse, these horrible live action shows or the horrible animation. As the 70s dragged on Saturday morning television took a beating. And that continued through the 80s. The only bright spot being Pee Wee's Playhouse. Then I'd go back to bed.
I care so little about the Isis show I neglected to do any research before writing this.
I would have loved for the girls to have a role model, but they were laughing just as hard at this debacle. I tried getting my 12 year old daughter interested in an episode, but she said it was horrible and stomped out of the room.
I'm not saying the Shazam! show was much better, it wasn't but he had a better superhero suit.
Isis had the better outfit in exactly one episode. Yep, you guessed it, the episode with the nip slip. That part may now be edited out or video photoshopped or whatever they do. You can bet I'll be back when someone with a hole in their head and backers with a head full of snow decide superhero movies are not going away any time soon.
- IMDB Score: 6.8/10
- Rotten Tomatoes: No score
- Metacritic: No score
- Google: 92%
- Amazon: 4.5 / 5
- TV.com: 7.4/10
- Powers on Powers: Apparently Isis can do whatever she wants power wise, though she usually has to come up with a poem. Throughout the show she could fly slowly, run at super speed, she had superhuman strength, command over all elements, controlled the weather, controlled the molecular density of her body and other objects, could make all living things appear and disappear at will, see into a person’s recent past, increase gravity and stop and reverse time.
- Shazam Shazam Shazam: The show crossed over with Shazam! in 3 episodes of Isis and 3 of Captain Marvel. It was part of CBS’ Shazam/Isis Hour that aired from September 6, 1975 to September 3, 1977.
- The Originals: Captain Marvel/Shazam was a DC property thru Fawcett Comics, but Isis was actually a Filmation character originally. In 2006 she was introduced into DC Comics proper, eventually becoming Black Adam’s wife who tried to reform him before they both later turn into villains. Filmation wanted a female counterpart to Captain Marvel, but they didn’t want to pay to license Mary Marvel.
- Detectivating: Series creator Marc Richards said originally he wanted the show to focus on the detectives solving crimes using forensics but after meeting with CBS, they changed it to a high school and teachers.
- Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Isis was the first live action American TV series with a female superhero lead, beating The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman in 1976.
- Bye Felicia: In season 2, Cindy Lee was fired and was replaced by Ronalda Douglas as Rennie Carol. Pang said she was never told why she was fired.
- Hot Teen Trouble: Aside from the 2 part series finale, every episode dealt with teens making bad choices and getting into trouble, which meant that Isis had to fly in very slowly and rescue them.
- The Weather outside is weather: In the series finale “Now You See Me…” parts 1 & 2, it’s revealed that Rick has been working secretly for the U.S. government on a weather-making machine. He’s framed for the theft of the machine by some evildoers, but them the real bad guys kidnap him to try to get him to complete the machine orthem.
This episode also introduced the teen trio “The Super-Sleuths” and it was supposed to be a backdoor pilot for their own show, but it was never made.
- Joanna Cameron (Isis/Andrea): While attending the University of California, she became friends with Linda Hope, the daughter of Bob Hope; this led to Hope to cast her in the film How to Commit Marriage in 1969. and opened the door for more film and TV roles like episodes of Columbo and Marcus Welby, MD.
After Isis, she had a few more TV roles but things came to a halt in 1980 with the TV movie Swan Song. After she worked in the home healthcare industry for 10 years and then went into marketing for hotels.
- Fun fact: At one time she held the Guiness record for most commercials performed in.
- 1975 in pop culture:
- 1 gallon of gas $0.44 ($1.80 Today)
- Average Cost of new house $86,730 ($423,000 today)
- Average Monthly Rent $350.00 ($1,405 today)
- Average Salary $8,632 ($74,200 today)
- Minimum wage: $2.10 (7.25 today)
- Movie Ticket $2.00 ($9.26 today)
- Cost of a Super Bowl ad: $107,000; $6 million today
- Top Films: The Hindenburg, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Tommy, Funny Lady, Three Days of the Condor, Shampoo, Dog Day Afternoon, The Return of the Pink Panther, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Jaws
- Top Song: “Love Will Keep us Together” by The Captain and Tennille
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show is released and sets a record for the longest-running theatrical release in film history.
- Microsoft is founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Jaws becomes the first blockbuster and establishes the summer movie season; it was previously considered a “graveyard season” for films.
- The first digital camera is invented and patented by Kodak. They decide to shelve it to focus on their film business.
- Miller brewing buys “Meister Brau Lite” from Meister Brau, who had purchased it “Gablinger’s Diet Beer” from Rheingold Brewery. They relaunch it as “Miller Lite”
- The Kool-Aid Man makes his first appearance in Kool-Aid commercials.
- Union Teamster Jimmy Hoffa disappeared
- Pet Rocks debuted
- 1975 in TV:
- SNL debuts with George Carlin as its first celebrity host. At his request he didn’t appear in any sketches.
- The Jeffersons move out of All in the Family and up to their own sho
- In the third season of MASH, McLean Stevenson is killed off because he thought he was bigger than the show
- Fred Silverman becomes the head of ABC and he leads them to dominance by initiating an era called Jiggle Television, led by shows like Charlie’s Angels
- HBO makes a splash by airing the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight “The Thrilla in Manila,” live from the Philippines.
- The original run of Jeopardy ends its run after 11 years on the air.
- Top rated shows of 1975: ABC Monday Night Movie, Six Million Dollar Man, Rhoda, Sanford and Son, Phyllis, The Bionic Woman, Maude, Laverne and Shirley, Rich Man, Poor Man, and All in the Family.
- Shows premiering in 1975: Wheel of Fortune, The Jeffersons, Phyllis, Welcome Back Kotter, Wonder Woman and Saturday Night Live.
- Shows ending in 1975: Ironside, The Odd Couple, Gunsmoke, Kung Fu, Adam-12