Friday, November 7, 2014

Krofftverse: Electra Woman & Dyna Girl vs. the Sorcerer (1976)

I think it's time we finally showcased Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, don't you?

Our distaff do-gooders lasted just the first season of Krofft Supershow, but would later get a new life on cable via reruns. A 2001 primetime revival never got past the pilot stage, but that will be discussed another time. Anyway, our heroines (Diedre Hall & Judy Strangis) tangle with the Sorcerer (Michael Constantine, ex-Room 222) in this two-part adventure.

Norman Alden co-starred as the duo's aide, Frank Heflin, and after the series was cancelled, went back to Hanna-Barbera to resume his role as Aquaman when Super Friends returned to all-new stories the following season. Speaking of the Sea King, the original voice of Aquaman, Marvin Miller, is the narrator.

Totally cheesy, and that was by design, but if this was supposed to parody Batman, it didn't quite work out that way.

Rating: C.


SaturdayMorningFan said...

My sister loved this show as a kid, and I watched it with her. I saw the 2001 pilot online, and while I think the original failed as parody, this pilot succeeded brilliantly, IMHO. I was very upset it didn't make it to series after I viewed it. There was a very funny Aquaman cameo in it which worked on it's own merits, but now that you've pointed out the dual Aquaman connection from the original show, it's even funnier. I'll have to watch it again, if I can find it.

SaturdayMorningFan said...

BTW, Electra Woman is one of the very few Krofftverse characters that got their own action figure, albeit a few decades late. No Dynagirl figure was ever produced that I'm aware of though.

hobbyfan said...

Hmmmmm, that is odd. An Electra Woman figure, but no Dyna Girl? That sucks. Have to check on that to verify.

Eventually, I'll get around to discussing that failed pilot. After all, it was meant for the WB, which would later flop with reboots of Tarzan and the Lone Ranger.