Saturday, June 06, 2015
Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: The Secrets of Isis: "Now You See It" (October 23, 1976)
In “Now You See It,” a criminal posing as Rick Mason (Brian Cutler) steals a top-secret weather control device from government lab.
Almost immediately, Rick is arrested for the crime. He is concerned, not only for his freedom, but because the weather control device could wreak havoc.
Mrs. Thomas (Joanna Cameron) and Rennie (Ronalda Douglas) attempt to clear Rick’s name, but it isn’t easy.
To help, they recruit three local youngsters: “The Super Sleuths.”
These Super Sleuths include the magician, Ranji (himself), a street-wise kid, Feather (Craig Wasson), and an Asian martial arts expert, C.J. (Evan Kim).
But when the Super Sleuths get into trouble, the mighty Isis is needed. And she brings assistance: Captain Marvel (John Davey).
At the end of the day however, the weather control device remains in the hands of criminals…
The last two-part story of Secrets of Isis (1975 – 1976) commences with this week’s “Now You See It.”
It’s a bit of an odd story.
For one thing, it plays a lot like the pilot for a new series, featuring heavily the aforementioned “Super Sleuths.”
A very young Craig Wasson --star of Body Double (1984) and A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors (1987) -- plays streetwise “Feather.” And fans of V (1983) will recognize Evan Kim.
The upshot, however, is that Isis feels more like a guest star on her own series than a regular character this week.
The second oddity involves Rick Mason.
He is a high school teacher and a bit of an amiable bumbler, as we have seen over the course of twenty-or so half-hour episodes at this point. And yet here, he is a brilliant scientist toiling on a top secret weather control device for the U.S. government.
His work for the government has never even been mentioned before this episode! More to the point, it’s not entirely believable, at this juncture, that his laid-back 1970s groovy teacher is a genius capable of constructing a weather control device.
“Now You See It,” is also another cross-over episode with Filmation’s brother series, Shazam! Here, Captain Marvel pinch hits, helping Isis when she is over-worked by the always-in-danger Super Sleuths.
Next week: the final Isis episode: “Now You Don’t.”