Well, here’s a weird coincidence. Just a few days ago, I was writing about the apparent habit of British kids’ shows to feature villains who plan to heist the Crown Jewels. That’s exactly what the Sorcerer does in tonight’s episode of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. Except there are only three Crown Jewels and they’re part of a King Arthur exhibit, and they’re not in the Tower of London, they’re in the local municipal records building as part of a traveling tour.
Another weird coincidence: you know the two stories that Douglas Adams wrote for the seventeenth season of Doctor Who? The villain in this story has an invisible headquarters in a vacant lot which people enter through a blue-screen door, as well as a trip back to 1502 to speak with Leonardo da Vinci as he’s painting the Mona Lisa. And you thought Adams was penniless and hitchhiking across Europe in ’76.
Anyway, if you’re just joining us since we last wrote about this series, the plan had been to watch all of Batman and then add this to the rotation, but after 56 of that program’s adventures, we took a short break and watched the first four of the eight Electra Woman stories. The show got a legitimate release in Australia a few years ago, the only one in the world, and it’s available in a region-free box set with all of H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. That’s 105 Krofft episodes in one purchase, and absolutely worth it. Click the image above for more info.
Daniel really enjoyed this episode. It’s as nutty as a trip to Cromer’s in Columbia SC, with da Vinci, Merlin’s mirror, gigantic disembodied clapping hands, the same “hideout” set as every other story, and the return of Michael Constantine as the villain trying to defeat “the kilowatt cuties.” He thought it was incredibly exciting and watched the half-hour with his eyes wide and his security blanket in hand, loving it and ready for more.