Monster Squad 1.7 – The Astrologer

In one of the weirdest coincidences since we started this blog, we saw Frank Cady this morning doing a bit part in The Gnome-Mobile and again this evening doing a bit part in this episode. Cady was best known for playing Sam Drucker in more than 300 combined episodes of Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, and The Beverly Hillbillies.

Anyway, five episodes of this show have impressed me so far, and this, sadly, is one of the painful ones. It has Jonathan Harris as the villainous Astrologer, and the most interesting thing about it is that his plan is that very seventies one of starting an earthquake along a bizarrely-misnamed San Andreas Fault. It’s called San Angelica here. This plan would later be adopted by Lex Luthor in the first of Christopher Reeve’s appearances as Superman, and I have a sneaking suspicion a few other seventies superheroes would also foil it before it became too obvious.

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