Thursday, March 13, 2008

Electra Awful!

My sister used to love the Sid and Marty Krofft show “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” when she was a pre-teen. I don't know why, but I decided to see if the opening credits were on you-tube so I could remind her of her young obsession. Of course it was... what isn't on you-tube? Besides the horror of having the theme song playing in my head for weeks now, I also discovered that in 2001, Sid and Marty tried to revive the show, “updating it” for a modern audience. This apparently meant that Electra Woman had to be a drunken, divorced trailer trash sex addict ( she is shown leaving the men's college locker room after a gang bang in one scene) while Dyna Girl was out of the picture, “blowing the ex-husband” we are told! Who was this “re-imagining”of a children's show aimed audience supposed to be? The actual story-line is very low budget after school special in plot. The young saved by Electra Woman as a child in turn saves the hero from her demons and becomes the new Dyna Girl after thwarting the lamest robbery ever. If this had ever hit the airwaves, who would have watched it? Well, practically everyone reading this blog.

On a side note, my research also discovered the star of “Wonderbug” John Anthony Bailey had an interesting life after his career as a children's TV star ended he became a sought after actor, writer and crewman... in porn. You may remember him from such films as “let me tell you about white chicks” and “sex fifth avenue (which he also wrote).

See what hanging around creepy puppets will do for your career!


Brian said...

John Anthony Bailey also played Bill 'Sticks' Downey on Happy Days. Richie, Fonzie and the gang have to deal with racism as their friends won't come to a party that features Richie's band with a black drummer.

P.S. When I was a kid, I loved Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.

Behemoth media said...

We didn't have a TV in the house when I was young, too expensive. My younger sister loved the show. I saw things at my cousin's and my grandmother's. (Every Sunday I would watch "Ultraman" with my dad! Would you have watched the updated version?

*Mark* said...

Cool find Vincent. what a trip.
the premise is wacky. 1970's superheroine as modern day has-been? I would not have watched the new version.

I enjoyed the original's
transparency as a rip-off of TV's Batman (with guest villians)

Then again most Krofft shows after "Land of the Lost" were lifted from whatever was big at the time circa 76-79.

"Kapt Kool & the Kongs" was
Fonzie meets Partridge Family;
"Magic Mongo" was Jeannie meets Three's Company trio; "Wonder Bug" was Herbie the Love Bug meets Scooby Doo/Speed Buggy; "Bigfoot and Wildboy" was a ripoff of TV's Bionic Bigfoot (complete with an inexplicable bionic sound effect when he ran/leaped!).

For years after Electra Woman, I would see actor Norman Alden and yell: FRANK! at the screen. He will always be the electra duo's trusty
IT guy to me.

Michael Constantine of Room 222 (who played electra villian : The Sorcerer) got a great late-in-career break when he played the windex-loving Dad in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".

oh, Brian! Sticks Downey! ofcourse.

Donna Lethal said...

Michael Constantine is also Jackie Gleason's rapist cellmate in Skidoo!

Brian said...

Hell no, I wouldn't watch the updated version. I'm a EW and DG purist.

Donna Lethal said...

why didn't we think of a title like "Sex Fifth Avenue"?!

Behemoth media said...

we were too busy watching "genital hospital"