This morning I woke up taking a trip down memory lane to one of my favorite Superheroes of my childhood, Isis.
The Secrets of Isis TV show was on during Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid in the *cough* 1970s. I was obsessed with this show from ages 5 to 7 and I think I still kinda am.
If people think that’s juvenile, I fail to grasp their point. *hee*
Awesome Isis was a series before Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman were on weekly TV.
The opening narrative went something like this:
“O my Queen,” said the Royal Sorcerer, “with this amulet, you and your descendants are endowed by the Goddess Isis with the powers of the animals and the elements. You will soar as the falcon soars, run with the speed of gazelles, and command the elements of sky and earth.”
3000 years later, a young science teacher dug up this lost treasure, and found she was heir to — The Secrets of Isis!
OH MIGHTY ISIS!
. . . and Isis, dedicated foe of evil, defender of the weak, champion of truth and justice!
YAY! She was impossibly stupendous. I’m sure there are droves of boys still in love with her.
My sister Laura and I would cheer and act out all of her Superhero moves on our living room shag carpet, in between rolling each other up so tightly in blankets we couldn’t escape without being rescued.
Isis starred actress JoAnna Cameron as Andrea Thomas, a high school science teacher who found an ancient mystical amulet on an archeological dig in Egypt.
The amulet belonged to an ancient Egyptian Queen and it gave the wearer the powers of Isis. Whenever Isis was needed, Andrea would reveal the amulet and recite an incantation (“O Mighty Isis!”) and she would be transformed into the goddess.
Usually she invokes these powers through incanting a rhyming couplet, which was taken so seriously, it was pretty hilarious.
For example, taking flight by reciting “Oh zephyr winds that blow on high / Lift me now so I can fly.”
Among her many powers, she exhibits superhuman strength, lifting large rocks and fallen trees. Isis can command the elements of earth, air, fire and water and can control the weather.
She can control the molecular density of her body and other matter, passing herself through walls and in one instance causing a car to pass unharmed through a road grader.
She can divine the recent past, which is manifested for the viewer in the jewel of her diadem. Isis can cause living things including trees and animals to appear and disappear at will. She can increase localized gravity and stop and reverse the flow of time.
Isis in her Andrea Thomas form is able to communicate telepathically with her pet bird Tut and in one instance the reflection of light off of her amulet restored a forgotten memory to a person.
Sounds like my Isis was really ahead of her time, and she was hot!
Her partner in the Saturday morning hour was Shazam! And we kids didn’t think he was as cool as her.
I mean, just look at him.
We so skipped Shazam and went over to Scooby Doo.
Why haven’t they made an Isis movie yet? It continues to mystify me. I’m casting Olivia Munn:
Or what about my old (I mean very young) friend, Rosalie from Twilight Nikki Reed?
Just trying to do my part for society and for Womankind.
I’m holding out for a Girl Power hero.
You are so welcome, Hollywood!
And yes, I’ll be happy to write it.