I have never seen Shazam! (to my knowledge it has not been streaming anywhere till now which is real cool) but I had a watched Isis before. I would be lying if I said that Isis held up well (I never saw it as a kid but as an adult in the 21st century it was… well… what it was) but I found it charming enough I watched it. It was good turn off your brain television. So since I saw that I was always curious what Shazam was like but as far as I know it was never streamed anywhere like Isis has been.
So I finally got a chance to check it out thanks to the awesome DCU. I have a feeling I might not watch every episode of a 70’s kids show so I watched the first episode then went to season 3 to see what it was like near the end of it’s run and ended up watching episode 4 of season 3.
But myu thoughts of it… maybe I just got two good ones, but I thought it wasn’t bad. It was about what I expected given what I knew about it and after whatching isis. And It is what it is… a 70’s morality kids show, so hardly changed my life. But as someone said for a live action Saturday Morning show it was better then most, including Isis in my opinion. Although seeing Isis in the season 3 episode was a nice surprise, I knew she was on Shazam just like Captain Marvel was on her show, but didn’t know that would be one of them.
It had some of the same flaws Isis did, for one the criminals are so grossly outmatched by Captain Marvel watching it as an adult it was hard to take it seriously. I spent the entire season 3 episode saying, “They robbers got Mentor? Well you are Captain Marvel and Isis and those two aren’t even armed… just go over there and grab them!” and the acting was just as bad (although honestly Billy and Captain both were better actors then the girl who plays Isis).
But it was fun for what it was. I always liked shows about protagonist who travel around helping strangers under extenuating circumstances. So I like that aspect of it and it was stilL Captain Marvel. The morals obviously like all shows that did that back then were very over simplified and obvious. But Filmation always did that kind of thing well and while they are cheesy now, I kind of disliked that kind of shows with a message for kids mostly went away. Some kids don’t have parents who care of parental figures and while “don’t try to undo a bad deed with a good one” is not the most groundbreaking advice, it’s possible for some kids Captain Marvel was the only person who ever told them that… so at least someone did. I get why those shows don’t work now (who knows how well they truly ever did), but kind of a shame.
I don’t know if I will finish it but I might check some more episodes out. For what it is it is good stuff and seems it might be the same mindless simple escape Isis was for me.