LIGHTS OF MYSTERY MOUNTAIN
This episode, widely believed to be the first episode
recorded, was written by Russell Bates, who Star Trek fans may
remember as the co-author of "How Sharper than a Serpent's
Tooth", an episode of Filmation's animated Star Trek series
which won an Emmy. On the basis of that story, Bates was asked
to submit stories for Filmation's new "Isis" series.
The studio bought three episodes outright, but "Lights of
Mystery Mountain" is the only one to have been filmed.
On CBS, the opening titles of this episode had
slightly different theme music than was used on the rest of the
season one episodes. Basically, it's the same music, only toward
the end (after the cast members are announced), a previouly-heard
section is played back instead of the theme continuing as normal.
The version seen in foreign syndication uses the normal music.
This alternate version may have only been seen on CBS.
The names for the characters of Art Byron and Chick
Jeffers were taken from the names of Arthur Bryon Cover and Jeff
"Chick" Dowden, two writer friends of Bates' in L.A.
Flight: "Oh Zephyr Winds Which Blow on High,
Lift Me Now So I Can Fly."
Intense Heat: "Oh Sun That Changes
Day to Night, Help Me Stop This Man from Flight."
Illusion: "Ancient Sphinx, All-Knowing
and Wise, Confront This Man with His Own Lies."
Kelly Thordsen (Mr. Moss) had a long and varied acting
career, spanning three decades. Though he appeared in a lot of
cop shows and westerns, Isis viewers might remember him
from his TV guest shots in The Invaders and The Time
Tunnel. He died in 1978 of cancer.
Hank Brandt (Sherrif Harley) recently played
Teri Garr's husband in the Jim Carrey movie "Dumb and Dumber."
Genre fans might remember his from "The Aliens Are Coming,"
his guest turn in The Invaders or as Ivan Becker in "The
Secret of Bigfoot" episode of The Six Million Dollar
Ken Wolger (Art) appears to have dropped
out of acting, or at least out of television. Apart from a few
features, he also made a guest appearance on The Waltons.
Prior to Isis, Mike Maitland (Chick)
appeared on a number of soaps, most notably Dark Shadows.