Friday, June 29, 2018

12 Signs Being Ladylike Is Not Your Forte


For some reason, I am fascinated by “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl.” A 2016 remake of a ‘70’s TV children science fiction show. It stars YouTube stars, Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart. 

Because of a hilarious “BuzzFeed” video of Grace Helbig “12 Signs Being Ladylike Is Not Your Forte” I became a fan of the Grace Helbig. 

She had a show filmed from her home on “E” for a season. And I became a fan of the Hannah Hart who had a drunk cooking show on YouTube and has been a judge on the Food Network’s “The Next Food Network Star.”

“Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” was filmed in Vancouver with an entire movie crew over two months. With trailers, craft service and everything. It started out as eight episodes of a TV series but it was eventually edited down into a movie. 

And, as hard as I tried, it seemed that “EWDG” could not be seen anywhere. Believe me, I wanted to see it. This could be a me-being-an-older-dude-unsavvy-tech-guy thing, but I don't think so. 

It did not have a studio, it was not released in theaters, it was not on a network, it was not available On Demand or on DVD. It was not on YouTube, Netflix or the Internet. 

It is as if they took "Seinfeld" premise about a show about nothing and took it to the next level: a movie that cannot be watched. 

It could not even agree on a genre. It was a science fiction children’s comedy with two women action superheroes. 

This “EWDG” was even nominated for three “Streamy” awards. But it was not, as I said, on a network, it was not On Demand, it was not on Netflix. If you look on Amazon today, they have 12 DVDs. 12. For those scoring at home, that is two more than ten.    

This was like someone had played a huge Internet, digital, streaming, cable, video, movie, TV show joke about falling between the cracks. 

There is a TV show with almost comically low ratings that claims its popularity with young viewers on YouTube, the Internet and with video game players is huge. That BS dodge is falling apart rapidly as the smoke and mirrors con game to fool older people it is.  

Someone came up with a production budget that filmed an entire movie in Vancouver for two months, and as near as I can tell, nobody can prove more than 100 people ever saw "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl." And most of that was the crew.  

Movies get made all the time that don’t make it to theaters and are released on DVD. As far as I could tell, this was a fairly big-time movie that was never released to anything. Eventually, it ended up as 12 DVDs on Amazon. 

A dozen DVDs.