Wonder Woman Season 1 – TV Series Review

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Wonder Woman Season 1 Review
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Studio: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Running Time: 42–51 minutes

Verdict: 4.5 / 5

It’s time to strap yourself in with the lasso of truth and enjoy the ‘70s TV show of Wonder Woman that’s… set in the ‘40s? What?

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]kay, if you know the comic books (or know about the upcoming film) then this makes sense. And while this show may be silly and dated, it’s a whole lot of fun too. With this DVD set of the pilot movie and 13 regular episodes, you can enjoy it and see why this is still the Wonder Woman who’s beloved by many.

Wonder Woman Season 1 Review

The plot is simple but effective: It’s World War II and American Major Steve Trevor gets into a dogfight with a German pilot over the Bermuda Triangle. It goes badly, and Trevor winds up on Paradise Island, home of the Amazons. This ancient race of warrior women fix him up and arrange that one of them should return with him to the world they’ve hidden away from for years. Enter Diana, Princess of Paradise Island and – by way of competition – just the Wonder Woman for the job. Not only that, but she could be just what the Allies need to help win the war against the evil Axis forces.

The pilot episode also deals with how she actually doesn’t have any money at first, and definitely doesn’t fit

It’s time to strap yourself in with the lasso of truth and enjoy the ‘70s TV show of Wonder Woman that’s… set in the ‘40s? What? Okay, if you know the comic books (or know about the upcoming film) then this makes sense. And while this show may be silly and dated, it’s a whole lot of fun too. With this DVD set of the pilot movie and 13 regular episodes, you can enjoy it and see why this is still the Wonder Woman who’s beloved by many.

Wonder Woman Season 1 Review

The plot is simple but effective: It’s World War II and American Major Steve Trevor gets into a dogfight with a German pilot over the Bermuda Triangle. It goes badly, and Trevor winds up on Paradise Island, home of the Amazons. This ancient race of warrior women fix him up and arrange that one of them should return with him to the world they’ve hidden away from for years. Enter Diana, Princess of Paradise Island and – by way of competition – just the Wonder Woman for the job. Not only that, but she could be just what the Allies need to help win the war against the evil Axis forces.

The pilot episode also deals with how she actually doesn’t have any money at first, and definitely doesn’t fit into 1940s American society wearing that outfit. Initially she becomes a stage show attraction performing her bullets-and-bracelets routine, but before long she’s off cracking Nazi skulls and rescuing Trevor from every scrape he gets into, before landing a job (in disguise) as Trevor’s new secretary/assistant Diana Prince.

The regular episodes feature her in a variety of adventures, from posing undercover as a USO beauty pageant contestant to stop a saboteur, through to stopping a Nazi counterfeiting ring to undermine the American economy. She battles enemy spies, soldiers, crooks, a circus gorilla (um…) and an evil Nazi Wonder Woman-wannabe. Thankfully, she also gets to make many statements about how a real woman doesn’t need to be subservient to any man. And, for the record, she does it all whilst looking like a million bucks.

Wonder Woman Season 1 Review

The plots are tongue-in-cheek and it has exactly the sort of cheesy comic book feel to it that you could want. Yes, it’s silly fun but it’s also wildly entertaining and treats the subject matter more seriously than Batman ’66. Lyle Waggoner, the man who missed on the chance to play that ’66 version of Batman, plays square-jawed hero Steve Trevor, although he has no problems playing the damsel in distress role too since he relies on Wonder Woman to save him repeatedly. The real gem here though is, and always has been, Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman.

She’s stunning in every way. Yes, she’s incredibly beautiful, that’s obvious. She’s also talented, handles every scene flawlessly, pulls off some great stunts, and sounds believable, confident and powerful every moment she’s on screen. She’s always got a friendly smile, but she’s a role model and not a sex symbol. Simply put, she is Wonder Woman. No matter what, she’s still the one that all other actresses since have had to live up to.

This is a great show full of decent scripts brought to life by good actors. Yes, it’s dated, as witnessed by the list of guest stars you may never have even heard of (depending on how old you are) and presents some rather dodgy effects, but those are minor issues. If you’re looking for a blast from the past that’s worthwhile fun, then this is well worth a look.

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