Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
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This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time. You have to go and see this on the big screen.
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The film may be flawed, but its message is not.
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The New Original Wonder Woman Now we're talking! Weird that after setting the Crosby film in the present day they then decide to go back to her origins in WW2. Here we have Henry Gibson as the allied agent undercover as a Nazi who will later recur as a villain in later seasons. The plot of the German's attempting to bomb Washington seems ludicrous but was actually something they planned, pretty late in the war. The Norden bomb sight was also a real WW2 artifact. It seems a bit off that Steve Trevor bails out almost directly into the arms of one of the world's most beautiful women whilst the Nazi pilot is presumably eaten by sharks? (This is of course the era of JAWS-mania so sharks were pretty much obligatory)The air-plane battle is pretty ludicrous and lame, especially when it keeps flitting from black and white to colour. Amazingly in this ep whilst WW saves the pilot of the German bomber she appears to kill the entire crew of the U-boat. The commentary with Lynda is great, especially her appreciation of the effortlessly handsome Lyle Waggoner (Steve Trevor knocked out for the first time! Also under truth serum twice), even though they apparently didn't get on. Also love the scene where Cloris Leachmen Amazon Queen get's quite flustered at the idea of a man on Paradise Island, biting her hand in the time honoured fashion at the thought (maybe the Amazon's aren't quite so misandrist as we presumed?)We have the proper costume for the first time although it has the gold cones over the breasts which doesn't really work for me. That said Lynda looks the business, she's stunning and looks as though she's just walked out of the pages of the comic. No offence to the late Christopher Reeve but no one ever embodied a superhero so effortlessly perfectly as Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. Nice scene where we think she's going to wear the mini-skirt (as in the 40s comics) only to peel it off and reveal the hot pants. As the commentary from the producer states, a star was born in that moment, her look was so amazing that it entered the public consciousness, much like Dollhouse got a second season purely on the grounds of the Eliza Dushku-as-a-whip-cracking-black leather clad-dominatrix scene The Amazon Olympics are cool (I was totally fooled by Lynda's blonde wig) although it strikes you as reminiscent of something Hugh Hefner would stage at the Playboy Mansion. 'Bullet's and bracelets' strikes me as rather a weird game and surely not one dating back to ancient Greece. Equally Paradise Isaland seems to lack the industry to produce her invisible plane. We see WW perfectly imitate a voice Terminator style, which she will do several times over the series (why doesn't she just make the captured spy do it with her lasso?).We have WW actually working to raise some money but again the last time she ever has to do so. The bullets-and-bracelets show is daft although the sight of the Nazi-agent little old lady with the Tommy gun is worth it. Also as Lynda points out, when Red Buttons is shooting at her in the later scenes his expression is quite hilarious, he knows this is a futile gesture. One question, where does she land her invisible plane? I'd love to see an ep where someone walks into it and bumps their head!5/10, not that fond of the WW2 eps
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I must say that I agree with almost everything I read in regards to the show. Originally I was more fond of the '70's version but after just finishing watching season three on DVD I now see the value of the WWII episodes.While I used to think that Lynda was a bit more relaxed and confident on screen it hit me;Lynda's naiveté and sense of bewilderment was much more interesting and believable even if it was due to her lack of experience as an actor.Her innocence of the way "Man's World" functioned was so evident on her face you could almost believe she had grown up as a princess on a hidden island populated by females only.The scene of her coming into the store and then being summarily thrown out by a "SISTER" was priceless and yet when confronted with obvious danger her inner warrior was in play instantly(i.e. the little old lady in the theater pulling out a machine gun).Thru out the season Diana showed her growing confidence and sometimes frustration with the Nazi party and the way they manipulated their women.The episodes featuring Drusilla/Wonder Girl perfectly conveyed her "big sister"protectiveness especially in the 2 part Feminum Mystique episode when she rallied her sisters to reclaim Paradise Island.I'll have more comments on another comment page.But lastly,I thought the same thing about Lynda as Hippolyta if the movie ever gets made.Til next time,Hola!
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When Lynda Carter first graced TV screens around the globe, most viewers, when thinking about comic book adaptations of a super-hero, would probably think of Batman, the larger than life, tongue-in-cheek series of the 1960s. What made Wonder Woman so special, and Lynda Carter's portrayal so memorable, was that when the first script in which she featured (a pilot set in the 1940s)contained many influences that could be traced back to Batman, and some very over-the-top performances, Lynda Carter played it straight. Both Wonder Woman, and Diana Prince, had to believe in what they were doing. And that belief made it all seem very real to audiences, in particular the generation of children who watched each episode. Writers and directors rapidly responded, and an unexpectedly credible series emerges. Guest actors didn't give camp or exaggerated performances, as Lynda Carter made this role very much her own. Just as Christopher Reeve made Superman an almost impossible mountain for any other actor to climb, so Lynda Carter gave a performance that 30 years later still makes it impossible to imagine any other actress in the role. Beautiful she certainly was, and created by nature to have all the physical attributes that Wonder Woman required, but it is her decision to play it straight and give the series its believability and a unique feel all its own that has helped the series endure in the memories of people around the world.
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When this show first came on, many people thought it would be a female version of Batman, a campy show that wasn't serious. Luckily, we got an action packed show that still provided a lot of entertainment. The only problems I had with it though was that when it first came on it was set in World War II. I realize that Wonder Woman made her first appearance in the 40's but by the time this show had come on Wonder Woman was a modern American woman (for the record, D.C. Comics decided to set Wonder Woman's adventures in the 40's for a short period in order to tie in with the show). Another problem I had with it was that none of the classic Wonder Woman foes such as Cheetah, Angle Man or Giganta were on the show. Also, in all the Wonder Woman stories I read, she could at least throw a punch. Linda Carter just threw her enemies against walls. Despite these flaws, this was a pretty decent show and Lynda Carter made the perfect Wonder Woman.