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Live action comic strip fun,
This review is from: Wonder Woman: Season 1 [DVD]  (DVD)Born in the early 1970s there are few television shows I remember from that decade - I have fleeting recollections of 'The Rockford Files' and 'Starsky and Hutch.' One television series I do have very vivid memories of is 'Wonder Woman.'
I remember sitting watching the adventures of the Amazonian superhero with my grandfather, gushing with excitement at every cheesy, over-the-top moment of it.
You see in the late 1970s I had two schoolboy crushes on actresses. One was Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars' and the other was (Former Miss USA) Lynda Carter in her role as Diana in 'Wonder Woman.'
The day this came out on DVD I rushed out to the local video store to recapture the spirit of my childhood. Nostalgia is a very powerful force and for hours after returning home with my prize I was back in the 1970s, back watching 'Wonder Woman' with my late grandfather and, with adult eyes this time, noting just how ridiculous it was, but oh so enjoyably so.
That's one of the secrets of the shows success - it doesn't take itself seriously at all, and it doesn't expect - or want - its audience to either.
It was remarkable to hear Lynda Carter and Executive Producer Douglas S. Cramer share their memories in the audio commentary that accompanies the pilot. Almost 30 years later the two still share a warmth and strong memories of the groundbreaking show.
Amazing too was the documentary on the third disc of the set titled 'Beauty, Brawn and Bulletproof Bracelets: A Wonder Woman Retrospective' that featured Carter, Cramer and Wonder Woman creator Dr. William Moulton Marsten. I am a big fan of retrospective documentaries (like those that appear on the James Bond DVDs for example), much more so than the featurettes that appear on newer movies. The passage of time allows for a better reflection on the product and a more genuine appreciation from those involved (too often in newer movies and shows the actors and crew are still in promotional mode).
This first season is truer to the original comic book character in that the adventures are set during World War II. I think this was an inspired and insightful decision by the producers as it made the show more timeless, with the clear cut villainy of cartoonish Nazi's as the baddies.
Included here is the complete first season, the pilot (originally aired on Nov. 7, 1975) and 13 regular season episodes (that aired from April 21, 1976 to Feb. 16, 1977).
With its limited special effects, cliched dialogue and self deprecating humor this show is so bad - it's good. I simply cannot wait for the further adventures of Wonder Woman to appear on DVD!