I love this programme, sure it is cheesy, the effects are dated, there's lots of American jingoism but at is heart it is what a TV superhero series should be, entertaining.
From the WWII fights against the axis powers and their USA based spy rings to 1970's America. The stories are pretty basic with the odd recurring character like the splendid Henry Gibson and some typically 1970's silverfoil clad aliens. But this stands out the greatest lead character casting of any superhero series or film, with the possible exception of Christopher Reeve. Also for the superb theme tune, the casting of Debra Winger as Wonder Girl and for the costume designers who brought William and Elizabeth Marston's heroine to life.
Lynda Carter was shoe-horned into that costume which has become so iconic. A Former Miss USA, Carter was so perfect for the role it is hard to imagine any actress filling her red boots to such perfection. I'm all for someone having a go but any future show or film will have to be judged against it, just as Christopher Reeve WAS the perfect Superman.
Her co-star Lyle Waggoner was a little wooden and thankfully took a back seat in the last series but who watched Wonder Woman to see him? Sorry Lyle but Ms. Carter was, and still is, the main attraction. The blue underwater and motorcycle outfits were also superb designs.
Watching it again after almost 30 years was a nostalgic treat. Some things do not change there's ecological and anti-war themes that are still relevant today. And, even better than that, there's daft robots galore. It is, like Buck Rogers superb 1970's kitsch and I loved every minute of it.
I give it five stars largely for Lynda Carter but also on the strength of the fact that as I watched it I remembered what was coming next in many episodes, such was the impact it had first time round.
Go on, give it a try.
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