Wonder Woman

Season 2 Episode 4

The Bermuda Triangle Crisis

Aired Unknown Oct 07, 1977 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Diana must stop the possible sabotage of a nuclear test station in the Bermuda Triangle that is perilously close to Paradise Island.

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  • Swimming WW!

    The Bermuda Triangle Crisis

    Once again we have a possible clash between the interests of the US and the Amazons, nuclear power controversial once again (and this is BEFORE 3 mile island). We see WW communicate with home via her magic mirror although I'm not really sure why she feels the need to transform into costume first, surely her mother would recognise her as Diana Prince. We have a downed US aviator as a prison of war being tortured which is pretty near the knuckle, the last Vietnam POWs having only returned a few years previously. We have some very blatantly installed stock footage garnered from the old TV series 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' and the classic WW2 film 'The Enemy Below'. Best of all though we have WW in her skintight figurehugging drysuit which is really quite something to behold, especially for mummification fetishists (yes they exist, google it) The scene where she plants the mines on the side of the sub is quite blatantly shot in a swimming pool but we're so busy gawping at Lynda we really don't notice (which could be pretty much a description for the success of the entire series). Reputedly the inital Wonder Woman swimming outfit was a skimpy red, white and blue bikini but it wouldn't stay on Lynda as she did her stunts so they switched to the bodyhugging drysuit instead. LOVE to see THAT footage sometime!

    Love her punch the air gesture as she surfaces, rare to see her make such a triumphant action. We also see her in action as Diana, very nearly rescuing the prisoner. One question, if she's able to hold her breath for so long underwater how come she's always getting chloroformed, couldn't she just hold her breath?

    7/10 worth it for swimming WW alone

  • Great fun in the Tropics!

    A great all-around episode here. Some fine acting with some great campy moments (like Diana's stolen army fatigues fitting her beautifully) and a strong balanced story. This is good 70s television. Steve cooking a Maine lobster over a fire near the tropics is classic as is the swimming pool that WW dives into that's supposed to be the ocean. I also love the decorative warheads that flank the entrance to the "Headquarters" (take note of the odd font choice for the "Headquarters" sign as well). This is another fun action episode for Lyle and Lynda with some great action sequences for everyone. Oh, and we get a topless Trevor in this episode!moreless
  • This was awesome just for the fact that it has the first true variant on her costume. Also, this is the ONLY episode that shows her change BACK into her previous costume (regardless of it just being run backwards).moreless

    This show was a good episode. The storyline was well thought out and the actors did a fine job as well. I have watched this episode several timesand it remains a personal favorite of mine. Granted, like most episodes of the series, it has its flaws (the dubbing of Steve sayin, "grab my shirt" comes to mind immediately), but you have to think of what TV shows were in the 70s as opposed to what they are now. More money and time are devoted to making them believable and on par with feature films. Regardless, WW will always be the greatest show ever made. ;-)moreless
Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

Major Steve Trevor/Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Princess Diana/(Yeoman) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Norman Burton

Norman Burton

Joe Atkinson (1977-1979)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: In this episode, the coordiantes given for the Nuclear Testing Facility are the same as those given for Paradise Island in the Season 1 episode "The Feminum Mystique (2)".

    • Goof: While Steve's and Diana's plane is experiencing problems as they are flying in the Bermuda Triangle with the scene set in the cockpit, the background sound is that of a propeller plane instead of a jet, which is what they are flying.

    • While Diana and Steve are flying to the Bermuda Triangle, Steve mentions that his father had disappeared once in the Triangle and he says to Diana "If Manta was behind that... maybe I'll get a chance to even the score" - now, Manta is about the same age as Steve so it seems unlikely that he could have been behind Steve's father crash if Steve wasn't even born back then. The episode happened in the 40's during WWII in the first season of Wonder Woman (Episode 1, Season 1).

    • Ray Manta is part of the organization known as ICOPE, the International Confederation Of the Power Elite (an obvious play on words in comparison to the IADC that Diana and Steve work for).

    • The scenes of the advanced underwater craft that Ray Manta used in his attempt to destroy the Navy battleship were stock footage of the submarine Seaview, the icon of the 60's sci-fi series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

    • The underwater scenes, which were supposed to be in the ocean, were very obviously filmed in a pool.

    • When Wonder Woman changes from the wet suit back to the regular costume, it's obvious that the transformation is nothing more than the film reversed from her transformation from the regular costume to the wet suit because of the way her hair moves.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Joe: I'm gonna need receipts for accounting from you, Steve.
      Steve: Have I ever failed accounting?
      Joe: No. But according to your records, you're wanting in math. You got a C-minus in high school algebra.
      Steve: It was a C!

    • Queen Hippolyta: When you see the heart of darkness, you will begin to perceive the light.

  • NOTES (3)