Bushwackers was filmed outside in January 1977... Dale Evans the wife of Roy Rogers was fan of comic book Wonder Woman since 1941.. .Roy Rogers did not say anything to Lynda Carter or to the director or producer to chance costume from golden age Wonder Woman costume to pants and long sleeves..55 degrees is the good enough reason Lynda Carter had gotten cold nothing else.
Wonder Woman flies to Texas to catch some Rustlers for Roy Rogers, who makes her put on a blouse and pants. The Deputy is behind the thefts, and captures Wonder Woman by pulling off her magic belt and tossing her into a ghost town's jail. Fortunately Roy has a group of orphans from the war and they save Wonder Woman from the jail.
Utterly bizarre, Wonder Woman the western! You figure that they had Roy Rogers and all these western sets and thought, "Hey, this'll be cheap". Watching the General abuse his position to basically help out an old friend and then trying to justify it to himself and Steve is pretty laughable. First of the alternate Wonder Woman outfits, Cowgirl WW. Reputedly Roy Rogers was uncomfortable with WW running around all the kids in just a 'bathing suit' so they gave her some chaps and otherwise covered her up. WW on a horse still an awesome sight though, was that really Lynda?. Always thought it was bizarre that people objected to Katy Perry in her cleavage revealing outfit on Seasame Street when they let WW run around dressed like an ultra-patriotic dominatrix. Although worth it for her later appearance as the skimpy Elmo t-shirt clad librarian who "Must have developed over the summa" on the Saturday Night Live sketch "Todays show is brought to you by the number 38 and the letters double-D"
Henry Darrow as the villain, my favourite actor from The High Chaparal (MUCH better than Bonanza) who will later recur as a villain in the later seasons. Wonder Woman depowered incredibly easily, very unusual to have corrupt cops in a series largely aimed at children in the 1970s. The orphan stuff is actually ok, they're not too annoying and Rogers character strikes you as just the sort of patriarchal guy who would do something like this. They're racially mixed, still a rarity in the 40/70s and you can actually buy the idea that the natural born son is jealous of the adoptees (very Wuthering Heights). Still seems a little lame given Wonder Woman's superpowers that she could have such a lot of trouble with just a gang of rustlers. But it's nice to have villains who aren't Nazis as every third person in 1940s America seems to be a German spy to judge by this series. Contrary to myth this wasn't Roy Rogers final role, he later appears in a couple of eps of The Fall Guy in the early 80s. 6/10
This is easily the worst episode of the greatest series ever made in my opinion. WONDER WOMAN was well written, well acted, well designed, and adapted extremely well from the comic book. Then you watch this episode and it is like they did not care beyond having Roy Rogers on the show. I never was a big fan of westerns, and this definitely does not work for WONDER WOMAN as well. What should have been an uplifting moment when the little boy finally speaks again to Wonder Woman is lackluster. This episode also proves that live action comic adaptations should never stray from the comic costumes too far. While the X-MEN outfits worked better in the film than the brightly colored costumes in the comic books, Wonder Woman's outfit is synonomous with the character and should not be taken away. The white pants and red shirt just do not work. In closing, I would still watch this episode if it were on the telly, but I would not automatically go to it on my DVDs. It is still easily a much better episode than any reality program or many of today's top offerings.
I can't imagine a poorer entry into the series than this one (although costumed gorillas do come to mind). This is my pet peeve with guest stars overtaking the style of the series. This episode was written for Roy Rogers and not the regulars and it shows. Was this a spinoff attempt? I'm not sure but I do know a disaster when I see it coming. This is yet another example of why you need writing to make a series work. All the special effects and hot stars are not going to overcome a bad script. Avoid at all costs!
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