Wonder Woman

Season 1 Episode 0

The New Original Wonder Woman

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Aired Unknown Nov 07, 1975 on CBS
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The New Original Wonder Woman
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American war hero Steve Trevor is downed over the Bermuda Triangle and lands on "Paradise Island," home of the Amazons. The Amazons hold a contest and choose a champion among them - Wonder Woman - who will return with Steve Trevor to America and remain there to fight the Nazi threat. In the pilot episode, there is a Nazi plan to destroy a new bomb site to ruin America's war effort. The Nazis have a mole in Steve's office who is sabotaging him, and only Wonder Woman can stop this catastrophe.moreless

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  • Not bad but it get's better

    5.0
    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 airplane 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-whipcracking-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 braclets' 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 epsmoreless
  • Nazis plan to bomb America, but Wonder Woman won't let that happen

    8.0
    The theme song may be dated and laughable, but the TV series itself still holds up well and this pilot is one of the best pilots for a TV series I have ever seen. It is full of action and comedy. It is just a really fun thing to watch (which is good since it is a movie length episode). I know that feminism was the big thing at the time, but some of the things said are almost sexist against men! The biggest blunder is saying that men are the reason for such a violent world, when in fact woman have been just as violent through history when they are put in charge. This TV series has never heard of absolute power corrupts absolutely, no matter the gender.moreless
Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

Major Steve Trevor/Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Princess Diana/(Yeoman) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Cloris Leachman played Hippolyta, Wonder Woman's mother, in the pilot episode only and was paid $25,000 for one day's shooting. Carolyn Jones took over the role for three episodes in the first season and Beatrice Straight appeared as The Queen in two episodes of the second season.

    • In the comics, William Moulton Marston included the golden lasso as a reference to his other invention, the lie detector.

    • Goof: During the fight scene between Marcia and Wonder Woman, at one point they are at one end of the corridor near the light which Marcia pulled down to hit Wonder Woman with. The camera angle changes and they are suddenly at the opposite end of the corridor as you can see the light at the other end.

    • Goof: After the bank robbery, Ashley Norman is drivng his car after Wonder Woman, he is passing a dark green Beetle. The camera cuts to a different angle and the colour of the car also changes to light blue and the dark green one is in the distance.

    • This episode marks the first use of Wonder Woman's ability to mimic other people's voices.

    • This episode marks the tv début of the Invisible Plane.

    • The Golden Lasso is indestructible and compells anyone bound with it to tell the truth.

    • We learn that the Golden Belt worn by Wonder Woman enables the wearer to keep their powers away from Paradise Island.

    • We learn that Paradise Island, home of Wonder Woman and her Amazon sisters, is located within the Devil's Triangle.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Queen Hippolyta: (Holding up a golden belt) This is the golden belt. It is the symbol for Amazon supremacy. So long as you wear it, you will retain your cunning and strength away from Paradise Island. (handing the golden belt to one of the Amazons who puts it around the masked blond haired Amazon)..and this is your golden lasso. Besides being made of an indestructible material, it also carries with it the power to compel people to tell the truth. Use it well and with compassion.

    • Queen Hippolyta: Noble Amazons masked in the tradition of our tournaments with only your individual skills and prowess to rely upon. One of you will win for the glory of all to preserve our Paradise. Let the tournament begin!

    • Queen Hippolyta: Young Amazon minds are best occupied with athletic discipline and higher learning.

    • Queen Hippolyta: (Leaning forward) There are so many things you don't know. Do you have any idea of your age?
      Diana: By what standard?
      Queen Hippolyta: By the Earth's clock.
      Diana: No.
      Queen Hippolyta: You are immortal as are all of us on Paradise Island. If you should ever leave here, you could revert to a human being.

    • Queen Hippolyta: I named this island Paradise for an excellent reason: (Sitting down on a chair) There are no men on it. Thus, it is free of their wars, their greed, their hostilities, their barbaric, masculine behaviour. (as she bites down on her knuckles)
      Diana: Thousands of years have passed. Perhaps men are now different. Perhaps, they've come to think as much of peace as we do.
      Queen Hippolyta: We shall soon see.

    • Princess Diana: (to the Queen) But, surely, some men can be trusted.

    • Rena: I've never seen a man in the flesh before. (Diana lifts Steve into her arms)
      Princess Diana: Who of us have?

    • Rena: A man? Here on our island?
      Princess Diana: Just help me get him out of this contraption.

    • Rena: What do you think it is?
      Princess Diana: I think it's called a parachute. (Both kneeling down to examine the parachute) But what's it doing here, on Paradise Island?

    • Steve: (to General Blankenship) I'll try and nail him over the Bermuda area in that so-called Devil's Triangle. Since the year 1900, over 50 ships and 60 planes have disappeared in that area without explanation.

    • Diana: Whatever the language, be honest.
      Steve: You're very perceptive Diana.
      Diana: I'm a woman. Where I was brought up, women were taught to respect honesty.
      Steve: Now I like that. You know, we're gonna get along just fine.
      Diana: I'm sure we will.

    • Queen Hippolyta: Go in peace, my daughter, and remember that in the world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The first time this pilot episode aired, the title was listed as The New Original Wonder Woman in the opening credits. When the series was released on DVD, the title was changed to Wonder Woman.

    • The spinning transformation with clothes being pulled away as Diana Prince fades away and Wonder Woman fades in with the nurse's uniform over one arm was expensive due to the technique necessary. It would only be used for the next two specials, as the edit process took a long time.

    • The original spinning transformation was developed by Carter. From 1942 to 1960's in the comics, Wonder Woman carried her accessories in her purse, and transformed as Superman does, with her costume under her clothes. Based on old panels where Diana Prince was moving as a whirlwind to make a high speed change back from Wonder Woman, Carter, a dancer, suggested a graceful pirouette.

    • Many syndications didn't even include the badly-cut pilot, and show the episodes out of sequence for the first season.

    • FX started showing the full 90 minute version when it started up as a cable station after many requests from viewers. It was finally released as part of the collector's edition by Columbia House.

    • This episode originally aired as a 90 min movie, but is usually edited down to 60 min for syndication.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Norden Bombsight: This was an actual bombsight in use both prior to and during World War II. It was so highly guarded that bombardiers were required to take an oath to protect it with the sacrifice of their own life. It was also known as the S-1 Bombsight. It was reputed to be accurate to within 100 feet, an incredible acievement for the time!

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