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welcome to my wonder woman fan page. here you will find episode synopses, bloopers and reviews. this page was last updated 25-11-02.



SEASON ONE


#1 THE NEW ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN (SERIES PREMIERE)

PLOT: After an American pilot is downed over Paradise Island, Diana decides to enter a contest so she can fight alongside him back in America as Wonder Woman.

REVIEW: The series gets off to a great start with this episode, which is laced with good humour and credible production values. Lynda Carter was perfect for the role as the Amazon princess forced into a unique situation. 10/10



#2 WONDER WOMAN MEETS BARONESS VON GUNTHER

PLOT: When Steve Trevor is suspected of espionage - Wonder Woman fights to clear his name.

REVIEW: This would have to be one of my all-time favourite episodes from the series as it delivered everything a fan could want and more. Though campy in part (Wonder Woman speaking like a man on the phone for instance), Lynda seemed to strike the right balance in this one and I really liked the cat fight between her and the Baroness as they rolled down a hill in the final minutes of the show. Definitely one to keep. 9/10

WHOOPS: Check out the scene where WW is about to rescue Tommy - notice how the film jumps back to the spot where she started running?



#3 FAUSTA, THE NAZI WONDER WOMAN

PLOT: The Nazis send their top female agent to America who in turn defeats Wonder Woman and brings her back to Germany.

REVIEW: This was less than stellar which is surprising, given that, essentially, we were presented with two Wonder Women this time around. With a script that is headed nowhere and poor casting, this was an episode that could have been a classic but never got out of the gutter. 3/10



#4 BEAUTY ON PARADE

PLOT: Diana enters a beauty contest - despite Steve Trevor's protests - to expose saboteurs.

REVIEW: If they had cut out the stupid beauty segments and the dreadful singing, this would have been a classic but as it stands it ranks as one of the worst (at least for me) episodes of the first season. Also I would like to know why every female action hero series must have a beauty contest episode -- talk about pandering to the male demographic. 2/10



#5 THE FEMINUM MYSTIQUE PART ONE

PLOT: Drusilla, Wonder Woman's younger sister, accidentally reveals the secret location of Paradise Island to the Nazis.

REVIEW: One of the most banal episodes in the series this just did not do anything for me. I was hoping that the addition of Wonder Girl would spice things up but she was made out to be dumber than her older sister is. Episodes like this really show how far television has come since this. 4/10



#6 THE FEMINUM MYSTIQUE PART TWO

PLOT: Wonder Woman unites her Amazon sisters in battle and together they defeat the Nazis.

REVIEW: We had better watch out. Wonder Woman has united her sisters in battle and are they not glorious? Please. The Amazon warriors depicted here could not fight their way out of a paper bag if trapped inside one. The only thing I liked about this episode and indeed most of the two-part episode was where WW runs after a plane and spins it to a stop. 4/10



#7 WONDER WOMAN VERSUS GARGANTUA

PLOT: Wonder Woman battles a gorilla that has been trained to destroy her.

REVIEW: This was quite good as long as you suspended disbelief in regards to the man in the gorilla suit. It was funny how WW said she did not want to hurt him and then proceeds to throw him on his back. I guess she does not know her own strength? Gargantua is not the best WW story devised but it has its moments. 6/10



#8 THE PLUTO FILE

PLOT: Wonder Woman tracks down the Falcon - who is a carrier of the bubonic plague.

REVIEW: This episode reads like a blight on the series if you ask me and is one of the most un-inspiring hours of television I have seen. Forgettable. 1/10



#9 THE LAST OF THE $2 BILLS

PLOT: Wonder Woman foils a Nazi scheme to flood the United States economy with fake money.

REVIEW: Wow. Wonder Woman learns fast doesn't she - yes, money does come from trees. She may be a Wonder Woman but she is often made out to be much less up in the brain department. Besides that, I thought the episode was rather good and it was nice to see that Trevor can get himself out of a jam for once without our buxom beauties help. 7/10



#10 JUDGEMENT FROM OUTER SPACE PART ONE

PLOT: Andros is sent to Earth to determine whether the planet is a threat to other civilisations.

REVIEW: The episode that inspired Mind Stealers From Outer Space, this one was probably among the best two part episodes Wonder Woman ever produced because of the credible production values and decent story line. For once, I think the writers got Diana's demeanour right. Excellent work. 8/10



#11 JUDGEMENT FROM OUTER SPACE PART TWO

PLOT: Wonder Woman rescues Andros who has been taken prisoner by Nazis vent on using his power to win WWII.

REVIEW: Really, there was no point in watching this as you saw most of the episode in the trailer after the first part. A credible conclusion but some of the Nazi elements detract. 7/10



#12 FORMULA 407

PLOT: Steve and Diana travel to Argentina to thwart a Nazi plot.

REVIEW: One of my all-time favourites, this put Lynda Carter in the limelight and she did not appear like a bimbo for once. Watching this show makes me wonder what writers could do with it in the nineties. Can you imagine the possibilities? Xena would have to run for the hills. Excellent stuff. 9/10



#13 THE BUSHWACKERS

PLOT: Steve visits a friend of General Blankenship who is having problems with cattle rustlers.

REVIEW: Nothing special but then what did you expect regarding an episode based around Steve Trevor? Wonder Woman gets a more adult costume in this episode too - to appease the old fart that played one of the ranchers. 4/10



#14 WONDER WOMAN IN HOLLYWOOD (SEASON FINALE) (ABC SERIES FINALE)

PLOT: Drusilla and Diana team-up to rescue American war heroes.

REVIEW: And so the first season ends and overall it was not too good in hindsight. Though the nod to the comic book was welcome I did not like seeing the series play out like so much fluff stuck under one's shoe. The pairing of WW and her sister, Wonder Girl, failed to elicit any excitement and it is no surprise she would not make another appearance. 3/10



SEASON TWO


#15 THE RETURN OF WONDER WOMAN (CBS SERIES PREMIERE)

PLOT: It's been thirty-odd years and now Wonder Woman is leaving Paradise Island again - this time to help the son of Steve Trevor battle international terrorists by working at the IADC.

REVIEW: Not as ambitious as the ABC premiere, it was nice to see CBS update the series and overall I think it worked wonders - no pun intended. While, I did not agree with some of the latter episodes that pushed the serious aspect, I felt the combination of slapstick comedy and drama worked well here. 8.5/10



#16 ANSCHLUSS '77

PLOT: Wonder Woman is sickened upon discovering that Hitler has been cloned and his plan to revive the Third Reich.

REVIEW: I would have liked to see WW battle Hitler himself but settled for the scene where she destroys the pod. This episode is more notable, however, for the scene where WW hangs from the underside of a helicopter and battles an army tank. 8.5/10



#17 THE MAN WHO COULD MOVE THE WORLD

PLOT: A man blames Wonder Woman for killing his brother during WWII.

REVIEW: Boring with a capital B. For a villain who has incredible telekinetic abilities, this guy sure did not put them to good use. Also, check out the alleged scene with WW from WWII - her costume is the same - even though it is now set in the 70's. 4/10



#18 THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE CRISIS

PLOT: Diana is worried that the development of a nuclear facility will endanger Paradise Island.

REVIEW: One of the better episodes from Season Two and one of my favourites. I liked that Diana was facing a genuine dilemma for once and it was also a nice touch for her to seek advice from Mother back on the island. 9/10

EXTRA: This episode marked the first time we would see the WW Diving Suit and without flippers!



#19 KNOCKOUT

PLOT: When Steve goes missing, Diana travels to Los Angeles to investigate his disappearance.

REVIEW: Not particularly interesting but I really did enjoy the last fifteen minutes of the episode as WW confronts the gunmen atop the balcony. The preachy message seemed a bit too obvious though and came out sounding forced but overall, not bad. 6/10



#20 THE PIED PIPER

PLOT: Wonder Woman battles a musician who uses his music to hypnotise female fans into stealing for him.

REVIEW: Oh no! The evil pied piper is on the prowl and he is luring bimbos with his flute. This was an example of a WW episode done badly and not even the considerable talents of WW were enough to rescue the script. Totally mindless. 2/10



#21 THE QUEEN AND THE THIEF

PLOT: Diana and Steve expose an international thief.



#22 I DO, I DO

PLOT: Wonder Woman investigates crimes being committed at a health spa in Arizona.

REVIEW: The only thing I liked about this one is the scene where WW runs after a golf buggy. Otherwise avoid. 2/10



#23 THE MAN WHO MADE VOLCANOES

PLOT: A scientist has developed the means of inducing artificial volcanic eruptions.

REVIEW: Another forgettable episode though the scene where WW kicks down a brick wall and then glides through the air is note-worthy. 3/10



#24 MIND STEALERS FROM OUTER SPACE PART ONE

PLOT: Wonder Woman is reunited with an old friend when he travels to Earth to eliminate aliens known as the Skrill.

REVIEW: This was supposed to be an all-out action story in which Diana would face a major enemy but the staging of the Skrill was so lame that it was impossible to take the premise seriously. It would have been nice if some money and effort had actually gone into the costuming but I guess the budget did not allow it. It was nice to see Wonder Woman teaming up with Andros again but it would have been even better if they had managed to get the same actor. The last fifteen minutes were of particular interest and it was nice to see someone finally deduce that Diana and WW are one and the same. 6.5/10



#25 MIND STEALERS FROM OUTER SPACE PART TWO

PLOT: Wonder Woman must battle the Skrill alone after Andros is injured.

REVIEW: An acceptable conclusion but too many scenes failed to make the grade. I understand that WW was basically a sci-fi series but a meaningful story line goes a long way and besides look at the competition WW had - Bionic Woman - while fictional - made inroads at the time and demonstrated just how great a series could be. It was fun watching WW battle the Skrill and thus save Earth from those fashion-less crazies but overall I was disappointed. 4/10



#26 THE DEADLY TOYS

PLOT: Diana battles an android created in the image of Wonder Woman.

REVIEW: Essentially a Xmas episode but definitely not something special - the episode just dived in so many scenes that I lost count. Even the scene where Diana confronts the WW android was pathetic to the extreme - and whoever thought of the lame music to accompany it - well I won't say. This is an episode that demonstrates that nobody was really having fun on the set any more. 1.5/10

WHOOPS: Check out the scene where WW reveals to the Toy man that she is the genuine article. She runs after him and starts removing her tiara but then the scene jumps and she is back where she started.



#27 LIGHT FINGERED LADY

PLOT: Diana exposes the gang of a criminal mastermind.



#28 SCREAMING JAVELIN

PLOT: Wonder Woman rescues world-class athletes who were kidnapped by a madman.



#29 DIANA'S DISAPPEARING ACT

PLOT: Count Cagliostro targets Diana.

REVIEW: I did not like this episode very much at all as Diana did not get much to do and while that is an accepted premise - the other characters were plain boring. I liked two stunt sequences though - the first being where she escapes from a fast-moving truck and the second - where she traps one of Cagliostro's men. 2/10



#30 DEATH IN DISGUISE

PLOT: Diana is assigned to protect a wealthy industrialist.

REVIEW: Another stinker from Season Two. I am surprised that nobody was able to tell the saboteur was a man given the obviousness of it all. I was even more surprised that WW is able to run 47 miles in just a few minutes and thought that was stretching credibility a bit far. From what I have seen from Season Two it appears obvious that the writers were getting bored with the show and came up with new powers for WW to try and make things more interesting. 3/10



#31 IRAC IS MISSING

PLOT: Wonder Woman is pitted against a computer wizard.

REVIEW: Now, this is more like it. Essentially an episode that tests WW to the limit and it was interesting to see how she wriggled her way out of each trap. The effects were impressive and bountiful but not distracting to the plot. I also liked how IRAC told Diana "we all have our secrets" towards the end. Good stuff. 9/10



#32 FLIGHT TO OBLIVION

PLOT: A former NATO officer sabotages the US Air Force.

REVIEW: A really dull episode that almost sent me to sleep if it were not for the scene where WW runs after a bus and pulls it to a stop. The stunt appeared quite real but I have to admit, I did feel sorry for the driver. 5/10

EXTRA: Y'know the clips of WW running and leaping over the rooftops? We will see this in other episodes.



#33 SEANCE OF TERROR

PLOT: A boy with psychic powers dupes high-ranking officials.

REVIEW: Another dull episode that could have been better had it not languished so much time on mindless elements. 2/10



#34 THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T TELL

PLOT: A janitor is targeted by hit men after discovering the ingredients of a secret formula.

REVIEW: Good premise let down by lousy execution and excessive comedy. Lynda was particularly interesting to watch in this episode and her portrayal of Diana contrasted nicely with that of her more abrasive WW. Though the set-up was cumbersome, the second half of the story was a delight to watch though I was surprised at the speed of one of her spins in a corridor. 5/10



#35 THE GIRL FROM ILANDIA

PLOT: Wonder Woman befriends a girl with superpowers.

REVIEW: Watching this I felt that parts of it were a conclusion to a former story and that it demanded a follow-up. Still, despite the evident flaws, I really enjoyed watching this episode and especially liked the scenes between Tina and Lynda. Lynda seemed to enjoy working on this show in particular and the stunt-work was impressive. The ending ranks as one of the best in the whole series but as usual no follow-through. 6/10



#36 MURDEROUS MISSILE (SEASON FINALE)

PLOT: Diana is held captive in a ghost town.

REVIEW: Not a bad episode but the string holding the missile in place is a bit too obvious at times. Wonder Woman only appeared in a few scenes and the gymnastics routine took me completely by surprise. Is there nothing she cannot do? It was good to see Lynda in her Diana Prince guise for most of the episode and the situation seemed dire. The motorcycle outfit is featured for much of the last fifteen minutes and overall I think this was a good way to spend forty-five minutes. 6.5/10



SEASON THREE


#37 MY TEENAGE IDOL IS MISSING (SEASON PREMIERE)

PLOT: An imposter replaces a teenage star.



#38 HOT WHEELS

PLOT: Diana comes across an abandoned vehicle that contains top secret microfilm.



#39 THE DEADLY STING

PLOT: Wonder Woman discovers that football players are being brainwashed.

REVIEW: Well, I think this pretty much establishes that episodes centred around foul play in sport make for dull viewing. This would have to be one of the most un-inspiring and boring episodes I have ever seen but I did enjoy the scene where WW runs after the crook in the final minutes of the show and how she leaped past him as he was climbing up the ladder. 1/10



#40 THE FINE ART OF CRIME

PLOT: Wonder Woman breaks up a ring of art thieves.

REVIEW: Another episode that practically sent me to sleep. 1/10



#41 DISCO DEVIL

PLOT: Wonder Woman battles a psychic vampire.

REVIEW: Let's get down and boogie. Yes, this is WW's tribute to the disco orientated seventies but no, she does not have a special outfit to wear - though one can be forgiven for assuming so when you tally up all of her other outfits. The vampire routine was predictable and the episode wasted far too much time with weird facial reactions and footage of men staring into each other's eyes. The last fifteen minutes where WW battles the criminals in the disco was okay but nothing we haven't seen before. 4/10



#42 FORMICIDA

PLOT: Wonder Woman battles a woman who has the might of insects.

REVIEW: Heh, this one was pretty stupid and the Ant Lady was a hoot to watch - what with all those distorted facial expressions. Man, she looked pretty scary - NOT!! Any way, this proved that the writers should have been kicked firmly up the behind for delivering such drivel. Watch it with your mind elsewhere. 1/10



#43 TIME BOMB

PLOT: A scientist from 2155 travels back in time to 1978 to use her knowledge of history to become rich.

REVIEW: This had the potential to be a stand out episode but due to poor casting and a script that was less than focused, I was less than enthused with this one. The poor F/X dealt this episode a bad blow too. Disappointing. 3/10

EXTRA: Check out the scene where the gunman fires on WW - she starts running towards the observatory and even though she is nowhere close - she manages to leap onto a floor which just proves that her leaping was becoming too ridiculous to believe. Also check out the poor F/X where she throws the flare to disperse the effects of the bomb that detonated - though the situation was serious, I couldn't help but laugh.



#44 SKATEBOARD WHIZ

PLOT: A mobster kidnaps one of Diana's relatives.

REVIEW: A 'groovy' episode that sees WW chase after crooks while riding a skateboard -- which is so funny -- it is cool. 5/10



#45 THE DEADLY DOLPHIN

PLOT: A dolphin is strapped with explosives in order to destroy an oil tanker.

REVIEW: Really stupid but notable for the Wonder Diving Suit, which is seen here again. 2/10

WHOOPS: Watch when WW spins into the diving suit - she has no flippers but suddenly they appear when she is in the water. Also recognise the location? We were on the same set in the Bermuda Triangle Crisis.



#46 STOLEN FACES

PLOT: Diana tracks down a Wonder Woman imposter.

REVIEW: Have not seen this one so no review.



#47 POT OF GOLD

PLOT: A leprechaun enlists Wonder Woman's help in retrieving his gold.

REVIEW: Okay, me laddies. Isn't this just grand? Ah, wee, it's Wonder Woman and her trusty friend the leprechaun. Well, with that out of the way, what did I think of this one? It wasn't too bad as long as you did not dwell on it too much and it was nice to see Diana in London for a change. 5/10

EXTRA: I loved the stunt towards the end where WW runs after the helicopter and lasso's part of the underbelly - it's stunts like that that the series should have been doing more often - after all -- she is WW is she not?



#48 GAULT'S BRAIN

PLOT: The brain of a billionaire seeks a new host.

REVIEW: Gotta love those brains. Yet another stinker from season three which just goes to show why this series was pulled from the air by CBS. 2/10



#49 GOING, GOING, GONE

PLOT: Diana breaks up a gang of criminals who market atomic hardware.

REVIEW: A really pathetic episode that makes WW look totally incompetent. We see the Diving Suit in this one as well - courtesy of Diana being blown out of a torpedo tube. 2/10



#50 SPACED OUT

PLOT: A laser crystal is accidentally offered for sale at a science-fiction convention.



#51 THE STARSHIPS ARE COMING

PLOT: An elaborate hoax convinces people that hostile aliens are about to invade the planet.



#52 AMAZON HOT WAX

PLOT: Diana investigates sinister going-ons in the music industry.

REVIEW: Non-essential but worth a look for the clips of Lynda singing -- her voice is reminiscent of the late Karen Carpenter and is much better than I thought it would be -- showing that her rival Lindsay Wagner's attempt at singing in the series "The Bionic Woman" is laughable in comparison. 4/10



#53 THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD

PLOT: Diana tracks down Marshall Henshaw.

REVIEW: This episode showed promise but the execution left a lot to be desired - as did much of Season Three. The problem is that it tried to do too many things and could not decide if it was an action or comedy story? The dumb jokes and Diana and Steve phoning the IRAC computer and getting a sexy voice-over demonstrates the series was badly lacking at this point - even more than the material used to create Wonder Woman's costume. 3/10



#54 A DATE WITH DOOMSDAY

PLOT: A virus is stolen from a government laboratory.



#55 THE GIRL WITH A GIFT FOR DISASTER

PLOT: A girl becomes an accomplice in the theft of historical documents.



#56 PHANTOM OF THE ROLLER COASTER PART ONE

PLOT: Diana is feared dead after investigating sinister going-ons at an amusement park.



#57 PHANTOM OF THE ROLLER COASTER PART TWO

PLOT: Wonder Woman races to save people in a car when the roller coaster is sabotaged.



#58 THE BOY WHO KNEW HER SECRET PART ONE

PLOT: Metallic pyramids fall to Earth and imprison the minds of those who touch them.

REVIEW: This is essentially "Mind Stealers" remade but I think this one is much better as WW and Diana are both seen to good effect - especially the latter. Also the cliff-hanger ranks as one of the all-time best -- if not the best -- from the series as our young friend discovers that Diana and Wonder Woman are one and the same! Excellent work. 9.5/10



#59 THE BOY WHO KNEW HER SECRET PART TWO

PLOT: A boy learns that Diana is Wonder Woman after a pyramid overcomes her.

REVIEW: Not as riveting as the first part but still very enjoyable. The final minutes seemed to imply that a follow-up would be soon but as the series would end -- no such luck. Coupled together with part one this is perhaps the finest two-part WW episode. 8.9/10



#60 THE MAN WHO COULD NOT DIE (CBS SERIES FINALE) (NOTICE THE NEW OPENING CREDITS)

PLOT: Wonder Woman befriends a man who has superpowers.

REVIEW: And so it ends and not with a whimper like other series. While it was not unique to see WW paired up with another super-human, the script managed to entertain throughout without re-treading old ground. It was kind of fun to see WW be shocked that her fabled golden lasso had no effect and that she would have to win the man's confidence on her own. The F/X were abundant and especially convincing -- though the leap from a high-rise towards the end was a tad ridiculous -- it wins points due to WW being so cocky upon catching up with the criminal. Overall, the series delivered some thrilling episodes -- some that promised so much and did not deliver in the end -- and other ones that were incredibly stupid or boring. Much like any other series I can think of. After three seasons, WW was pulled from the air but has seen much success in syndication around the world. Oh yeah, a rating for this episode? 9/10.



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