WONDER WOMAN - THE COMPLETE
Wonder Woman - The Complete Third Season
Starring: Lynda Carter
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Format: Color, Closed-captioned
Number of discs: 4
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0
- 24 episodes on four discs
- Lynda Carter episode commentary
- The Ultimate Feminist Icon documentary
- Limited-quantity commemorative bonus disc containing
a never-before-released-on-DVD Shazam episode
never too late to have a happy childhood, I decided when I said yes to a
review copy of Wonder Woman - The Complete Third Season.
You see, I never saw any episodes of this
late-1970s TV show starring former Miss America Lynda Carter as the DC
Comics character Wonder Woman even though as a thirtysomethinger I do fall
in the right demographic (it was about the same time as the Christopher
Reeve Superman movies).
I desperately wanted to, but the show was
never aired on TV in South Africa - I suppose the apartheid era censors
most likely thought that Lynda Carter prancing about in that skimpy outfit
of hers would corrupt young pre-pubescent boys. They were probably right
and having watched some of the episodes now I definitely feel that I have
a gap in my, ahem, upbringing.
Anyway, in this particular incarnation
Wonder Woman is a super-powered Amazon warrior working for a secret U.S.
government department similar to the CIA, confirming suspicions we've held
about them all along.
The show has dated rather badly and today
has all the makings of a modern camp classic: the atrocious ?Seventies
post-Saturday Night Fever fashions and hairstyles, the precocious
child actors (groan), Lynda Carter prancing about in that outfit, the
disco theme song, and so forth. Yet it all remains peculiarly watchable
somehow - I suppose that when all else fails, one can always just stare at
Lynda Carter's boobs (unfortunately she doesn't spend nearly enough time
in her Wonder Woman outfit in each episode).
So, good family fun, especially for dad
and the boys . . .
DISC: The entire third and final season (often considered to fans
to be the best one of the lot) is fitted unto four double-sided discs. The
box is a crude carton foldout box type adorned with comic book art and
lots of snaps of Ms Carter.
There is an extra bonus disc in its own
carton packaging containing an episode from a TV show of the same era
based on the lesser-known Shazam! D.C. comic book title. (I didn't
even know it existed, and besides, it looks horrendously bad . . .)
As with most TV shows on DVD nowadays
bonus features are a bit on the thin side, but there is an audio
commentary and a funny featurette about Wonder Woman as a feminist icon,
something I'm sure will give young hormonally unbalanced boys a chuckle or
two. . .
Image and sound quality are quite good,
especially considering the show's age. Some episodes have some scratches
on the prints, but it's no biggie. (The sound is mono, but is quite
WORTH IT? If you have any boys ten
years and older they would no doubt thank you profusely for buying them
Wonder Woman - The Complete Third Season on DVD.
RECOMMENDATION: Buy it for them. You can always drop in to watch it
with them during the good bits.
1- The Starships Are
2- Phantom Of The Roller-Coaster Part 1
3- Phantom Of The Roller-Coaster Part 2
4- Disco Devil
5- The Richest Man In The World
6- A Date With Doomsday
7- The Girl With The Gift For Disaster
8- Stolen Faces
9- Hot Wheels
10- The Deadly Sting
11- My Teenage Idol Is Missing
12- Time Bomb
13- Skateboard Wiz
14- The Deadly Dolphin
15- Pot Of Gold (Christmas)
16- Gault's Brain
17- Going, Going, Gone!
18- Spaced Out!
19- Amazon Hot Wax
20- The Boy Who Knew Her Secret Part 1
21- The Boy Who Knew Her Secret Part 2
22- The Man Who Could Not Die! (Finale)