I finally got a chance to watch the pilot for the NBC’s Wonder Woman. I had a mixed feelings on the pilot not being picked up. On one hand based on what was being reported and my reading of the original pilot it didn’t seem to represent the Wonder Woman I love from comics. But on the other, it was weekly Wonder Woman show. Better to have something than nothing. Right?
Wrong. This was awful. As much as I disliked the pilot script, it was better than this. What’s to hate?
"Don’t do that, that bugs me. Certain sounds bug me. The cry of a baby. The bark of a dog. The snap of an arm." And then you hear screaming from the room.
"No Wonder Woman isn’t vulgar. Wonder Woman is perfect. Perfect tits. Perfect ass. Perfect teeth. … She always does everything right god forbid she’d make a mistake sorry we’d expect the world to think her human."
And there was some of the crap from the pilot script.The two different personas are just silly. We never see Diana Prince interface with anyone except her cat. Instead of eating ice cream and crying herself to sleep after finding out Steve, the love of her life, is married she opens a Facebook account and names her cat as her friend. I. am. serious. It’s sad. If Wonder Woman wanted friends she just go out and make them, not sit around watching “The Notebook” eating chips on the coach with her cat.
The performances are all over the place. Palicki is very good. Tracie Thoms is adorable but has little to do beyond run her finger across an iPad and keep Diana on schedule. Elizabeth Hurley is campy as Veronica Cale. The big meeting between Cale and Diana is a filled with the subtle slashy subtext of a women’s prison movie. Cary Elwes is hammy
And the costume? Great Hera, the top is so undersized it was distracting. I kept wondering how many times she fell out of it. And the different bottoms? We are never told why.
The pilot sets up a dark, angry violent Wonder Woman who is lonely and has a goal of doing “good.”
I wish Kelley and the producers had achieved even half that goal because Wonder Woman so deserves better than this.