01 August, 2011

Wonder Woman Pilot: Tit Marketing



Writer: Multipass

Wonder Woman gets upset when you don't ask permission to market her tits!

I got my hands on the "Wonder Woman" unaired pilot episode last week. The show was planning on being picked up by NBC in the fall, and they supposedly spent millions and millions of dollars on it. They even shut down the massively busy intersection at Hollywood and Highland in downtown Hollywood to shoot an action sequence. But despite all that, NBC definitely made the right decision not to pick this show up for the fall season.

The entire episode has this strange feeling to it. The only way to describe it is that I felt like I had taken two benadryl before I watched it. And I didn't understand most of the decisions that were made concerning the structure of the story. Wonder Woman is the public superhero persona of Diana Greeklastname. Diana Greeksomething is basically a poor man's Tony Stark. She has maybe half his charisma and almost none of his sense of humor. Like Stark/Ironman, she is a bazillionaire who owns a corporation, and everyone knows she is Wonder Woman. But the writers also give Diana GreekyGreek another alias, as Diana Prince, a lonely boring girl with no friends only a cat, who wears glasses and her hair in a ponytail. This ENTIRE alter ego is to show us that she is secretly sad and lonely.

Um okay, not sure why she needs this alter ego, considering she has friends and had a relationship as Diana Greekopolis, and her ex knew and knows she is a hero...so what is the issue? Oh right, the issue with them is she is afraid that he will get hurt by being close to her. She and Smallville should have a mopey idiot contest. (He would win)

Our first introduction to Wonder Woman is pretty lame. The chase wasn't that exciting, she looks like a girl in a costume running down Hollywood Blvd. After she catches the baddie, we find out Wonder Woman apparently works kind of with the government and police, but not really, or something. I really wasn't clear about how that dynamic worked, but they seemed to refer to it a lot. I also didn't understand why Wonder Woman was running around breaking people's arms, syringing them in the neck, and killing them. I mean...Wonder Woman isn't some dark tortured hero...she's a Justice League member! I really don't think Superman and the gang would be cool with this, and I'm not either. Basically she gets away with murder as long as everything works out. That's not very superhero-y.

I had a few doubts about the casting. The actress who played Wonder Woman/Diana Greekanakis/Diana Prince seems to have some SERIOUS trouble looking angry. But she did look wonderful in the starry underoos, which work SO MUCH BETTER than those dumb pants. I did enjoy seeing Cary Elwes because...well who doesn't? I also thought Elizabeth Hurley did a wonderful job with a very weak villain. The villain story wasn't very compelling, but she really chewed up the scenery and was really the only actor who seemed to be enjoying herself.

I think what NBC should have pushed for, right from the beginning, was a lot more tongue and cheek humor, a lot more ass kicking, and a much clearer story. The pilot just didn't feel like the show was going anywhere new. Too bad WB shelved their potential Wonder Woman feature for this project, and now have nothing to show us of one of DC Comics' most recognizable heroes.

10 comments:

  1. My favorite part of the pilot was when she decided to wear those underoos. And I had been the biggest opponent to them having her wear them before seeing it. It worked the best and the discussion about what outfit to wear and how much of her jubblies to show was kind of fun. The show should have been like that. But the emo bullshit was so lame.

    I will say this, the actor is much hotter with dark hair than blond.

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  2. and don't forget that diana should have been sued for slander about halfway in. she called out veronica kale for illegal stuff on air saying she was murdering people and then said she had no actual evidence of it which at that point she didnt. kale could have financially taken down the whole wonder woman industry for that.

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  3. @Multipass

    You had me at GreekyGreek. ROFL.

    @HGF

    Word.

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  4. Lynda Carter looks hawt.

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  5. It was kind of crazy how much better the underoos looked than the pants...I mean who'da thunk it?

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  6. It is pretty funny how that worked out... so many of us were saying how the underoos would look idiotic and then... they were the only thing that looked good.

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  7. The pilot was far better than this very poor review gives it credit. David E Kelley's take on the show was very interstesting in bringing WW into our 2011 world. The use of the media continually commenting on her work as well as all of the legal related issues she would encounter were great. She is an Amazon so therefore both not human as well as not a US citizen. She operates outside the law and that was the point they were stressing on the show was how she lives life in this legal gray area. While this review doesn't grasp the 3 identity scenario it actually works and makes sense in the context of the show. Every review that is currently online is quite honestly written by people who would NOT even be the target audience for this show. Most review don't know jack about WW's history or for that matter do most of the reviewers even seem to like superheros. The reality is between the smallville and buffy audience there would be a very healthy sized audience for this show should the CW or another network run with it. The Diana Prince identity makes sense as she has no true friend or romantic life and nor will she let herself for fear they would be targeted. Which in the context of the show does make sense. It would be a lonely life and Kelley is trying to show that to give her some pathos -- which to create drama in a TV show is necessary! If you haven't seen it the pilot is incredibly easy to find online. All of us superhero loving, sci-fi nuts need to start a petition to get this show on the air. Most pilots are not always a great representation of the actual series. Go back and watch the pilot of any of your favorite shows and you will see they off pail in comparison to where the series ends up. Kelley set up a wonderful world for this new WW to explore -- the cast was great and I would love to see where things go. This new WW kicks some major butt and the big scene was wonderfully choregeographed and staged. WW using her lasso on Hurley's bitch of a character was a very fun cheeky moment. BRING WONDER WOMAN BACK TO TV!!! WATCH THE SHOW BEFORE YOU JOIN IN THE BS CIRCUS OF LIES GOING ON ONLINE OVER THIS SHOW -- THE SHOW IS QUITE GOOD AND DESERVES CREDIT FOR IT!!!!!

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  8. Ladies and gentlemen, the show runner of this failed experiment clearly commenting anonymously.

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  9. "All of us superhero loving, sci-fi nuts neet to start a petition to get this show on the air."

    Well that would include yours truly, who thought it sucked, so I'm afraid I won't be signing your petition.

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  10. Signing petitions hasn't worked since Star Trek was brought back from the dead 40 fuckin' years ago.

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