I think the best way to spread the love for Wonder Woman is to simply guide you through a typical episode. The episode I have chosen is one of my personal favorites: "The Bermuda Triangle". In the 1970's, there was a huge interest in the paranormal and unexplained. Leonard Nimoy led the pack with "In Search of...", and there was a nationwide fascination with Bigfoot, UFO's and The Loch Ness Monster. Not least of all, was interest in The Bermuda Triangle, also called The Devil's Triangle. This episode of Wonder Woman capitalizes on this craze.
It begins at headquarters where Diana Prince and Steve Trevor are briefed about a naval vessel going down in the dreaded Devil's Triangle.
The US government believes a notorious criminal, Raymond Manta, is behind it all. Once Manta is eliminated the US can build nuclear testing facility in that area.... not far from Paradise Island!
So, Diana is faced with a moral dilemma - her civic duty is to get rid of Manta, but in doing so, she will be aiding in placing a nuclear site right next to her homeland. She decides to consult her mom telepathically. Evidently, this involves getting dressed like Wonder Woman - any excuse to get Linda Carter in that outfit!
Her mother's only advice is to tell her some cryptic saying: "When you see the heart of darkness, you will begin to see the light." WTF? Thanks a lot mom!
En route to their destination in The Triangle, Steve confides to Diana that The Bermuda Triangle killed his dad. A heartwarming moment ensues, until Raymond Manta spots their plane and tries to bring it down. A strange laser or tractor beam is emitted from an uncharted island, disabling their jet.
To save themselves, Steve and Diana must parachute out. Luckily, they land on an uncharted desert isle. And lucky for the viewers, their clothes are all torn. Diana must wear some torn Daisy Dukes and Steve must go shirtless, exposing his macho hairiness. Don't criticize: this is critical to the storyline!
As it turns out, this island happens to be Raymond Manta's secret military installation. Steve and Diana quickly spring into action and "MacGyver" some sort of fuse box to send a transmission to HQ, signalling their location.
Steve and Diana disguise themselves as members of Manta's Army (bye bye hot-pants); but, alas, it is to no avail. The are captured, given a "Dr. Evil" style speech by Raymond Manta, and put behind bars.
It would seem, Manta's soldiers aren't exactly high caliber men of war. Check out this next screen capture... Barny Fife was never this incompetent! He falls asleep with an automatic weapon within arms-reach of the prisoner?!?
So, Diana is able to escape and turns into Wonder Woman. She locates a building conveniently labeled "munitions" which has a dozen or so mines happily lying around. She grabs one and tosses it into the ocean. What could Wonder Woman be up to?
Then the unthinkable happens - Wonder Woman changes into an entirely new suit! This never happened in the first season! When you think about it, this is actually an awesome power to change outfits at will - she is creating matter, a godlike ability that not many superheroes possess.
This outfit is for ocean adventures. Perhaps, the shows producers saw an avenue to make money off Wonder Woman merchandising and have a variety of suits for the kids to buy. Just a guess.
Wonder Woman swims to Raymond Manta's deadly submarine, The Stingray and attaches the mine to its side (eat your heart out, Aquaman). Manta's secret weapon is obliterated, and Manta is one pissed off son of a bitch. He's going to destroy the entire island with everyone on it, with a push of a button. He wouldn't!
Then, quite abruptly, Wonder Woman captures Manta, saves Steve, and the island is evacuated before it detonates.
What about Wonder Woman's moral dilemma? Now that Manta is out of commission, I guess the US military can build its nuclear testing facility near Paradise Island, right? Wrong. Buy a stroke of luck, the fissures created by the explosion of the island, the US military rendered this area too unstable for a nuclear site. Moral dilemma avoided!
But what of mama's cryptic message, ""When you see the heart of darkness, you will begin to see the light"? What did it mean? Not a freaking clue.
Stay tuned for part 2 to Spreading the Love for The New Adventures of Wonder Woman.