Light as air, more cheese a Costco dairy section, and ultimately meaningless, but all in good fun and ultimately harmless. If you weren’t born yet at the time this show was on, there’s something you need to understand: For a lot of us, television was what we had. I didn’t know any places that sold comic books, even if I had the money for them or could get to them, there certainly weren’t any comic cons, and the only way for me to see an original-release movie was if my parents took me to the theater, and given that I was a child, there were serious limitations to what they could and would show me. This cheesy, airy, gimmicky show (and to a somewhat lesser extent Superfriends), for a very long time, was my image of the powerful, savvy, virtuous heroine of Themy…pardon, “Paradise Island”, and that’s why I never had an issue with “nonancon” things like spinny nuclear blast transformations or inordinately noisy jumps.
The thing that stands out the most to me now is its legacy…or rather, it’s lack of one. Remember The Killing Joke, a one off Batman story Alan Moore did as a pet project and nothing else, which was never, never, ever meant to be fitted into ANY established canon? Biggest albatross in the damn history of Batman. It damn near destroyed Barbara Gordon and Batgirl forever and got ramrodded into all kinds of properties it had no business being in. (Why the freak did Selina Kyle needed to get spine-shot in Gotham?) Or the death of Superman and subsequent Reign of the Supermen storyline, which the creators openly admitted was a cynical cash grab designed to revitalize the brand and nothing else, and how it’s managed to infest his cartoon and movie incarnations? For all the noise about subsequent Wonder Woman works, none of them were about not being more like the TV series. Everyone seemed to understand that it was its own thing in its own time and future writers, artists, and actors shouldn’t have to bear the burden of being like it.
One of the weirdest things I remember were how many of the villains wanted Wonder Woman’s powerful bracelets…and would simply demand that this super-strong trained martial artists with a nigh-unbreakable rope simply give them up. “Take off those bracelets!” That was always good for a chuckle. Or what, you’ll write a nasty letter to her boss?