Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wonder Woman 3.14: Spaced Out

Airdate: 1/26/79

A mastermind thief named Kimball is enlisted by some high-end criminals to steal priceless crystals from a telescope; in the wrong hands these gems could be used as lasers for nuclear weapons. Under the gun, Kimball has the crystals delivered to a socially-awkward attendee at a sci-fi convention named Sylvester, who isn’t aware of their worth and uses them as part of a prop for a stage show. Diana has her hands full trying to catch Kimball, stay clear of the criminals who hired him, and navigate her way around the crazy world of fantasy fanatics – the same ones who worship her when she becomes Wonder Woman!

The show is back in its element here, as the post Star Wars world of sciencefiction (which helped WW get a second wind) is a natural fit for a superhero’s exploits. Interesting how in 1979 the same stereotypes of sci-fi conventioneers were as prevalent as they are now. As WW is a Warner’s show, we get Robby the Robot as a host and multiple references to Logan’s Run, both Warner properties. Rene Auberjonois is terrific here as a Catch-Me-If-You-Can-like master of trickery – in the end he sort of winds up being an accomplice for Wonder Woman, as he is dressed up as the Black Avenger, a disguise that almost works perfectly for him, were it not for the needling, uber-specific questions he gets by a doggedly determined fan.

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