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YMMV: Wonder Woman 2011 Pilot

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Several reasons for why Wonder Woman acts so cruelly in the pilot and yet no one important is bothered by it is put forth by various reviews and other viewers:
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Either root for the smug, self pitying, and psychopathicly violent "Hero", or the Narmful, drug dealing/human experimenting Villains.
  • Designated Hero: Wonder Woman, who brutally strangles people in her pursuit of them, stabs them in the neck for illegal searches, is indignant about due process, publicly slanders people without evidence, tortures people in hospital beds, breaks and enters, assaults and kills people while trespassing, and yet completely looks the other way when ghetto kids cheat to get scholarships for college. Our heroine, ladies and gentlemen.
    • What makes this infinitely more galling is the fact that the media and public all worship her and applaud her various crimes, excusing her every violation of law, morality, and sanity with a handwave that "criminals don't deserve rights" and inexplicably comparing her to the Abu Ghraib facility as if it was a good thing when discussing her nearly strangling someone to death with her lasso.
    • As SF Debris pointed out, Willis is portrayed as an innocent victim. However, he was using performance-enhancing drugs and got a college scholarship out of it. To the kid who did not get that scholarship, despite making the sacrifices, hitting the gym everyday, and never turning in any illegal tricks, Willis would look like the villain.
  • Designated Villain: Very little is done to make the villainess or her henchmen all that villainous, and they actually come off as less evil and more law-abiding than Wonder Woman herself! It's not until the end of the episode that we see the victims smuggled in via human trafficking being experimented on, almost tacked on as an afterthought.
    • Particularly the drug dealer who Wonder Woman captures in her introduction. We don't see him doing anything before his capture, and later she tortures him for information, when given her own status, you're still wondering if he's even involved with the plot at all or she went after him on wrong information.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: People tend to understate the villainy of the antagonists, despite the fact that they are doing illegal human experiments on people smuggled in via human trafficking and distributing illegal drugs with potentially lethal side-effects. It's just that most of it is off-screen and what they're doing is the kind of thing you'd expect a halfway decent police department to be able to deal with, not a vigilante as deranged as this universe's Wonder Woman.
    • This is almost entirely due to the particularly loathsome version of Wonder Woman they are opposing and the fact they are literally the only ones who point out her (and society's) bullshit regarding her own long list of crimes.
    • Ron the Death Eater: Though given how brutal and crazy Wonder Woman comes across, this trope is hardly surprising. Made worse with the fact that we're supposed to side with her.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • Vigilantism is the way when the arm of the law is too short! Okay, that's the unavoidable message in a lot of superhero stories, but this one goes the extra mile by depicting excessive force, torture, slander, threats, break-in, and casual murder as good ways to deal with thugs and civilians!
    • Remember how some people accused The Dark Knight Saga of having a pro-fascist subtext? That complaint would only be inaccurate when directed at this pilot because it suggests it's merely subtext. Among its genuinely fascist Family Unfriendly Aesops are "Human rights exist solely to protect criminals from justice" and "unfettered corporate power is good so long as it is turned toward the public interest."
    • Courtesy of Nancy Grace, the constitution doesn't matter because it only protects criminals which means Wonder Woman cannot be questioned.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Pants To Be Darkened" appears on the screen at one point as an instruction to the special effects group regarding Diana's Painted-On Pants. But to the viewers, it could instead take on a different meaning...
    • It also serves as the Fan Nickname for the episode's official name.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Wonder Woman.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Wonder Woman crosses this either when she broke a hospitalized man's hand for information or when she straight up murdered a guard with a pipe through the neck. And both these examples become even worse once Fridge Logic comes into play:
    • In the case of the former, Wonder Woman makes a point of dramatically resting her lasso on the guy. If you're familiar with the comics, you'd know that this is the Lasso of Truth, and it even gets called that in the pilot. Granted, they never established it as it having that magical power in this universe but it does make people familiar with other incarnations immediately think WW has decided to purposely ignore the Lasso and skip straight to torture.
    • In the case of the latter since she had just come out of a long non-lethal kung-fu battle with a bunch of roided up henchmen. So apparently Super Soldier Psychos For Hire are left alive while a normal terrified security guard just doing his job is murdered in cold blood? And one can't argue that he used deadly force so she's entitled to do the same, because as SFDebris pointed out, "if you break into someone's place and kill them, that's called murder. You don't have a justifiable homicide defense when you kill someone trying to protect themselves from you."
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Willis bleeding from the eyes.
    • Everything Wonder Woman does in the direct pursuit of justice, from lassoing a suspect around the neck, torturing a hospitalized suspect, or murdering a security guard.
      • The fact that we're supposed to consider her the hero.
  • Special Effects Failure: Because it wasn't intended for release yet, many of the special effects are unfinished, leaving visible wirework and such in the fight scenes.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Diana has dinner with a Senator who expresses concerns about the way she does things namely, using Cold-Blooded Torture to get information from criminals, giving the metaphorical finger to Reasonable Authority Figures, and outright committing slander by holding a press conference to accuse Liz Hurley's character of being a murderous Corrupt Corporate Executive and admitting that she doesn't have any proof besides gut instinct. In fact, the only reason she's meeting the Senator is to get justification so she can go after Hurley. Of course, since Wondy-In Name Only is the hero of this story, she's ultimately presented as right.
  • Unfortunate Implications: A reporter happily reports Wonder Woman's lassoing of a crook as "she 'Abu Ghraib's her quarry"...in a way to say this is a "Good thing". Yeah...
    • Worse yet, this implicitly compares her to Lyndie England, the most infamous of the torturers and prisoner abusers, due to the well known photo of her dragging helpless prisoner on a leash.....again as a good thing.
    • Also, despite being a veritable Juggernaut of a super"hero" Wonder Woman, the most famous female superhero, is consistently portrayed as a barely functional and emotionally unbalanced moron who throws tantrums at the drop of a hat, sulks like a child over any slight, and is reliant on a (relatively) sane man to stop her company being run into the ground. The only agency or competence she shows is in beating, torturing, or murdering people.
    • The familiar Superman mantra of 'Truth, Justice and The American Way' is brought up... in relation to this sociopathic Wonder Woman. Apparently those tenets translate to committing torture, murdering innocents, and then breaking the law at every available opportunity. Which could be taken cynical commentary if the show didn't outright glorify such things.
  • What an Idiot: Wonder Woman agrees to have action figures of herself made and gives the greenlight on the design only to promptly throw a hissy fit over the finished product and derail production because she thinks the design makes her look like a slut. Note that said action figures use her actual costume.
  • What The Hell, Costuming Department?: This version of Wonder Woman's costume is pretty damn tacky. The show attempts to justify it by claiming Diana designed her suit to look more like an action figure, for marketability purposes. Doesn't help. The fact she throws a tantrum over the dolls her company made of her in said outfit makes things even worse.


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