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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:
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The fact that Wonder Woman is essentially a psychopath that is above the law with 100% Adoration Rating just could not be stomached.
  • 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 and the show trying to portray that the Law only protects criminals along with being completely powerless to them the legal way.
    • Security dude gets this too. While his fate is pretty horrific and indeed, Wonder Woman needs to go to prison for killing him, a lot of reviewers just assume he's an innocent security guard with no knowledge of the upper level machinations when he's working at a secret research facility, knew Veronica Cale personally ("I always liked that one"), fired into melee repeatedly, and even shot one of his allies while doing so. It's just so easy to miss given everything Wonder Woman does.
  • 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.
  • Genius Bonus: A very very very dark one. When Wonder Woman uses her Lasso of Truth to grab the guy around his neck, the media refers it to in a very easy to miss quote "Abu Ghraib's her quarry." The Abu Ghraib case was one of the worst torture scandals in USA history. She makes this comment because how Wonder Woman captured the man as stated above is very similar to the infamous picture of Lynndie England holding a rope around a man's throat. What makes this statement worse is the fact how the news reporter makes this comment it sounds like it is supposed to be a good thing.
  • Mary Sue: Wonder Woman is hit hard with this. She is allowed to kill anyone in her way and everyone is essentially brainwashed to believe she is the greatest person in the world.
  • 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. Well, memetic in that she doesn't revel in it quite as much as she probably would in, say, a fanfic where this version turns out to be an Ax-Crazy alternate Wondy. However, there's no exaggeration about the many horrible things she does.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Probably the main reason that this show never got past the pilot phase, as pretty much everyone who sees this show roots for the villains over the psychopath of a hero the show gives us. As they are the only ones sane enough to call out Wonder Woman on all of the horrendous acts she commits and ironically follow the law more than she does.
    Linkara: Oh good lord. If you are going to use a super hero show as a mouth piece for vigilantism, could you at least try to make the bad guys be in the wrong? Because, as it stands I'm rooting for the villain!
  • 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:
    Film Brain: So, in just under five minutes this show has Wonder Woman violate the law, ignore basic rights, and the media aggrandizes her with references to the WORST torture scandal in US history.
    Nash: And all without the slightest hint of irony or self-awareness.
    • Criticism was also taken by SF Debris when the familiar Superman mantra of "Truth, Justice and The American Way" is brought up... in relation to this sociopathic Wonder Woman. Apparently in this show those tenets translate to committing torture, murdering innocents, and then breaking the law at every available opportunity.
    Chuck: Ah yes, Superman's tagline. Yeah, I'm sure he would approve of it being used to describe [Wonder Woman], somebody who hurts people and pisses and moans when people want the protection of the rule of law.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • As stated in Designated Hero, Willis is this. He is protrayed as an innocent victim but he intentionally took Performance Enhancers to get a college scholarship. So this kid intentonally lied, cheated and stole a scholarship another person worked really hard for. With this revealed, if the kid lived his scholarship would have been easily revoked.
    • Also Willis' mother, who voiced that she wished Wonder Woman killed the drug dealer she captured and acting as if the drug dealer forced her kid to take the drugs. She also ignores any responsibility on her son's part for taking the drugs to steal a scholarship. This along with the fact there is no evidence that he was the guy that sold Willis the drugs other than Wonder Woman's word to whom even admits she is not fully sure he was the one in the first place. At the very least, she does acknowledge that what she says is terrible, which puts her ahead of most of Wonder Woman's supporters.
    • And the long list of Wonder Woman's UU moments. For starters it appears that every single sympathetic moments we are given of her she was the MAIN CAUSE for the incident.
      • We are supposed to feel sympathetic to her break up with her boyfriend because of a It's Not You, It's My Enemies moment. This despite the fact she does have a secret identity as Diana Prince, which she does nothing with besides stay at home and watch movies, and the fact that her CEO identity is publicly known to be Wonder Woman, so that means everyone that works for her now has a target on their heads and nobody bats an eye.
      • We are supposed to feel sympathy that she thinks she is seen as a sex object via the doll. This despite the fact that she approved the dolls designed long before and then suddenly changed her mind or the fact that she deliberately dresses like said doll for marketing purposes. Not to mention even tries to use I Have Boobs, You Must Obey! on a guard.
      • We are supposed to feel sympathy that she has no friends. This is because she tells everyone to leave her alone and as her Diana Prince secret identity she does absolutely nothing with aside from staying at home and watching movies.
  • 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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