Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Wonder Woman’s “Pilot”
Tread Perilously‘s tour of failed TV pilots continues with the 2011 Wonder Woman pilot. Its reputation is justly deserved.
Diana of Themyscira (Adrianne Palicki) lives a triple life. She’s a high-powered executive at Themyscira Industries, a superhero known as “Wonder Woman,” and Diana Prince – a lonely woman looking for a man to make sense of all of her troubles. While the company tries to introduce a new Wonder Woman doll, Diana sets her sights on disreputable pharmaceutical executive Veronica Cale (Elizabeth Hurley) who is starting some sort of super-solider program. She also butts heads with Los Angeles detective Ed Indelicato (Pedro Pascal). It all comes down to a warehouse fight and a surprise appearance from her ex, Steve Trevor (Justin Bruening).
Erik and Justin end up talking about Supergirl and the Wonder Woman feature a great deal. Erik points out geographical detail, and Justin marvels at his ability to use L.A. shortcuts. They also talk about The Shield, which should give you an idea of how much they did not enjoy the Wonder Woman pilot. Erik accuses Kelley of skimming the Wikipedia article on Wonder Woman as the beginning and end of his research. He also explains to Justin the phenomenon of “Surprise Darkseid.” Tread Perilously‘s love affair with Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger continues, and Justin points out how David E. Kelley failed to make a single choice in developing this Wonder Woman series.