Wonder Woman - The Feminum Mystique
episode 1.4. 1.5
Wilfred Ralph Baumes, Douglas S.Cramer (executive) for the Douglas S.Cramer Company, Warner Brothers/ABC
directed by Herb Wallerstein
starring Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, John Saxon, Debra Winger, Charles Frank, Carolyn Jones, Richard Eastham, Beatrice Colen, Rayford Barnes, Newell Alexander, Jay Fenichel, Kurt Grayson, Erica Hagen, Paul Shenar, Pamela Susan Shoop
story by Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday, screenplay by Jimmy Sangster, based on the comic created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Comics
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The Nazis, led by Captain Radl (John Saxon) ae at it again, and this
time they want to steal a new fighter jet, the XPJ-1, and this time they
have even gone so far as to have one of their men, Peter Knight (Charles
Frank), working as the XPJ-1's chief engineer.
Meanwhile, in a seemingly unrelated story, Diana Prince (Lynda Carter)
- who is secretly Wonder Woman - receives a visit from her teenage sister
Drusilla (Debra Winger) from Paradise Island, Wonder Woman's home at the
center of the Bermuda Triangle. And when Drusilla - who is not quite used
to the company of men because on Paradise Island there are only femalse -
meets Peter Knight at a private dinner Diana has for him and her employer
Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner), she is positively fascinated by the handsome
young man ...
In the meantime, Wonder Woman has foiled a Nazi attempt to bluntly
steal XPJ-1 - but now Radl has a new idea: he wants the metal Wonder
Woman's bullet deflecting bracelets are made of, and the only way to get
information about the metal (which is by the way called Feminum) is
through Wonder Woman herself. So he has Army General Blankenship (Richard
Eastham) kidnapped in hopes that Wonder Woman will come to the rescue ...
but not quite so: Drusilla, who has witnessed the kidnapping, turns into a
younger version of Wonder Woman herself (it seems that all girls of
Paradise Island can turn into superheroines simply by twirling around
really fast) and comes to Blankenship's rescue ... but due to her
inexperience, the young girl is easily overcome by Radl and his men, and
soon enough, they decide to use Peter Knight's charms to make Drusilla
tell them about Paradise Island and the Feminum mine. Eventually, Drusilla
manages to escape, but by that time the Nazis have already planned the
invasion of Paradise Island, and Wonder Woman (the real one), worried sick
about her sister and having heard about a Nazi battleship
approaching the Bermuda Triangle, has gone back to Paradise Island, where
ultimately Diana and all the Paradise Island girls are overcome by the
Nazis and their bracelets taken from them ... and since Radl is now
holding the island's Queen Hippolyta (Carolyn Jones) hostage at gunpoint,
they are forced to do the Nazis' bidding and mine the Feminum.
It's only when Drusilla - still wearing her bracelets - also arrives in
secret that Diana can device a plan for the island girls to get their
bracelets back and fight and defeat the Nazis - then they are brainwashed
so they forget the island's location. Then it's back to the US where
Wonder Woman and Drusilla take care of Peter Knight and the pilot who was
supposed to steal the XPJ-1 - in a scene where Wonder Woman stops the
plane with her bare hands ...
Of course, the story of this episode is rather silly and utterly
unbelievable - which goes for most of the series anyways -, but at the
same time its good campy fun that fortunately doesn't take itself too
seriously, so it's good entertainment for everyone who can take harmless