David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot has been the subject of public scrutiny pretty much ever since its inception. After considering the completed pilot, NBC decided to pass on picking up the show, and from the looks of it humanity was saved from yet another very bad TV series. All that being said, almost everyone wants to actually see this pilot in order to assess just how terrible it is. Well, it’s apparently been making the rounds, and some stills from the pilot as well as a review have popped up. Hit the jump to check out the images, as well as some excerpts from the review. Wonder Woman starred Adrianne Palacki, Elizabeth Hurley and Cary Elwes.
Someone at iFanboy (via our partners at Omelete) got their hands on the pilot and wrote up a full review. Apparently the actual pilot differed immensely from Kelley’s original script that made the rounds earlier this year, at least by way of dialogue/details. Although it sounds like the overall plot stayed the same (Wonder Woman’s been reimagined as a corporate executive). Here’s a rundown of what the pilot entailed:
“The basic structure is the same from the script. We open and close with a big action sequence that showcases Wonder Woman’s superheroics, and in-between we are introduced to her world populated up of her co-workers, allies, arch enemy, and ex-boyfriend.”
The reviewer actually liked the pilot quite a bit, describing his enthusiasm thusly:
“The Wonder Woman on this show is a badass who is not above choking dudes with her lasso (her favorite move) or throwing a piece of pipe through your throat if you won’t stop shooting at her. For a weekly television show, the action scenes were fairly well executed and at times quite thrilling. The whole final sequence where she storms Veronica Cale’s compound and decimates her ‘roided out super-soldier army is really fun to watch.”
While the reviewer noted that Elwes’ performance was a bit over-the-top, and the use of television talking heads discussing Wonder Woman’s influence on society came off as corny, he was quite satisfied with the pilot overall, especially after the script changes.
“She is a badass fighter with a bit of an unhinged edge that gives her just a hint of “if she got out of control she’d be scary”. She’s also vulnerable and relatable as a person which is crucial for a television series lead. Was she exactly the Wonder Woman from the comics? No. Of course not. But she’s also not so far off as to be foreign. Ultimately, had this series been picked up I think we would have had an interesting new version of Wonder Woman, and a series that would have been a lot of fun.”
However, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello had a different opinion after viewing the pilot recently. Here’s what he tweeted immediately after watching the pilot:
“WW Pilot Post Mortem: So bad it was… awful. Dull. Humorless. Confusing. NBC was right to euthanize it. Adrianne Palicki deserved better.”
Hopefully someday, we’ll get the version of Wonder Woman fans have been waiting for. Until then, we can sleep well knowing that David E. Kelley’s hands are off the property permanently.