Wonder Woman — Season One, Episode 6; “The Feminum Mystique, Part II”

After the build-up of last week’s introduction to Drusilla/Wonder Girl, this week, we dive right into the action as we wrap up “The Feminum Mystique, Part II!” Younger readers may not be aware of The Feminine Mystique, the 1963 book by Betty Friedan, which is recognized as helping kick off the second wave of feminism in America. So, there’s some learning for you in your weekly recap of 70s superheroics. “Why that’s the latitude and longitude of … Paradise Island!” Diana is worried about her…

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DALLAS – Season Two, Episode 15: “For Love or Money”

The cat’s out of the bag … and J.R. finds out about Cliff and Sue Ellen –  and we see Kristin for the first time and it’s NOT the Kristin we’ll grow to love/hate. And we meet Sue Ellen’s golddiggin’ momma! Buckle up … the broncos are kickin’ down at the ranch! “Golddiggers ‘R Us … How can we find a sugar daddy for you today? It’s breakfast and  Sue Ellen’s mom calls. Ostensibly, she wants to visit SouthFork, but really, she wants to get…

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Wonder Woman – Season 1, Episode 5: “The Feminum Mystique)”

SQUEE! It’s time to recap the best Wonder Woman episode of the first season … and the TV introduction of one of my fave heroines ever, Wonder Girl! I came a little late to Wonder Girl. I was devouring Justice League of America comics and never knew about the Teen Titans until a back-up story in a 100-Page Giant of Superboy. From then on, like many kids, I was obsessed. The early 70s saw the Titans flirting with drab gray jumpsuits trying to be relevant,…

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DALLAS – Season Two, Episode 14: “Home Again”

SouthFork is in danger … and this time it’s Miss Ellie who’s ready to give away the ranch! How can it be? Let’s head out to the swimming pool and enjoy this week’s Retro Recap of Dallas! Miss Ellie! My pearls! Sue Ellen and Miss Ellie are picking out a room to be the nursery. This feels premature, since Sue Ellen looks about as pregnant as I did before I was sheltered in place and diet exclusively on nacho chips and ice cream. Still, eventually…

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Wonder Woman – Season 1. Episode 4: “Beauty On Parade”

Whoo-hoo! This one is  … well, perhaps “Sexism On Parade” would be a better title. It’s as if someone from the network went in to the writer’s room and said, “What’s better than a star-spangled bathing suit? A whole bunch of 70s-style bathing suits pretending to be 1940s-appropriate!” Her talent was lassoing people. With magic. Buckle up those invisible seatbelts — here we go! Ultimately, this extremely convoluted scheme revolves around making the rising star, General Eisenhower, take a different route to a secret meeting…

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DALLAS- Season 2, Episode 13: “Kidnapped”

It’s the scruffy Bobby episode! Although, that does NOT look like real beard stubble. In this episode, Bobby gets kidnapped, the Ewings have to work with Cliff to get him back and Teresa is to blame for Lucy’s weight gain! Let’s head to the ranch, shall we? You don’t want this guy spying on you. Before breakfast a shady character is spying on the ranch. Given the problems they have had since the first season, you’d think the Ewings would beef up security a bit.…

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Wonder Woman – Season One, Episode 3: “Fausta, The Wonder Woman”

Oh my! With her magic lasso and belt captured by Fausta, a Nazi who is NOT AT ALL a Wodner Woman as the title implies, it looks like Diana has no way out … and it’s Steve Trevor to the rescue! You can tell she’s evil because of the black cape. Fausta Grables, who she is happy to let you know is a 1936 Olympics winner, heads to a secret Nazi headquarters. I’m not really sure who they were being secretive from in Berlin ……

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DALLAS – Season 2, Episode 12: “Fallen Idol”

A shopping mall on SouthFork? Bobby betrayed by an old friend? J.R. and Pam having lunch at the country club ??? Has 1970s World become as crazy as our own coronavirus times? Let’s head out to the South 40 and see how the Ewings fare in this week’s Dallas recap! It’s how I thought I would be one day … looking out at the city making ruthless deals. As J.R. deals with some worried oilmen on the phone, Bobby decides he can’t wait anymore for…

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Wonder Woman – Season 1, Episode 2: “Wonder Woman Meets Baroness von Gunther”

Oh, my! The first regular episode of Wonder Woman is a … bit of a letdown. With the new Not-General Blankenship, the completely unheralded introduction of Etta Candy and the strangest fight scene ever filmed while rolling down a hill, it would have been better if Diana had NEVER met Baroness von Gunther. “Oh, my invisible pearls!” We start at the War Department and Not-General Blankenship is worried. He’s so worried about Steve Trevor falling into a trap. Diana actually Cutches. Her. Pearls. (I’m assuming…

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DALLAS – Season 2, Episode 11: “Triangle”

Captain’s Log, stardate 1212.78. We’ve detected some sort of temporal rift that could get us out of the Delta Quadrant. However, it looks as though the rift only opens into one point in space and time … an Earth bar known as the Mustang Club in the 1970s. Our historical records of the time show the “Swinging Seventies” to be a time of loose secual morals(as defined by their more primitive society, not by our advanced standards) and petty infighting, even among families. To avoid…

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