Season 3 represents the final and most lackluster season of the 'Wonder Woman' TV series. There were a lot of very notable changes both on-screen and off. Behind the scenes, much of the original crew from co-creator Stanley Ralph Ross to costume designer Donald Lee Feld had moved onto other projects as the series was retooled to make it more network friendly. Some of these changes included the dismissal of references to Paradise Island, the decrease in Lyle Waggonner's likable part, and probably the hardest pill to swallow...the elimination of Diana Prince's eye glasses. While some might argue that using glasses as a disguise was preposterous anyway, one cannot overlook Lynda Carter's fine performance differentiating between the more outwardly Wonder Woman and the introverted Diana Prince, which made the conceit more plausible (Think Christopher Reeve
and his marvelous interpretation of Clark Kent). However, with the glasses gone, there is absolutely no contrast between Lynda Carter's handling of the dual roles. As the season progresses and Diana Prince is made more glamorous (even having her hair long and wavy like Wonder Woman's), any and all semblance of reality is gone as one can't help but wonder why no one can tell that Diana Prince is Wonder Woman.
From a standpoint of storylines, this season offers Wonder Woman situations that seem somehow beneath her scope. Art thieves, football gamblers, and mischievous Leprechauns are not the kind of problems that one would expect a powerful princess who came to "man's world" on a mission of peace to undertake. However, there are some rare gems in the otherwise banal plot devices, such as the dark two-part "The Boy Who Knew Her Secret" and my personal favorite, "Disco Devil."
The extras on this set are very slim, which is not surprising as WB doesn't seem very interested in giving fans much in the way of extras with their classic TV show DVD releases. There is a commentary by Lynda Carter on the first episode, although this seems like a poor choice as it is far from the best episode this season had to offer. Finally, there is a very brief featurette regarding Wonder Woman being a great Feminist icon as seen by prominent females. As if this rather obvious notion wasn't already addressed thoroughly in the previous DVD release documentaries, it is drilled into our heads ad nauseum here. A more welcome inclusion would have been retrospectives on key episodes from the remaining crew members, or some vintage promos and commercials...or both!
Despite the negatives, this set would still make a suitable addition to anyone's DVD library. Lynda Carter shines as always as Wonder Woman even when the scripts required the audience to leave their brains at the door. There is no telling what the future holds for Wonder Woman's return to the screen, but it is certain that Lynda Carter will always represent Wonder Woman admirably to much of the world.