Saturday, December 28, 2013

TV – Wonder Woman Joins Me TV's Sci-Fi Saturday Night Lineup

Before Xena, there was Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter brings girl power to Me TV's Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup with her star turn as the original warrior princess in the classic campy 1970s superhero series Wonder Woman.

The lineup kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with the 1960s pop cultural phenomenon Batman. Adam West and Burt Ward star as the caped-crusading dynamic duo Batman and Robin, who race in the Batmobile to save Gotham City from a comical cavalcade of costumed crackpots, with little help from a hilariously inept police force.

You can take your pick of Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, or Christian Bale as the various Dark Knights (Keaton and Bale are my personal favorite modern movie Batmen), but no matter what the fanboys naysay, Adam West (who also played Batman on the big screen) made the most indelible and lasting mark of any of them on pop culture. He is the one Batman to rule them all.

At 8:00 p.m., Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman zooms off in her invisible jet to collar Nazis and other criminals with her bulletproof bracelets and golden lasso during the 1940s, before resurfacing in the 1970s while still retaining her youthfulness. Lyle Waggoner costars as Major Steve Trevor.

Watching Batman and Wonder Woman on Me TV is a great way to prepare for the Man of Steel sequel set for release in 2015, with Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman and joined by Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Now all Me TV needs to do is add the 1950s series The Adventures of Superman to the lineup.

At 9:00 p.m., catch William Shatner in his first iteration of Captain Kirk in the original 1960s Star Trek television series. Nothing beats Shatner hamming philosophic about the quandaries of mankind’s place in the universe. Remarkably, 47 years after the show’s debut, with the exception of DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) and James Doohan (Scotty), the other five main cast members are still with us.

By the way, if you love classic television, Me TV should be your first and last stop on the dial. In addition to featuring scores of classic television shows, the network features brilliant commercials touting its various slogans composed entirely of expertly spliced-together clips from all of its shows. Some of the stars and guest stars of those shows even pop up in network promos as themselves or their former characters. This is the ultimate TV channel for the ultimate TV fan.

--Raj Manoharan

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