Friday, December 25, 2015

The Six O'Clock Follies Wonder Woman

So here's a trivial bit of stocking stuffer: I'm checking out a post on one of my favorite surviving blogs, Armagideon Time about an early '80s media magazine, and he happens to embed the opening credits to The Six O'Clock Follies. It sounds like a sort of proto-Good Morning, Vietnam except done as a half-hour sitcom and absent any political objection to the war (plus it featured a very young Laurence Fishburne instead of a seven years less young Forest Whitaker.) Anyway, at the tail end of this already very odd and probably rather offensive-in-its-inoffense dealio, out comes Aarika Wells as a weather girl wearing the Cathy Lee Crosby Wonder Woman costume from 1974. Sure, it's been modified (covered the embroidered golden eagle on the left breast with a U.S. flag patch) and re-accessorized (ditched the bracelets, belt and blue tights; traded black vinyl boots for white go-gos) but that hideous red vest-skirt-thing with star-spangled blue sleeves and yellow trim is unmistakable. It just goes to show how far geek culture has come that there was a time folks could get away with treating a super-heroine costume as just another garment in studio wardrobe to be recycled.