Episode #76: Wonder Woman from a Writerly Perspective (with Mary Katherine “M.K.” Backstrom)

Tee and Pip invite the newest member of the the Smoky Writers Mafia to the show after she — that’s special guest M.K. Backstrom, if you’re curious — suggested we all get on mic and talk about Wonder Woman…

…and that’s just what we did. And you’ll find out VERY QUICKLY why we fell in love with this Power Blogger.

00:00 —  Episode #76: Wonder Woman from a Writerly Perspective (with Mary Katherine “M.K.” Backstrom)

  • Welcome to the podcast Mary Katherine Backstrom of Mom Babble and Scary Mommy!
  • Tee cashes in on the new friendship with M.K.
  • Tee is the odd man out with this discussion on Wonder Woman, and that is just fine.
  • Quick check of the household, kids-wise to find out who did you go see Wonder Woman with?
  • For M.K., the movie was way more emotional than she expected.
  • Pip’s emotions swelled with both Moana and Wonder Woman.
  • Tee knew it was going be a good ride with the film’s soundtrack.
  • Tee found a few takeaways from Wonder Woman
  • That moment when Lynda Carter rendered Tee speechless.
  • Differences between Carter’s Diana and Gadot’s Diana
    • When dudes write for Wonder Woman
    • There wasn’t eye candy for guys in this movie? Well, depends on the guy…
    • “Why, yes, I do like older women.”
  • How Steve Trevor was written…
  • Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman with men writing for her…
    • Both Pip and M.K. want to vacation on Themyscira.
    • A quick House of Cards tangent…
    • Some love for Etta!
  • The scene at Trafalgar Square
  • M.K.’s advantage over Tee and Pip: No other Wonder Woman eras to compare to.
  • The emotional impact of World War I (and Pip’s trivia on that moment)
  • Social commentary in Wonder Woman? It could happen.
  • The storytelling of Wonder Woman compared to the storytelling of Batman Vs. Superman
  • Girl Power in Wonder Woman: Organic or Heavy Handed?
    • M.K. gets the Analogy Bell!
    • Tables turned back to Tee
    • Is Tee getting woman-splained? Well, yeah, he is. *LOL*
    • SERIOUS FEMINIST LOVE FOR ALIENS! (Where was the male outrage there?)
  • Commentary on the inevitable love scene…which still caught Tee, Pip, and M.K. by surprise.
  • Did we think Wonder Woman was perfect? Oh no, not by a longshot…
  • Wonder Woman raises the bar for Justice League.
  • 51:34 — The Wrap-Up


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One Response to Episode #76: Wonder Woman from a Writerly Perspective (with Mary Katherine “M.K.” Backstrom)

  1. You all are going to think I’m weird—and I’m okay with that—but the reason it’s hard for me to identify with all the fuss about WW is that for me she’s nothing new: she typifies the girls I grew up with. No, not the lasso or the invisible aircraft . . . but the athleticism, the brilliance, the achievement, all of that. Indeed, it seemed that for everything I could do (and there were a few things), there was a girl—perhaps even one particular girl—who could do it at least as well if not better. So now this is novel?

    Empowerment? *sigh* Well, if you say so.

    One note I haven’t heard from anyone yet, so I’ll make it here. Ms. Gadot’s casting was terrific—and satisfied one requirement I had harbored for any WW movie, namely, that Diana not, not, NOT be American. With all due respect to Lynda Carter, that was a significant flaw in the 1970s’ television series. (Old enough to remember Ms. Carter, you say? Heck, I remember Cathy Lee Crosby!) She was dashing, she was capable . . . but she was a thoroughgoing baseball-hotdogs-applecheeked Yank! Whereas Diana not only had never even seen Emma Lazarus’s golden door, let alone gone through it, she was a product of Greek mythology and knew no culture other than that of Athens, Ionia, and surrounding territories. She and the U.S. (or, yes, London) would be mutually exotic. —I’ll grant you, Rosh Ha’Ayin in Israel is a far cry from Thessalonika or Athens; but they’re both satisfyingly distant from Phoenix or Los Angeles—and for the moment, simply that Ms. Gadot is Mediterranean fills the bill for me.

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