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James West and Artemus Gordon are two agents of President Grant who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil. Half science fiction and half western, the Artemus designs a series of interesting gadgets for James that would make Inspector Gadget proud. A light hearted adventure series.
Whether you grew up with it on the tube, want to erase the memory of 1999's disappointing feature-film adaptation, or are simply discovering it now, The Wild Wild West rocks. This late-'60s TV show has a bit of everything: laughs, drama, action, elements of magic, sci-fi, ghost stories, high- and low-tech gadgets that would do James Bond and MacGyver proud, great music, pretty ladies, outrageous villains, cool clothes... and even Sammy Davis Jr. and Richard Pryor, among other unexpected guests. Droll ladies man and government agent James West (played by tough guy Robert Conrad, wearing pants so tight they reveal his... well, they're really tight) and his sidekick, master of disguises Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin), are back at it for this second season (1966-67), with 28 episodes packaged on seven discs, bringing with them the same delightfully arch tone as before. Headquartered in their well-appointed train car, they embark on a variety of oddball adventures, all of them entitled "The Night of" something (like "...the Flying Pie Plate," "...the Returning Dead," "...the Surreal McCoy," "...the Tottering Tontine," and many more). It's all very tongue-in-cheek; the villains, both familiar (Doctor Miguelito Loveless, colorfully portrayed by "little person" Michael Dunn) and new, are deluded, silver-tongued maniacs camping it up like there's no tomorrow, while the stories, ranging from Loveless' schemes to take over the world and various plots to eliminate President Ulysses S. Grant and other important personages to time travel and green-skinned women from Venus, are smart, whimsical, and clever.
The show's overall vibe, from the opening credits on, is obviously reminiscent of cartoons and comic books; the fact that it doesn't take itself at all seriously is arguably its most appealing feature, along with better-than-average sets, cinematography, and other technical elements (not to mention a great title tune by Morton Stevens, the same guy responsible for Hawaii Five-0's immortal theme). Inevitably, some of it seems a bit dated now, such as the stereotypical depictions of Indians, but overall, The Wild Wild West has held up well. If there's a principal drawback, it's the lack of any bonus features; even though creator Michael Garrison died before this second season hit the airwaves, it would have been nice to hear from some of the others who participated in the making of this terrific show. --Sam Graham
I LOVED WATCHING WILD WILD WEST BROUGHT ME BACK TO MY CHILDHOODPublished 14 days ago by Darlene WILLIAMS
One of my fave tv shows of all time. If you have a choice however, get season 1. The plots are much better orchestrated.Published 16 days ago by RedsMan
Wow what a great show.I for got how good the show was.Thank you for having it .The picture and sound quality was very good.It was well priced.Published 4 months ago by steven johnson
The season when the show goes color. Too bad the additional commentary wasn't continued on subsequent discs past the first season.Published 6 months ago by ajgdon
If you are a fan of the Wild Wild West you probably remember the shows fondly. Maybe it was the quirkiness of characters or fantasy story lines that took place in the old west. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sharky
The gadgets, the villains, the women (both good and bad); they’re all here in brilliant color in the second season of the iconic 1960s TV show. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Clinton Ervin
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The special-effects guy, Tim Smythe, is still around. I would love to hear how some of the effects were done-- on a very limited budget-- and how the ideas for some of the Bondlike gadgets were executed. A featurette on the stuntwork would be nice, as Conrad insisted on doing his own. I would... Read More
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