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5.0 out of 5 stars Television's science fiction western!, 7 July 2011
This review is from: Wild Wild West: Complete First Season - 40th Anniv [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
'The Wild Wild West', which debuted on N.B.C. in the autumn of 1965, was intended to exploit the popularity of spies such as 'James Bond' and 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E'. Created by Michael Garrison, it starred Robert Conrad as 'Jim West' and the late Ross Martin as 'Artemus Gordon', secret agents operating in the America of the 1880's. The duo were based on a train called 'The Wanderer', fitted out with gadgets and guns galore. West was a man of action, Gordon a master of disguise, skills which came in handy as each week our heroes faced some of the most ruthless and dangerous villains imaginable, chiefly the diminitutive 'Dr.Migelito Loveless', played by the late Michael Dunn. He made his debut in 'The Night The Wizard Shook The Earth', in which he stole an explosive and tried to use it to destroy an entire city. Other notable adventures were 'The Night Of The Puppeteer' with Lloyd Bochner as a deranged puppeteer called 'Zachariah Skull' who recreates a courtroom drama using life-size marionettes that can really kill, and 'The Night Of The Freebooters' has Keenan Wynn's 'Thorald Wolf' plotting to conquer Baja, California with help from a renegade army and - wait for it - a prototype tank! My favourite though is 'The Night Of The Burning Diamond' which has a villain melting down diamonds to create an elixir to make him move so fast he is invisible!

It was tremendously entertaining hokum, effectively mixing Bond style espionage with traditional Western action. How does it compare with 'The Avengers' and 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'? Very well indeed. Lately I have watched both first seasons of 'Wild Wild West' and 'U.N.C.L.E.' and, to tell the truth, I preferred the former ( sorry Solo and Kuryakin fans! ).

Producers came and went - some will be familiar to cult television fans - including Gene L.Coon ( of 'Star Trek' ), John Mantley ( 'Buck Rogers' ), and Fred Freiburger ( 'Star Trek' and 'Space:1999' ), until Bruce Lansbury took over and stayed with it until the end. Despite the changes at the top, the quality remained consistant throughout. Conrad did his own stunts, making the fight scenes believable as well as exciting, while Martin's impersonations were often comical.

There is no Region 2 release of this wonderful show. There should be. The now defunct 'Bravo' channel on Sky screened only the last three colour seasons ( which was strange as they showed the monochrome episodes of 'Danger Man' and 'The Saint' ). Shame on them and on B.B.C.-2 and Channel 4 for passing up the chance to bring Jim and Artemus to a new audience when the Will Smith/Kevin Kline movie went on release in 1999.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild wild fun, 9 April 2007
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This review is from: Wild Wild West: Complete First Season - 40th Anniv [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
It is simply agreat western with lots of SF in it. The set up may come after few episodes repetitive, however, the sense of humour, real action and Robert Conrad hardly used any stuntman, makes it more watchable. His sidekick has a great way of delivering his lines and it is just great fun to watch this old TV series.
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