The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Burning Diamond 

Jim and Arte investigate the disappearance of the Kara diamond. They discover a sinister plot by Morgan Midas to use the stone to create an invisibility potion.

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Jim and Arte investigate the disappearance of the Kara diamond. They discover a sinister plot by Morgan Midas to use the stone to create an invisibility potion.

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8 April 1966 (USA)  »

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The "chirping" noise sound effect that represents the speech of the slow moving people at the diamond exhibition is the same effect used for the communicators on Star Trek (1966). See more »

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The bars begin to close when Jim and Artemus begin to decelerate up to a certain point, the shot cuts to Morgan and back to Jim and Artemus, and the bars are more open than previously and begin to close again. See more »

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Artemus Gordon: Of course, he was moving too fast to be seen.
Lucretia Ivronin: He distills the fluid using the burning diamonds. It speeds up the metabolisms thousands of times. He moves so fast, he is invisible. By the time it takes you to scratch your ear, he could have taken a leisurely walk out of town.
Artemus Gordon: Ridiculous.
Lucretia Ivronin: In the time it took you to say that, he could have taken a nap.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Wink of an Eye (1968) See more »

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The Series Hits Its Stride
28 April 2007 | by (Burlington, VT) – See all my reviews

I always found the first season of WWW to be bit dull. I used to think it might be because it was in black & white, but on reviewing the DVDs I think the show was still waiting to find its tone. This episode shows the series definitely hitting its stride, with science fiction, action, mystery, international intrigue, and disguises wrapped around the story of a man who can steal diamonds without being seen - and beat up James West at the same time.

Best of all, they finally figured out how to handle Artemus Gordon's character. For a good portion of early episodes Ross Martin would hang around the edges of the story. Here he gets almost equal time with Conrad, and he does what he's supposed to do. He assumes disguises. He sets high-tech traps. He arranges diversions. They even know what he doesn't do. Arty has little taste for his partner's specialties like fighting outnumbered or pulling daring stunts. But they both do what they have to do to get the job done.

A stand-out is the performance of Robert Drivas as the boyishly handsome but coolly confident Morgan Midas.

Thrills and spills all the way!


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