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"The Wild Wild West" The Night of the Eccentrics (1966)

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The West explodes into color

9/10
Author: s7777 from Australia
27 September 2007

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The Wild Wild West explodes into it's second season in color and boy does it look great. The sets in the episode look magnificent and wouldn't be out of place in an episode of the sixties's Batman show. The opening credits also have the animated West punching the woman's lights out as opposed to the first season where he kisses her and she swoons away. Fair enough..after all she was trying to kill him. The Eccentrics led by Victor Buono are a great invention and include Richard Pryor as a venquilotrist. There is a certain amount of mystery and unexplained events in this show and the story and other elements really combine to give us a cracking episode and everything that the Wild Wild West would come to represent. Nine stars out of ten

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Villar rides

10/10
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
23 November 2013

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Charles Bennett's 'The Night Of The Eccentrics' launched the second season of 'The Wild Wild West' in fine style. It was now in colour, and influences from the 'Batman' series were noticeable. It opens with the death of 'Vance Markham' ( Roy Jensen ), a U.S. agent investigating a murder-for-hire outfit known as 'The Eccentrics'. Jim and Artemus find him, a poster pinned to his back with a knife. At the Echo Amusement Park, which is deserted ( the crowd noise being supplied by a gramophone record ), Jim meets the Eccentrics - travelling sideshow performers including a knife-thrower, a ventriloquist, sharp-shooter, and a strong-man amongst others - who are trained killers. After West beats the latter - 'Titan' ( Mike Masters ) - 'Count Carlos Manzetti' ( Victor Buono ) has him shot. The Count is a flamboyant character who possesses magic powers. He is, for instance, able to appear and vanish in a puff of smoke. Jim is invited to take Titan's place. The Eccentrics' next target will be 'President Juarez' of Mexico ( Frank Sorello ).

Having been 'Juan Manelo a.k.a. Wing Fat' in 'The Night Of The Inferno' ( the pilot episode ), here is Buono again, this time playing a different adversary. He reappeared in a later Season 2 episode 'The Night Of The Feathered Fury'. Poor Jim gets a rough time in this - he is beaten, almost knifed, betrayed by the lovely 'Miranda' ( LeGrand Mellon ), nearly shot by sharpshooter 'Deadeye' ( Anthony Eisley ), falls through trapdoors, and suspended by chemically treated rope over a ring of electrical power. All in a days' work for a Government agent.

Spot The Future Star - the late Richard Pryor gives a creepy performance as ventriloquist 'Villar'.

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Magic & Imagination Strong Here

9/10
Author: getyourdander from United States
17 April 2010

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This is a very solid episode, Victor Buonos second guest starring role in the series. I don't think it is an accident that Victor led off this season as well as the pilot episode. He always adds something to any show he appears in - even when he was the strange King Tut on Batman.

Richard Pryor is in this one too, adding to a very strong supporting cast. There is some major magic & illusion in this one, as Buono seems to be step ahead of West & Gordon most of the show. There is lots of top notch entertainment in this episode. This one is a very good show as it includes a real monkey, unlike the pre-fab ones at this time on NBC.

This show was to have a great second season & this started was a prelude to some of the strongest shows to come, & holds it's own with any of them.

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