At one point during his conditioning, West breaks free long enough to send a signal using a blanket held in front of the lighthouse's light. A sailor on a passing ship reports, "Captain, this is strange, I've picked up a blinker SOS." His captain responds, "What's so strange about a ship in distress Mr. Hale?". "The Wild Wild West" was set during the administration of Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877). "SOS" did not become a standard for international distress calls until 1905, and even then it took some time for it to replace the older "CQD" signal.
Not only was "SOS" anachronistic, "CQD" did not come into use as a nautical distress signal until around 1904 when its use was suggested by Guglielmo Marconi. See more »
I have this season on disc(25 shows) and this is one of Robert Conrad's favorite shows. It is also one of my favorite shows.
I want to point out that at the beginning of each show there is a little "debriefing" by James West himself. I also want to point out that if you do not want to know anything about the story, do not listen to Robert Conrad's introduction. In my mind, that intro is full of spoilers.
The madman in the "The Howling Light" is a scientist and technically a clinical psychologist. A cruel, sick, Pavlovian behaviorist. The other guest star is a Native American, most likely educated in American schools, yet a vehement man who does not like whites. Probably despises them, but does not like Ocularis much either.
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