The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
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The Night of the Human Trigger 

Jim and Arte investigate a rash of earthquakes. They discover a mad scientist named Professor Orkney Cadwallader is using nitroglycerin to set off the disasters.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Orkney Cadwallader
Faith Cadwallader
Hercules (as Mike Masters)
Aunt Martha
Bartender (as Lindsay Workman)
Porter Richards
Vernon Scott ...


After two Wyoming towns suffer devastating earthquakes, Jim and Artie travel to Sentinel, where fliers have circulated warning of the next quake. When that quake strikes as predicted, the agents realize that someone can create earthquakes whenever and wherever he wishes. They must discover who and how before the madman levels the Wyoming territory! Written by CommanderBalok

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3 December 1965 (USA)  »

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Some of the frames in the earthquake scene near the end originally appeared in George Pal's 1955 production "Conquest of Space." In "Conquest of Space," the quake occurs on Mars (near the end of the movie). "Conquest of Space" is the first film appearance of Ross Martin. See more »


At the opening, Artemus and Jim are standing at the hitching post in a deserted town, where Artemus finds a flyer that warned the citizens to leave town before the sun is "at its summit" on June 5. Artemus comments that it's the fifth, and looks upward at the sun, saying, "And guess where that sun is," prompting Jim to look upwards at the sun too. Then they walk away from the hitching post, and the sunlight is coming almost directly in front of them, casting long shadows as it only would at sunrise or sunset. See more »


Orkney Cadwallader: I hate clever men!
Faith Cadwallader: I hate you, father!
Orkney Cadwallader: That's a very healthy symptom, my daughter! When you can transfer those violent emotions from me to a suitable young man, your future happiness will be assured.
Faith Cadwallader: [Exasperated] Father!
Orkney Cadwallader: You know, earlier you were Antigone, and now you've become Electra. You've run the whole gamut of Greek drama!
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Edited from Conquest of Space (1955) See more »

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Falls Flat
1 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even Burgess Meredith can't help this one.

Meredith plays an absent-minded heavy who is saddled with two sons who are dumb as a box of rocks. As much as I normally love WWW's crazy plot twists with megalomaniac world conquerors, this one falls as flat as Orkney Cadwallader (Meredith)'s plot to seize control by causing earthquakes.

In addition to his sons, he has a daughter who is clever, but is also preoccupied with finding a proper suitor. She spends most of her time either fawning over West or wanting to kill him. There's no love lost on her father, either, whom she sees a limiting the number of potential beaus.

Most of the early episodes were well written, but this one fizzles out like wet dynamite.

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