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Autocratic Ruler Loveless Nearly Ruins Wests Spring

10/10
Author: getyourdander from United States
1 November 2008

This particular episode is rich in themes of irony. It is an interesting combination of folks behind the camera as Richard Donner (director later of Superman The Movie) & Gene L Coon (Producer Star Trek) put together a well constructed story.

Loveless in his first episode without Voltaire(Richard Kiel) instead enlists the help of a large woman Miss Kitten Twitty in a plot to rule the world. First, West checks Kitten into his hotel and carries Loveless up to her room. Loveless then proceeds to drug West & make West think he has shot Artie. This sequence is haunting but foreshadows both Donner & Coons later work in direction & production.

From here the plot graduates to Loveless ultimate conquest plan which is only foiled when Kitten figures out that Loveless is not the man he has told her he is. The show highlights the challenges Kitten faces and is very well done.

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Strictly for the birds!

9/10
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
30 November 2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

'The Night Of The Murderous Spring' saw John Kneubuhl once again writing a 'Dr.Loveless' episode. Jim comes to the assistance of an obese woman named 'Kitten Twitty' ( Jenie Jackson ), who is checking into a hotel. Concealed in her baggage is none other than the evil cherub! When West next takes a shave, the basin has been secretly coated with a powder designed to make him hallucinate. Jim thinks he sees Loveless sitting on the window ledge, and shoots him, only there is no body when he goes outside. Then he imagines killing Arte. He sees Loveless everywhere, and hears his mocking laughter. Jim tries to turn himself in, tormented by Arte's death - only to find his friend has not yet arrived in the town...

This strange episode is an improvement over 'Night Of The Whirring Death' with poor Jim not being able to trust his own senses. When the drug's effects wear off midway through, it turns into a more traditional 'W.W.W.' story, with Loveless using a mental hospital as a base, and plotting to poison millions by putting pellets into the water supply via specially-trained birds ( incidentally, this is also the premise of 'Dead Duck', a 1965 novel by Peter Leslie - credited to Patrick Macnee - and based on the British spy series 'The Avengers'. Robert Conrad's real-life father - Leonard Falk - has a small role as a deaf-mute attendant. Voltaire does not return, however, and there is no explanation as to his fate ( perhaps he was shot forward in time to the 70's by Loveless, and decided to rechristen himself 'Jaws'! ). Jenie Jackson's obese 'Kitten' gets too much screen time for my liking, but generally this is another strong episode. The next time Dr.Loveless appeared in the show, he would be in glorious colour!

Directed by Richard Donner.

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