The mad puppeteer Zachariah Skull re-creates a courtroom drama, using life-size puppets, to seek revenge on both Jim and the Supreme Court Justices who sentenced him to death.

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Zachariah Skull
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Justice Vincent Chayne
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The mad puppeteer Zachariah Skull re-creates a courtroom drama, using life-size puppets, to seek revenge on both Jim and the Supreme Court Justices who sentenced him to death.

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25 February 1966 (USA)  »

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Although listed in the cast only as "Butler (uncredited)", the character played by Jack Tygett is referred to as "Pitney" by both Skull and West. The Waitress, played by Janis Hansen, says her name is Wilbur, but this name does not appear in the credits either. See more »

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The marionettes are strung with monofilament fishline, a material invented in the first half of the twentieth century. See more »

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Trapped in Lloyd's lair!
24 May 2011 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

A marvellous episode from Season 1.

Jim West ( Robert Conrad ) is at the home of Justice Vincent Chayne ( John Hoyt ) when he sees children enjoying a puppet show. Without warning, a marionette fires real bullets at first Chayne, then West himself. West peers behind the curtain but there is no-one there. A clue takes him to Triton's, a seedy seaside tavern. Following a brawl with some customers, he escapes into the deeper recesses of the building, becomes trapped in an elevator, and taken to the underground lair of Zachariah Skull ( Lloyd Bochner ), a deranged puppeteer seeking revenge on the Supreme Court that convicted him. West is menaced by one life-sized puppet after another. Skull has harnessed the power of steam to make the puppets do as he wishes...

Even by this show's standards, this is an offbeat episode. Henry Sharp, the writer, had written for 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E', but I think his talents were better employed on this show. Though only puppets, what makes Skull's creations chilling is that they can actually kill. The late Lloyd Bochner seems to have played smooth-talking villains in almost every American adventure series at one time or other - you'll find him in 'Mission: Impossible', 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea' and the original 'Battlestar Galactica'. He makes Skull a better-than average baddie. Later we learn that he himself is also a puppet, and that the real Skull ( badly deformed from injuries ) is hiding in the rafters at the centre of what looks like a giant spider's web. The pretty Imelda De Martin plays 'Vivid', Skull's daughter.

Whereas 'U.N.C.L.E.' had the same producer ( Sam Rolfe ) for its first season, 'Wild Wild West' went through several, including Fred Freiburger ( reviled by fantasy fans for his work on 'Star Trek' and 'Space:1999 ), Gene L.Coon ( a guiding light in 'Star Trek's early days ) and John Mantley ( who created 'Gunsmoke' and brought 'Buck Rogers' crashing to Earth in 1980 ). Despite the changes in personnel at the top, the shows are generally consistent in quality.

The unique look of Skull's base recalls those German expressionist films of the '30's, consisting as it does of a bare room with few props and stark lighting. According to Conrad, this was the idea of Irving J.Moore, the director. It certainly contributes to what is already a very entertaining episode.


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