This movie is magnificent!
I've always loved THE WILD WILD WEST as a kid growing up in NC. I watched the reruns wishing that I was James West fighting the Bad guys and Artemus Gordon being witty, funny and always there for West when he's in a tight jam when He's trapped and the Babes? Woo Wee!. I have the DVD set and The Music is also great and I have 4 CD set, By Markowitz, Shores and among others and who could forget that theme and the animated opening. This was a great TV from CBS by the show marked as a James Bond type in the President Grant administration in 1870's.
Now, since I'm older, I still feel like a kid watching the Episodes. Again, A great show. My rating 8.0.
The first season of Wild Wild West is fantastic. The first season is well written and well acted. Robert Conrad is perfect as James West and his character is far smarter and more adventurous than James Bond.The sad thing is that season 2 is dreadful. The stories are terrible, poorly written, with horrible plot lines. If you happen to watch the second season, you wonder how the show continued onto a 3rd and 4th season.I have not had the opportunity to watch seasons 3 and 4 because season 2 created a feeling of disinterest towards the show.I rated the show a 7 - due to season 1. Season 2 would rate a 4.
That is Robert Conrad and Ross Martin is his silly Q. Sure, Robert Conrad isn't much of an actor, but he looks the part and doesn't let those tight pants restrict his karate chop throwing. The real star of the show, despite only being in ten episodes, is Michael Dunn's maniacal Dr. Miguelito Loveless. He is one of the smartest villains in television, West's Moriarty, and like all great villains his only flaw is that he knows how smart he is. James West seduces all the women, Artemus Gordon dresses up as practically anything, and there is always that ten percent chance of seeing the little big man. It's pure pop entertainment that has aged surprisingly well.
The amazing thing about this show, unlike so many others, is that everything came together and they got it right straight out of the gates. The concept was highly original, and while there was a nod to James Bond, the show really was its own entity. Setting the show during the Cival War, yet giving West advanced gadgets and a very non-traditional costume (who else wore Toreodor pants and jacket?), along with memorable villains who also had Cival War inspired devices of mass destruction only enhanced the originality of TWWW. The acting was top notch both by Conrad and Martin, who consistently gave it their all. The guest stars, and the bevy of beauties, must have relished the parts they were given. Who wouldn't want to appear on that show, yet it stayed clear of being Camp, unlike many other 60's shows. It's still great fun today, a true sign of being ahead of its time.