History Headscratchers / TheWildWildWest

18th Apr '14 7:40:13 PM Wrangler0Rourke
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* How does their telegraph receive messages in a moving train?
17th Mar '13 11:15:53 AM Cindylover1969
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** It seems to have been written with filling up time before the last freeze-frame as more of a concern than story sense, as the episode was running short (the scene where Artie tries cherries jubilee with molasses and [[BlatantLies loves it]] has "tag" [[IncrediblyLamePun written all over it]]).
21st Jan '13 7:52:12 PM Tarlonniel
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21st Jan '13 7:50:05 PM Tarlonniel
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* What's going on in the poker game at the end of "The Night of the Running Death"? First off, the fact that Artie is losing so badly seems out of character for him, but are we actually supposed to assume that Jim is cheating somehow (which is hinted at, but seems equally out of character)? Secondly, is Artie's flipping of the table supposed to be some kind of attempt at cheating on his part, as Jim's reaction seems to indicate? That makes no sense - the table is specially rigged to keep everything on its surface(s) in place even when turned upside-down, as Artie well knows. Are we supposed to assume he just ''forgot''? Thirdly, why does Artie get such a big grin on his face when he looks at his new hand, and why does Jim then start looking between Artie and his own cards in apparent dismay? Did Artie pick up an unbeatable hand and decide not to even bother bluffing anymore? How did Jim know it wasn't a bluff? All very odd.

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* What's going on in the poker game at the end of "The Night of the Running Death"? First off, the fact that Artie is losing so badly seems out of character for him, but are we actually supposed to assume that Jim is cheating somehow (which is hinted at, but seems equally out of character)? Secondly, is Artie's flipping of the table supposed to be some kind of attempt at cheating on his part, as Jim's reaction seems to indicate? That makes no sense - the table is specially rigged to keep everything on its surface(s) in place even when turned upside-down, as Artie well knows. Are we supposed to assume he just ''forgot''? Thirdly, why does Artie get such a big grin on his face when he looks at his new hand, and why does Jim then start looking between Artie and his own cards in apparent dismay? Did Artie pick up an unbeatable hand and decide not to even bother bluffing anymore? How did Jim know it wasn't a bluff? All very odd.
5th Jan '13 4:08:35 PM Tarlonniel
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* The final act of "The Night of the Lord of Limbo" makes absolutely no sense at all. Colonel Vautrain's plot to assassinate General Grant at Vicksburg is foiled when a cannon shell smashes into his mansion (where he was laying a trap for Grant), crushing his legs and detonating his cache of explosives prematurely. That cannon shot didn't happen in the original Battle of Vicksburg (since Grant used his house as a base and it's still standing in the present), and nothing he, West, or Gordon did caused it, so apparently history just spontaneously altered itself specifically to screw with this one guy. Then, when West and Gordon escape back into the present, they return to find Vautrain's mansion on fire. Why? If it was destroyed by an explosion in 1863, shouldn't they return to find a bombed out ruin? Has it been burning for the better part of a decade? Did Vautrain's daughter set it for some reason? It's like the writers just decided that adding TimeTravel to the plot gave them a license to toss out all semblance of logic or cause and effect in writing the ending.

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* The final act of "The Night of the Lord of Limbo" Limbo":
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makes absolutely no sense at all. Colonel Vautrain's plot to assassinate General Grant at Vicksburg is foiled when a cannon shell smashes into his mansion (where he was laying a trap for Grant), crushing his legs and detonating his cache of explosives prematurely. That cannon shot didn't happen in the original Battle of Vicksburg (since Grant used his house as a base and it's still standing in the present), and nothing he, West, or Gordon did caused it, so apparently history just spontaneously altered itself specifically to screw with this one guy. Then, when West and Gordon escape back into the present, they return to find Vautrain's mansion on fire. Why? If it was destroyed by an explosion in 1863, shouldn't they return to find a bombed out ruin? Has it been burning for the better part of a decade? Did Vautrain's daughter set it for some reason? It's like the writers just decided that adding TimeTravel to the plot gave them a license to toss out all semblance of logic or cause and effect in writing the ending.
1st Jan '13 10:04:49 PM Gislef
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*** I think the first time was a parallel/alternate universe rather than time travel.
11th Nov '12 6:15:20 PM Tarlonniel
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* What's going on in the poker game at the end of "The Night of the Running Death"? First off, the fact that Artie is losing so badly seems out of character for him, but are we actually supposed to assume that Jim is cheating somehow (which is hinted at, but seems equally out of character)? Secondly, is Artie's flipping of the table supposed to be some kind of attempt at cheating on his part, as Jim's reaction seems to indicate? That makes no sense - the table is specially rigged to keep everything on its surface(s) in place even when turned upside-down, as Artie well knows. Thirdly, why does Artie get such a big grin on his face when he looks at his new hand, and why does Jim then start looking between Artie and his hand in apparent dismay? Did Artie just pick up an unbeatable hand and decide not to even bother bluffing anymore? How did Jim know it wasn't a bluff? All very odd.

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* What's going on in the poker game at the end of "The Night of the Running Death"? First off, the fact that Artie is losing so badly seems out of character for him, but are we actually supposed to assume that Jim is cheating somehow (which is hinted at, but seems equally out of character)? Secondly, is Artie's flipping of the table supposed to be some kind of attempt at cheating on his part, as Jim's reaction seems to indicate? That makes no sense - the table is specially rigged to keep everything on its surface(s) in place even when turned upside-down, as Artie well knows. Are we supposed to assume he just ''forgot''? Thirdly, why does Artie get such a big grin on his face when he looks at his new hand, and why does Jim then start looking between Artie and his hand own cards in apparent dismay? Did Artie just pick up an unbeatable hand and decide not to even bother bluffing anymore? How did Jim know it wasn't a bluff? All very odd.
11th Nov '12 6:08:54 PM Tarlonniel
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** The earlier time travel bit makes no sense either. How does time travel account for Gordon apparently ''becoming'' someone named Jack Maitland, losing all memory of his true identity? How does returning to the present bring him back to life? Was it all some kind of illusion on Vautrain's part? Just how many incredible mental powers does this guy have??

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** The earlier time travel bit makes no sense either. How does time travel account for Gordon apparently ''becoming'' someone named Jack Maitland, losing all memory of his true identity? How does returning to the present bring him back to life? Was it all some kind of illusion on Vautrain's part? Just how many incredible mental powers does this guy have??have??
* What's going on in the poker game at the end of "The Night of the Running Death"? First off, the fact that Artie is losing so badly seems out of character for him, but are we actually supposed to assume that Jim is cheating somehow (which is hinted at, but seems equally out of character)? Secondly, is Artie's flipping of the table supposed to be some kind of attempt at cheating on his part, as Jim's reaction seems to indicate? That makes no sense - the table is specially rigged to keep everything on its surface(s) in place even when turned upside-down, as Artie well knows. Thirdly, why does Artie get such a big grin on his face when he looks at his new hand, and why does Jim then start looking between Artie and his hand in apparent dismay? Did Artie just pick up an unbeatable hand and decide not to even bother bluffing anymore? How did Jim know it wasn't a bluff? All very odd.
9th Nov '12 8:21:18 PM Tarlonniel
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* The final act of "The Night of the Lord of Limbo" makes absolutely no sense at all. Colonel Vautrain's plot to assassinate General Grant at Vicksburg is foiled when a cannon shell smashes into his mansion (where he was laying a trap for Grant), crushing his legs and detonating his cache of explosives prematurely. That cannon shot didn't happen in the original Battle of Vicksburg (since Grant used his house as a base and it's still standing in the present), and nothing he, West, or Gordon did caused it, so apparently history just spontaneously altered itself specifically to screw with this one guy. Then, when West and Gordon escape back into the present, they return to find Vautrain's mansion on fire. Why? If it was destroyed by an explosion in 1863, shouldn't they return to find a bombed out ruin? Has it been burning for the better part of a decade? Did Vautrain's daughter set it for some reason? It's like the writers just decided that adding TimeTravel to the plot gave them a license to toss out all semblance of logic or cause and effect in writing the ending.

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* The final act of "The Night of the Lord of Limbo" makes absolutely no sense at all. Colonel Vautrain's plot to assassinate General Grant at Vicksburg is foiled when a cannon shell smashes into his mansion (where he was laying a trap for Grant), crushing his legs and detonating his cache of explosives prematurely. That cannon shot didn't happen in the original Battle of Vicksburg (since Grant used his house as a base and it's still standing in the present), and nothing he, West, or Gordon did caused it, so apparently history just spontaneously altered itself specifically to screw with this one guy. Then, when West and Gordon escape back into the present, they return to find Vautrain's mansion on fire. Why? If it was destroyed by an explosion in 1863, shouldn't they return to find a bombed out ruin? Has it been burning for the better part of a decade? Did Vautrain's daughter set it for some reason? It's like the writers just decided that adding TimeTravel to the plot gave them a license to toss out all semblance of logic or cause and effect in writing the ending.ending.
** The earlier time travel bit makes no sense either. How does time travel account for Gordon apparently ''becoming'' someone named Jack Maitland, losing all memory of his true identity? How does returning to the present bring him back to life? Was it all some kind of illusion on Vautrain's part? Just how many incredible mental powers does this guy have??
9th Nov '12 5:43:07 AM lu127
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* The final act of "The Night of the Lord of Limbo" makes absolutely no sense at all. Colonel Vautrain's plot to assassinate General Grant at Vicksburg is foiled when a cannon shell smashes into his mansion (where he was laying a trap for Grant), crushing his legs and detonating his cache of explosives prematurely. That cannon shot didn't happen in the original Battle of Vicksburg (since Grant used his house as a base and it's still standing in the present), and nothing he, West, or Gordon did caused it, so apparently history just spontaneously altered itself specifically to screw with this one guy. Then, when West and Gordon escape back into the present, they return to find Vautrain's mansion on fire. Why? If it was destroyed by an explosion in 1863, shouldn't they return to find a bombed out ruin? Has it been burning for the better part of a decade? Did Vautrain's daughter set it for some reason? It's like the writers just decided that adding TimeTravel to the plot gave them a license to toss out all semblance of logic or cause and effect in writing the ending.
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