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Recap: The Wild Wild West S 2 E 15 The Night Of The Lord Of Limbo

West and Gordon are invited to a magic show, in the midst of which the magician, his lovely assistant and Gordon disappear from the stage, leaving only a saber behind. West traces the saber back to its owner - Noel Bartley Vautrain, a former Confederate colonel crippled during the war. Vautrain has developed some rather remarkable powers and, after a few demonstrations on the agents, reveals that he intends to travel back in time and attempt to regain the use of his legs. That isn't quite all he has in mind, though...


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Create Your Own Villain: West discovers that a Confederate officer whose life he saved at the Battle of Vicksburg (albeit at the cost of his legs) has gained Time Travel powers and is plotting to go back in time and change the battle's outcome.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Bandits interrupt the duel between Jim and Artie. Before they can quite finish the bandits off, one fatally shoots Artie, who bleeds out in Jim's arms. Fortunately it was all an alternate reality... or an illusion... or... well, whatever it was, Artie isn't dead.
  • Duel to the Death: Jim is forced into one of these with a brainwashed Artie; the latter thinks he is a southern gentleman whose honor Jim has unforgivably insulted.
  • Evil Cripple: Colonel Noel Bartley Vautrain lost both his legs in battle and uses a wheelchair. He's unhappy about it. Murderously so.
  • Faking Amnesia: Rather than try to explain what actually happened to their apparently rather unimaginative superior, Artie (at Jim's suggestion) pretends that he simply had an accident which caused temporary amnesia.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Vautrain plans to travel back in time and assassinate General Grant at the Battle of Vicksburg.
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond: Given the character's roots, it's not surprising that Jim does this. It is a bit unusual that the line is played here for tragedy rather than comedy when delivered to an amnesiac and apparently dying Artie.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Vautrain is played by Ricardo Montalban, after all.
  • Psychic Powers: Col. Vautrain has the ability to transport objects and people through space and time using only his mind. He has a few other mental powers as well, but they're not very well defined.
  • Retroactive Precognition: Vautrain intends to go back in time and use his knowledge of the Battle of Vicksburg to his advantage.
  • Sword Fight: Jim vs. Artie, then both of the agents against a group of bandits.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Jim winds up the sword fight by pitching his sword at the leader of the bandits. It neatly impales the guy.

The Wild Wild West S 2 E 14 The Night Of The Infernal MachineRecap/The Wild Wild WestThe Wild Wild West S 2 E 16 The Night Of The Tottering Tontine

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