Recap: The Wild Wild West S 2 E 21 The Night Of The Brain
Newspapers are delivered to the agents which predict the deaths of various friends of theirs. These predictions come true, despite their efforts to prevent them, and investigation leads to the shop which printed the papers. From there the trail leads to a tarot card reader and then to a self-declared supergenius named Braine, who is possessed of a souped-up wheelchair, a nasty lieutenant named Leeto and a desire to take over the world.
Tropes present in this episode:
- All Part of the Show: Double-subverted. Jim and Artie think that the bomb that just appeared on-stage is real, but the performer reveals that it's just a gag prop. Then it explodes anyway.
- Cartoon Bomb: One of these kills the stage magician Almeric. It even pops out a little flag with the word "bang" written on it, to complete the cartoon effect. It then explodes for real.
- Diegetic Switch: Artie whistles a little tune while he and Jim break into a printer's shop. As he holds the final note it transitions seamlessly into the background music which plays as they search the place.
- Gambit Roulette: Mr. Braine's plots are this. His scheme to kill Colonel Arnette, for example, depends upon the Colonel offering a drink of brandy to West without trying any himself.
- A God Am I: Mr. Braine compares himself to Zeus. West mocks him mercilessly for it.
- Latex Perfection: This is how Braine passes off Leeto as Artie and how he plans to pass off his impostors as various world leaders. Artie makes use of the same trope to turn the tables.
- Meaningful Name: Mr. Braine, the supergenius.
- Obfuscating Disability: The titular villain starts out in a steam-powered wheelchair, but it is then revealed that he uses it because he believes that literally every ounce of a person's energy should be devoted to thinking.
- Out-Gambitted: Artie out gambits the villain via layering of disguises - he disguises himself as Leeto disguised as Artie.