Recap / The Wild Wild West S 3 E 12 The Night Of The Legion Of Death

West saves Gordon, disguised as Aaron Addison, from being hanged - by apparently killing him. The two are pursued by members of Governor Brubaker's Black Legion, but manage to escape. They return secretly and find an ally in Catherine Kittridge, the only person willing to offer open resistance to Brubaker. Together they do their best to expose the governor and break his iron grip on the territory; however, they soon find there's more to the situation than meets the eye.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Antagonistic Governor: An ambitious and dictatorial territorial governor has created a secret army in a plot to become President of the U.S.
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: Jim fakes one on Artie to save him from the gallows.
  • Everybody Lives: Ironically despite the title, no one gets killed in this episode.
  • Kangaroo Court: West is tried for Addison's murder by one. Judge, jury, opposing counsel, defendant and spectators alike are in no doubt as to the trial's outcome - until the supposed victim shows up. This basically forces the jury to acquit, after which the furious prosecutor tries to get the judge to toss out the verdict.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Deke Montgomery. Brubaker is little more than a pretty face which Montgomery was forced to assume due to his own scarred features.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: Governor Brubaker's administration, complete with paramilitary police force.
  • Puppet King: Governor Brubaker. He has absolutely no actual power. Or backbone. He's simply a front for his secretary, Deke Montgomery.
  • Putting on the Reich: The Black Legion has kind of an "Aussie brownshirt" aesthetic going on.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Montgomery gives Brubaker a vicious one, reminding him who The Man Behind the Man is. Unfortunately it works too well (see Villainous Breakdown below).
  • Red Right Hand: Deke Montgomery's facial scars.
  • State Sec: The Black Legion, an elite force answerable only to the governor.
  • Surprise Witness: When Jim is put on trial for murdering one of Artie's alter egos, Artie pops up to testify on his behalf.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Both Governor Brubaker and Deke Montgomery have these. Brubaker's comes when he realizes that he's only a Puppet King, Montgomery's when his worst fears about his inability to lead men in person are confirmed.
  • What Could Have Been: This episode was originally called "The Night of the Black Legion."