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YMMV: The Wild Wild West
  • Awesome Music: Besides the show's theme music, there's Dave Grusin's score for "The Night of the Puppeteer" (in particular Vivid's dance music - which, tellingly, was never tracked into any other episodes) and Richard Shores's cue for the fight between Jim and Titan in "The Night of the Eccentrics" (used in assorted season two episodes and a trailer for the series itself). Shores also composed a propulsive score for "The Night of the Firebrand" (with a variation of Artie's theme music so beloved by the music editors that it was tracked into "The Night of the Bubbling Death," which actually aired before the episode it was written for).
  • Escapist Character: Jim and Artie both qualify.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans prefer to ignore the existence, canonically at least, of the made-for-TV reunion movies. And then there's the film...
  • Genius Bonus: Near the beginning of "The Night of the Diva" Artie is shown reading William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Those familiar with the play will find some interesting parallels between it and the episode's subplot involving Rosa Montebello.
  • Narm: "The Night of the Dancing Death". Especially for anyone who knows anything about the real Camorra. The way Jim's amnesia is cured in "The Night of the Amnesiac" also falls into this category for some fans.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Try and not feel creeped out about your house after a viewing of "The Night of the Man-eating House".
  • Older Than They Think: The similarities between the plots of "The Night of the Pelican" and The Rock are amazing.
  • Padding: "The Night of the Running Death" seems to have two tag scenes instead of one.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • "The Night of the Wolf" has several shots of a more-than-obviously-stuffed canine.
    • The tank in "The Night of the Juggernaut" was called out by some press sources at the time of the episode's original airing for being rather poorly done; the tank is indeed embarrassing, both in its design (late 1960s racing stripes?) and in it being so slow Ironside could have outrun it. Without his wheelchair. (The tank in "The Night of the Freebooters," on the other hand, is far more convincing. And that was in season one, while the Juggernaut was for season four.)
    • In the robbery scene of "The Night of the Burning Diamond," some of the people "frozen" in time are more frozen than others, to put it politely.
  • Tear Jerker: Artie's anguished reaction to apparently killing Jim in "The Night of the Death Masks."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some fans think the shift to color was detrimental. Also, there are some who consider the nine Martin-less episodes in season four to be hardly worth watching.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • More than once a villainess is given much a lighter punishment than her male counterparts such as Morn in "The Night of the Flying Pie Plate," who gets a lighter sentence than her other conspirators - including her two sisters, who significantly didn't have Girl of the Week status, or even allowed to walk away scot-free, apparently simply because she is a beautiful woman. This is compounded at the end of "The Night of the Red-Eyed Madmen," when the villainess gives a rather insightful, moving speech about how she'd only wanted to be seen as more than "just a woman." This small step forward is promptly ignored in favor of having her and another woman fawn over a new dress and begin discussing how to look their best when the train pulls into Carson City.
    • The entire last scene of "The Night of the Firebrand" just drips with misogyny, as West and Gordon decide that Vixen O'Shaughnessy's punishment (for helping mastermind an attempted massacre at a military fort and a coup against Canada) is to be "forced to return to the feminine fold" so that she will "leave the fighting to us," by which they mean they're just going to make her return to the ladies' finishing school she escaped from. When she objects and goes into a Character Filibuster about all the wrongs that still need fighting against in the world, West basically gives her a Vulcan nerve pinch (a Running Gag in this episode) and reflects that he'd better tell the school's headmistress how to do it.
    • "The Night of the Tycoons" romps home with the gold in Misogynistic Episode Writing; other episodes have female villains, but there's an unpleasant tone throughout the episode suggesting women have no business being in charge of huge corporations, capped off by its tag scene with Lionel's fiancee Kyra booted off to the kitchen and Jim telling him he's got to keep these women in their place.
    • All that said, there are exceptions: Lady Beatrice in "The Night of the Two-Legged Buffalo," Posey in "The Night of the Poisonous Posey" (although captured offscreen), Laurette in "The Night of the Winged Terror, Part 2" and most notably Astarte in "The Night of the Druid's Blood" - Jim makes it very clear to Astarte that she'll hang for her crimes [including helping to murder a beloved professor of his] and he won't mourn her.

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