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marklungo
Secret Service recruit

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2017 :  11:19:34  Show Profile
Howdy, pardners in WWW fandom! This is my first post here, so here's an appropriate topic to start with: I have a friend who's never seen WWW, and I'd like to try to get him into the show. What do you think would be the best episode to show him first? I'm looking for a story that represents the spy fiction/steampunk/cattle punk feel of the series at its best, to emphasize that it was no ordinary western. It would help if the episode is in color, and it would really help if the ep features Dr. Loveless (although I'm also considering "TNOT Falcon", since I saw it on MeTV recently and liked it a lot). Thanks for reading, and I await your feedback.

James: Artie, how do you plan to escape?
Artie: Oh, the usual. Guile. Cunning. Trickery.
—"The Night of the Arrow"

ccb
SS Quizmaster Emeritus

3800 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2017 :  12:29:17  Show Profile
Howdy, Pardner. Welcome aboard.

Considering your qualifications, I think I'd recommend "The Night of the Surreal McCoy," which
  • Is in color;
  • Features Loveless;
  • Takes the western genre—right down to the shootout on Dodge City's main street—and bends it seven ways;
  • Is based on a premise that's utterly bananas, memorable by people who don't remember the show that well.

The only thing it doesn't have, which sets it apart from every other episode, is a woman—not even one—so you miss West the ladykiller. But that wasn't one of your specifications.

It's not my personal favorite, but it's a very good show and a good introduction to the series.
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Desert Roger
SS novice field agent

4379 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2017 :  12:38:35  Show Profile  Visit Desert Roger's Homepage
I agree with ccb!

SURREAL McCOY would be a great intro.

Would also recommend DEATHMASKS.

Roger
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marklungo
Secret Service recruit

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2017 :  12:58:19  Show Profile
Thanks for the suggestions! It's been a while since I've seen "McCoy", so I forgot the unusual lack of female characters. Maybe I should add "West the womanizer" to the qualifications.

I'm also mulling over "Tottering Tontine", which was one of my childhood favorites. And now I'd better end this post before it turns into "Remember the one where?", not that there's anything wrong with that...

James: Artie, how do you plan to escape?
Artie: Oh, the usual. Guile. Cunning. Trickery.
—"The Night of the Arrow"
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Desert Roger
SS novice field agent

4379 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2017 :  13:00:49  Show Profile  Visit Desert Roger's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by marklungo

Thanks for the suggestions! It's been a while since I've seen "McCoy", so I forgot the unusual lack of female characters. Maybe I should add "West the womanizer" to the qualifications.

I'm also mulling over "Tottering Tontine", which was one of my childhood favorites. And now I'd better end this post before it turns into "Remember the one where?", not that there's anything wrong with that...



p.s. Welcome to our happy, happy circle.

and an additional p.s. TONTINE is one of the first episodes I can recall watching (along with SKULLS) when I was in the third or fourth grade back in the early 70s
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niecie
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Posted - 07/12/2017 :  11:04:00  Show Profile
I'm rather partial to TNOT Samurai...

Niecie

* * *

Ever since I was a little girl
I have always wished
that Artemus Gordon was
my very own Uncle Artie...
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California gal
SS senior field agent

USA
8386 Posts

Posted - 07/12/2017 :  12:03:29  Show Profile
I have to agree that Surreal McCoy would be a good introduction. It's in color and features the little doctor at his evil best, with an incredible "invention" (the paintings that allow one to move through dimensions).

Season 2's Lord of Limbo is also a good one with other worldly dimension travel, and Ricardo Montalban superb as the villain.

I think season 2 had more "steam punk" in it, although I favor season 3 for plots!

Good luck with your friend, and welcome aboard.

James: Thanks, Artie.
Artemus: "Thanks Artie"! Is that all you can say to me? I've just come back from the grave, risen like Lazarus, and that's what you say? "Thanks, Artie"?
James: Thanks, Artie.
Artemus: It's a pleasure.
- TNOT Pistoleros
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SordoTheBandit
SS 1st assignment - desk job

488 Posts

Posted - 07/12/2017 :  12:09:59  Show Profile
The Night of the Burning Diamond

And hello and welcome.
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Desert Roger
SS novice field agent

4379 Posts

Posted - 07/12/2017 :  18:58:00  Show Profile  Visit Desert Roger's Homepage
back in 2004 or 2005 I introduced THE WILD WILD WEST to two friends in Illinos, one of the friends is 11 years younger than me and one is 14 years younger
we watched THE NIGHT OF THE DEATHMASKS
they are from a different generation than I am but enjoyed the episode
my personal top two favorites are SURREAL McCOY and LIMBO
but, Season 3 seems to have the highest percentage of top-notch episodes
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marklungo
Secret Service recruit

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 07/14/2017 :  17:09:32  Show Profile
Thanks for the recommendations, everyone!

James: Artie, how do you plan to escape?
Artie: Oh, the usual. Guile. Cunning. Trickery.
—"The Night of the Arrow"
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Dieter Epping
SS senior field agent

USA
6517 Posts

Posted - 07/15/2017 :  08:02:31  Show Profile
Welcome Marklungo...I always liked Night of the Watery Death from season 2 as one of the cool gloomy wild episodes with plenty of action, great Artie disguises and a beautiful girl included. Great atmospheric adventure I can watch over and over!
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Dieter Epping
SS senior field agent

USA
6517 Posts

Posted - 07/15/2017 :  08:08:03  Show Profile
Oh and I like your quote from Night of the Arrow! Just saw that last week on ME-TV. One of the very cool moments from that episode!
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beerbad
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727 Posts

Posted - 07/15/2017 :  08:44:26  Show Profile
You do have a variety to pick from, which can be a mixed blessing. Most of Doctor Loveless's best episodes were in black and white, so that's a problem.

"I abhor spirits, they make a man less than human" - Dr. Loveless, The Night That Terror Stalked the Town
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