The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 8

The Night of the Bottomless Pit

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Nov 04, 1966 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Definitely seems like a half-baked episode. The plot remains fairly vague and the resolution is contrived and abrupt.

    It almost feels like the writer was going for a two-hour pace and then just slapped on a mindless climax.

    Disappointing in that there is a nice hook to set up the story, a villian whose appearance and quirks reminds one of "Blowfeldt" from the James Bond movies (complete with Oddjob-esque henchman), and an element reminiscent of POW camp movies like "The Great Escape" or "Stalag 17". The entire episode is comprised of a series of vignettes that do not combine to make a cohesive narrative. Ultimately this crazy-quilt of a plot leads to a very unsatisfying end. There were a couple more rewrites and tighting to do to the script before they set this one to roll in front of the cameras.