The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 20

The Night of the Vicious Valentine

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Feb 10, 1967 on CBS

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  • An evil matchmaker has a diabolical plan to seize control of the country, unless Jim and Artie can stop a wedding.

    When you open with a piano that's been converted into a weapon and close with Jim and Artie facing certain death from the reverberations of an organ chord, you've got a larger-than-life "WWW" episode and one of the best of Season 2.

    It's been a while since we've seen a good "conquer the U.S." plot on the show, and usually they're reserved for Dr. Loveless. It's nice to see other megalomaniacal villains with big ambitions for the agents to go up against, and they've got a doozy of a nemesis this week.

    Agnes Moorehead, in an Emmy-winning performance, is perfect as Emma Valentine. I liked the fact that she is clearly charmed by Jim herself even as she berates her underlings for finding him alluring. With a garish pink and purple boudoir and elaborate costumes, Emma Valentine would not be out of place in a Bond film or as an Adam West-Batman villainess. She ranks as one of the best bad guys/girls from the show.

    All of the ingredients of "The Wild Wild West" - humor, fight scenes, disguises, beautiful women and bizarre gadgets - make this one a classic.