Wild Wild West

Night of the Undead, #6722

Agent James West tries to stop what looks like a voodoo sacrifice by shooting his gun in the air. The participants leave the area, apparently in a trance. A big man named Tiny John comes after West and the agent is forced to shoot him in the heart. The man doesn't die immediately, however, but heads for the swamp. West approaches the altar and finds that the sacrificial figure is made of wax. Later, at the morgue, West and Gordon examine the now dead Tiny John and notice that his hands glow in the dark.

In search of a Dr. Armbruster, West goes to see Dr. Eddington and discovers that the figure at the ritual was made in Eddington's likeness. West meets Eddington's daughter, Maria, who tells him that a Dr. Articulus and Armbruster are experimenting with a glowing process. Later, the agents come across the site of a wedding that was to have taken place years earlier. They learn that Articulus had once planned to marry, but the woman he loved married Eddington instead. In revenge, Articulus plans to marry Eddington's daughter. Helpless, Maria is under his trance and unable to refuse Articulus' commands.

This bizarre tale of voodoo intrigue works especially well thanks to the character of West, director Marvin Chomsky remembers: "It all comes down to the ability of Bob Conrad. A character like West.... is a solid, secure character, (and) wherever West trod, reality would come back to any situation that was too far out to be believed."

Articulus: Hurd Hatfield
Phalah: Priscilla Morrill
Maria: Joan Delaney
Eddington: John Zaremba
Directed by Marvin Chomsky
Written by Cal Clements, Jr.
* The above information was compiled from The Wild Wild West: The Series by Susan E. Kesler (Arnett Press), "Michael Garrison's Wild Wild West," an article by Robert Alan Crick in Epi-Log Journal #11 and other sources.
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