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Old 02-09-20, 11:36 AM
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RIP Robert Conrad

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Old 02-09-20, 01:43 PM
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Used to love "Wild Wild West." Got a bit tired of it when the same "villians" kept showing up.
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I never cared for the fighter pilot show -- Pappy O'Cliche or something?

But I thought Conrad was a cool dude on Wild Wild West. Enjoyed the heck out of that show when it was first run during my childhood. In particular I enjoyed the surrealism. It was one of the very few American TV shows that dabbled its toes in the same weird end of the pool as The Avengers, which is still one of my favorites.

The chemistry between Conrad and Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon really made the show. Unlike many buddy shows, that one really clicked, like Picard and Riker. And it managed to put a convincing good-guy spin on Martin, who was usually best when playing twisted psychos in movies -- remember him from Experiment in Terror?

I always thought Robert Conrad would make a late career comeback, like Robert Forster or Robert Vaughn. Didn't really happen. He worked a lot but nothing really kicked off his career again after Baa Baa Black Sheep.

And that movie version of Wild Wild West was terrible, despite a good cast. Will Smith and Kevin Kline just did not click at all. And while Kenneth Branagh and his giant robot spider were appropriately surreal in homage to the TV series super-baddies, it wasn't enough to save that movie. I thought it might have worked better if Smith and Kline had swapped roles. Not that Smith can't carry a lead role -- he obviously does very well. But Kline's forte has always been the eccentric narcissist. And Smith plays a great buddy/sidekick as well, with the right partner (Tommy Lee Jones).
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I loved the WWII show as the 11 to 13 year old me when that show was new. It's not the same at all seeing it as a 50+ year old adult.

Now, the Wild Wild West, I definitely liked that TV show more in reruns when I was young and later. It seemed that James West and Capt. Kirk were in a woman conquering competition in "different" centuries.
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