Friday, October 29, 2010

Wild Wild West--"The Night of the Egyptian Queen"

“The Night of the Egyptian Queen” is a fairly run of the mill affair. The powers that be must have known that, since the femme fatale spent the entire episode cavorting cavorting about in a skimpy harem outfit, showing off a lovely midriff and a whole lot of leg, as a distraction. There is even a light bondage scene thrown in for the perverts out there. You know who you are.

A ruby on loan to a San Francisco museum from some Egyptian poobabette (Are important female poobahs called that? If not, they should be.) is stolen away from Jim. Our heroes spend the evening alternating between chasing down and being captured by three different parties who want the ruby. It ultimately fell into the ans of Rosie, a belly dancer who was using it as a toe ring during her mesmerizing performances.

The ring is stolen from her by an Egyptian diplomat played by--I kid you not--Boss Hogge himself, Sorrell Booke. The ruby itself is third rate junk, but it can be used when the moon is in a certain position to release a trove of ancient treasure. It is the treasure that everyone is after.

It is interesting “The Night of the Egyptian Queen” aired a full ten years before King Tut mania hit the United States in the late ’70’s and these sort of stories were common place on te idiot box. That, the half-naked belly dancer, and Boss Hogge as an evil Egyptian mkae this one an amusing oddity, but the rest of the episode is nothing special.

Rating: *** (out of 5)

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