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Near the end of the movie, after they boarded the spider, Jim West (Will Smith) fight some henchmen of Loveless. When comes the turn of "Metal Head", Jim discovers that the guy is entirely armored and surrenders. "Metal Head" then raises his weapon to strike and... is electrocuted?

"Metallo" being electrocuted

The way that Jim just calmly steps aside and lets the guy fall to his death tells me that it's what he had planned all along. But I really don't understand what happened. As far as I can see, he is not touching any kind of wire around.

"Metallo" falls

Youtube video of the scene

Missing CGI? Continuity error? Or did I simply miss something?

  • I have nothing to back this up, and while I've wondered this for a while the only explanation I've been able to come up with is he hits some kind of "live-wire" with the wrench when he lifts it above his head to hit James West. The angle of the shot is weird, so it's possible the wire was just outside of the shot or at an angle we can't see, but it would explain the sparks and smoke. – onewho Sep 3 '15 at 20:34
  • I always thought his brain simply short-circuited because he was angry or something. Which is an exceedingly lame resolution to that fight, but this is 'Wild Wild West' after all. (In the script Jim just tricks him into falling off the train.) – Walt Sep 4 '15 at 4:42
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    Derek Mears as Metal Head. That's the characters name. – cde Sep 4 '15 at 10:52
  • Some website says that the two pipes next to him are electrical conductors. Add Metal Head and the Wrench, electricity shorted through him. But without any visual effects to confirm that, it does seem like a huge continuity issue. – cde Sep 4 '15 at 10:54
  • No real evidence here, but it could be that the repeated knocks to the head dislodged something in the internals, and then the anger and motion to raise the wrench then caused a short inside. That's the only thing I can think of given the localised electrocution in his head – gabe3886 Sep 4 '15 at 12:21
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I always thought, Metal Head is touching some kind of electricity, but:

  1. The two copper tubes are not for electrical means but are carrying steam, probably for the hydraulic system of the spider (I suggest this, because after Loveless shoots at West but misses him, he hits the tubes instead, the steam escapes and the hydraulical system of the spider collapses because of negative pressure).
  2. There is some kind of net above the two, but if you look carefully, Metal Head is not touching it whith the wrench.

So, whats left, is that the hits West placed on the head of Metal head are seemingly not harming him, but then, as he wants to hit West and "strain" his head, then his "system" malfunctions because the hits really have harmed him. My evidences for this theory:

  1. The light and smoke is coming out of Metal Head and not from outside.
  2. It remembers to the scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, where Indy hits the officer at the end a lot of times and you think, that the officer prepares to fight back, but actually the officer is knocked out because he falls down without any additional hit from Indy.
  3. So it's a Hollywood-typical thing to surprise the audience. I hope this helps!;-)
  • There's nothing in the novelisation or either version of the script to describe what happened other than that he attacked West and then fell – user7812 Feb 11 '16 at 13:25
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Got this answer off moviemistakes.com:

The "man with a metal head" is obviously a Cyborg. A Cyborg with an iron pipe who's just walked between two large Copper Conductors. He's dead.

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