Opening with a nicely done highway accident in a colorless prairie, the setting could be Roswell New Mexico. The scenery is so plain and the tarmac so barren there must be something bad just outside of camera range. The shots shift to a huge red sign marking the entry into the local town, Wander. The sign might as well be marking the “High Plains Drifter” hometown of Lago, although disgraced detective Arthur Bretnik hardly takes the place of The Stranger. The Stranger knew too much and Arthur knows nothing.
Even better would be Aqua Caliente from “For Few Dollars More.” Either way there is hot water under foot and Bretnik, distracted to the point of hallucination, appears far out of his depth. (CONTINUED)