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A Thing about Machines: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas by NOT A BOOK

A repairman has paid a house call to Bartlett Finchley, who is having trouble with the TV, and notes that he should not damage his appliances (he smashed the screen of the TV for a mild inconvenience). It turns out he is an ill-tempered gourmet magazine critic who reviles humanity (a misanthrope), though he seems to be simultaneously lonely. Hes as inept with machines as he is with people. Frustrated, he constantly abuses machines and starts to think machines are conspiring against him. The people he tells about this write him off as paranoid, but eventually every machine in his house (including his car) turns on him. Before this happens, he mentions the radio doesnt work, then his clock chimes more than the hour. His typewriter types the message, GET OUT OF HERE FINCHLEY. A woman on the TV speaks the same message, and upstairs his electric razor rises menacingly into the air, lunging at him like a cobra. Although the phone is unplugged, a voice on the phone speaks the same words.

He hears a siren and goes outside to find that his car had rolled down the driveway and had almost hit a small boy. After rudely dismissing the neighbors who had collected to gawk, Finchley returns to the house, drinks a full bottle of hard liquor, and passes out. When he wakes up, the television and other machines start telling him to get out, and his razor slithers down the stairs in pursuit of him. Finchley runs from the house and is chased by his driverless car (a 1939 Lagonda coupe). The car chases him to his pool and pushes him in. He sinks to the bottom and drowns. When the police pull him out of the water, they cannot explain how he could sink to the bottom when he was not weighted down (normally, a body would float), nor could they explain the car near the pool. They theorize he may have had a heart attack.
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A Thing About Machines

An excellent writeup! A "D" is awfully harsh. I loved Haydn in Sound of Music! It was borderline C, I'll admit. I went with a D because it just felt phoned in by the whole crew, especially by Serling as it is certainly one of those scripts he churned out to meet that pesky quota.

Bartlett Finchley is an ill-tempered gourmet magazine critic who reviles humanity, though he seems to be lonely at the same time. He's as inept with machines as he is with people. Frustrated, he constantly abuses machines and starts to think machines are conspiring against him. The people he tells about this write him off as paranoid, but eventually every machine in his house including his car turns on him. His electric razor rises into the air to attack him and slithers down the stairs in pursuit of him. Finchley runs out of the house and is chased by his driverless car a Lagonda coupe.

The show was never a monster hit during its original run, though it did well enough for CBS to keep it around presumably based mostly on critical acclaim. But where the first season very often would take a premise that seemed like a natural to stay confined in one room—say, that episode where the guy goes to see the psychiatrist to talk about his nightmares—and make it more cinematic, the second season was faced with a situation where the need to save cash would necessitate trying a bunch of different things. And when I say bottle episode, I mean maybe the most rigorous example of the form ever produced. The episode confines itself to one set—a grungy little hotel room. And for most of its running time, it confines itself to one actor , as Joe Mantell spends most of the running time locked in an epic struggle with, well, himself. Serling wrings absolutely every bit of drama that he can out of a little motel room, and he uses mirrors that keep popping up in new places for Jackie and John to keep arguing. I also really like the way that it seems like nothing exists past this hotel room, like if Jackie were to open that door, he would step out into the void.

TV-PG | 25min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | Episode aired 28 October Bartlett Finchley's paranoia about the machines around proves true. Besides, if any TV show ever had the right to do a show on the topic of machines coming to life, the Twilight Zone is it.
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Rod Serling (1924-1975)

Bartlett Finchley, age forty-eight, a practicing sophisticate who writes very special and very precious things for gourmet magazines and the like. He's a bachelor and a recluse, with few friends, only devotees and adherents to the cause of tart sophistry. He has no interests, save whatever current annoyances he can put his mind to. He has no purpose to his life, except the formation of day-to-day opportunities to vent his wrath on mechanical contrivances of a age he abhors. In short, Mr. Bartlett Finchley is a malcontent, born either too early or too late in the century, and in just a moment, will enter a realm where muscles and the will to fight back are not just limited to human beings.

It originally aired on October 28, , on CBS. A repairman has paid a house call to Bartlett Finchley, who is having trouble with the TV, and notes that he should not damage his appliances he smashed the screen of the TV for a mild inconvenience. It turns out he is an ill-tempered gourmet magazine critic who reviles humanity a misanthrope , though he seems to be simultaneously lonely. He's as inept with machines as he is with people. Frustrated, he constantly abuses machines and starts to think machines are conspiring against him. The people he tells about this write him off as paranoid , but eventually every machine in his house including his car turns on him. Before this happens, he mentions the radio doesn't work, then his clock chimes more than the hour.

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  1. "A Thing About Machines" is episode 40 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on October 28, , on CBS.

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