A thing about machines twilight zone

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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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Sign in. Breakout star Erin Moriarty of " The Boys " shouts out her real-life super squad of actors. Watch now. Bartlett Finchley is an odd man, a writer who contributes to food magazines and the like. He lives alone and is always it seems in need of a repairman for one piece of household equipment or another. As time has gone by, he seems to be in a constant battle with machines - his typewriter, his television - which all have the same message for him: get out of the house. He has no intention of doing so however and the battle begins.

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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., Bartlett Finchley, age forty-eight, a practicing sophisticate who writes very special and very precious things for gourmet magazines and the like.

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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5 thoughts on “A Thing about Machines: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas by NOT A BOOK

  1. Bartlett Finchley is an ill-tempered gourmet magazine critic who reviles humanity, though he seems to be lonely at the same time.

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

  3. 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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