The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Season 4, Episode 6

Touch of Petulance (12 Oct. 1990)
"The Ray Bradbury Theater" Touch of Petulance (original title)

TV Episode  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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A man travels from the future to the present, to warn his younger self against murdering his wife.



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Jonathan Hughes
Jesse Collins ...
Jonathan Hughes
Alice Hughes


Jonathan Hughes is traveling on the train from work, when he meets a man reading a paper from the future, with an article saying that Hughes will kill his wife. The man admits that he is Hughes' future self, come back to stop Hughes from murdering his wife sometime in his future. The older Jonathan goes home with his younger self to try to figure out what went wrong and stop it. Written by Gislef

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12 October 1990 (France)  »

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29 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with shots being fired and woman's body lying on the floor. A young man in a seeming idyllic marriage (granted it is early in the relationship) rides the commuter train each day. His loving wife drops him off and picks him up each day. One evening he sits across from an older man (Eddie Albert) who has a newspaper. The newspaper describes the murder of the young man's wife. It has a date of 2025 which is some forty or so years in the future. He proceeds to tell the young man that he is actually the incarnation of him in the future and that he is headed down a road that will lead to murder. Of course, the young fellow thinks he is crazy, but knowledge presented makes him realize that there is something more to this. When his wife meets them at the train station, she invites the older guy to their house. What transpires is an effort to get the young man to change his ways and prevent the future event. I'm afraid that even if I accept the possibilities of the general premise, the plot holes bog this down. It's also rather dull in that Albert's character is not a very sympathetic, It is also very harsh and insensitive.

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