Al and Nell Brown are suspicious of their odd new neighbor. Mr. Heller, who claims to be an inventor, uses a robotic vacuum cleaner and a flashlight that shines X-rays. Even so, he's ...
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Al and Nell Brown are suspicious of their odd new neighbor. Mr. Heller, who claims to be an inventor, uses a robotic vacuum cleaner and a flashlight that shines X-rays. Even so, he's clueless about current technology. Al becomes convinced the couple is from the future, though Nell says her husband's reading too much science fiction. Written by
Jay Phelps <email@example.com>
This story was written by the great Jack Finney (author of the classic novel "The Body Snatchers") and had the great Warren Stevens from "Forbidden Planet" and "Star Trek" as an unusual neighbor who supposedly has invented a kind of "Roomba" robot way before the twenty-first century's home appliance is on the scene. Yet, this 'inventor' doesn't know how to unlatch the hood of his car and look for loose wires on his distributor cap.
The basis for this story fits the pattern of the 'Amazing Tales' type of sci-fi stories that showed the introduction of something either a little extraordinary or a bit weird in the midst of our every day lives from writers like Finney, Knight, Heinlein, and Sturgeon. The story translates well to the television screen and is stark in its presentation yet tidy. The only problem with the story is that it doesn't really have a twist at the end. It's extremely linear from beginning to end, so the viewer knows how it's going to turn out way before he/she gets to the end of the episode.
So to sum up: it's effective but could have been better.
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