An alien on the Moon persuades an Earth boy to build a gadget, accidentally electrocuting the boy's father, who disbelieves the machine can work with no visible power-source. The alien ... See full summary »

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An alien on the Moon persuades an Earth boy to build a gadget, accidentally electrocuting the boy's father, who disbelieves the machine can work with no visible power-source. The alien telepathically communicates instructions to the thrilled boy, who's reluctant to be candid with his family, referring to the hideous creature merely as Mr. White, a handyman helping him with a basement science project. Written by David Stevens

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What Are Those Kids Doing in the Basement?
8 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ray Bradbury had a story called, "Kids: Grow Mushroom in Your Basement." This is a line from the backs of comic books in the fifties and sixties. These kids aren't raising mushrooms but are being contacted by a certain Mr. White who lives on the moon. They use a coiled electronic device to send articles through teleportation. He contacts them through mental telepathy. The parents of one of the boys get wind of this and begin a loving effort to get him to come clean. They realize that he is under the spell of this creature whose physical appearance has been sent to the boy. He's pretty ugly. At one point the boy says too much and is deprived of his speech. There is a level of suspense here because we wonder if there is going to be another cynical message of despair and hopelessness or is there some way to bring this to an end? It's not a bad episode and wears quite well. I enjoyed the physical appearance of the kid; it reminded me of what kids looked like when I was growing up.


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