Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 33

The Brain Center at Whipple's (15 May 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" The Brain Center at Whipple's (original title)

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A heartless CEO completely automates his factory and lays off almost all of his workers over the objections of his employees.

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Wallace V. Whipple
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The W.V. Whipple Manufacturing Co. introduces a new automated manufacturing machine that will eliminate 61,000 jobs and the company's president, Wallace V. Whipple, is quite proud of his achievement. Not everyone agrees with him, especially the loyal and longstanding employees who will be out of work. Foreman Vic Dickerson has plans for the machine - plans that land him in the hospital. When the machine is fully operational, it's Wallace V. Whipple who learns just what it is he has created. Written by garykmcd

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Robby the Robot:  The Forbidden Planet (1956) robot makes an appearance. See more »

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At the moment Chief Engineer Hanley turns off the projector, the lamps in the background come on at precisely the same moment. Mr. Whipple is standing in the middle of the room. No one else was in the room to turn the lights on. See more »

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Narrator: These are the players, with or without a scorecard: in one corner, a machine; in the other, one Wallace V. Whipple, man. And the game? It happens to be the historical battle between flesh and steel, between the brain of man and the product of man's brain. We don't make book on this one, and predict no winner, but we can tell you that, for this particular contest, there is standing room only - in the Twilight Zone.
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Pure boredom.
3 February 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Series five had a lot of high points but it had a lot of dreadful lows as well. This unrelenting diatribe against an employer who wont consider the human importance of his workforce is typical of the lows. No doubting the truth of the message here or it's importance, but it does not justify a weak story like this to join the ranks of the Zone- the best TV show ever. The ending is ridiculous so don't have any hopes that this might get better.

TZ was limping towards it's death in season five. Best to remember the highlights it did have, but forget this dire effort.

Woeful.


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