Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Or Reset Your Avatar
The Twilight Zone: Living Doll (1963)
An early, subtle look at domestic abuse
The main thing to note about this episode is that Erich (Telly Savalas) is quite obviously an abuser, even though the extent of his abuse is likely understated because of the sensitivity of the subject at the time. One sees that his wife and stepdaughter live in terror of him, yet also are too fearful of what he may do to try to leave him or tell anyone else. As such, Talking Tina is not just an evil doll like Chucky, but the only hope for escape that this mother and daughter have. Talking Tina sees Erich for the abuser that he is and is not afraid of him, and realizing this, he sets out to destroy her.
The one thing that disappoints me is the ending, which seems a bit rushed and could have been handled more dramatically. (I have an idea for a different ending with the same basic result, but I'll hold it for now). I feel that the writers chickened out a little there. For overall effect, however, this is one of the true classics of the original Twilight Zone.
Hawaii Five-O: The Listener (1973)
Lost all sympathy for Foxworth's character when he lied again to the boy
Just want to say that while this was a fairly good episode otherwise, it was marred for me by my loss of all sympathy for Foxworth's Dr. Fowler when he played the "little innocent" bit with the boy (Radames Pera) and lied to him about his prognosis after the boy had heard the tape.
ANY child who is capable of understanding has a right to know whether they are going to have a life or not. It's THEIR LIFE, and they have a right to know if they have little time left so they can have some say in how they want to live their life. All evidence is that children are far better at handling the truth about terminal prognosis than adults think they are, and often a lot better than adults in similar situations. I have said it before, and will say it again: Adults who refuse to tell children that they will not or may not recover from a disease because they are "protecting" them are not protecting the child, they are protecting the "innocence". They want to retain the image of the child as a poor sweet little innocent rather than a brave human being dealing as best they can with a terrible truth.