The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)
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The Pedestrian 

In a totalitarian city, a rebel persuades his nervous friend to commit a subversive act: taking a walk with him around the neighborhood at night.


Alun Bollinger


Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)




Episode cast overview:
David Ogden Stiers ... Leonard Mead
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Donald Stockwell
Stig Eldred ... Voice (voice)
Matt Murphy ... Man On Television


A man, Leonard Mead, convinces his friend to go walking with him through the city at night - even though the authorities frown on anybody who doesn't stay in their home and watch TV 24/7. When the two men are caught by a government drone, they must explain themselves or die trying. Written by Gislef

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Despite Stockwell and Mead being outside people's homes, and quite a few feet away, at night. Various home-owners television sets can be heard from indoors clearly, even though all the windows and doors are closed. At best, all anyone would hear is muffled sounds. See more »


Donald Stockwell: Len! What's it like out there at night?
Leonard Mead: Well, the air is sweet. it's deep autumn, you know. Good wind. Leaves run along the sidewalk, nibble at your feet like a pack of mice. There's a hill not far from here where you can stand and look down at the little stars of light in the city, and then look up at the light of stars in the sky. And you feel rich. Sad. Alive.
Donald Stockwell: That's how it is?
Leonard Mead: Give or take a metaphor.
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Long After They Are Effective
26 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I suppose this could happen. Bradbury must have seen humans as kind of ineffectual nits who had just decided to sit back and watch TV and ignore the world around them (a common theme in his writing). In this totalitarian society, mini-copters fly around keeping people from leaving their houses, threatening them with a kind of neutralization if they even walk the neighborhood. David Ogden Stiers is a risk taker who gets his friend to check the world outside. Of course, they are going to be seen by the observers and are going to pay a price. What is interesting is what they eventually find out. This is a pretty simplistic story with a pessimistic message. I like Bradbury but at times his insights and opinions weren't all that insightful.

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4 August 1989 (France) See more »

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