The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl TV Show
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  • The problem is that he keeps second guessing himself

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      From 1988, The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl is one confusing show. It’s not terribly exciting; rather, it’s just plain weird. We are presented with a man named Acton (Michael Ironside) who kills another man named Huxley (Robert Vaughn). It’s the perfect crime, he hopes.

      The problem is that he keeps second guessing himself.


      The more he thinks about his plan, the nuttier he gets. He also keeps seeing visions of the dead man alive as part of his mental battle.

      Frankly, the man’s torment isn’t all that fascinating to me. He sweats a lot as he works his way through the house, trying to wipe away all of the prints. He tries to think out ...


      • what he’s touched, or not. He’s pretty psychotic as we watch his turmoil.

        The thing is that even as we’re watching this, I’m not sure what’s real. Is Huxley really dead? Is all of this just part of Acton’s imagination? That’s what I kept wondering as I sat through it. Sometimes you can’t be sure of what you’re seeing,

        especially in science fiction. The answer comes at the end, along with its own brand of irony.

        Bradbury shows up at the end as a neighbor of the dead man. Essentially, he provides the exposition that is the punch line to the tale.

        All in all, I really didn’t like it, but it was hard not to watch it at the same time.




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