The Ray Bradbury Theater: A Miracle of Rare Device TV Show
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  • A Miracle of Rare Device is actually a pretty interesting story, though there are elements that I'm not as fond of

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      From July 1989, The Ray Bradbury Theater: A Miracle of Rare Device is actually a pretty interesting story, though there are elements that I’m not as fond of. What happens is that two men, disheveled and obviously down on their luck, are traveling along a desert highway when they happen upon what they believe is a mirage.

      Oddly, this mirage shows them a city, and it makes them feel good. While they haven’t figured it out yet, the city, in this case New York, is a place both want to go. It brings them smiles.

      They decide

      to make some money by offering up this mirage to anyone driving by. Incredibly, people stop, and they do see the mirage of a city, but it’s not necessarily New York. People are seeing cities from all over the world, and they feel wonderfully good about it.

      My favorite was a character played by Stephen Lovatt. He was a younger man, perhaps in college and maybe even an archaeologist or of that type of work. At any rate, the young man saw Xanadu, and he began reciting a poem. It was really terrific. Lovatt ...

      • did a nice job of reciting the poem. It took me away, in fact, to another place just on its own.

        Pat Harrington Jr played one of the men who found the mirage, and he was really impressive for most of the show. I say most because at a key point in the last fourth of the half hour, I felt like he was out of character, as if he were a disc jockey doing a report over the radio. I’m not sure what happened there, but it threw me out of the episode for minute.

        He got it back for the last scene fortunately.

        There’s some magic to the story, and I felt like Harrington’s character really got that, but his partner, played by Wayne Robson never seemed to get it really, and by ‘get it’, I mean understand and appreciate the gift they’d find. There was a disparity in Robson’s character and that of Harrington’s, and while the story had a nice finish, I didn’t believe because of the lack of resolution, or perhaps self-discovery would be a better phrase.

        Still, this is an interesting outing, one that gives folks a lot to ponder.

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