The Ray Bradbury Theater: By the Numbers TV Show
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  • The problem is that out there in the world, there's a real idiot like that

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      From September 1992, the cable television series The Ray Bradbury Theater presented a show called By the Numbers which starred Ray Sharkey. The action begins with a lot of military like shouting, but then transports us to a train. It’s weird right off the bat as one man gives a younger man a drink and tells them they’ve bet before, about ten years before. All of a sudden, things

      are intense and then we get the flashback to that moment in time.

      It’s a really sad, disgusting situation where the two men were at a hotel and witness a sergeant-private like scenario between a father (Sharkey) and his young son (Ciaran Pennington). It’s a bad excuse for a relationship, the way the father forces his son to do everything in military fashion.

      The two men discuss the situation a great deal.


      • They ponder whether or not the boy will someday murder his father. It’s just all very pathetic and it’s certainly not easy to watch, even when you know it’s acting. The problem is that out there in the world, there’s a real idiot like that.

        Marton Csokas co-stars as Sid, who is one of the two men, as well as Erik Thompson who plays the boy grown up. Geordie Johnson

        was Sid’s friend, the writer who contemplated their situation.

        The story is very intense, both in the first portion that gives us this pathetic setup and then the final part when we learn what happened to the father. It’s poignant because though there’s an end, you just know it’s never over for the boy who is now an adult.

        The show was disturbing but compelling, and it was both well produced and well acted.




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