History Fridge / TheStepfordWives

17th Feb '16 10:52:58 AM Bergamot
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** While never explicitly stated, it appears that Stepford was specifically created as an enclave for recruiting a very particular demographic: successful, well-off family men with liberated feminist wives. All of the men in Stepford are family men in established marriages; all are comfortably upper-middle-class; all are in lines of work that would particularly benefit building the robots (often in surprising ways: an illustrator famous for drawing pin-up art now does the prototype sketches of the future wives; a world-renown linguist does voice recordings not only to make the robot voices natural, but also to create a vocabulary algorithm that prevents the wives from having any but a limited set of ideas and interests). The one thing their success couldn't get them? A compliant, devoted wife. Short answer: money was never the issue. Having exactly the sort of life they felt they deserved was. And as the person above points out, why would you risk exposure and prosecution when your life's perfect?
1st Feb '16 8:39:18 PM Taxima
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** There's also the possibility of many of the wives becoming [[HollywoodCyborg cyborgs]] which would still account for some things.



* If [[spoiler:Claire wanted revenge for her husband cheating on her]], then wouldn't it make more sense to just [[spoiler:Stepfordize the husbands instead]]?

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* If [[spoiler:Claire wanted revenge for her husband cheating on her]], then wouldn't it make more sense to just [[spoiler:Stepfordize the husbands instead]]?instead]]?
** The Stepford program and process didn't exist yet at the time, it was only ''after'' the deed was done that things started to come to our villain.
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2nd Jan '16 11:18:36 AM PersonalPOV
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** They're the only ones interesting in stopping the conspiracy.

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** They're the only ones interesting interested in stopping the conspiracy.conspiracy.
*** Can't they stop it by dying? Horribly and painfully? Because they're so bad they make RootingForTheEmpire the default mode for the movie.
4th Dec '15 1:56:59 PM yakko
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** They're the only ones interesting in stopping the conspiracy.
5th Sep '15 11:36:55 AM Psi001
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*** The whole society consists of the psychotic view [[PsychopathicManchild "If you don't do and act as I wish, I can just kill you and replace you with a clone who will!"]] How long do you think a town of pseudo SpoiledBrat serial killers would truly last? It seems probable that the populace will slowly decrease into robots until too few humans exist to keep the project under control. And if it seeps outside of the village in the process...
31st Aug '15 1:29:26 AM smalltime
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* Joanna, Bobbi and Roger are pretty awful people in the 2004 version, yet we're supposed to side with them because...?

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* Joanna, Bobbi and Roger are pretty awful people in the 2004 version, yet we're supposed to side with them because...??
* If [[spoiler:Claire wanted revenge for her husband cheating on her]], then wouldn't it make more sense to just [[spoiler:Stepfordize the husbands instead]]?
30th Aug '15 1:08:35 PM PersonalPOV
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*** Or even worse, they could just replace everyone else that doesn't agree with their views, regardless of gender. What if some of the husbands are actually robots themselves programmed to agree with the chauvinist elite of the Men's Association?



** I think that the only explanation was that SOME of the stepford wives were actual robots for the men who lack wives, and these were the ones with the ATM installed along with the more robotic features. The other men who already had wives were ones that were modified with the microchips. We know that the villains could build lifelike robots, in the case of [[spoiler: Christopher Walken's character.]] It just makes sense.

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** I think that the only explanation was that SOME of the stepford wives were actual robots for the men who lack wives, and these were the ones with the ATM installed along with the more robotic features. The other men who already had wives were ones that were modified with the microchips. We know that the villains could build lifelike robots, in the case of [[spoiler: Christopher Walken's character.]] It just makes sense.sense.
* Joanna, Bobbi and Roger are pretty awful people in the 2004 version, yet we're supposed to side with them because...?
10th Aug '15 5:28:07 PM ChrisDen
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** Because [[spoiler: Claire wasn't motivated by the need for wealth, but madness spawned when she caught her husband fucking another woman and killed both of them. She only played up the sex bot angle to get the men to go along with the plan, with full intention of having them be stepfordized once she got enough couples in the town to satisfy her plot to run a town filled with stepfordized people]]

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** Because [[spoiler: Claire wasn't motivated by the need for wealth, but madness spawned when she caught her husband fucking another woman and killed both of them. She only played up the sex bot angle to get the men to go along with the plan, with full intention of having them be stepfordized once she got enough couples in the town to satisfy her plot to run a town filled with stepfordized people]] people.]]
*** Well, that's the answer in the remake. As for the original, possibly because the government and the media would get involved, and the husbands would then face consequences for murdering their wives?
27th Jul '15 11:31:40 PM SeptimusHeap
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** I think that the only explanation was that SOME of the stepford wives were actual robots for the men who lack wives, and these were the ones with the ATM installed along with the more robotic features. The other men who already had wives were ones that were modified with the microchips. We know that the villains could build lifelike robots, in the case of [[spoiler: Christopher Walken's character.]] It just makes sense.
* I always thought they still had the robotic bodies, but that just their brains/eyes were implanted and had the microchips installed. This would be explained by Claire stating that she was one of the foremost brain surgeons and also explain the scene where the wives destroy the remote controls like they were nothing. Their mind control was erased, but they still had the robotic bodies.

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** I think that the only explanation was that SOME of the stepford wives were actual robots for the men who lack wives, and these were the ones with the ATM installed along with the more robotic features. The other men who already had wives were ones that were modified with the microchips. We know that the villains could build lifelike robots, in the case of [[spoiler: Christopher Walken's character.]] It just makes sense.
* I always thought they still had the robotic bodies, but that just their brains/eyes were implanted and had the microchips installed. This would be explained by Claire stating that she was one of the foremost brain surgeons and also explain the scene where the wives destroy the remote controls like they were nothing. Their mind control was erased, but they still had the robotic bodies.
sense.
27th Jul '15 2:02:39 PM bennettjohn10
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** I think that the only explanation was that SOME of the stepford wives were actual robots for the men who lack wives, and these were the ones with the ATM installed along with the more robotic features. The other men who already had wives were ones that were modified with the microchips. We know that the villains could build lifelike robots, in the case of [[spoiler: Christopher Walken's character.]] It just makes sense.

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** I think that the only explanation was that SOME of the stepford wives were actual robots for the men who lack wives, and these were the ones with the ATM installed along with the more robotic features. The other men who already had wives were ones that were modified with the microchips. We know that the villains could build lifelike robots, in the case of [[spoiler: Christopher Walken's character.]] It just makes sense.sense.
*I always thought they still had the robotic bodies, but that just their brains/eyes were implanted and had the microchips installed. This would be explained by Claire stating that she was one of the foremost brain surgeons and also explain the scene where the wives destroy the remote controls like they were nothing. Their mind control was erased, but they still had the robotic bodies.
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