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Fridge / The Twilight Zone (1985)

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Fridge Brilliance

  • In "Wordplay", there's a nice touch of Book-Ends. The story begins with Bill Lowry memorizing complicated words recommended by the company he works for. In the end, after Donny is safely stabilized of his pneumonia, Bill goes to Donny's room and starts reading a child's word book and patiently uses it to teach himself to speak again. This represents that he's relearning to appreciate the simple joys in his life, to counts his blessings.
  • "Teacher's Aide" becomes brilliant when you recognize the gargoyle statue being struck by lightning was Karmic Death. It has been said that gargoyles were carved in order to protect the buildings they were built upon. Seeing the school fraught with delinquents prompted it to possess the school teacher so it could somehow protect the building. By attacking Wizard, to the point that the teacher actively fought its influence proved that the gargoyle had become unworthy of its post, because it was essentially attacking an innocent. And so, by divine punishment, it was relieved of duty.
    • Also, the teacher/gargoyle's comments (calling the student "insect" and asking "What's on your tiny mind") becomes fitting when you bear in mind the gargoyle has been watching from above, where the students seem smaller.
  • "Dead Run" comes across as a parallel for the 1960s Twilight Zone episode "Four 'O' Clock". It's a look into what might've happened if men like Oliver Krangle were in charge of judging who gets to go to Heaven and who gets to go to Hell.
  • Perhaps in "Opening Day", it was a good thing that Joe dies in Karl's skin, rather than live on as Sally's second husband. Had he gotten away with it, there would've been consequences to killing Karl. As demonstrated in the episode, Joe would've grown paranoid and distrustful that Sally would find a new lover and eventually try to kill him when she gets bored with her husband-of-the-week.
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  • In "Acts of Terror", it seems painfully stereotypical to make the Doberman Pinscher a vicious attack dog. In reality, Doberman pinschers are actually gentle dogs who are kind and intelligent. However, that's before it's revealed that the Doberman is a powerful projection of Louis' unchecked anger borne from her husband's abuse. Even the nicest dog breeds turn vicious when brought up on abuse, so it's fitting that the Doberman reflects Louis: a gentle creature made angry and fearsome by abuse.

Fridge Logic

  • In "A Little Peace and Quiet", the protagonist's choice is portrayed as, in essence, living forever in the frozen world, or instant death. But we already know she can move people and operate a car even when time is frozen; unless the entire planet is being destroyed, couldn't she put her family in the car and drive them all to safety before unfreezing time? It would still be a lot to bear, but at least she and her loved ones would survive.

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