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"A Stop At Willoughby:" The Growing Disillusionment Of Men In Society
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RE: "A Stop At Willoughby:" The Growing Disillusionment Of Men In Society
I saw Patterns yesterday on TCM Asia, it was great. One interesting thing is how the wife of the up-and-coming executive Staples is more ambitious than Staples himself. She stabs Staples's friend and co-worker in the back to advance her husband's career.


(07-04-2013 06:25 AM)Days of Broken Arrows Wrote:  Great write-up! And here is further proof the AV Club writer's feminist take on the episode is wrong.

"A Stop at Willoughby" is "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling's alternate take on an earlier idea of his, a TV movie called "Patterns." "Patterns" is a no-holds-barred look at how the pressures of the business world crush certain men. "Willoughby" riffs on that, but throws in a demanding wife.

There had to be a reason Serling decided to add a nasty wife character to a similar story. The AV Club review not only willingly ignores this, it misinterprets what Serling was trying to say: that men are only valued for their work. There was no "Peter Pan Syndrome" back then; the wife wasn't telling him to "grow up" because that generation of men had already fought in wars and had, in fact, grown up. Todd VanDerWerff displays a clear ignorance of history by not realizing this.

You can't really review "Willoughby" properly without seeing "Patterns" first and the AV Club review doesn't mention it. "Patterns" was Serling's first big hit and it's essential viewing for anyone who is a fan of his.

Here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEUHl8RGrpk
07-04-2013 11:11 PM
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