It's a Good Life

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It's a Good Life
Episodio de The Twilight Zone
Episodio n.º 8
Temporada 3
Guionista Rod Serling de la historia "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby
Director James Sheldon
Banda sonora Stock plus "Moonglow" and "Stardust"
Actores invitados
Cód. de producción 4801
Emisión 3 de noviembre de 1961
List of Twilight Zone episodes
The Grave It's a Good Life Deaths-Head Revisited
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"It's a Good Life" es el episodio número 73 de la antología televisiva The Twilight Zone. Está basada en el cuento de 1953 "It's a Good Life" por Jerome Bixby y es considerada por muchos, como las revistas Time Magazine y TV Guide, por ser uno de los mejores episodios de la serie. Fue originalmente emitido en Estado Unidos el 3 de noviembre de 1961.

Trama[editar]

Un niño de seis años, Anthony Fremont luce como cualquier otro chico, pero las apariencias engañan: es un monstruo con poderes mentales casi divinos, incluyendo la lectura de la mente. Años atrás, el aisló el pueblo de Peaksville, Ohio. Todos están a su merced, incluso sus padres. A raiz de que aisló la comunidad, el suministro de artículos comunes de consumo, como jabón de barra, se han ido agotando. El ha bloqueado la señal de televisión, ha hecho que los automóviles dejen de funcionar, y debido a que lo ha controlado todo, no asiste a la escuela.

Tanto niños como adultos, incluyendo a sus propios padres, lo tratan con cautela, constantemente diciéndole que todo lo que hace es "bueno," ya que disgustarlo puede llevarlos, mediante un sólo deseo, a un "maizal" místico, un lugar desconocido del cual no hay retorno. En un punto de la historia, se escucha a un perro ladrar furiosamente. Anthony piensa que el perro es "malo" y no le gusta en lo absoluto" deseando que se vaya al maizal. Su padre y madre están horrorizados, pero no se atreven a demostralo.

Una noche, debido a que la gente del pueblo siempre ha tenido que hacer lo que él quiere, el les corresponde con una hora de televisión. Aunque no les gusta la programación, le dicen a Anthony que era mucho mejor que lo que acostumbraban ver por televisión.

Finalmente, en el cumpleaños de Dan Hollins, este recibe dos regalos de su esposa: una botella de brandy y un disco de Perry Como. Como Dan está deseoso de escuchar el disco, todos le recuerdan que a Anthony no le gusta oír cantar. Un poco ebrio por el brandy, se queja de no poder escuchar el disco y de que nadie le cante "Feliz cumpleaños" y sin poder contenerse más, confronta a Anthony, llamándolo mosntruo y asesino. Mientras la ira de ANthony se incrementa, Dan grita a los demás que ataquen a Anthony por la espalda y finalicen su reinado de terror. La tía Amy (quien está impedida para cantar más por causa de Anthony) intencionalmente alcanza un atizador de chimeneas, pero nadie tiene las agallas para actuar. Anthony le grita a Dan, "¡Tú eres un hombre malo! ¡Tú eres un hombre muy malo! ¡y sigues pensando cosas malas sobre mí!" Dan es transformado en la cabeza de una caja de sorpresas (terminando con su vida), ocasionando que su esposa se desmaye. Los adultos están horrorizados por lo que ha hecho Anthony, y su padre le suplica enviar a Dan al maizal, lo cual hace.

Because of Amy's earlier complaints about the heat, Anthony causes snow to begin falling outside. His father observes that the snow will kill off at least half the crops, and he is about to confront Anthony about this, but his wife and the other adults look on with worried smiles on their faces. The father then smiles and tells Anthony in a horror-tinged voice, "...But it's good you're making it snow. A real good thing. And tomorrow... tomorrow's gonna be a... real 'good' day!"

Cast[editar]

Quotations[editar]

Opening narration[editar]

Tonight's story on The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This, as you may recognize, is a map of the United States, and there's a little town there called Peaksville. On a given morning not too long ago, the rest of the world disappeared and Peaksville was left all alone. Its inhabitants were never sure whether the world was destroyed and only Peaksville left untouched or whether the village had somehow been taken away. They were, on the other hand, sure of one thing: the cause. A monster had arrived in the village. Just by using his mind, he took away the automobiles, the electricity, the machines - because they displeased him - and he moved an entire community back into the dark ages - just by using his mind. Now I'd like to introduce you to some of the people in Peaksville, Ohio. This is Mr. Fremont. It's in his farmhouse that the monster resides. This is Mrs. Fremont. And this is Aunt Amy, who probably had more control over the monster in the beginning than almost anyone. But one day she forgot. She began to sing aloud. Now, the monster doesn't like singing, so his mind snapped at her, turned her into the smiling, vacant thing you're looking at now. She sings no more. And you'll note that the people in Peaksville, Ohio, have to smile. They have to think happy thoughts and say happy things because once displeased, the monster can wish them into a cornfield or change them into a grotesque, walking horror. This particular monster can read minds, you see. He knows every thought, he can feel every emotion. Oh yes, I did forget something, didn't I? I forgot to introduce you to the monster. This is the monster. His name is Anthony Fremont. He's six years old, with a cute little-boy face and blue, guileless eyes. But when those eyes look at you, you'd better start thinking happy thoughts, because the mind behind them is absolutely in charge. This is the Twilight Zone.

Closing narration[editar]

No comment here, no comment at all. We only wanted to introduce you to one of our very special citizens, little Anthony Fremont, age 6, who lives in a village called Peaksville in a place that used to be Ohio. And if by some strange chance you should run across him, you had best think only good thoughts. Anything less than that is handled at your own risk, because if you do meet Anthony, you can be sure of one thing: you have entered The Twilight Zone.

Reception and Legacy[editar]

Time Magazine named this the third-best Twilight Zone episode, behind "Time Enough At Last" and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street".[1]

Rod Serling's map background intro which is seen at the beginning of this episode, was recycled and edited with a sound-alike voiceover artist to place him within the show and accommodate a service elevator theme. This new version serves as the library room pre-show introduction for Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attractions. The library room also contains other numerous episode artifacts from The Twilight Zone TV series such as Rod Serling's name engraved on a shelf, books titled with all the episode names from the series, and a broken pair of glasses from "Time Enough At Last," among many other things.

In 1997 TV Guide ranked the episode number 31 on its 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time list.[2]

Remake[editar]

In a 1974 interview with Marvel Comics, Rod Serling said "I'm on my third draft of a feature film based on Jerome Bixby's short story, 'It's a Good Life'. We did it originally on Twilight Zone but now we're doing a full-length version. Alan Landsburg, who produced 'Chariots of the Gods?', is producing it. It's in the fantasy-horror genre."[3] This was one of Serling's last interviews before his death in 1975.

An updated remake of this episode with a lighter ending written by Richard Matheson and directed by Joe Dante, was featured as the third segment of 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie. Bill Mumy also made a cameo appearance in the segment.

This episode was also remade as a parody in The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror II" in 1991.

Sequel[editar]

In the 2002 revival series, a sequel to this episode was broadcast, entitled "It's Still a Good Life". In the episode, Anthony is a middle-aged man who now has a daughter Audrey who has inherited his powers.[4] Bill Mumy and Cloris Leachman reprised their roles from the original episode.[5] Anthony Fremont's daughter, Audrey, is played by actor Bill Mumy's real life daughter Liliana Mumy.[5] [6]

A commercial for Me-TV airing on that channel in 2015 and available on Vimeo features an adult Bill Mumy as adult Anthony intercut with scenes from the original episode, apparently interacting as the adult Anthony uses his powers to beam Me-TV to little Anthony's set.

Referencias[editar]

  1. «Top 10 Twilight Zone episodes». Time. 5 de octubre de 2009. Consultado el 9 de octubre de 2009. 
  2. TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 667. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1. 
  3. Rod Serling Recalls - 'Marvel Planet of the Apes' UK Issue 12 (1975)
  4. «Bill Mumy - Biography». Billmumy.com. Consultado el 22 de junio de 2007. 
  5. a b «The Twilight Zone | Episode Detail». Zap2it.com. Consultado el 22 de junio de 2007. 
  6. «The Twilight Zone Special Remake Episodes». Sci Fi Weekly. Archivado desde el original el 6 de agosto de 2007. Consultado el 22 de junio de 2007. «Played by Mumy's real life daughter, Liliana Mumy». 

Bibliografía[editar]

  • Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)
  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0
  • Diaz, Junot. Penguin Books New York (2007) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao p.g 224

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