Now as an extra post for today, I have a theory on an episode of a show called, “The Twilight Zone”
Before I begin, what IS The Twilight Zone? It was a show that aired in 1959-1964 and there are what I call revised editions that aired in later years (But right now, I’m going to talk about the original series). The show is like a somewhat more adult version of Goosebumps, not that it had anything explicit, but it does have that more mature feel (and maybe kids in the 50’s weren’t allowed to watch it) to it. There are many plots that range from comical to strange to spooky. In this case, I’ll talk about the episode, “The Living Doll”, in question.
The plot of The Living Doll is pretty spooky in my opinion. It stars a man named Eric Streator, a man who recently married a woman named Annabelle, who has a daughter named Christie. Annabelle recently bought a doll for Christie, a doll known as, Talky Tina. To Annabelle, Talky Tina is a doll who helps Christie. To Christie, Talky Tina is her world and a shield from Eric, since Eric is VERY hostile to her (As shown though out the whole episode). To Eric, Talky Tina starts out as an annoyance, then as some prank from Annabelle and Christie, and at the end, the thing that kills him.
Now to the theory in question, what if Talky Tina was fueled by Christie’s rage against Eric’s abusive nature? Now I doubt that anyone and everyone who will read this post even Googled the episode, but I’ll try my best to explain my evidence. Note that Rod Sterling hosted this episode (Again, please note this, as this will be important later).
At the very start of the episode, Annabelle tells Eric that Talky Tina can comfort Christie, and even mentions that Christie’s Docter/Therapist says that it’s not her fault that she feels rejected. There’s also the fact that Eric does yell at Christie for winding up Talky Tina twice, and keeps emotionally hurting Christie during most of the episode. You can also see the emotion in Christie”s face and tone. There’s also the climax to look into, as her emotions are really prominent. Here’s how the scene goes:
(Eric walks into Christie’s room to see that Talky Tina is in her arms, which is odd since he thought Talky Tina was in the basement.)
Talky Tina: I told you that you would be sorry.
(Eric tries to take Tina)
Talky Tina: Christie. Wake up Christie!
(Christie wakes up and questions why Eric is taking Talky Tina away, and even begs for Eric to give Talky Tina back)
Christie: *Crying* Daddy, daddy, please-
Eric: *shouts* I’m not your Daddy!
This does get Annabelle’s attention and even argues about giving the doll back, but no use. Annabelle also comforts Christie, who is still crying. The rest of the episode then plays with Annabelle thinking and even talking about leaving Eric and taking Christie with her, Eric soon giving Talky Tina back, and the ending. I’m not going to spoil most of it, but the narrator, Rod Sterling, says something that sparked this theory:
Sterling: Of course, we all know doll can’t really talk, and they certainly can’t commit murder. But to a child caught in the middle of a turmoil, a doll can be many things: Friend, defender, guardian. Especially a doll like Talky Tina, who did talk and did commit murder – in the misty region of the Twilight Zone.
Now, what’s so important about this ending narration? Well, take another look at the second sentence, it states that a child caught up in turmoil, a doll can be anything, even a savior of sorts. When I hear this, I think that Christie thought of Tina as a shield, which might be why Christie was more upset (When Tina was taken away) than in the rest of the episode. You can also say that Talky Tina tells Christie to wake up when Eric tries to take Tina because Christie cares for Tina and they both have a dislike for Eric (Christie dislike Eric because of his abusive nature, and with Talky Tina, it’s already obvious at this point.) the scene could’ve just ended with Eric taking Talky Tina and cut to the next scene, but no. No, it didn’t end like that. So that’s my tiny (And possibly poor) theory on a show from the late 50’s to early 60’s. Thanks for reading.