My Girl, Hallie
Kids' Radio presents another too-fun-to-call-it-freaky episode of "The Twilife Zone!" Narrator John Whittaker introduces Joey Patrick, "an average boy in an average town"... until one day everything changes.
Concerned about his slow learning curve, Joey’s parents buy him the world’s first "bio-circuitry-enhanced learning machine." It’s a truly impressive computer, able to help Joey finish papers and do school research faster than ever before. Soon he makes it onto the Honor Roll; but he ignores his friends and misses their foursquare games. Soon, "Hallie" — the name Joey gives the machine — becomes his only companion.
Truly strange things begin to happen. Joey talks in the cyber-like speech he learned from "Hallie," while "she" sounds more human! Even Joey’s mom cannot get through to him. Yet, when "Hallie" goes one step too far, Joey finally sees how much control he has given "her." He unplugs the computer and goes back to the playground... but is it too late?
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- Was it good that Joey’s computer was so fast and cool?
- Why or why not?
- What is idolatry?
- How did Joey "idolize" his computer?
- Have you ever lost time with your friends because of playing video games or doing other things by yourself?
|Joey Patrick||Corey Padnos|
|John Whittaker||Paul Herlinger|
|Mrs. Patrick||Chris Anthony|
- This episode's premise and plot are very similar to the original Twilife Zone episode, #288: “The Twilife Zone”. Both episodes tell the story of a boy who overcomes a strange attachment to an anthropomorphic object.
- When the writers wrote the script for this episode, they got to the ending and thought it was a bit too spooky for Odyssey, so they wrote another ending. However, they had ANOTHER problem—an episode with two endings. Which one would they use? They decided to let the fans vote on two possible endings. Both endings are included in the album.
- In the original ending mentioned above, Joey pulls the plug and Hallie becomes the kid while Joey becomes the computer.
- It was said by Zach that "the creature emerges from the black lagoon". This is quite possibly a reference to a movie titled "The Creature of The Black Lagoon".
- The name of the computer "Hallie" from this episode is a reference to the computer Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. There are several lines from this episode that are either direct quotes or allusions to this movie, including Hallie's lines "This conversation can no longer serve any purpose" and "I can feel it. I can feel it." It was similarly referenced in #446b: “The Seven Deadly Dwarves”.
- The basic plot of this episode may have come from the "Choose Your Own Adventure" book Supercomputer.
- The references to a cup holder might be a reference to a joke in the computer industry where unwitting users think that the load tray for the compact disc drive is a cup holder.
- Hallie is a "Cyberdyne Super Plus Deluxe 9000.58." Cyberdyne is the company responsible for Skynet and Judgement Day in the Terminator franchise.
Whit: Do not adjust your radio. We are in control. You're about to enter a different place and yet one that isn't so different. It's a dimension of sight and sound and of mind. A land of shadows, substance, and a lot of weirdness. You've just crossed over into the Twilife Zone.
Mrs. Patrick: Joseph Patrick, I've had enough of this! I have been calling your cell phone and e-mailing you for a half hour. Why is this door locked? Open it this minute!
Joey Patrick: Just one moment... I am 55% of the way to the door.