Thursday, February 7, 2008


"Bob and Millie Frazier, average young New Yorkers who attended a party in the country last night and on the way home took a detour. Most of us on waking in the morning know exactly where we are; the rooster or the alarm clock brings us out of sleep into the familiar sights, sounds, aromas of home and the comfort of a routine day ahead. Not so with our young friends.

This will be a day like none they've ever spent--and they'll spend it in the Twilight Zone

From Wikipedia:
A married couple wake up in an unfamiliar house, remembering only that they had both drank too much at a party the night before, and that on the way home, a large shadow had appeared over their car.

They soon discover that the house is mostly props—the cabinetry is merely glued-on facing; the refrigerator is filled with plastic food. Outside, the town is deserted. They find a stuffed squirrel in a fake tree, search for help in a vacant church, and discover that the grass is papier-mâché.

Desperate to escape, they hop a train, only to find that the train departs from and arrives at the same station.

They eventually discover that they have been abducted by a giant alien father, who has chosen them as toys for his daughter's dollhouse neighborhood.

It's been 44 years since "Stopover In A Quiet Town" first aired on 'The Twilight Zone'. The "little" girl is probably a grandmotherly gigantess herself by now.

And her collection of Earthlings to fill her dioramas probably grew as well - sort of a human version of an ant colony mixed with model train displays.

The Zantac Ad
We see a suggestion that this is what happened in the commercial for Zantac. If we adhere to the Toobworld concept for this blipvert, then the giant is making sure everything is just so in his recreation of a human-sized restaurant. It looks to be a male hand, and an adult at that, so it's possible that this is the son of that original little girl and he not only had his own human-stocked playset, but he carried on the tradition into adulthood.
Not all of the people in the Zantac blipvert have to be kidnap victims from Earth. Some of them could be descended from Bob and Millie and any other humans snatched away during Big Daddy's later business trips to that third rock from the Sun. They act cool, calm, and collected because this is the only life they've ever known. And for them, the giant is their master and they're actually more like his pets.

I'm not too comfortable with the whole Zantac product and I can trace it back to its name. Makes me think of that episode from 'The Outer Limits' about the Zanti Misfits.....

"The moral of what you've just seen is clear. If you drink, don't drive. And if your wife has had a couple, she shouldn't drive either. You might both just wake up with a whale of a headache in a deserted village in the Twilight Zone."

Toby OB

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