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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Tomorrow's Child

In the future, expectant parents get a surprise when the teleport birthing device used to deliver their baby malfunctions, and transforms the newborn into an extra-dimensional pyramid.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x3
Airdate: Friday August 14th, 1992

Director: Costa Botes
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Michael SarrazinMichael Sarrazin
As Peter
Carol KaneCarol Kane
As Polly

Co-Guest Stars
Peter BlandPeter Bland
As Dr. Wolcott
Mark ClareMark Clare
As Workman
Main Cast


In the near future, Peter is taking his pregnant wife Polly to the hospital so she can give birth. Dr. Wolcott greets them and explains that they can still choose not to have the OB3 machine help give birth to their child. They insist on doing right by the child and insist he use the machine. Peter kisses his wife as she's taken into the operating room. They sedate her, bring the machine out, and begin the procedure...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury story "Tomorrow's Child" also known as "The Shape of Things". The story was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories (February 1948).

Episode Quotes
Peter: These new birthing machines do everything but father the child.
Polly: Smart machine that knows where to draw the line.

Changes from the short story:

* Py's appearance here is a simple pyramid. In the short story, he has eyes and tentacles.
* Peter briefly considers smothering his child, a scene not found in the short story.
* At the end, Peter and Polly are transformed into larger blue pyramids. In the short story, they are white obelisks.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Don Reynolds
ProducerChris Bailey (3)  |  Mary Kahn
Production DesignerRon Highfield
EditorPatrick Monaghan
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Marianne Willison  |  Darlene Kaplan
Line ProducerJanine Dickens
First Assistant DirectorJessica Hobbs
Second Assistant DirectorPhee Phanshell
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerNgila Dickson
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripKevin Donovan
Camera OperatorMark Olsen
Location ManagerLisa Kissin
Production CoordinatorJane Lindsay
Assistant EditorChristine Monaghan
Post Production SupervisorJohannes Konigstorfer  |  John Harcourt
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyAlan Locke
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorMike Becroft
Post Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Wardrobe AssistantEmily Carter
Best BoyJoseph Bidois
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Unit ManagerPeta Sinclair
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Assistant To The ProducerNikki Walker
ContinuityRowena Yalland
Focus PullerFred Renata
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerAmin Bhatia
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Wardrobe SupervisorGavin McLean
Still PhotographerKen George
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