The intolerant Archibald Beechcroft is a misanthropic clerk of the Central Park Insurance Co. that hates everybody. When a colleague gives him a book about the power of the mind, Archibald reads the magic book and decides to wipe out the human race. However, he feels lonely and uses his ability to make the entire population of his city his perfect clone, discovering how hateful the world would be. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mr. Archibald Beechcroft, a child of the twentieth century, who has found out through trial and error - and mostly error - that with all its faults, it may well be that this is the best of all possible worlds. People notwithstanding, it has much to offer. Tonight's case in point - in the Twilight Zone.
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This is a relatively forgettable Zone episode. Shelley Berman plays a man who is fed up with humanity. He is given a book which tells him that with the proper mental state he can eliminate the stresses of the day. He, himself, is such a jerk, that we feel little sympathy for him. There are several confusing issues in this. One is how the world keeps functioning, the lights stay on, the subway keeps running, even though he has eliminated humanity. Is this nit picking? He also slumps into abject loneliness within about two hours of suddenly becoming "the last man on earth." The conclusion is silly and disappointing. Even if he rediscovers his purpose, we don't care.
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