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
A brief, if frenetic, introduction to Mr. Archibald Beechcroft, a child of the twentieth century, a product of the population explosion, and one of the inheritors of the legacy of progress. Mr. Beechcroft, again. This time, act two of his daily battle for survival. And in just a moment, our hero will begin his personal one-man rebellion against the mechanics of his age, and to do so he will enlist certain aids available only - 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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