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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One has to be a very big fan of Shelley Berman in order to truly appreciate this episode. He's a performer I could always take or leave, hence the middling rating I give this Twilight Zone story.
In fairness to Shelley he does craft an interesting character in Archibald Beechcroft a rather bitter man who feels he's just an unimportant part of the universe's big picture. He's friendless and just goes to work at a day to day drudge job at an insurance company.
When one of his co-workers tells him about a book he read on the powers of concentration Berman decides to go for the big picture. In the din of New York City's bustle he concentrates real hard and makes everyone on planet earth disappear except himself.
But he's a person that is a true mediocrity. Given the control he now has with the power of concentration Berman makes some really bad choices. The man is incapable of thinking even moderately big.
An interesting, but not one of the best Twilight Zone episodes.
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