Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 27

The Mind and the Matter (12 May 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Mind and the Matter (original title)

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Using the power of mind over matter, Archibald Beechcroft remakes the world to his own specifications.

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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

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When Henry accidentally spills presumably hot coffee on Beechcroft, Beechcroft doesn't seem to have been burned. See more »

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Narrator: 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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Privacy and Solitude
1 May 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The intolerant Archibald Beechcroft (Shelley Berman) is a misanthropic clerk of the Central Park Insurance Co. that hates everybody. When a colleague gives a book about the power of the mind to him, 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.

"The Mind and the Matter" discloses a character full of prejudices that can not handle with differences of human beings. His hatred associated to his achieved power makes everybody identical to him, and he discovers that the world has worsened. Unfortunately this great idea, which is updated with the world of intolerance of 2009, is wasted with a weak conclusion. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Mente e o Problema" ("The Mind and the Problem")


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