When the peasant Ramos Clemente leads a successful revolution in his undefined country, the former dictator General De Cruz advises that his mirror is magic and can anticipate who will murder him. Clement becomes paranoid and kills each one of his revolutionary comrades believing that they want to murder him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ramos Clemente, a would-be god in dungarees, strangled by an illusion, that will-o'-the-wisp mirage that dangles from the sky in front of the eyes of all ambitious men, all tyrants - and any resemblance to tyrants living or dead is hardly coincidental, whether it be here or in the Twilight Zone.
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Of all the actors that I wish could have been in a better episode there can be none more so than Peter Falk. He makes this dud episode watchable. Ramos Clementi (Falk) leads a successful revolution against a dictator who warns him that he will see the faces of his assassins in a magic mirror. Absolute power corrupts of course and brings with it paranoia and tyranny.
Predictability is the worst aspect of this story. Some of the dialogue is fairly good and the character of Ramos mentally disintegrates in stages, sometimes questioning and understanding what is happening to him.
The obviousness of Ramos Clementi being Fidel Castro is spelled out in neon lights. Serling says that any resemblance to real tyrants 'is hardly coincidental'. The beards and military uniforms also spell out Castro too. Much less predictable than the plot was the Cuban's longevity as leader.
Not the worst TZ, but let's remember Rod Serling and Peter Falk for the many better things each did.
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