The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 12

Her Pilgrim Soul/I of Newton (13 Dec. 1985)

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In "Her Pilgrim Soul," two scientists must discover why the spirit of a woman is reliving a previous life within their holographic computer. "I of Newton" showcases a mathematician in a battle of wits with the Devil for his soul.


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Episode credited cast:
Kristoffer Tabori ...
Kevin Drayton (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Anne Twomey ...
Nola Granville (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Daniel Gaddis (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Carol Drayton (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Betsy Licon ...
Nola - Age 5 (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul") (as Betsy Jane Licon)
Nola - Age 10 (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Katherine Wallach ...
Susan (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Lester (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Nelson Welch ...
Ruskin (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Sam (segment "I of Newton")
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In the episode "I of Newton", Sam is a math professor who, in a moment of frustration, offers to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for the solution to an equation. The Devil appears and Sam must figure out how to save his soul from eternal damnation. Written by Jeff Lindstrom

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The Devil's T-shirt displays a new slogan in different scenes. The phrases included are: "Hell is a Summer Festival," "Hell is a City Much Like Newark," "Over 2,000,000,000 Served," "Gehenna: More Than a Place, a Way of Life," and "Let's Do Damnation." See more »


Sam: [having inadvertently summoned the Devil] Did I say "soul?" Sorry. Slip of the tongue. You're a busy man. I'm a busy man. We're both busy men. Let's go somewhere and find a place to be busy.
[Sam attempts to leave the room, but he's blocked by an invisible wall]
Sam: It was just a idle comment, for God's sake! You don't go after every poor jerk that makes a careless remark, do you?
[the Devil regards Sam silently]
Sam: Okay, maybe you do.
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Good premise, but where does it go?
10 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

HER PILGRIM SOUL is a rare beast for THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE: a romance-flavoured story, despite the sci-fi trappings of the premise. It's a decent premise, actually, involving a couple of scientists who are surprised when the ghost of a young woman appears inside their computer.

The woman's spirit seems to age at an incredible rate, but the scientists are confused by her presence. Sadly the story never seems to go anywhere after that promising opening, although at least there's a definite atmosphere here; I was surprised to see that director Wes Craven handled the material in such a restrained manner. Watch out for a youthful Gary Cole, playing one of the scientists.

I OF NEWTON is a much more straightforward, battle-of-wits with the devil type story. A frustrated mathematician calls on the power of evil to help him out with a problem, and then he has to do a deal with the devil. Except the devil wants much more than he's willing to offer. This short segment is focused around wordplay and is quite funny; it's light, forgettable material.

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