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Her Pilgrim Soul/I of Newton 

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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Kristoffer Tabori ...
Kevin Drayton (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Anne Twomey ...
Nola Granville (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
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Daniel Gaddis (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
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Carol Drayton (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Betsy Licon ...
Nola - Age 5 (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul") (as Betsy Jane Licon)
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Nola - Age 10 (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Katherine Wallach ...
Susan (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
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Lester (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
Nelson Welch ...
Ruskin (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
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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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13 December 1985 (UK)  »

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'I of Newton''s storyline had to be reworked: the original short story included a puzzling math equation that had since been solved. After a UCLA math professor pointed this out to producers, they then asked the professor for a newer equation that hadn't been solved. He gave them one, and that's what appeared in the episode. See more »

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The Devil: Here's the back story, Sam. You don't mind if I call you Sam, do you? I mean, I think we're really connecting here in a positive way. And I'd like to cut through all that "victim-demon" negative imaging, you know what I mean?
The Devil: [takes off his mirrored sunglasses, revealing mirrored eyes] Okay, here's the deal. All that mathematical lingo you were spouting? It's beautiful, man, it's like poetry. Brought tears to my eyes. Just happened to have the right phonetic structure to be a good old-fashioned ...
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A glimpse of a past beauty/ And play with the devil, just don't fall prey to temptation.
13 December 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Episode 12 of "The New Twilight Zone" featured two pretty good segments one of romance and the other of temptation. Overall a pretty good episode from the season.

First was "Her Pilgrim Soul" a long and drawn out segment about two scientist who create a girl who has a past unlike anyone else. And yet an aging romance slowly but surely blossoms with one of the scientist. Really a strange take on love and romance a segment that's to sci-fi it really it doesn't teach any life lessons.

Second and shorter was a better segment that shows how to stand up to temptation. "I of Newton" features veteran actor Sherman Hemsley(of "The Jeffersons" and "Amen" fame) as a puzzled and confused mathematics professor who can't solve the latest equation. He's even willing to sell his soul for it! Appear the devil the very hip and smooth talking Ron Glass. No matter how much riddle and the trying of selling temptation the magic words of just telling the devil to get lost works best! Neat concept and comical episode that shows us how to confront temptation head on.


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