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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13 December 1985 (UK)  »

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Alan Brennert wrote the short story "Her Pilgrim Soul", which is included in his short story collection of the same name. He adapted the story to be used on The Twilight Zone (1985). See more »


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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See It Once and Replay It Forever
8 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had seen Her Pilgrim Soul only once and, indeed, I didn't even know it was available on DVD until recently when I stumbled onto it in a sale bin. I loved it the first time and have been more than a little haunted by it ever since. I worried that my memory might be a bit too kind but that is not the case. I am very pleased to report that, even though film technology has moved ahead and some of the effects might be more impressively done now, this episode stands up very, very well indeed. Yeats has held up pretty well too so even that line resonates beautifully. No spoilers from me but let's just say that love doesn't really die. Buy it or rent it but go and get it! It really is wonderful and well deserves the numerous 10s it received.

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