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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The move that Kevin uses to defeat Nola in their chess game is called a 'smothered mate,' and can only be performed with a knight, due to the unique rules by which it moves. See more »

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Sam: [after unsuccessfully trying to determine the answer to an unsolved equation] Dammit! I would sell my soul to get this thing right!
[hearing a sound behind him, Sam is shocked to see a man with horns on his head suddenly appear wearing sunglasses, blue jeans, and a red T-shirt that has the words "Hell is a summer festival."]
The Devil: Two words, babe: Eternal damnation. We in business?
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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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