The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 23

The Mind of Simon Foster (18 Feb. 1989)

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Downwardly mobile Simon Foster makes the mistake of selling his memories in order to survive.

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Simon Foster
Géza Kovács ...
Mr. Quint (as Geza Kovacs)
Ilse von Glatz ...
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Rafe Macpherson ...
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Reg Dreger ...
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Carolyn
Alyson Court ...
Beverly
Robin Ward ...
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Downwardly mobile Simon Foster makes the mistake of selling his memories in order to survive.

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Simon Foster: Why don't you take my first marriage, save us both some grief?
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The Mind of Simon Foster
21 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent performance from Bruce Weitz as down-on-his-luck Simon Foster, feeling the pain of a deep economic depression in the "future of 1999", needing money just to pay the rent since unemployment benefits have been practically exhausted, hawking what little possessions he has left—the pawn broker has a deal for Foster if he so decides. Mr. Quint (an especially slimy Géza Kovács) offers Foster a chance to make some quick cash by literally "selling his memories"! It seems that people are willing to pay top dollar to *experience* the feel of other people's memories, whether it be a birthday party, graduation ceremony, or the first time a person made love! So desperate, because the rent is due (and the sleazy landlord demands an extra month's rent in advance), Foster will start to *sell off* his memories, paying a price when job offers start to come with him unable to remember certain important details of his own history, such as what college he attended, his work experience, etc. I think the success of "The Mind of Simon Foster" derives from the depressing predicament of this time presented in 1999, which I think is relatable to many unemployed people in today's sad economic climate. Weitz's Simon Foster is an appropriate symbol of the many downtrodden, stuck in a crisis of hand-to-mouth where work is scarce and the employment lines stretch for miles. Many of us can sympathize with his plight because we've been there and understand that pain of sacrifice in order just to survive. So the episode has relevance and ends with Simon "gaining new memories", the loss of his identity bought by others, a patchwork of memories replacing those that no longer exist.


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