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Classic episode
1 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my favorite episode of this series. The great Jack Albertson plays the last human alive in a world populated by computers. He plays Sam an actor. The reason he is kept alive by the computers is they can't understand how Sam can act with such style which these logical computers can't copy. They don't understand how emotion can bring about a staged performance. They gave SAM a computer wife who tries to make his like tolerable but she is programed to love him, it's not natural. He has a big fight with his wife and kills her and he is arrested.

But as it turns out they are more interested in how Sam gives a performance than his killing his wife. The arresting officer even says, "To murder your wife is one thing, a wife can always be patched up or replaced. But refuse to give information to the Central Information Bank, that's very serious Sam, that's a felony". Sam then escapes from the police and finds refuge in an old theater, when a small boy shows up, who seems to know one of Sam's old routines. Sam is curious of the boy and suspicious. I don't want to spoil the rest of the episode for anyone, but the ending of the show is very memorable

This is a very interesting episode, almost like a Twilight Zone allegory. I must of watched the one show like 200 times and it's never bored me. Jack Alberson gives the best performance of his career and he's given many great ones. If it ever shows up anywhere I think it's required viewing.


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