★★1/2 May 12, 1961 Season 2 Episode 27
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Spoilers… this episode is hard to write about without giving some away. I like the concept of the episode but I found the plot lacking.
This is a relatively forgettable Twilight Zone episode. Shelley Berman plays Archibald Beechcroft who is fed up with humanity. He is given a book which tells him that with the proper mental state he can eliminate the stresses of the day…namely every one else on earth but him. He is not a likeable person so we feel very little sympathy for him.
Beechcroft detests people, but he feels he has no alternative but to suffer the crowds and the noise until an office boy, trying to make up for spilling coffee on his suit, gives him a book on mind power. After reading this, Beechcroft is convinced that concentration can do anything, and he proves it by making his landlady disappear, followed by everybody else in the world.
The good thing about this episode is the special effects.
This show was written by Rod Serling
Rod Serling’s Opening Narration:
A brief if frenetic introduction to Mr. Archibald Beechcroft. A child of the 20th century, a product of the population explosion, and one of the inheritors of the legacy of progress. Mr. Beechcroft again, this time Act Two of his daily battle for survival, and in just a moment our hero will begin his personal one-man rebellion against the mechanics of his age, and to do so he will enlist certain aides available only in the Twilight Zone.
The intolerant Archibald Beechcroft is a clerk of the Central Park Insurance Co. that hates everybody. When a colleague gives him a book about the power of the mind, Archibald reads the magic book and decides to wipe out the human race. However, he feels lonely and uses his ability to make the entire population of his city his perfect clone, discovering how hateful the world would be.
Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:
Mr. Archibald Beechcroft, a child of the twentieth century, who has found out through trial and error – and mostly error – that with all its faults, it may well be that this is the best of all possible worlds. People notwithstanding, it has much to offer. Tonight’s case in point – in the Twilight Zone.
Shelley Berman…Archibald Beechcroft
Chet Stratton…Mr. Rogers
Robert McCord…Elevator Operator