Tales from the Darkside

Season 1 Episode 9

The Word Processor of the Gods

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 25, 1984 on
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The Word Processor of the Gods
Richard Hagstrom is dismayed with the way life has treated him (a rude son, a shrewish wife). His nephew Jonathan gives him a birthday present: a homemade word processor. Hagstrom soon discovers that anything he types into the processor becomes real, and no one but him knows the difference. He begins with simple experiments, but then wipes out his son from existence. Even his wife is unaware of the changes. As the machine overheats into self-destruction, Hagstrom types in one last story: he makes sure that he and Jonathan's mother married and that Jonathan was his son. As the word processor destroys itself, Hagstrom's final wish becomes reality.moreless

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  • A nice end for someone who really deserved it.

    Call me a sucker for happy endings, but you do have to feel for some characters when they've been delt a poor hand. The main character here is stuck with a wife who doesn't appreciate him and a son who's a slacker type [sort of the same in other episodes]. He get's this 'PC' and slowly changes his life little by little. Although it did seem a bit too cheery in the end when not only his dead nephew and a woman he wanted to be his wife show up alive at the end, it was a nice way to end when concidering it could've fared much worse for the guy like either dying in the blast or meeting some other horrid end.moreless
  • A man gets a new computer that makes what he types a reality

    Unlike some of the other "happy" episodes in this series, this one is well written and put together perfectly. I wouldn't expect any less from Stephen King. I guess the moral of the story is that if you don't like your family, find a magic computer and erase them! Not possible? Then you are stuck with the one you have, lol. Anyway, this is another great episode that makes for a fun story and an overall enjoyable experience. It is kind of bad that the guy would want to erase his family instead of divorcing the wife, oh well. ;)moreless

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    • Available on volume 1 on VHS.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Word Processor of the Gods" by Stephen King. The story was first published in Playboy (January, 1983).

    • Stephen King alsowrote another episoe of Tales from the Darkside entitled "Sorry, Right Number". His contributions to the series are very similar to Ray Bradbury's contributions to The Twilight Zone. Both writers were the premier horror and sci-fi authors (respectively) of their day, yet their contribution to these shows was insignificant at best. While both episodes written by King for Tales from the Darkside are moderately interesting and Bradbury's lone Twilight Zone episode entitled "I Sing The Body Electric" showed his range, neither writer's contributions were even close to the best episodes that each respective show had to offer.

    • King's short story of this episode was printed in his anthology Skeleton Crew.

    • Bruce Davison played a somewhat similar character, who could literally rewrite reality, in the movie adaptation of Ursula Le Guin's "The Lathe of Heaven".