it is short, it is fast, it is smart, it is interesting, it is funny, it is bold and I love it. What else can it be than one of the best under 10 minutes episodes ever in the Twilight Zone, for me "I of Newton" ranks second just behind "A Small Talent For
The story is so simple yet so full of energy. All the time I was watching this I was thinking how cool it would be to be that math teacher so I could be face to face with the devil and tell him to get lost which turned out to be the only way to be defeated.
This episode shows it doesn't take much to make a classic segment. Not a lot of time; this is less than eight minutes long. Not a lot of actors; this had only two. Not a lot of settings; this had only the classroom. But this was better than a lot of TZ 85's longer episodes and even the original show's episodes. Sherman Helmsley is a revelation here. You'd never imagine the man who used to play the clownish George Jefferson could be such a fine dramatic actor. Ron Glass is appropriately smarmy and arrogant as a fresh interpretation of the prince of darkness, buff, with mirrored sunglasses and eyes. No need for a lot of effects here, just two good actors playing off each other.
If there's one flaw, it's that there was a simpler solution than what Sam eventually used. He didn't have to use all four questions. A simple request could have ended his ordeal earlier. Without asking questions, he could have simply set the task as "Send my soul to heaven immediately and for eternity." If the devil has the power to comply, Sam would be safe in heaven. If not, then the task could not be completed and the deal for Sam's soul is void.
I remember this episode from when I was 10 years old. It was good then and it's good now. This one is an absolute classic.
What would you do if a demon came for your soul after you jokingly said "I'd sell my soul to the devil for (insert desire here)..."? Would you be able to outwit your way out of it? That's exactly what's at stake with this episode.
The demon also features several different sayings on his t-shirt throughout the course of this 10 minute mini-episode. This was kind of funny.
Ultimately, man outwits the demon my beating him at his own game. The demon asks the man to challenge him to a question or a task that the demon will find impossible to answer or complete. The man cleverly challenge the demon to "Get Lost." Great ending. I'll have to make a note of that in case that happens to me.
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