A True “Death” Match
Or The Twilight Zone.
But how about if we make the stakes even higher? How about a battle BETWEEN deaths? Specifically, between the “Mr. Death” played by Murray Hamilton in “One for the Angels” and the one portrayed by Robert Redford in “Nothing in the Dark”.
In a moment, I’ll ask you to vote between them. But before you scroll down and pick Redford because you think he’s handsome, or Hamilton because “One for the Angels” is your favorite episode, let’s pause to review their qualifications.
Plusses: He’s so gentle and understanding, you’d never believe you’re chatting with the Grim Reaper. He speaks of death in such a poetic, lyrical way, he makes you ready to sign up on the spot. And as many female fans of TZ are quick to remind me, he’s easy on the eyes.
Minuses: He’ll lie. Right to an old lady’s face!
Plusses: Although a stickler for the rules, he’s not heartless. He’s willing to entertain appeals, even when they seem like an act of sheer desperation. He’s also very hard to escape, as Lew Bookman realizes when he tries to flee his own apartment and finds him on the landing. And the one after that. And the one after that.
Minuses: He’s got the sales resistance of Imelda Marcos at a shoe outlet. And oh, you got out of your fatal appointment on a technicality? I’ll just take this darling child in your place!
So who’s your favorite Mr. Death?
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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!