Monsters: Season 3, Episode 4

Cellmates (21 Oct. 1990)

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A spoiled rich boy goes to jail in Mexico after running down and killing a child with his car. He feels confident he will get out with his daddy's money but a weird old man tells him he is in "the bad cell" and no one leaves ever.

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A spoiled rich boy goes to jail in Mexico after running down and killing a child with his car. He feels confident he will get out with his daddy's money but a weird old man tells him he is in "the bad cell" and no one leaves ever.

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Getting gang raped in the shower is the least of his problems
4 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A wealthy man is jailed after running over a child in his sports car. Though he's confident he'll be released, his cellmate plans to dispense his own brand of justice...

"Cellmates" is an average episode. It certainly has a decent gore factor to it but it's hampered by inevitable plot holes and a main character that's so nasty you don't care about him at all. Fortunately, he does get what he deserves.

The main character, Timothy, who is played by Maxwell Caulfield, is a character that the writers clearly wanted you to hate. The only problem is they did their job a little too well here. You don't feel bad for anything that's happening to him throughout the episode and it probably helps to make the confusing ending a little more satisfying.

Up until his cellmate starts trying to attack him, in some very bizarre sequences I might add, the story is actually handled surprisingly well. The backdrop of the episode is firmly established. Though it's never specified, the story gives an impression that he's in some sort of Latin American country. It gives excellent background of the circumstances of Timothy's arrest, a little history about his life and goes into adequate detail about the mysterious disappearances that regularly occur in the area, thus foreshadowing what's about to happen, of course.

It's at this point that things become a little dicey. His cellmate magically turns into a puddle of creamy white goo and tries to crawl up his hand. The first major point is that there wasn't enough slime, I felt, to constitute an entire human being. He manages to fight it off and it retreats into the sewer proclaiming that it will come back for him tomorrow. Why does he give up so easily? Why wait until tomorrow? Why didn't he go back to his own cell? If he's a liquid, why would getting stabbed have affected him? When morning comes, nobody even questions where this guy went. I know they imply that the law enforcement is lacking but wouldn't somebody have noticed? You know ultimately Timothy will get slimed and when he does, the results will have you scratching your head. All this happens without you ever finding out who this is guy is or why he's there.

The special effects are not good here. While the scene of the mysterious cellmate turning into slime isn't too bad, you can easily tell that they used a rubber doll when Timothy finally gets it.

"Cellmates" is at least worth watching if for no one reason than it features some rather unique gore. Other than that, it's OK, but there's certainly better out there.


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