Monsters: Season 1, Episode 20

Cocoon (29 Apr. 1989)

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Silvana Gallardo
(as Kim Ulrich)
Erik Holland


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Below average episode of Monsters.

Monsters: The Cocoon (the on screen title is definitely The Cocoon rather than just Cocoon) starts late one night in a hospital as a doctor (Erik Holland) explains to a cop (Billy Drago) that the woman brought in after a serious road traffic accident defies all medical science, she has no injuries whatsoever expect for a bout of amnesia & that officially she doesn't exist as no record of her can be found. Eventually the woman is identified as Madeleine Westcott (Kim Johnston Ulrich) & it turns out she is mega rich, the cop senses an opportunity & ask's his psychic friend Sarah McPherson (Silvana Gallardo) to see her & use her gift to help Madeleine remember her past life. Sarah agrees but she soon discovers the horrific truth about Madeleine's past...

Episode twenty from season one of Monsters this originally aired in the US during April 1989, directed by Edithe Swensen I didn't think that much of The Cocoon. The one thing that sprang to my mind while watching The Coccon was the Hollywood feel good sci-fi flick Cocoon (1985) which basically has exactly the same title minus the 'The', was made a few years prior & features a fantasy based plot about regaining ones youth although the actual methods used are different although having said that The Cocoon is a little more dark & horror based. The plot here is alright but nothing amazing, the pace at twenty minutes is alright but not that much happens & the script doesn't have much punch. The ending is predictable, the actual reasons behind the cocoon itself is never explained & doesn't really amount to much & as a whole it could have been better had the mystery elements surrounding Madeleine's amnesia been played up & if the final revelations & twist's were a bit more of a surprise & weren't quite as bland. Certainly not one of the better episodes of Monsters as far as I am concerned.

While watching The Cocoon & seeing a web like cocoon on a few occasion I though the episode was building up to show some sort of monstrous spider creature that Madeleine turned into at the climax but it doesn't happen & this is another episode where's no typical monster or creature, just an ordinary looking woman which is maybe another reason why The Cocoon is rather forgettable. The limited sets & cast mean the story takes place in two rooms & between three people, it just felt a little cramped. The very attractive Kim Johnston Ulrich seems to have been in loads of US TV while the always watchable Billy Drago is wasted & for those who don't know Drago's character's girlfriend in this Sarah is actually played by his real life wife Silvana Gallardo, now there's a nice little piece of trivia for you.

The Cocoon did actually remind me of the Hollywood flick of almost the same name in certain respects which is not a compliment by any means (although at least this doesn't have Steve Guttenberg in it), add that to the fact that the legendary Billy Drago & his wife are totally wasted & there's no actual monsters or creatures or much in the way of horror & I put it to you ladies & gentlemen that we have a dud.

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