Monsters: Season 3, Episode 18

Desirable Alien (27 Jan. 1991)

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Hercules Valvalotus
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Give us your tired, your poor, your... mythological creatures
8 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A female INS agent is investigating an immigrant seeking citizenship who keeps evading his physical due to a unique condition...

Be careful when watching it as the title, "Desirable Alien," can be misleading. I went into it expecting the guy to turn out to be a space alien. I also thought that it would be horror-based as I just assumed the man would seduce women for evil purposes. The reality is that this is more like a romantic comedy with a goat-man in it.

"Desirable Alien" probably has the most starpower of any Monsters episode. Wendy Makkena and Luis Guzman went on to bigger careers and, of course, Deborah Harry had a huge career before this episode. Though some people may not know the name Rick Aviles, many people have undoubtedly seen "Ghost," where he plays the thug who makes Patrick Swayze a ghost. Despite having all these stars, they don't really seem to know what to do with them.

That is probably this episode's biggest shortcoming: it has too much dead weight. With the exception of Makkena and Tony Spiridakis, nobody else is really essential to the story. Rick Aviles, who plays Makkena's boss, basically just regurgitates the events that already happened. Luis Guzman just hangs around the restaurant where our dashing Grecian works and Debbie Harry shows up for two minutes to re-affirm what a ladies man Hercules is; something we already knew. It almost surprises me that such a notoriously low-budget show would hire so many actors to stand around and do nothing. Maybe they had a surplus of cash.

For an episode that's given such a star treatment, it's basically average. It's fun to watch Maggie Price and Hercules spar with one another despite the fact that she's just as smitten with him as everyone else. During the scene where she fights with him in his true form, I cringe just from the number of times he shouts "I'll kill you" while just laying there on top of her and the phony, forced manner in which he says it. The whole Debbie Harry scene could've been done offscreen which goes back to the point stated earlier: the story is bogged down with too many unnecessary characters and scenes.

The monster looks OK here. The only time we get to see it it's obscured by poor lighting. I will give them points for picking a unique monster, as it's a satyr from Greek mythology.

I still moderately enjoyed "Desirable Alien." It probably doesn't belong on this show, but it had some fun moments. I'm a little upset that they couldn't find anything for Debbie Harry to do as I'm a huge Blondie fan.


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