Monsters: Season 2, Episode 19

Far Below (25 Feb. 1990)

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A man sent to investigate why a subway maintenance crew is paid so highly gets more than he bargained for.



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Episode cast overview:
John Scott Clough
Calvin Levels
Rick Goldman


A man sent to investigate why a subway maintenance crew is paid so highly gets more than he bargained for.

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Another reason not to ride the subway
3 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A penny-pinching accountant plans to shut down a small security operation in the subway but finds it is more important than he initially realized...

"Far Below" is a triumphant return to straight on horror and it's certainly a welcome one at this point after such misfires as the sci-fi fantasy of "The Offering," the silliness of "One Wolf's Family," the surrealism of "Perchance To Dream," and the kiddie wholesomeness of "Mr. Swlabr." Even so, it still needs some improvement.

As far as story goes, "Far Below" is pretty strong, especially compared to some previous episodes. There are a lot fewer plot holes left here. It is well-paced and builds a pretty good amount of suspense for the first half. I was a little disappointed that the flesh-eating albino ape monsters weren't featured more as I thought they looked pretty good. We never really get to see them actually attack anybody either so the gore factor here is surprisingly absent.

The main players give decent performances. The accountant is all business and only cares about the bottom line. He quickly changes his tune later on. The best performance comes from the man who runs the operation. You can really believe that he takes his work seriously.

If you pay close attention, you probably won't really be surprised by the ending. Just don't be lulled into a false sense of security as it still has the potential to creep you out. Even though we're not treated to anything scary, it gets its point across very well.

"Far Below" is a good episode. I only wish the monsters had been given more to do. I was also looking for a really good scare in this one as the story has so much potential and the dark subway tunnels make for an unsettling atmosphere. That's not to say it can't possibly scare you, I just feel like it could've gone one step further.

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