Monsters: Season 2, Episode 20

Micro Minds (4 Mar. 1990)

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An astronomy student believes she has contacted an alien lifeform that is frighteningly close to earth.

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An astronomy student believes she has contacted an alien lifeform that is frighteningly close to earth.

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A bit of a miss.

Monsters: Micro Minds starts late one night as scientist Paula (Belle Avery) thinks she has made contact with an alien though her revolutionary antenna but her teacher Dr. Thomas Becker (Troy Donahue) at first thinks it's a joke but soon changes his mind when he realises the voices heard are actually intelligent microscopic lifeforms that have mutated in the rooms cooling tank. Overcome with emotion Becker starts to communicate with the lifeforms who call themselves 'Gok' & are quickly sharing information. Paula is suspicious of their motivation but Becker is clouded by the scientific possibilities as the Gok's sinister intentions are soon revealed...

Episode twenty from season two of Monsters this originally aired in the US during March 1990, directed by Anthony Santa Croce this is a really weird episode that chronicles the invasion plans of Earth by a bunch of micro organisms living in a water tank. It sounds odd & it is, it's all played very seriously which probably wasn't the wisest decision since the whole concept is rather laughable although it does show a certain imagination if only to keep the action in one single location & keep the budget down to a minimum. Micro Minds isn't that good really, there's no horror here, nothing that much happens & the two main character's act in contradictory way like at first Becker doesn't believe the voices are real but changes his mind quickly because of nothing more than placing a light over a tank of water. Micro Minds is more sci-fi than horror & it doesn't even satisfy on that level & the ending is rather predictable too.

One big problem in Micro Minds is that the voices used for the lifeforms are computer synthesised or altered in some way & it's almost impossible to understand what they are saying at times which becomes very annoying. When revealed the creatures look like large balloons & when one attacks Paula it's reminiscent of a cheap 50's black and white alien invasion flick as just as convincing. There's no real horror here & as already said I thought the sci-fi elements were lacking too. The acting is alright if that even matters.

Micro Minds is another disappointing Monsters episode, the second season is just getting worse & worse with a really good episode now for quite a while. I am not really sure who Micro Minds would appeal to, certainly not me or anyone looking for any decent horror.

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