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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David Parmenter


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

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3 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A female scientist is thrilled to make contact with intelligent microorganisms but they have a more sinister agenda in mind...

"Micro Minds" is not a very good episode. The only reason I give it a four is because it has an original story and, to go with that, an original monster. Other than that, it's not very exciting, the actors behave out-of-character, and the whole thing feels like a condensed B-movie.

The biggest problem I had with this episode is the sudden change of attitude in Paula's assistant. First, he is excited and curious like her, but then, all of a sudden, he proclaims that he taught them everything they know and wants to keep them alive so he can control them. The change is rushed and not very believable. Furthermore, it seems like it was only done so that someone could stand in her way and give Gok a real chance at escaping.

The next problem is with the appearance of the monster. Since Gok is microscopic, he has to be magnified to pose a real threat (how they can do this is never explained, of course). Once he is shown, the sequence where he attacks Paula is every bit as laughable as a B-movie. It looks they made him out of aluminum foil.

All of this culminates in an ending that is not shocking and is supposed to be disturbing but fails. It instead showcases another out-of-character moment as the dumb scientist kills Paula and injects Gok into his own body. Consistency was not given much thought here.

"Micro Minds" seemed it could have been good had it been in more capable hands. The whole story is certainly unique. It's just a shame that it's marred by lousy characters and horrible effects.

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