Monsters: Season 1, Episode 14

Parents from Space (11 Feb. 1989)

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An abused child's foster parents have their bodies taken over by aliens.


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Episode cast overview:
Ward Ellers
Peggy Cass ...
June Ellers
Mary Griffin ...
Ann Hillary ...
Mrs. Rogers


An abused child's foster parents have their bodies taken over by aliens.

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For those of us who always believed our parents were from another planet
29 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's little love lost when an abused foster girl's nasty parents are replaced with aliens from outer space...

"Parents from Space" seems almost like it was aimed at children. Sure, the alien beings do look kinda scary and we get to see Frank Gorshin eat a maggot, but there's no gore, blood, or violence to speak of in this episode. Child abuse is mentioned in passing but never explored too deeply. The episode's mood is very light-hearted and not at all suspenseful, dark, or creepy. Maybe this was done intentionally as the episode that originally aired before it was the uber-melancholy "Glim-Glim." Interestingly enough it also deals with friendly aliens.

This episode is extremely predictable. From the moment the aliens arrive and Cindy comes to the realization that they're nicer to her than her real parents, you can pretty much tell the direction this episode is headed. The ending delivers no surprises except maybe one: Cindy's new parents aren't exactly big on cleanliness (they are giant rats, after all) so that would lead me to believe that the social worker would have a whole new set of complaints against them. We never get to see this as the episode ends. Everybody's happy, except maybe Cindy's original parents, who are stuck in the bodies of creatures that can't survive in the Earth's atmosphere, and everything gets tied up with a neat little bow.

My main complaints were that this episode was just too cutesy and the sets looked really crappy. The Ellers' living room looked laughably fake. Also, I didn't buy the fact that a social worker would allow Cindy to live in a pigsty at the end no matter how happy she may have been. This is a Monsters episode you can actually watch with your children, but other than that, it doesn't have too much else going for it.

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