Monsters: Season 1, Episode 9

Pool Sharks (17 Dec. 1988)

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A hustler plays a high-stakes game of pool with a lovely creature of the night.



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A hustler plays a high-stakes game of pool with a lovely creature of the night.

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A high stakes game of pool... literally
27 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man encounters a mysterious woman in a bar and challenges her to a game of pool. The winner gets to do whatever they want to each other. The man soon finds that he may not like what she has planned for him if he loses...

"Pool Sharks" is a good episode. What really makes this one is dialogue and backstory as there's not a lot of action and only one set. Both Gabe and Natasha's ulterior motives are very clearly established and you can really get into the story.

This episode is more of a character piece. There aren't a lot of scares, makeup effects are used sparingly, suspense is pretty light, and the only hint of gore is when Natasha meets her untimely end. In fact, Natasha doesn't even bare her vampire fangs until the episode is over halfway finished. None of these are negatives, but if you're looking for a good scare, I would recommend a different episode.

The one thing about this episode that sticks with me still is how the ball rose up out of the pocket. It's never explained. Perhaps the writers' one mistake was assuming that the viewers are pool hustlers too.

It's definitely a good episode, if not one of the more tame ones. The interaction between the two main characters is what really makes it.

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