Monsters: Season 2, Episode 2

Portrait of the Artist (8 Oct. 1989)

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A case of art imitating life
30 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man stumbles upon an art gallery while searching for his missing daughter where the exhibits are disturbingly lifelike...

"Portrait of the Artist" does have an interesting and unique plot that definitely holds your interest and creates a good amount of suspense. It would be a pretty good episode except for one thing: they really did not know how to end this one as they pretty much threw in everything but the kitchen sink.

The plot, while interesting, is a bit predictable. In the first five minutes you'll probably be able to figure out what's going on and that the jovial country bumpkin Hubert is the real mastermind and that there really is no such person as Viva Canander (not sure on the spelling of this, sorry). Even though all of this is painfully obvious, it is still interesting to watch the events unfold. Darren McGavin also does play a pretty good bad guy as it turns out, too.

What's not predictable about this episode that it gives you one humdinger of an ending. While it deserves points for definitely being unlike anything I've ever seen, I also have to wonder if the writers weren't stoned when they wrote it. In the last five minutes, the script is constantly topping even itself with one crazy twist after another. If you're one of those people who hates predictability, the stunning revelation about the barn gallery itself will absolutely make your day. It certainly makes you sit up and take notice even though it really makes very little sense.

The weakest point of the episode is the inconsistency of the art exhibits. Some of them look pretty creepy while others are just awful. One's things for sure though: they're every bit as ridiculous as most anything to come out of the modern art movement, I'll give them that.

If there's any reason at all to see "Portrait of the Artist," it's the ending. Whether or not you see it as being good or bad, you'll certainly never forget it.

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