Monsters: Season 2, Episode 21

Refugee (13 May 1990)

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A former spy is enlisted to retrieve a defecting physicist, but an unexpected visitor to the safehouse where they're hiding complicates things.

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A former spy is enlisted to retrieve a defecting physicist, but an unexpected visitor to the safehouse where they're hiding complicates things.

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Another bad episode in a season which has taken a nosedive.

Monsters: Refugee starts as American secret service agent Paul is called into action, he is assigned to escort Russian physicist Anna (Judy Geeson) across the border & to safety. Being an experience field operative Paul knows something is wrong, they are being followed but he doesn't know by whom until they get a visit from two men who claim they work for Satan & have to collect Anna's soul. Paul faces his toughest assignment yet as he tries to save Anna...

Episode twenty one from season two of Monsters this originally aired in the US during May 1990, directed by Scott Vickrey one has to say that Refugee is a pretty terrible episode of Monsters from the second season which had begun fairly strongly but is taking a real nosedive in terms of quality. I think the stories are getting more & more obscure & offbeat, the show should be about horror & monsters not a low budget spy drama like Refugee which doesn't even feature a Monster. Imagine a really boring & clichéd James Bond without the action, the wit, the sly humour or the character's mixed with a low budget supernatural horror film & you have this episode. This is bad, the broad stereotypical spy clichés comes out in abundance, men in long trench-coats, people talking to each other behind locked doors, a sinister man in charge with ulterior motives & there's even a safe-house here as well. The horror elements are virtually zero, the spy elements suck & the twists are just poor. One of the worst episodes of Monsters & another disappointment in what was shaping up to be a good second season.

As usual there are only a couple of sets & a small cast with British actress Judy Geeson trying to sound like a Russian but failing. There are no monsters, well unless you count two blokes with light-bulbs in their fingertips. No scares, no blood or gore & zero special effects makes Refugee just as forgettable as it sounds.

Refugee is not a Monsters episode that I liked, in fact it doesn't even really feel like a Monsters episode at all & the obscure plot & limited doesn't help. One of the worst episodes.


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