Monsters: Season 3, Episode 7

Small Blessings (11 Nov. 1990)

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Teach your children well
5 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young couple is concerned about their child's insatiable appetite for raw meat and fear that he may have graduated to human flesh...

"Small Blessings" is another comedic offering. In fact, the cast list reads like a Who's Who of 80's comedy. It tries really hard but it's just a little too corny and not terribly entertaining. It seems tragic that the talents of Julie Brown, Kevin Nealon, and David Spade would go to waste but that's exactly what they manage to do here.

The story is a bit slow and the twist at the end seems to come out of left field but the worst thing of all about this episode is the featured monster. It is supposed to be Wendy's toddler son but it just looks awful. It looks like exactly what it is: a doll with fangs glued on it. Even contemporary demonic doll Chucky looked better than this. I have to give them points for trying because I don't think there was really any way to make this look good. You can't very well have a small child play this part and CGI wasn't invented yet. They kind of painted themselves into a corner here.

There's not much I really have to say about this episode. It's OK as far as Monsters episodes go and the actors do well with what they're given. I will say I enjoyed the ending. Even though it's formulaic it still comes across as both sweet and perverse at the same time. It's refreshing to see the whole "don't judge a book by it's cover" theme end on a positive note rather than the despair and sadness of "Glim-Glim" and "Outpost." It doesn't have much redeeming value other than that though. You do get to see three of the most popular comedians of their generation on screen together.

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