Tales from the Darkside: Season 4, Episode 17

Going Native (19 Jun. 1988)

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An alien on Earth who is studying humans in a therapy group envies them and wants to be one.

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An alien on Earth who is studying humans in a therapy group envies them and wants to be one.

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Avante-garde episode that doesn't fit neatly within the series...
16 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Going Native" is not your typical "Darkside" entry. It gives you the feeling that it was filmed by a college cinema class, as the visual elements of the episode are very striking. A very human looking alien ("Claire") partakes in therapy sessions with a group of assorted individuals, aghast that "humans" are forced to re-live their tortured past. Case in point: John Aprea whacks violently at a pillow with a battering type of club as he blames his failed marriage for the miserable life he's in: ("Every time I touched you--nothing! Sick! Poison! Hateful! It made me want to tear your heart out!"). Claire's mission is simply to observe "the Humans": an alien like her finds these things called "emotions" very disturbing.

Too bad that the group has caught on that our alien is not freely associating her true feelings to the group. She photographs the comings and goings of daily life around her and spends her days contemplating the human condition while reviewing the pictures in the form of a slide show in her dingy New York apartment: as we are treated to the countless slides of daily life consisting of the homeless, prostitutes, the poor, and individuals grouped in playful situations and in violent protest, she is absolutely perplexed by the fact the SHE is now having these human "feelings"--and she can not bear to experience them. Only finally do things come a head at her next therapy group meeting....

I must say that when one thinks of "Tales..." that this is not the episode that truly epitomizes the series. Not necessarily a bad episode, it's just different from the horror/fantasy tales that we're used to. By all means it's a worthy episode all to itself, more suited to a dramatic anthology series rather than "Tales..."


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