Monsters: New York Honey is set in a high rise New York apartment block & starts as married couple Jay & Emerald Blake are having trouble sleeping because of the loud classical music coming from the apartment above owned by barmy Bee scientist Dr. Homer Jimenen, Jay decides to go & tell Jimenen to turn the music off & notices inside his apartment which is full of Bees & exotic plants. Dr. Jimenen lets Jay taste a sample of his specially formulated honey which he becomes instantly addicted to, sensing an opportunity to make money Jay blackmails Jimenen to let him sell it. Then a few weeks later a woman show's up in Jimenen's apartment, a woman with an unusual secret, a woman who is Jimenen's very own queen...
Episode three from season one of Monsters this originally aired in the US during November 1988, directed by Jerry Smith I quite liked this rather bizarre story although I would expect a lot of people might find it just too silly. The script goes mostly for laughs as the over the top character's, silly situations & dialogue is there for all to see. Then just when you think it can't get any more daft it throws a memorable but utterly bonkers twist ending at you which for me makes New York Honey quite entertaining in a totally off the wall sort of way. I certainly didn't expect the twist & I doubt many will so in that regard it has the potential to surprise, it's just a shame that it comes across as almost like a spoof of 50's 'mad doctor/scientist creates giant monster/bug' type films which clearly wasn't the makers intention but doesn't really do the episode any harm as a whole since it is generally quite light hearted. At only twenty or so minutes long at least it's short enough not to drag or outstay it's welcome & while not the best piece of telly ever I did enjoy it for what it was although I did feel a little bit guilty that I did!
With the budget so tight on the show once again there are only two sets & only four actor's in it. There's a sort of bizarre twisted sitcom feel about New York Honey that I liked too. The special effects are alright although the final giant Bee monster at the end does look a bit naff but the transformation scenes from human to Bee monster by comparison look pretty good. Most Monsters episodes go for scares & are fairly serious in tone but New York Honey is definite an exception as it has a spoofy feel to it. The acting is way over the top with the cast members pulling silly faces every five seconds & exaggerating their lines & performance in general.
New York Honey is an undeniably silly & light hearted episode of Monsters that I actually thought was pretty good although I probably shouldn't have. The bizarre plot, the memorable twist & one or two amusing moments make this well worth a watch if you can catch it on telly for free.
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