I have probably worn out everyone’s ear about how awesome television used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about nostalgia.
The scripted shows that are on TV now are better written and performed than any in history. There’s Breaking Bad, the Sopranos, Mad Men, the Walking Dead, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development and a host of others. But there’s a lot of dropoff from the elite shows to the rest of what’s on.
I’m not going to say that I was part of the greatest television generation either. The 40’s and 50’s had the pioneers and the great variety shows. News as we know it fell off a cliff around the mid 80’s. The 70’s was an era of great TV movies; they really treated them almost like studio films.
But if you were a little boy in 80’s there was a golden age. After the cartoons, kung fu movies, and wrestling, there were poorly edited horror, adventure or sci-fi movies on three channels. They weren’t classics. You were more likely to see an Italian Alien ripoff than the original movie, and heroes like Flash Gordon, Shaft, Tarzan and Doc Savage were a lot more prominent then they were anywhere else. It ran into the evening when television shows took over, shows like Friday the 13th, My Secret Identity, Superboy, Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Darkside –
Monsters was not good in the traditional sense, I suppose. It was an unapologetic monster-of-the-week show, populated with character actors at best, and quickly made rubber creatures under the auspices of the legendary Dick Smith. But to eight year old Tom Moore it was the GREATEST THING EVER.
After bouncing around cable television it was unceremoniously dumped into a DVD package with no extras, and then released with no marketing. Trying to get it at any local retailer was like trying to find a real snuff movie. I haven’t even seen through reviews online.
But since this site is a repository of stuff that no one cares about, I will review the highlights and lowlights of Monsters: The DVD Series.