I have been a fan of Melissa's since she was a hot young starlet more than 3 decades back, and she single-handedly carried this segment. The "Island of Dr. Moreau" element of the monsters in cages was fun though it seemed like some bad/random idea thought up in the Writers' Room and injected into a series which was quite different in every way back when Matt Dillon introduced it.
The rest of the cast tries, but they simply weren't up to Melissa's standard - at any moment she seemed capable of eating them all alive (and the scenery too!). Ever since "Twin Peaks", the obvious model which this show imitates in its own inscrutable way, TV has taken a turn for the bizarre that I find alarming. It's almost like kudzu, infiltrating everything and clogging things up. That plus the endless trend toward multiple story lines (and time frames) makes me long at times for the straightforward approach of TV from the Golden Age -simpler but also more sincere. Those great shows like "The Defenders" had something to say and were never facetious.
Oh well, you can't put the genie back into the toothpaste tube.
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