This tv special is extremely horrible. This is by far the worst of anything I have ever seen related to the Monkees. Avoid it at all costs. It has no central plot, no good songs or anything. The movie "Head" made no sense but was a very good movie. You aren't going to get that lucky again with 33 and 1/3.
While "Head" made absolutely no sense whatsoever, it had a certain quirky charm and appeal that made it into the cult classic it is today. This, however... The Monkees continue with the anti-commercialism aspects of Head, but it's just a creative mess. Half the time you are just sitting there, thinking "What's going on?" There are about three or so decent minutes in this whole special, which are Mike's good songs "Naked Persimmon" and "Listen to the Band", which unfortunately turns into a psychedelic freakout, like a parody of the "Do I Have to Do This All Over Again" sequence from Head. There are so many segments which are utterly unwatchable, like "Wind Up Man" (like "Ditty Diego" but extremely annoying and obnoxious), "I Go Ape", this dance number that has nothing to do with anything, Why? Half of the special has nothing to do with the Monkees whatsoever. Even the Monkees themselves hate this. Avoid this like the plague.
This was not actually an episode of "The Monkees", but rather a music special aired a year after the series ended. Like the movie "Head", the special illustrated how boxed in the guys felt by the series, and represented their attempt to do something they really wanted to do. Each Monkee had a showcase with music he chose, and there was a large lineup of guests, including Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Buddy Miles Express, and Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll with the Trinity. It is really nothing like "The Monkees", and is probably only interesting to hardcore fans of the group.
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