Tales from the Darkside

Season 4 Episode 17

Going Native

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jun 19, 1988 on
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Going Native
An alien is sent to Earth to study the nature and behavior of human beings. The alien, who resembles a normal Earth female, meticulously studies photographs of still life from large cities, simultaneously fascinated with and disgusted by the disarray and degeneration depicted in the pictures. The alien joins a therapeutic support group in an effort to better understand the seemingly contradictory humans. As she develops personal relationships with each group member, she begins to further understand the origin of and reasons for the behavior of humans, albeit from an outside observer's vantage point. The other members of the group see the alien as distant and detached, a condition that they assume is rooted in a self-denial complex. As the alien speaks at one of the group meetings, she suddenly realizes that she has been experiencing the exact same feelings as the humans that she has been studying. She has become human-like through assimilation, trapped within the emotional shell of another species, and she cannot escape the grasp that this has on her.moreless

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  • Great

    Very well written and thought provoking episode. Makes you really think outside the box!
  • If Ridley Scott did TV

    The first time I saw this I wasn't really paying too much attention (just sort of had it on in the background) so I didn't really get what was going on, but I felt like it was intriguing and worth seeing again. The second time I saw it I thought it was intended to be a spoof, with the encounter-group bit and all the visitors to Claire's studio commenting on her living space, so I laughed wholeheartedly. This last time I saw it though I wasn't too sure about that anymore. Anyway, one thing is for sure: it's a very arresting-looking production, especially for a syndicated show...sort of like if Ridley Scott had done TV episodes (and not just commercials). Maybe a bit on the artsy side, but definitely not run of the mill. Enjoy the look and feel of it, even if it maybe doesn't really jell in the long run.moreless
  • Not one of the best episodes.

    Maybe I did not understand this episode, but I thought it was slow and tedious. The alien got so involved with the humans that she became one of them. Why was there only one alien? Was this supposed to be a prelude to an invasion of somekind? I think the writer did not flesh out the characters very much. The show should have been a little longer so the audience would have got to know the other characters in the group. Overall I gave the episode a six and a half. It is not as if it was the Twilight Zone.moreless

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