Monsters at Work is back with a brand new episode this week after what was its entry so far in the previous episode. This episode marks the halfway point for the series in its initial season and so far it has been pretty good. With that said, does Monsters at Work‘s get over its previous outing or is it just more of the same again? Let’s find out…
In this episode – titled “The Cover Up” – Duncan (Lucas Neff) has been named the temporary supervisor as Fritz (Henry Winkler) heads off to vacation. Tylor and Duncan then accidentally cause a power outage throughout the city and must cover it up from an inspector. It was finally good to see Monsters at Work harp on the energy/energy crisis theme in this episode. It’s a bit weird it took so long considering it’s the main thread that moved Monsters, Inc. forward. That said, I am happy to report that this episode is a great bounce back from it’s previous subpar episode.
I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that Duncan (Lucas Neff) was starting to become a bit of a standout to me. This episode immediately lets you know that this episode will be pretty much centered around him. I was interested to see how it would go and it did not disappoint at all.
This episode works really well because it did everything it has done in previous episodes that has made Monsters at Work be fun. It introduced new concepts such as vacation doors and the story was an original concept that was very interesting. It is in moments like these where the show thrives, when it actually goes for original content and character development rather than nostalgic content. It was a vast improvement from last week’s episode, which was such a let down for the potential it had.
After an absent showing from MIFT last week, they’re back and in full swing. Like I mentioned in my last review, the fact that I missed them so much means that they are sticking the landing with these characters. This episode focused on the insights of Duncan and Tylor, but the whole crew had great moments in the episode. It also helps that the voice acting by everyone is really good and provide excellent personality to these new characters.
Monsters at Work is now at it’s halfway point and I have to say that it has exceeded my expectations so far. It has been a really good show that has developed brand new characters I thought I would not care about at all. Yes, it does rely on nostalgia a bit too much at times but never enough to fully detract from the experience. Tylor’s arc is set up to only go up from here, so I’m excited to see where that heads as the show’s initial season wraps up
Overall, Monsters at Work’s fifth episode is the bounce back the show needed after its weakest showing. The storyline for the episode just works really well and featuring the MIFT crew is always a plus. It gives us more regarding our new characters and sets the path for the latter half of the season to deliver as the first half has. – Kenneth Colon
New episodes of Monsters at Work premiere Wednesdays on Disney+.
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