The choking scene goes on much too long, reflecting a creative brain cramp
Dec 27, 2009
The thought that an alien invasion could more easily come through the manipulation of children has been frequently used in science fiction. In this case, the alien is posing as an educator sent by the government. There is a national program to identify the extremely talented children so when Mr. Zeno arrives and announces that he is a tutor assigned to young Kenny Benjamin, his parents are proud and accepting. However, it only takes a short time before his father Roy becomes suspicious and starts to keep a surreptitious eye on Mr. Zeno. He is shocked to observe Mr. Zeno dematerialize after leaving their apartment. With his wife, Roy confronts Kenny, only to be dismissed. Kenny is a prize pupil, learning the ways of the invaders very quickly, understanding their technology and finding himself able to move back and forth between the dimensions. Fortunately, Kenny is even smarter than the aliens thought as he turns their technology against them, foiling the invasion and saving Earth. This episode is interesting, but the scene where Kenny is choking Mr. Zeno goes on far too long. It appears that the producers went into some kind of creative lock, seeming to have no idea on how to move the story forward. I enjoyed the unusual twist on the "attack through the children" premise; it was refreshing to see children being portrayed as capable of fighting back instead of being the weakest humans.
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