New York Honey (1988)

Posted by Mrs Giggles on May 5, 2019 in 2 Oogies, Idiot Box Reviews, Series: Monsters

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New York Honey (1988)
New York Honey (1988)

Main cast: Lewis J Stadlen (Jay Blake), Elaine Bromka (Emerald Blake), MacIntyre Dixon (Dr Homer Jimmerman), and Andrea Thompson (Desiree)
Director: Jerry Smith

I suppose on paper New York Honey probably sounds good. Jay and Emerald Blake are annoyed because their new upstairs neighbor blasts music at eardrum-shattering volume all day long. Jay storms the upstairs apartment, only to discover that the eccentric Dr Homer Jimmerman has set up his apartment into a beehive-cum-greenhouse, and the music is said to promote the growth of those bees. Jay tastes the honey produced by the bees, which Homer claims is all he needs these days for sustenance, and he is bowled over. He soon bottles and sells Homer’s honey in exchange for a tidy cut of the profits.

And then, one day, a beautiful woman shows up in Homer’s place, and he tells Jay that he doesn’t want to sell the honey anymore, because Desiree needs as much honey as possible to eat…

It’s pretty easy to guess correctly what Desiree is, and what will take place in the denouement, and if that’s not bad enough, the episode is a kind of madcap affair that, unfortunately, feels more forced and slapstick-ish than genuinely comical. Everything feels exaggerated in a manner that is more aggravating than amusing, and I spend the entire episode wondering when the party will start. I don’t mind the cheap and silly-looking special effects – now those have a campy kind of charm to them – but yikes, the whole thing feels like a rejected Goosebumps episode that someone blackmailed the people behind this show to make.

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