Monsters: Season 2, Episode 11

Half as Old as Time (17 Dec. 1989)

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An old man asks for his estranged daughter's help in finding a secret Native American fountain of youth.



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An old man asks for his estranged daughter's help in finding a secret Native American fountain of youth.

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A really bad episode.

Monsters: Half as Old as Time starts as Professor Miner (Leif Garret) admits to his daughter Jacquline (Valerie Wildman) that he is dying from a brain tumour & begs her to help him find the fountain of youth from native American legend that they have both studied. Wanting to help her dying father Jacqueline agrees & takes him to where she believes the life giving waters to be, once there & despite warnings from a local native American (Nick Ramus) the Professor drinks the water & his youth & health are restored but the price of eternal youth is high, much higher than Professor Miner ever thought. The only question is whether the price is worth it...

Episode eleven from season two of Monsters this originally aired in the US during December 1989, directed by Christopher Todd this is a pretty bad episode all round from the dull sounding title to the lack of any horror or monsters to a throughly lacklustre ending to the very cheap looking production values. The whole episode is a build-up to the ending which is fairly forgettable & has little impact because even though we are told what will happen to Professor Miner we don't see it & as it's rather obscure it's difficult to visualise or relate to in any meaningful way. There's zero horror content here & the episode plays out like a moralistic warning about not being able to turn the clock back & just accepting the fact that 'time waits for no man' as it were. To be honest I am not really sure who this would or was indeed meant to appeal to. There's only three character's in this, only two locations & very little of any interest happens, even at only twenty odd minutes Half as Old as Time drags. With this & the previous episode The Mandrake Root (1989) which was also a stinker Monsters has gone into a mid-season lull, hopefully things will pick up again soon.

Unusally this episode of Monsters looks pretty cheap, maybe they had to throw this very cheap looking thing together because they were running out of money having used it on some of the better episodes. The cave set looks cheap as does the main Snake like statue prop & there's no monsters or gore or special effects expect some old age make-up applied to actor Leif Garret. The acting isn't that good, Leif Garret playing a very old version of himself seems to be too self conscious & all the mannerisms seem very forced.

Half as Old as Time is one of the poorest Monsters episodes, it's right down there as far as I am concerned. In fact I can't really think of anything positive to say about it other than at least it's short.

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