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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Another chapter in the downward spiral of Leif Garrett
2 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An elderly man with terminal cancer asks his daughter to take him to the location of a supposed fountain of youth. Once he arrives, he is told that he must make the ultimate sacrifice to achieve eternal youth...

"Half As Old As Time," as I mentioned before in another review, is the worst episode of the series. It's not scary, it's not creepy, the ending is poorly executed and makes no sense, and the aforementioned Leif Garrett is horrible. His "old man" voice is grating and quite honestly, the younger version of him doesn't look much better than the old. The final insult is that it features no monster whatsoever.

I will say the ending was a little surprising. You know that somehow he's going to have to pay for killing his daughter and drinking from the fountain, but the punishment is definitely unusual. It's indicated that time is slowing down for him and he will appear to be like a stone statue to everyone else. However, this is not implemented very well and so it seems like nothing's really happening. I can't say I blame them. This would be a hard ending to bring his life without some Matrix-style special effects, but this being Monsters and the year 1990, you know that ain't happening. Worst of all, they way they talk about the snake statue, you almost expect it to come to life at some point. Sorry, not happening.

If you want to see a Monsters episode that has none of the qualities or the moderate enjoyment of a typical episode, this is the one for you. You may even sympathize with the main character at the end as watching this episode will make it seem like time is moving much slower.

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