There is no question that our society teaches us from birth that Youth counts. We cherish a flawless 20 something face, we immortalize it, we advertise and sell it, till it becomes popular culture. And when it does, we spread it on the social networks, and vigorously blame ourselves for our imperfections while in the drawer next to our bed, we keep that miraculously face cream we hope will erase our wrinkles and clean our souls .
“Youth is wasted on the immortals”.
The Fountain of Youth, the third episode of “Forever”, tackles the illusion of Youth and what people are capable of doing in order to achieve it. The case of the episode is predictable enough, it’s not a brain teaser, that’s sure and you can guess who is the killer by the first act.
However, the theme has some worth, as it debates the idea of youth vs. circle of life, growing old. In spite of his immortality, Harry wants to grow old, while Abe (his son) wants to recapture some of youth’s magic. The Unusual Duo – father and son – learn that in the presence of finite, life becomes more important. The answers of the episode to the theme stated are …well…rather polite, we know them…cause they are politically correct. A little bit of something more daring, it wouldn’t hurt to the show.
The intro of the show reminds me so much of Hornblower, Ioan Gruffudd’s title show from 1998. I love it!
“When you are immortal, you have to be reminded about beauty. Days stretch into years stretch into centuries. Time can lose its meaning”
What is it about this episode?
A 65 year old man dies suddenly after chasing and punching a mugger on the streets of China Town in NY. On the examination table, underneath the dead man’s clothes, Harry Morgan discovers the body of a super fit man, six packs included, but also abnormalities in his brains (which is as empty as a Swiss Cheese, literally). The conclusion is simple: it was foul play and a killer must be brought to justice.
One thing I’ve notice in the procedurals I’ve seen so far ( although not many) is that all the clues are ALWAYS under the noses of the investigators. There’s rarely a thing that misses them. They are rarely wrong also. In Forever, Dr. Morgan and Detective Jo retraces the final steps of our dead guy only to find everything untouched at the crime scene. The deduction is flawless and irritating at the same time. I must confess that I would like to see this cliché reverted, at leas from time to time…you know how they say…it’s all about the journey, not always about the result.
The next step of their investigation leads them to a Clinic of Youth, lead by doctor Frederick Garner, where a miraculous supplement ( made of brains…yuck… Better check out the ingredient of your supplements next time) does the trick for the patients who are all appearing years younger. But our good doctor Garner does not live much longer as he is shot in the heart at his own party. From here to discover the real killer is just a step, an easy one…I won’t reveal who it is, but trust me…you will know the second you’ve watched the first act.
Ioan Gruffudd and Jude Hirsch are honestly the best part of this show. They are a joy to watch, even though sometimes Ioan has to say less fortunate lines. But probably there will be an improvement on that, on the following episodes, as it usually occurs with shows with potential. There is also the promise of a romantic interest between Harry and Jo…about that only time will tell…in the end, Harry does know a little bit about time.