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Review/Recap Forever | ‘Fountain of Youth’

By: Cynthia Ayala

“Multiple deaths are caused by a highly sought-after product called Aterna that claims to reverse the aging process; Abe is tempted to try Aterna despite the dangers.”

    -Synopsis provided by Shazam

The narrative behind this show is really well done. While some viewers may find it tedious, this viewer appreciates the narrative as it focuses on building the character and his appreciation for both life and death.

Ioan Gruffudd does an amazing job of building the narrative and emotionally attaching it to the show, giving it more depth that what the lines are saying. Additionally, this brings his character to life, bringing his psyche to life as well. Another reason why it works so well in the show is the fact that it ties a past event to the present and makes the full episode come full circle with a proper conclusion.

This episode was also a little faster paced than the previous two episodes. Here Ioan Gruffudd & Alana de la Garza are on the hunt for a killer after they start their investigation of the drug Aterna that can help revitalize people. Then Abe, played by Judd Hirsch, is thrown into the mix when he finds himself a witness to the chemist who is behind everything.

All in all, it was a very interesting episode that took a break from the past scenes to develop more of who Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) is as a character and how being immortal effects him on a psychological level. He inspires awe and sympathy, and his performance is so charismatic that there really was no one better for the part.

My only wish is that the writers would develop some of the other characters more. Specifically Abe and Jo (Alana de la Garza). Both are characters being acting out by great actors but the writers only ever hint at their past experiences and how they have shaped them that it would be nice to hear of an event here or there that could connect the characters on a deeper level.

Directed by: David Warren

Written by: Janet Lin

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza, Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore & Judd Hirsch

Genre: Crime Drama, Fantasy

Original Air Date/Time/Channel: September 30, 2014 | 10 PM EST | ABC

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