Revisiting The Twilight Zone: S05E11: A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain
Are there such people in life? In the world? I know there probably is, because most writing is based on a knowledge of such characteristics. Those of the elderly man who marries a much younger woman for actual love and perhaps to revisit their youth, and the much younger woman who marries an older man for prosperity and not for the right reasons.
Nonetheless, can we subscribe to the story as it is, as well as the scientist brother who happens to be developing a youth serum, and despite his misgivings injects his brother with it? Then we are expected to believe that the wife, who has been shown throughout to be petty and obtuse, suddenly and magnificently in awe at the new youthful husband who appears? And all the way through to the end, when the youth serum comes into full force, reducing our main part to a baby, at which point our lady friend (such as in previous episodes) is left with a conundrum – leave penniless, or stay and be a slave to the protagonist.
It’s fair to say at this point that I don’t find a lot enthralling about this episode. Even if the basis of the story was likeable I’m sure I could find a way to enjoy it. But as a three person, one room play, it didn’t engage me at all. All I was left with was a disappointing lack of emotion one way or the other.
Rating: Do you want to live your life over twice? 2/5