Batman: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary #29: Eternal Youth

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Eternal Youth was first broadcasted on September 23, 1992 with a script by Beth Bornstein and directed by Kevin Alteri.

Several rich industrialists are invited to the Eternal Youth Health Spa, and that’s where they are last seen before disappearing. The only connection: they had something to do with the death of plants. Bruce Wayne also receives an invitation (although it was one of his greedy directors who nearly made the deal to destroy a rainforest before Bruce forced him to shut the operation down), but Alfred and his “lady friend”, Maggie, go in his place. When they do not return, Batman is forced to investigate, discovering that the spa is run by Poison Ivy, and that she has been using a formula to turn the industrialists into humanoid trees, including Alfred and Maggie.

Wow, I don’t think I’ve seen episode this mediocre since Prophecy Of Doom and that was what, 10 episodes ago? 19th episode, okay. So, yeah, I really did not like this one.

Granted I think it’s an interesting concept for a villainous plot for Poision Ivy turning people into humanoid trees, that has the potential to lead to a couple of nice creepy little setpieces but overall, the episode never really delivers on that concept.

In a way, this one is very much like Fear Of Victory where the most exciting aspect is more of what’s going on with the side characters than the actual villain, we get a little more backstory on Alfred’s personal life not just being Bruce’s butler where he has this love in his life in a way and it’s interesting to get more backstory on Alfred in this show.

Too bad the overall story doesn’t really make sense. As it says in the general synopsis, rich industrialists are being invited to this health spa and while Bruce Wayne gets an invite, it was one of his directors who made the deal to destroy a rainforest possible before Bruce literally tells the person to shut the operation down. Plus Ivy knew Bruce before she turned evil, maybe if there was actually a reason overall like maybe Ivy didn’t like Bruce for some reason other than he’s a rich businessman like a personal vendetta or something, than I would buy it but instead, you get this plot that never really comes together as well as it should’ve, maybe that’s why this writer never came back to the series again.

That’s probably the best way to describe Eternal Youth, an episode that never really comes together as well as it should’ve. The overall plot just doesn’t work, the more interesting aspects are what’s happening with the supporting characters and not with the main villain of the episode, it’s just not a good episode, it’s another one of the few early misfires for the series as we enter the 30 episode mark.

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