Forever: A Review

Ioan Gruffudd and Joel David Moore as Dr Henry Morgan and Lucas Wahl in the ABC drama Forever.

The critics didn’t seem to peg Forever well right from the get-go, and that’s probably why it didn’t get a second season.

Maybe it was the immortality, or lack of interest in Dr Henry Morgan’s English charm?

Either way, I still enjoyed this series.

Sure, it had it’s moments, and ending on a cliffhanger was not the way to go. A flash forward to see how Jo handled the “It’s a long story” wouldn’t have been too much to ask, would it?

Other than that peeve, I don’t really see how a second series could have panned about.

The storylines were all wrapped up: Burn Gorman’s character, known only as “Adam” had been defeated, the mystery surrounding Abigail’s (MacKenzie Mauzy) disappearance had been solved and we knew that Henry would continue being his old Sherlock-y Medical Examiner self, solving crime in his 200-year-old style with Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza) and Detective Mike Hanson (Donnie Keshawarz) in tow, with Abe (Judd Hirsch) close behind to keep him out of trouble (or should I say in trouble?).

Well, for those who are yet to fall in love with Henry’s English charm, 200-year-old manners (and views?), pocket watch and waistcoat (or already have and don’t mind a refresher), here’s a bit of a down-low on what Forever is all about:

It’s 1814 and Dr Henry Morgan is shot dead on his father’s slave trading ship for trying to free slaves. Flash forward to modern day New York and Henry is a Medical Examiner, solving crime and trying to navigate a perplexing never-ending existence, when Detective Jo Martinez and Adam enter the picture. Keeping his secret just got harder…

It was great to see Torchwood‘s Burn Gorman as the villain Adam, a formidable fellow immortal who just happens to have been around the block a bit more than Henry (for 2000 years), and all the more darker for it. Gorman gave a superb performance, so much so that I wouldn’t want to run into him in a dark alley anytime soon. With his gravelly voice and a particular talent at pressing all of Henry’s buttons, his beef with Henry was what really had the story moving. You never knew what kind of sadistic game he’d play with Henry next. And after all, what scares an immortal more than knowing that the game might be up.

Ioan Gruffudd was absolutely amazing in his role as Dr Henry Morgan. I quickly fell in love with Henry’s eccentricity and a certain panache that came from being a man out of time. Sure, he did his best to adapt in his survival, but with his characteristic dapperness, manners and views he was the “same old Henry”. His rather philosophical and self-reflective narration at the opening and closing of every episode (which usually centered around purposeful and accidental deaths) added a poignant depth to the series.

What I can describe only as a crime procedural with a 200-year-old character thrown in, Forever was a thoroughly enjoyable watch with enough mystery, villainry and deaths, you’ll forget my grumblings about cliffhangers and the fact that there’s no second season.

Don’t believe me? Check out the trailer below:

 

 

 

 

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