(EDITOR’S NOTE: *For those that haven’t seen the following episodes, SPOILERS may be present from here on out.*)
So I now begin my yearly ritual of watching new shows as they air and determine which I will continue to watch and give a further chance to. Welcome to Forever, a new series, Mondays at 10pm on ABC.
We open with some basic intro scenes giving us what appears to be your typical standard romantic drama. However, this quickly turns into a scene of chaos with the destruction of two subway trains crashing together.
We learn that our main character Henry Morgan (played by Ioan Gruffudd) can’t actually die and has been alive for over 200 years, ever since he was thrown off a ship trying to protect a slave and has been resurrected. We quickly learn that ever since this event, every time he dies he is resurrected in a body of water, naked. He’s not sure why this happens. He just knows that it always happens this way. He’s picked up by a couple of New York police officers who then, of course, take him to jail. When he’s finally released, he gets picked up by Abe (played by Judd Hirsch) who we learn is the only person who knows the truth about him.
Next we find out that Morgan is actually a New York State medical examiner. As the police begin to look into the train crash, we meet Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) who is going through a rough patch in her life. When she meets Morgan at the Medical Examiner’s Office, she is distrustful of Morgan and his methods. She soon discover that he was actually on the subway train that crashed.
Morgan is taken into custody as a suspect in the now homicide investigation of the train operator. Since they do not have any concrete proof of his guilt in the murder, they have to release him. Morgan continues to investigate on his own to discover what kind of poison was used to kill the train operator. This leads to his second death in the episode in which he poisons himself to discover which poison was used in the murder.
After he discovers what kind of poison was used, he also discovers a latent fingerprint on the dead body and using this information, he goes back to the police to let them know of his findings. They go to investigate the lead and discover a man making the poison in his garage. As Martinez tries to arrest the suspect, he manages to escape.
After discovering that he has made large quantities of the poison aconite, they begin to try to figure out what his next target is. They soon discover that he is planning to unleash the poison at Grand Central Station. Shortly after arriving at the station, Morgan figures out that he is going to use the ventilation system to poison everyone. He and Martinez race to the rooftop to stop the killer who is about to unleash the poison on everyone below. Martinez gets shot by the suspect and Morgan continues to try and convince him not to do it. This fails and he gets shot. Before he dies he manages to get back up and tackle the killer of the roof. They both fall to their deaths.
Martinez wakes up in the hospital with Morgan there to greet her. As they talk about the events the phone rings… it’s for Morgan. He answers and discovers that the man from a call received earlier in the episode is on the line. He tells Morgan that he is just like him and that they should have some fun.
Forever has some fun moments and is reliant on the fact that it is more about the characters then it will be about the crime of the week. This show reminds me of what worked in Elementary when it launched 2 years ago. Also, the setup of another person with the same ability as Morgan is both interesting and handled well, giving it the proper room to let this mystery build over the duration of the season. Gruffudd’s performance is more reminiscent of his Hornblower (TV series) performances then his Reed Richards from the terrible Fantastic Four movies.
I will surprisingly be continuing to tune in each week to see how Forever proceeds. The show is still trying to find its footing but I like what I’m seeing so far. It may also have timing in it’s favour which New Amsterdam didn’t have, as both shows share similar themes and ideas. Sure, there are some leaps in logic but nothing as drastic as what we saw in Gotham. I look forward to this ride.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!