I stumbled into Forever a couple of episodes late and thought it was an interesting premise, although certainly nothing terribly original. Back when I was doing my real TV Thursday posts, I pointed out that it was very similar to some other short-lived TV series like New Amsterdam as well as bearing some similarity to Highlander. While Forever never did very well in the ratings during the first season, I still find it a somewhat interesting show that I hope they see fit to renewing. So let’s take a look at the first season of Forever.
Dr. Henry Morgan, a 200-year old immortal, works at the New York City Morgue in an attempt to understand the secret to his longevity and find out how he can die. Whenever he is killed, his body vanishes and he re-appears in the closest body of water naked, which leads to some interesting situations. He works alongside Detective Jo Martinez of the homicide division, trying to keep his secret from his colleagues while he and his elderly “son” Abe work out the details of his immortality.
Honestly, I thought the idea of Henry’s deaths to be interesting at the beginning of the series, but over time, he just stopped dying and it became just a regular cop procedural with flashbacks. We really learned very little about the nature of immortality through the season. Maybe the best part was the appearance of Adam, played by Burn Gorman of Torchwood fame, another immortal who was more than two thousand years old. He was a killer who had murdered Henry’s wife Abigail and he believes that only the weapons that killed them the first time and presumably made them immortal can finally kill them once and for all.
While individual episodes may be entertaining, I really get no sense of where this show is going in the long term. Yes, they are clearly trying to make a relationship between Jo and Henry and at the end of the season, we’re supposed to think that Jo learns Henry’s secret, but beyond that, the immortality doesn’t seem to have much of a point. They’ve made no attempt to provide any kind of explanation, nor even hints at what happens or why. He dies, he ends up in the water naked and the very clear problems, such as where do his clothes end up, seems to be entirely ignored. In two cases, his pocket watch has remained at the scene, even though his clothes went missing. This strikes me as being far too convenient for the plot because in both cases, it’s led Jo Martinez straight to Henry Morgan, once in the first episode and once in the last.
I’d say this show calls for a second season but hopefully they’ve learned from their mistakes and are going to actually make the immortality bit more important than it turned out to be in the first season. There are plenty of police procedurals on TV, I don’t watch the majority of them. They have to have a really good hook and if immortality just becomes something that shows up now and then, this might fall off my to-watch list. Come on guys, you can do better!