Forever – reviewed by George

This is a such a good show that I am embarrassed that the only mention of it so far on the blog is a citation for bad grammar. The protagonist is Henry Morgan, a 200-year-old pathologist (Ioan Gruffudd) working for the NYC Police, mostly with one particular team of detectives (Alana De La Garza and Donnie Keshawarz). He has died many times, but for reasons neither he nor we understand he always comes back to life naked and in a body of water, mostly, I think, in the East River. As usual in science fiction-based films or TV shows, the rules are somewhat fuzzy, but the show is so involving that you just ride along. Each week there is (or was – tragically, Forever may not have been renewed) a solid murder case to solve, plus more of the show’s mythology. Henry lives with Abe, played by Judd Hirsch, who turned out to be his son. I could never quite tell whether he was adopted or a blood offspring. But obviously Henry would need a confidante as well as someone to meet him at the river with a towel or blanket and some clothes. As the season played, Jo Martinez (Alana) and Henry gradually became more and more attracted to each other, and then a few episodes back, a sort of super villain was introduced – another immortal, Adam, played by Burn Gorman. He had a theory that the weapon that killed an immortal in the first place was the only thing that could permanently kill him, and his plan was to find the gun that had killed Henry in the Revolutionary War and try out the theory. Since he himself had been killed with an old Roman dagger, a pugio, while he was trying to prevent Julius Caesar’s assassination, he needed that item as well. He got the gun, but knew that Henry had the pugio, so he lured Henry to the subway… But no details here. Even if the show has been cancelled, this episode will be available from several suppliers. In the final scene (Spoiler Alert – but how can I not tell this part?) Jo arrives at the antique shop over which Henry and Abe live, and as Henry lets her in, Abe leans over and whispers rather loudly in Henry’s ear, “Tell her!” I got choked up, and then was rewarded by Henry’s smile and his words, “It’s a long story.” So even if the show is over, and though I’ll still miss it, the writers provided a lovely closure for us diehard fans.

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