“Forever” is a show about resurrection. Let’s prove it.
The supernatural crime drama “Forever”, about Dr. Henry Morgan (Played by Ioan Gruffudd of a notable roster of historical epics like 2004′s “King Arthur” and James Cameron’s tour-de-force “Titanic”, as well as “Horatio Hornblower” and, as a cute turn of fate, a film called “Forever”, out later in 2015) his juggling repeated returns from death spanning two and a half centuries with an ordinary day-job as the chief medical examiner for the New York Police Department, was not picked up for a second season. 20,000 people signed petitions. Every post the show made on any public media was met with overwhelming fan love and support. Despite all of that, it wasn’t picked back up.
Here’s why we need a show like “Forever”:
- The cast has incredible chemistry that flows easily and features formidable talent. These actors have notable acting pedigrees and the love of their fans.
- The crimes are technically the bare bones of the episodes, but they tie into much larger and more universal themes like death (naturally), love, loss, protection, character, saving face, secrecy, and family blossoming from where you least expect it.
- Love period-themed dramas and glimpses into history? As we see Henry’s flashbacks into past lives we are actually educated on topics like the slave trade, the Holocaust, World War II, and other happenings that we must understand in order to avoid repeating. We see Henry’s constant battle to be a good man despite those around him showing truly human weakness, as is often displayed in such conflicting events. He does his best to judge their actions but never discount the people themselves. He truly sees the precious gift of life as just that. The themes of racial injustice and genocide surface often and are still so painfully relevant today. We need a show with this perspective to bring up these dialogues to fearlessly.
- Love something as simple as Ioan Gruffudd’s dreamy voice and good looks? How about a show where you constantly see him bare-ass naked? Henry’s condition means that when he dies, he’s reborn in the nearest body of water, swimming for his life without a stitch of clothing on. Hence, he’s stuck in a loop of being thirty-five. For decades. However, we learn that he’s not the only one, and Burn Gorman (”Dark Knight Rises” and “Pacific Rim”) plays a man in a similar position with deadly panache and grim charm.
- His bond with his son, Abraham, is extraordinary. Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch have such an easy rapport with one another that it’s hard to believe they haven’t actually known one another all of their lives (and lovingly berated one another all the while). When you stay 35 years old and your son is a septuagenarian hippie who never grew up and sees laws as gentle guidelines
to be occasionally ducked under,
the world is indeed a colorful place.
- The precinct’s premiere figures of authority are Lieutenant Reece, (eminently wise and dry-but-fair, and played brilliantly by Lorraine Toussaint of “Orange Is The New Black”) and Detective Jo Martinez (brought to life by Alana de La Garza, of previous “Law and Order” acclaim). They are two capable, whip-smart and strong women of color that are given great depth by the glimpses of their vulnerability, which is never shown to be feeble or womanly, merely human. We see Jo on the heels of her husband’s untimely death and she and Henry grieve the loss of their spouses in tandem, propping one another up as they go without ever seeing the other as weak.
- Henry sees the women of his daily interactions rightly as equals and figures of their positions without hesitation and clearly shows them their due respect. He wears it as if it is the duty of all proper men not to coddle or humor women but to see their strengths and encourage them. He calls upon sex therapist Iona Paine (Hilarie Burton, sensual and sharp as a tack) as a consultant on a case and is baffled (pleasantly) by her insight in the case. Her works is just that to him, and he sees it as fascinating. They even experience a potent romantic attraction and not once is her work considered an unpleasantry to be skirted around. It’s actually his own past pain from the loss of his wife that keeps him from truly embracing her. At one point, a suspect begins to berate her repeatedly for her line of work and Henry, the scarf-loving and pacifist ponce that he is, bashes the brute in the jaw for it.
- The story of Henry and Abigail is a truly beautiful one. They meet during the Holocaust as war doctors and not only do they quickly fall in love, but adopt one of the camp survivors, an infant named Abraham. Abigail’s loss is referenced repeatedly in the show as a long-running mystery that whipsaws Henry and Abe alike, and their unshakable bond is tested through their journey to unearth the truth about her final years. Abigail (The pixie-pretty Mackenzie Mauzy) is kind, loving, generous, nurturing, but in the end falls prey to the very human fears of inadequacy and judgment of her peers.
- Later on, it’s a a potential romance between Henry and Jo that brings another layer of intrigue to the series and it never quite gets properly brought to light. While admirable to keep it a slow burn, many a fan wants to see precisely where they might end up.
- The other main men of the precinct, Detective Mike “Handsome” Hanson (Donnie Keshawarz from “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Adjustment Bureau”) and Medical Examiner’s Assistant Lucas Wahl (Joel David Moore, seen in “Dodgeball: a true Underdog Story” and James Cameron’s lush epic “Avatar”) , round out the main cast with equal parts intellect and wit. Where Mike is the closest we get to the typical tough and dry New York cop we expect, he still displays warmth and charm, and works well with Detective Martinez. Though she doesn’t need it, he readily halts a suspect’s sexist attitude toward her without pause. He’s a family man who seems the most grounded, reflecting many concerns with which the audience can easily identify and agree. Lucas is a lovable nerd without being a punchline (which, frankly, we direly need.) and brings equal parts finely-honed talent and goofy lovability. Henry often doesn’t know what to think of him but Lucas never falters as a loyal and eager accomplice, even when called upon to re-enact the sometimes grisly circumstances of some of their murders. He only flinches most of the time. All the same Henry recognizes Lucas’ work ethic and sees his worth, past the references that clearly go right over his head (not least because he’s almost a head shorter than Wahl’s lanky frame on a good day).
So what can we do?
There are several options. The show’s Twitter account, @ForeverABC and Facebook account (Simply “Forever”) are swimming with devoted fans showing overwhelming approval on every post the series has to offer. The writers and actors (Sans Judd, who seems a wee bit less tech savvy that his on-screen counterpart who consistently bests Henry in the realm of all things electronic) are very active on Twitter, and clearly love their work. We’ve moaned, we’ve wailed, and some of us have dropped colorful language. But what we need now is fandom.
The kind that brought back shows like Community and Arrested development for more seasons. Hell, if we’re lucky, the kind that got tiny half-season Firefly a BIG DAMN MOVIE.
Make shirts. Draw fanart. Post jokes. Cosplay. Make Vines. It’s not enough to type sad posts about missing the show. We need a show like this and we need to show the execs what a gem they missed. The show is being heavily lobbied to Hulu and Netflix, where it has a great shot thanks to its built-in fan base. I feel like this is our strongest chance. Contact both entities (politely!) and tell them what a great series this is! The more you wear your fandom on your sleeve, the better a chance it has. Even if you make one little doodle, spread it on every form of social media and tag the heck out of it!
If nothing else, the world always… ALWAYS needs more butt-naked Ioan Gruffudd.
i had sex for the first time in december of 2004. my first gf, ever, Krista invited me over to her house while her parents were out of town, they were like on vacation ski’ing or something, she was like “90s, do you want to come over and hang out at my house tomorrow night? We can watch a movie or something.” and I was all “Yeah sure, I’ll go to Blockbuster and get some DVDs.” So I go to Blockbuster and rent X2: X-Men United and Dodgeball: A True Underdogs Story and on saturday night, I skateboard over her to house while listening to New Found Glory and other pop punk on my Ipod Mini. I get to her house and just walk in, because I’ve been there before and knew it was chill. And in the living room, Kristas younger brother, Marco and his friend Brent, were playing Halo 2 on X-Box. and I was like “Sup guys, I fuckin love Halo 2.” and I start playing with them. Krista sees me and is like “90s…” and I was all “Hey Kris.. I’m just going to play Halo with your brother for a bit.” so I was playing Halo with him for like an hour while she just watched us while sitting on her couch until finally she was like “Are you done playing this dweeby game? Come on 90s, I invited you over so we could hang out.” and I was like “I really like Halo 2 though.” and she threw a sofa pillow at me and was like “You’re so stupid, 90s.” and i could tell she was really upset so I stopped playing and she kicked her brother out of the living room and I was like “Krista, why don’t you like videogames?” and she was all “They’re stupid.” and I was like “Oh. Well I brought some movies.” and I showed her which movies I brought and she was like “Omg 90s, these movies suck.” and i was like “Are u serious right now?” and she was like “uhhh yeahhh, but its whatever, lets just watch Laguna Beach on MTV.” and I was all “That show is for posers.” and we watched it and she was like hating on Kristin really bad and was like “omg i hate her.” she really dug MTV reality shows, and I would make fun of them while shed watch, and she liked that… so after that, we go to her room, we put in the Yellowcard CD, “Ocean Avenue” on, we start making out, and she climbs on top of me and straddles me, and is like “what do you want to do now?” and I was just all “idk..” and then it happened, we had sex, it wasn’t this big deal, it just happened and lasted like 4 mins. We dated the rest of the year, but then she fell in love with some dude at Tennis Camp that summer and broke up with me over AIM