Why "Forever" is NOT Just Another Crime Procedural, and May Just Be the Best Show You're Not Watching
If you missed the September 2014 debut of ABC’s “Forever”, you’re probably not the only one. Afloat in an absolute sea of shows on Tuesday nights (I myself had about eight on that night at its peak), it might have been overlooked in its ten p.m. (eastern) time slot. But it’s quickly risen to the top as one of my favorites, and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I’m here to tell you why you should.
ABC hasn’t quite seemed to figure out how to market the show, so it tends to come off in ads as just another Castle or CSI derivative, but it’s far from it. Yes, there is a homicide case to solve just about every week, but at its core, Forever is a supernatural mystery about the eternal lifespan of New York City Medical Examiner, Dr. Henry Morgan (played by the charmingly English Ioan Gruffudd).
Over two hundred years ago, in a scuffle on a ship crossing the Atlantic, Henry was shot, killed, and thrown overboard into the ocean. Inexplicably, he came back to life. Over the years, any time Henry dies, he wakes up naked in the nearest body of water, and in NYC, that is frequently the Hudson River.
In the course of this seemingly endless life (some of which is revealed to us through well done period flashbacks), Henry has worked in the medical field, often with the dead, trying to find the secret to end his curse. These centuries of experience have given him extraordinary powers of observation, in addition to his well-practiced medical abilities, giving the victims and families of horrible tragedies the one thing he can’t seem to find - closure.