You know that moment when you watch a show and you just know you’ve going to love this one. Sadly, for me at least, that moment is usually followed by immediate cancellation. If I love a show–really love it–it’s doomed. My track record is scary…really.
Having said that, I’m cautiously optimistic about Forever. It’s that good. Think NYPD/Once Upon a Time/Sherlock Holmes.
The main character is Dr. Henry Morgan played by the uber yummy Ioan Gruffudd. I don’t recognize him, but he’s talented, gorgeous, and he’s got a fantastic accent.
It turns out Dr. Morgan has a bit of secret. He’s been alive for a really long time (200 years to be exact) mainly because he can’t die despite the fact that he manages to get killed a lot.
His predicament lands him in some interesting situations, so it’s understandable that he needs a confidante…someone he can talk to and lean on in times of trouble. Enter Abe, Henry’s “Fairy Godfather” if you will. We find out some interesting info about Abe towards the end of the show, but I won’t spoil it for those of you that haven’t seen the episode yet.
Dr. Morgan isn’t as happy about his immortality as you’d expect him to be and he spends a rather large chunk of his time working to determine how to break his curse. When he’s not working his day job as the medical examiner for New York City, he holes up under Abe’s Antique Shop keeping records of his brushes with death.
Remember when I said this show was part NYPD…well, you need a cop for that and that cop comes in the form of Detective Jo Martinez. We find out a bit about Jo throughout this episode, but most importantly we find out she’s become a bit suspicious of, and possibly taken with, Dr. Morgan.
The good doctor has managed to get himself involved in a train crash. Everyone on board died (except him of course) which makes him the main suspect. Luckily for the immortal Dr. Morgan, he’s not just a pretty face. He’s also very, very observant.
Pretty woman on train- “You see a lot.”
Dr. Morgan- “I’ve seen a lot.”
The show moves quickly. Dr. Morgan works to clear his name and quickly forges a friendship with Jo. They team up to find the real killer and all is going along swimmingly until the cryptic phone calls start coming.
Someone knows Dr Morgan’s secret and they share his curse.
Before show’s end, Dr. Morgan dies a few more times, Jo comes close to death, and we learn a little more about Dr. Henry Morgan’s beginnings courtesy of some well-placed flashbacks.
The show ends with some, all too appropriate dialogue.
“Henry, Are you ok?”
Let’s hope so. This show has the makings of a real winner.