How do they call it a ‘holiday season’ when all of the best shows go on hellatus is beyond me. Not only do you have to deal with awkward family dinners, stressful Christmas shopping, and the inevitable post-holiday blues, you can’t even escape into the land of make-believe BECAUSE IT’S ON VACATION!
Oh, well, on the bright side, it’s never a bad idea to catch up on something you’ve been too busy to pay attention to before in between family feasts.
One of the highlights of the autumn 2014 was the premiere of the TV show called Forever, and if you still haven’t had a chance to give it a try, here’s why you should stop doing whatever you’re busy with and go tune in to it:
1. Henry Morgan…. Brought to you by the ever-charming Ioan Gruffund. Do I even need to say more? His portrayal of Henry Morgan is truly fascinating. Imagine the slightly less moody Sherlock and a lot less obsessed Mentalist, and that’s Henry for you. Should I even mention his British accent? Well, let me do it in case you’re not hooked already.
2. Not only is Henry charming, he is also a coroner, and let’s face it – it isn’t often that we get a character possessing this particular profession being a lead in the show. And let’s be honest, it cool to hear the story told by someone fascinated with death. Also, morgues!
3. The mystery. Not only is Henry a charming coroner, he is also immortal. Do I have your attention yet?… Good! Whenever Henry Morgan dies – and it did happen a handful of times in the 200+ years – he comes back to life, in the water, naked. Pretty much the way we all come into this world. Except in his case, it’s mostly the Hudson River. How cool is that? Unhygienic, yes, but still cool. And don’t even get me started on yet another immortal stalking Henry for the reasons that are yet to be uncovered. Spooky? Hell, yeah!
4. There are no vampires involved. I believe I should have mentioned this first, but it really is a very important point – how often does that happen with the shows about the undead, anyway? We don’t know yet what Henry is, exactly, but so far the vampires are not in the picture. Doesn’t mean it can’t change, but let’s hope for the best, shall we?
5. The supporting characters. If anything, Forever wins with the supporting cast and characters. There’s Henry’s police partner Jo Martinez – witty and badass, and probably his very best friend, beside Abe; Abe – his elderly business partner-slash-[SPOILER!]-son, and I bet you haven’t seen much of something like this; Lucas – a fellow comic-book obsessed coroner, slightly less crazy about death, and a lot more awkward, in a very adorable way. Remember Norm from Avatar? We all loved Norm! And together they make a fine team.
6. The humor. A TV show doesn’t have to be a comedy to win all the awards for the best one-liners and socially awkward situations. Granted, Henry Morgan is not your Ichabod Crane who’s never seen a shower before, but there’s still this cute clash of time/culture notions that keeps him from being fully assimilated in the modern age – the man doesn’t have a cell phone, for Christ sake! – and how is this not the best ground for smart humor? That’s not to mention the whole ‘being regularly arrested for indecent exposure after taking a dive in the Hudson River’ thing. Sleepwalking is what they go for, usually. *snort*
7. The cases. Just like any other crime drama, the core of Forever is catching killers and bringing bad guys to justice. The cases we’ve seen in the first half of the show were fun and intriguing, and it doesn’t hurt that some of them were linked to Henry and his past one way or another. Plus, the audience gets to hang out at the morgues a lot. I’m being creepy here, ain’t I?
Trust me, guys, you will not regret checking this show out!