Forever Season 1 Review “Pilot”

Forever (ABC) Series Premiere 2014 Pilot (7)

I have to hand it to Forever; as someone who isn’t normally a big fan of procedural shows – even those with a twist – I was still won over by this pilot episode. Admittedly, a lot of that had to do with the main character’s resemblance to a famous literary character already on TV, but this is still a fun show with enough hints of a larger mythology to appeal to a wide range of viewers.

Let’s lead off with the elephant in the room, which is the fact that, for better or worse, Ioan Gruffudd’s Dr. Henry Morgan is basically an immortal Sherlock Holmes. Maybe that’s selling the character a bit short, but between the encyclopedic knowledge of history, keen observational skills and British accent, it’s hard not to draw the comparison.

Still, I think it’s safe to say Gruffudd would make a great Holmes, as his Morgan is funny, likable and easy to relate to. He guides Martinez to the right conclusions in the poisoning case without ever coming off as condescending or smug. Instead, he’s just interested in finding the truth by whatever means necessary.

Another aspect I enjoyed in this episode is that the case of the week was fun and tied creatively to Morgan’s own immortality. The poisoning aspect itself wasn’t very original, but it did lead to a fun scene where Morgan lit Martinez’s hand on fire in order to save her life. And while the pilot of any series has to do all of the basic set-up, I liked the balance between world-building and the case.

Given how big the mystery of Morgan’s immortality looms over this series, coupled with the reveal that someone else out there claims to have his gift, I think it’s safe to hope we’ll get a steady stream info about the larger mythology at work in this world. If nothing else, getting to know Morgan through flashbacks to his several centuries of life. He’s clearly led a long and interesting life and, as evidenced by the reveal that he raised Abe from childhood, there’s room for some fun discoveries along the way.

What did you think of the Forever premiere? Let me know in the comments!