Forever Season 1 DVD Review
“Forever” is a standard network TV series. Make of that as you will.
The 22 episode first (and only) season of “Forever” revolves around an immortal NYC Medical Examiner named Dr. Henry Morgan. You see, Henry can die, but he somehow always returns alive nude in a nearby body of water. There is one man (Abe) who knows his secret and he helps him out whenever he’s in trouble (which is frequently). The bulk of the series finds Henry collaborating with an NYPD Detective (Jo) on cases involving killers, murders, a potion, and even gold. Aside from that central story, expect to see plots involving a mysterious immortal man (Adam), a deceased woman (Gloria) whom he previously knew, Abe’s past and family, Jo’s personal struggles, stolen art, and Henry trying to keep his immortality a secret. Flashbacks to Henry’s past at various points in history (including his time with his wife Abigail) are also a major part of the series.
“Forever” is the type of series that feels like it was sold on its familiarity. The show entirely comes across as a blend of “Highlander,” “Castle,” “New Amsterdam,” and “Sherlock” (see the music cues and Henry’s “amazing” observations for references). It’s simply an audience friendly gimmicky procedural and not much more. Now, granted, the short-lived network show had its fans, but I can’t count myself as one of them. The whole story just feels too phony, whimsical, and, above all, networky. It’s a simple safe show that isn’t remotely challenging. Sure, not every show has to be “The Sopranos” or “Breaking Bad,” but this feels like such a relic when compared to the boundary pushing series we all obsess over these days.
On the plus side, the show does boast some solid performances. The underrated Ioan Gruffudd (who is best known as Mr. Fantastic from the 2 “Fantastic 4” films) steals the show as Henry. It’s always nice to see him get the spotlight. Judd Hirsch is, well, Judd Hirsch, but he’s always reliable. Lastly, you may not know the name Joel David Moore, but he’s always been a consistent comedic relief supporting player kind of actor and that’s exactly what he does here.
Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? It looks like a typical glossy network series.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The DD track is solid. No more, no less.
Extras include deleted scenes from episodes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22.
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