Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Forever' - The Immortal Detective meets the Highlander

I hate to start the fall TV season off by thanking Brad, especially since we are so close to the season premiere of 'Elementary' where he will just irritate the heck out of me.

But, just to be honest, he did put me on to 'Forever'.
So . . . . thanks. . .  Brad.

'Forever' airs on Tuesday nights on ABC.

I have watched two episodes so far and am really enjoying it.

Ioan Grufford plays Dr. Henry Morgan who is seemingly an immortal medical examiner.

His hobby over the last two hundred years is studying death in an attempt to find out why he does not die.

He has chosen medical examiner and doctor as careers to allow him to be closer to his hobby.
He is very observant, and his skills have now involved him with the police to such a degree that he now helps on cases.

I have always liked Ioan Grufford as an actor and look forward to most of his performances.
This show, so far, makes a better modern day version of Sherlock Holmes (dare I say it, as such a stanch support!) than 'Elementary'.
Grufford is a classier actor than Miller and could easily carry the role of Holmes.
In two episodes so far there have been at least two references to Holmes.

Gruffords "Mrs. Hudson" is played by Jude Hirsch and is very well suited for the roll he is playing.

His "Watson" is played by Alana de la Garza. Although her role so far is that of police side-kick, she is doing a great job with the part.

The explanation of the deductions and his methods are very convincing and are a strong part of the show.

I look forward to more episodes.

One of my other favorite movies included Grufford and Cumberbatch, 'Amazing Grace'.



  1. Nice article! I like Forever, too, and think it's definitely better done than Elementary. And I like especially that they're doing it without appropriating the name SH. They just put their immortal doctor out there without screaming from the rooftops, 'We're doing a modern day SH adaptation!' and leave it to the Sherlockians/Holmesians to draw their own conclusions. Nicely done!

  2. I agree and thanks for stopping by.

  3. I too like Grufford; I haven't seen "Amazing Grace" but I liked him in the Horatio Hornblower TV movies. While derivative of other Holmes-esque television series in terms of plots and incidental music--that's not a putdown necessarily with seventy years of TV cop and PI show for one series to differentiate itself from--it is the immortal backstory that makes the show interesting. I would say that the Watson duties are split up between Abe as the domestic Watson/confidant and Grufford's medical lab assistance as the Watson/workmate and Alana de la Garza as Watson/Lestrade. Of course there's the telephone voice of Grufford's Moriarty "Adam", the 2000 year old immortal who may have orchestrated the train crash in the pilot (a la "Unbreakable") to smoke out Henry Morgan's secret. Grufford, like many fashionalbe 21st century men is unshaven (let's hope he doesn't fall foul to Brad's "unshaven jerk hero" syndrome; I'm sure Rainn Wilson's "Backstrom" will be an exception in Brad's eyes), I like that in the past scenes he's appropriately clean shaven or mustached for the era.

    1. So far I am really enjoying the show. I think that is because of the strong cast so far.
      I am looking forward to the next episode.