ABC’s new medical mystery drama, “Forever,” premiered on Monday night, introducing viewers to Ioan Gruffudd’s sexy Dr. Henry Morgan – a medical examiner who happens to be 200-years-old. At an eternal 35-years-old, Henry has seen it all – the good and bad. And while Henry wants to live a quiet life working in the New York City Morgue, a “fan” of his immortality threatens to expose his secret.
“Forever” is a fresh and quirky take on the many crime dramas currently on TV. Viewers can’t help but compare Gruffudd’s character to Sherlock Holmes as he remembers minuscule details from years ago and uses his keen sense of observation to put together clues. Intertwined is a tragic love story of Henry’s one love, Abigail (Mackenzie Mauzy), and touching tale of his connection to Abe (Judd Hirsch) – a man who Henry and Abigal had rescued as a baby from a concentration camp.
Dr. Henry is ready to solve whatever mystery is thrown his way, and teams up with the tough yet beautiful Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza) to do so.
However there is one case that has eluded him, and that Jo can’t help with – the mystery of his immortality.
The premiere of “Forever” already showed how Dr. Henry Morgan died the first time. Working on a ship making passage from Africa, the doctor defended one of the sick men on board. That did not bode well with the captain, who chose to throw him overboard when he refused to back down. Ever since then Dr. Henry Morgan has been able to survive death – simply reawakening naked in a body of water.
In episode 1, “Forever” viewers watched Henry die three times in present day – the first from a gruesome subway train crash, the second from a self-injected poison testing, and the third from a gun shot wound/ jump off a building combo.
“Henry, are you okay?” Jo asked him at the end of the episode.
“I’ll survive,” he responded … but will the show? Take the poll to cast your vote on whether you’d like to continue watching “Forever.”
ABC’s “Forever” will premiere at its normal time slot on ABC on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10 p.m. EDT.