Review: Forever

Charlotte Slaven 7 October 2014

Dr Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), a medical examiner working alongside the New York Police Department, possesses the ability to live ‘forever’ in a new supernatural series on Sky 1. Each time he dies, three times alone in the pilot episode (in addition to his initial death shown in a flashback), he awakes in a nearby body of water, completely naked.

In recent years Dr Morgan has sought to become an ‘expert’ in death, both through his own numerous experiences and his work with New York’s Police Department studying the dead to help them in their criminal investigations. His knowledge is then increased further by his work as a medical examiner attempting to uncover the reason behind his own immortality. One of his deaths, the opening death of the show, results in his world (primarily featuring himself and his elderly friend Abe, played by Judd Hirsch) colliding with that of NYPD Homicide Detective Jo Martinez (Alana de la Garza). The two of them, in the tradition of modern procedural dramas, team up to make quite an unlikely but effective crime-solving duo. This partnership seems set to continue throughout subsequent episodes, as does the presence of an anonymous figure who claims to share Dr Morgan’s ‘curse’ but not his desire for a peaceful existence.

Dr Morgan’s skills of deduction are immediately reminiscent of both Sherlock and Elementary but overall the feel of the show is much more of a mashup of Bones, Castle and Ghost Whisperer. Whilst Sky’s latest venture is not particularly intellectually challenging it is inherently likeable, mainly due to the chemistry between Dr Morgan & Abe and that between Dr Morgan & Detective Martinez.