Monday, October 13, 2014

Forever



So there's this new show on FOX ABC set in New York called New Amsterdam  Forever. Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Ioan Gruffudd, it's about an immortal cop medical examiner who wants more than anything to be normal. Each week, he solves crimes with the help of an impossibly beautiful but damaged, brunette cop. We often see flashbacks of his colorful past as they relate to the episode. Oh, our protagonist also has an unusually close bond with an elderly man. I've never seen anything quite like it...


Coincidences aside, Forever is more like Elementary (with a dash of fantasy) than New Amsterdam -- there was even a Sherlock Holmes reference in the second episode. When it comes to death, Dr. Henry Morgan is the smartest guy in the room. Two hundred years worth of wisdom often allows him to determine the  cause of puzzling deaths with just a cursory look at the body. Henry also happens to suffer from a rather peculiar condition, one that prevents him from staying dead. Any mortal injury causes him to instantly disappear and then reappear, good as new, in a body of water -- naked as a jaybird.

I like supernatural protagonists but they never seem to catch on in a big way with viewers. NBC's Dracula came and went last season without much fanfare, and we all know what happened to New Amsterdam. The procedural aspect here is okay, but Elementary and Sherlock already have the know-it-all-British-guy ground covered. The setting doesn't help matters either. You'd think an eternal being would take a more low profile job and reside in a nondescript small town. Honestly, I'm not sure if the fantasy element is that compelling. What's Henry's goal? Break the curse of immortality, grow old, and die. Yeah, because that whole living forever thing really gets old after a while...   

New Amsterdam's protagonist would become mortal when he found his true love, Highlander was about winning the prize, and Forever Knight was about a vampire struggling to regain his humanity. Even though it shares similar elements, Forever seems a little aimless compared to those shows. Obviously, things could become clearer as the season progresses, but I have my doubts. Ratings have been a little shaky, but ABC might stick with it a while longer and so will I...








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