A Farewell to Forever (Or Is It?)

I sat down to type this blog with the intention of telling you all to watch Forever if you hadn’t, even with news that it has been canceled this week, because it’s still worth your time and wraps up plenty well enough to leave you feeling satisfied. I meant to give Forever a proper send-off as a fan.

Turns out, though , as per usual, that my muse and life had other plans, and instead I’m going to go off on a slightly different tack. You should still watch Forever. It still ends in a pretty satisfying way. And I’m still a fan, even if there is no more. But maybe, possibly, there’s something we fans could do to help it out? Even in the netherworld? With Netflix making more Arrested Development, Yahoo taking on Community, and Ripper Street on Amazon, anything is possible, right?

So, without further ado, here’s a blog on Forever’s past and possible future by yours truly.

Now, I don’t watch very many new television shows. But this year, one caught my husband’s eye, and he in turn opened mine to it. That show was Forever, the immortal-starring procedural from ABC.

I gave it a chance and I really liked it. Was it groundbreaking? No. We’ve had Highlander and Forever Knight and others in this vein in the past. But it’s been a while since those, and Forever was different enough to be fun. It had the eternal as a medical examiner, not a warrior, like Duncan Macleod, or a straight-up cop, like in Forever Knight. I liked this angle. It felt like Bones meets Highlander, and the medical aspect was fun. When you add in the fact that the reason Henry Morgan, our illustrious immortal (played by Ioan Gruffudd), was an ME was because he was obsessed with death and wanted to end his curse of eternal life, well, that gets a little darker and a little more fun for me.

I thought the family relationships on the show shined. Judd Hirsch was fantastic as Henry’s physically much older son, and the will-they-or-won’t-they relationship between Henry and his partner, Jo Martinez, played by Alana de la Garza, was fun. Of course, the question there was not only whether or not the pair would develop and/or act on any feelings they had for one another, but also if Jo would become privy to Henry’s secret as time went on and if so how she would react to it. Henry’s history in that department was not stellar to say the least. So I was hooked on this intrigue from the beginning.

Now, every show needs a bad guy. Enter the infamous other immortal, Adam, who was very convincingly pulled off as beyond creepy by Burn Gorman. Wow. This guy was reason enough to watch the show, and his manipulation of Henry was brilliant.

I also enjoyed the minor characters of Hanson (Donnie Keshawarz) and Lucas (speaking of Bones, this character was played by none other than Joel David Moore – apparently being an assistant ME type comes naturally to him). They were needed comic relief on Forever, and they filled this role well.

So, yes, I liked Forever a lot.

I can’t remember an episode that was awful. Most were quite good, and the season finale was fantastic. We saw a side of Henry we hadn’t before, and it was wonderful. I won’t spoil that here, because I’m pretty sure it hasn’t aired in the UK yet, but suffice to say that as a medical type myself, I loved it. Not only that, but some ongoing plotlines were neatly tied up yet left open enough to allow more storytelling.

It’s really too bad there won’t be more.

Sadly, Forever was cancelled by ABC this week.

I’m pretty gutted by this. Of the “live” shows I currently watch, if one had to be cancelled, this one would not have been my pick. I think Forever deserved more time.

It turns out I’m not alone in this thought. As of this writing, over 11,000 people have signed a petition on change.org saying the same. I’m adding my name now, and maybe it will help bring us some more Forever stories in the future. I’m not holding my breath (good advice in general, but especially where things like this are concerned), but it can’t hurt, right?

This is especially true in this case, because ABC didn’t own the distribution rights to Forever. Apparently Warner Brothers does. So perhaps they can take it elsewhere. I’d like that. Because as much as I love open endings (and gods, was this an open ending), I want more Forever.

Here’s hoping Netflix or Amazon or Yahoo or Hulu picks it up. I know it’s a long shot, but stranger things have happened. After all, Henry’s is a long story – someone needs to tell it.

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