The episode was narrated by the main character Dr. Henry Morgan, played by Ioan Gruffudd. He has a sexy British ascent and is like Sherlock Holmes and picks up on everything. 200 hundred years ago, He was shot on a ship protecting a slave, he died but came back. Every time he dies he comes back naked and in water. He can feel pain. The only person that knows his secret is Abe, a baby that he found during the World War II. He works at the medical examiner’s office in New York.
He was involved in a train crash. He was killed in the crash but comes back. 15 people were killed in the crash including the train conductor. Henry performed the autopsy on the train conductor and determined that it was poison. He then met Detective Jo Martinez, the detective on the case and informed her it was murder not a heart attack. Then he got a mysterious call from an unknown caller that said he knew his secret.
He freaked out over the phone call and wanted to run. Abe convinced him to stay and fight back. Detective Martinez was looking through security footage before the train crash and sees that Henry was on the train. She suspected that he was responsible for the poisoning of the conductor and brought him in for questioning. Detective Martinez quickly realized that he was not involved with the crash. Then Henry got an envelope with no postage and inside was a picture of him and his wife, Abigail from 1955 and a newspaper clipping of the train crash. He comes to the conclusion that whoever send it to him caused the accident to prove that he could not die. He injects the poisoned blood of the train conductor into his blood stream to determine the type of poison.
He determined that it was Aconite poisoning. He found an injection point behind the conductor’s ear and a finger print. Detective Martinez ran the print and found out it belong to Hans Koehler. She and Henry go to Han’s house and found poisoned rats, Aconite plants and a lab. Hans found them snooping around his place and threw Aconite poison on Detective Martinez’s hand to get away. Henry poured ethanol on the poison and lit it on fire. He put it out in water, saving her life. The police investigated the scene and realized that Hans caused the crash because the conductor killed his wife at Grand Central Station. Henry determined that his next target was Grand Central Station and that Hans was planning to make the Aconite soluble to put it in the AC system. Detective Martinez and Henry got to Hans just in time. Hans shot Detective Martinez. Henry and Hans struggled over the gun and then Hans shot Henry. While Henry was dying he pushes Hans off the roof. They both fell to the ground and died. Detective Martinez woke up in the hospital and saw Henry unharmed. He told her the Hans had committed suicide and jumped off the roof. Then the mysterious caller called and told Henry that he also lives forever and hangs up.
Thoughts: I watch a lot of crime shows and I think compare to the other crime shows out there, this one is mediocre at best. That being said it was only the pilot. There are a lot of successful shows that have mediocre first seasons and keep getting better in later seasons. My favorite example is Dynasty, season one was good but it did not become an obsession until Joan Collins joined the show in season 2. On the other hand if the first season is a home run and it is all downhill from there until it is canceled. Example: I loved season one of The O.C but it slowly got worse after that. Hopefully Forever will follow in Dynasty‘s footsteps.
It is interesting that he lives forever but not a vampire or something. (He could be I don’t know.) I think that this show has the potential to be really good but the first episode did not blow me away. Hopefully the case in the next episode will be more interesting. I may watch it if a rerun of The Big Bang Theory is not on.