The list of TV shows unfairly cancelled after one or two season is exponentially long. From Firefly to Veronica Mars, countless series were plugged by their network despite their qualities and important fan-bases. Nowadays ratings mean everything, so much so that any show, no matter how great it is, can be cancelled as soon as audiences start to drop.
It is also the case with Forever, a show developed by ABC a year ago, telling the story of Henry Morgan,
"a 200-year-old man who works in the New York City Morgue and who is trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality."
Forever is your usual procedural including a case-of-the-week basis and in the background, a red thread driving the story. However, featuring an immortal main character, the show has its own unique aspect that allows it to differentiate itself from most other shows.
Forever is the kind of show that you are missing, even years after it ended. Ioan Gruffudd is the reason why I was drawn to the show in the first place. I loved the actor's performance as Mr Fantastic in the first Fantastic Four and his cocky Welsh accent surely helped in the success of the show. Henry Morgan's story allowed the writers to tackle important subjects about humans and their relation with others when dying is not option for them. How do you deal with the disappearance of your family and all the people you care about while you are still standing?
During the unique season of the show, a lot of focus was placed on Henry's past lives. Flashbacks can sometimes seem unnecessary, but in this case they were truly powerful in the sense that you could feel Henry's pain as he sees his world disappear before his eyes. His relationship with Abe is the heart of the series and the chemistry Henry has with every other character, particularly his partner Jo, is undeniable.
Dealing with an immortal foe, Forever nevertheless ended on a happy note without the usual, frustrating cliffhanger we often see. But there was room for so many more storylines, including pieces of Henry's past lives that needed answers. And that's what is the most annoying, the feeling that the show had a lot more to offer and was only scratching the surface of its mythology.
I wasn't particularly interested in the show at first but I became more and more invested into its character as the show progressed. It crushed me when ABC announced that the show wouldn't come back and I still hope that another studio would be willing to give it a chance, but it's a reality to which we have to get used to. Quality is no longer a guarantee of success - no matter how good your show is - money is the only thing that matters and this saddens me dearly.