Well, that was a strong contender for finest hours of television this season.
On Forever Season 1 Episode 16 we were treated some excellent guest stars and the most intricate case to date. It truly kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
Hilarie Burton must become a regular. The chemistry between she and Ioan Gruffudd is excellent. That whole scene with their characters reenacting the murder was well executed.
It wouldn't be Forever without a little craziness and Emily Kinney played it well. Fresh off her stint on The Walking Dead, she had me fooled into thinking she was genuinely concerned for her friend. How wrong I was.
For a split second, I thought we were losing Molly when Jennifer stabbed her in the neck. The look of despair from Henry made it evident he wanted her as much as she wanted him.
It looks like Henry is getting ever closer to finding a new love. The poor guy hasn't been able to find love since Abigail left his life. He probably feels like he would be betraying Abigail by dating anyone else.
Throughout Forever Season 1, we have seen many flashbacks to key points in Henry's life, but this week we got to see how it affected their relationship with Abigail aging. It was putting a strain on their relationship that he was looking as young as the first time they laid eyes on each other, while she was clearly going down hill.
It will be interesting to see the point in which their relationship comes to an end. It will be a gut punch of a scene.
It sure looked like Jo was jealous about Henry's relationship with Molly. She didn't want Molly anywhere near the case until it got to a point were they pretty much needed her to solve the case.
This makes me think she holds a torch for Henry. Deep down, the two of them are very different characters and they have been put together through the most extraordinary circumstances. Will Henry ever hold feelings towards Jo? That's a strong possibility.
Henry has given subtle hints about his true age on many occasions, wouldn't it be a good twist if she had already figured it out?
Back to the case. The idea was excellent. The victim looked like she come straight from a 70s movie. It had the whole team confused, which is good. Even Henry never had an answer to what actually happened. The red herring with Neville admitting to being the killer to keep his daughter in the clear had me fooled.
The chick's criminal record was really long and it was approaching the conclusion of the episode, so I pegged her as the killer; until we got to see that whole final act with Jennifer and Molly. The writing on Forever is first rate.
It appears that Hanson and Lucas have some sort of bromance going on. They both shared some hilarious scenes. It's helping me like Hanson a lot more now. I still want to see a lot more of his family life. The same goes for Lucas.
"Memories of Murder" was a captivating affair that kept me tuned into the TV for the whole hour. Even with the case being finished, it helped raise some serious questions about Henry's life and it should be interesting to see these down the line.
Other tidbits from the episode:
- For too long, I've wondered where the show would go without Adam being in the fold and tonight proved to me that the show can put out stellar procedural cases. Forever could continue on... forever! The fan base is one of the most socially active for a network show. They have a movement going on just now and are campaigning to reschedule and renew the show.
- Having the song "Saturday Night Fever" kick off the episode was a good idea. The scene really set the tone of the episode.
- Is anyone else loving the beautiful streets of New York City being showcased? It's one of few shows set in the city that actually films there.
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What did you think of the episode? Who was your favorite guest star? Will Molly make a return? Hit the comments below with your observations.
Note: Forever Season 1 Episode 17 airs Tuesday, 3rd of March at 10/9C on ABC.
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