By: Cynthia Ayala
“New York medical examiner Dr. Henry Morgan hides the secret of his immortality, even as he works to uncover its cause.”
-Synopsis provided by Shazam
Ioan Gruffudd is amazing, but first, lets spit out the specifics first: this show is a cross between Sherlock and Highlander. Ioan Gruffudd plays Dr. Henry Morgan, an immortal man who cannot die. He’s incredibly perceptive, like Mr. Holmes, but considering how long he’s been alive and his fascination with death and living, it doesn’t come off as a cop out. When you’ve been alive for centuries it’s reasonable to either become embittered and detached or continue to seek connections and understand the reality.
The writing itself was slow paced, admittedly, but it is setting the stage for the premise, setting up the underlining storyline as it puts his long life into perspective and experiences into perspective. There is also the mystery element. Viewers are on this journey alongside Dr. Henry Morgan as he seeks to understand why he is immortal, why he cannot die. It has it’s gimmicks but the show itself it was sells. The cast is well build and the writing is solid. There is a lot of crazy stuff that happens and while much of it is unexplained, it’s still a fresh show that brings to classic fandoms together.
As for Ioan Gruffudd, he’s such a talented actor who just exudes charm. There is no doubt about it, him and his adoptive son/confidant/friend Abe, played by John Hirsch, make the show. They connect with one another very deeply, and this episode clearly took the time to highlight how deep their connection is.
The writers took the time to build the characters and give them strong definitions that will allow them to be built along way as the show progresses. So in that respect, the slow pace for this first episode – coupled with the mystery of this other immortal – gives the viewers something to look forward to as it goes on.
Plus, if you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes and/or Highlander, there is no doubt that you will, at the very least, find this show very interesting.
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Written by: Matt Miller
Genre: Crime Drama, Fantasy
Original Air Date/Time/Channel: September 22, 2014 | 10 PM EST | ABC