Review/Recap Forever | ‘The Pugilist Break’ (Season 1, #5)


By: Cynthia Ayala

“When a former junkie – now a community activist – turns up dead from an apparent overdose, Henry and Jo start the search for his murderer; Henry remembers working as a doctor helping the poor in the 1890’s; Abe cooks dinner for Henry and Jo.”

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I love Forever. Ioan Gruffudd is an amazing actor who has brought a lot to the show. Stylistically, the art direction this show takes between flashbacks adds a visual hook towards the show. The distinguishes between time, between the centuries is fascinating and additionally allows the audience to connect to the nostalgia that Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) feels when he is confronted with a new case.

This was a very entertaining episode. The functionality of the show gives a lot of insight to Henry and his very long life. This story connects more to his soft heart and his soft heart shows viewers how deeply he cares for the innocent around him. But it also shows how history tends to repeat itself but even despite that, that there is still hope for humanity.

That last statement is the liner of the show. It’s easy to miss, but every time viewers see that smile on Gruffudd’s face, they are left with a feeling of hope, and that is a very essential tool to make the audience tune it. This show is something fresh in the realm of drama and does something other drama’s don’t, and that is create hope.


Directed by: John Kretchmer

Written by: Phil Klemmer

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza, Lorraine Toussaint, Donnie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore & Judd Hirsch

Genre: Crime Drama, Fantasy

Original Air Date/Time/Channel: October 14, 2014 | 10 PM EST | ABC

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