Forever Episode Review: “Diamonds are Forever”

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 1 television episode that first aired January 13, 2015.

Synopsis: An apparent hit and run down the street from Jo’s (Alana de la Garza) house turns out to be murder and, upon further investigation, the victim is linked both to a jewelry store robbery committed the night before and Jo’s late husband. This means Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) must try to find obscure clues that point to the killer while treading lightly around his still-grieving partner.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Megan Tusing, Andy Karl, Tyler Elliot Burke and Tom Alan Robbins.

A Little Too Predictable

Up until this point in the series, we have had plenty of flashbacks telling us a bit more about the immortal Henry’s life. But, we have had relatively limited information regarding his partner. This episode barely scratches the surface but does a decent job giving us a little more of a background, at least as far as her marriage was concerned.

Unfortunately, overall, I do have to say I wasn’t as impressed with this episode as I thought I would be.

Part of the reason for this was the fact we were given such a limited amount of information regarding Jo, despite her receiving so much of the emphasis. In fact, after some reflection, the only thing we did learn about her was she was married to a district attorney (who was apparently a great guy) and he died hours after they had a big fight. Compared to what we already know about Henry, that means there’s a lot of catching up to do.

The other reason I wasn’t a fan of this episode was the case wasn’t anything special and kind of predictable. I pretty much guessed the victim was framed for the diamond heist and, once we learned the diamonds weren’t that valuable, it wasn’t too hard to figure out someone was trying to commit insurance fraud. Plus, my wife and I were both able to point out who REALLY shot Detective Hanson (Donnie Keshawarz) long before he was even a suspect.

The part about Henry escaping prison (after being committed by his first wife who didn’t believe he was immortal) was somewhat interesting and I sort of understand the way the writers were comparing the priest (Roger Rees) helping Henry based solely on faith to what Jo’s husband did for the victim years before. But, I also thought the execution was a little on the weak side and it didn’t do much for me.

Final Opinion

It’s an OK episode but nothing that is overly special. And, considering we are getting close to the end of the first season, I do hope this isn’t going to be a trend going forward.

My Grade: C

Updated: 01/14/2015, StevenHelmer
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