Forever Episode Review: “The Wolves of Deep Brooklyn”

by StevenHelmer

A review of the television episode that first aired on January 6, 2015.

Synopsis: After taking a several-week hiatus to recover from having killed a man for the first time, Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) returns to duty so he can help uncover who murdered the son of one of Abe’s (Judd Hirsch) war buddies. The investigation leads them to the powerful stock broker firm the victim worked for. However, while Henry is able to uncover clues, he is still shows some lingering effects from his recent trauma.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Clarke Peters, William Baldwin, Anne Horack, Mackenzie Mauzy and Sepideh Moafi.

Weak Mystery

My wife and I finally had a chance to watch this episode last night and, while there were some things I did like about it, my overall opinion was a bit mixed.

My biggest problem with this episode is there really wasn’t that much of a mystery. From the second we were introduced to Oliver Clarion (Baldwin), it was pretty obvious he was guilty of something, especially since members of his firm seemed to be involved, in some capacity, with hiding the body. As a result of that, everything about this mystery, ranging from the truth behind where his wealth came from to one of his employees suddenly confessing to the crime was kind of predictable.

However, that being said, there were a couple things I did find I liked about this episode. The first was how it took the time to show the effects of Henry having to take someone else’s life. This is the second time in the same season we’ve seen this, the first being when his partner, Jo (Alana De La Garza) had to do it in the line of duty. And, it is something I think does set this show apart from most other crime dramas, which typically show the hero shooting someone then brushing it off as though it wasn’t a big deal.

Adding to this, of course, is the fact Henry is immortal and, despite having lived two centuries, has never been put in that position before. That, I personally believe, is a twist that you just aren’t going to normally see.

The other thing I liked about this one was the flashbacks to Abe being drafted for the Vietnam War. The reason I liked them was they actually gave a bit of a unique perspective. Most other shows focus on the negative when it comes to that era. This one, however, took a different path with Abe being proud to serve his country. Regardless of your views of the conflict, that uniqueness is definitely worth mentioning.

Final Opinion

It’s an OK episode that had some bright spots. But, mostly because the murder mystery was a little too easy to solve, I don’t think this is one of the better episodes from this series and would, instead, consider it closer to average.

My Grade: C 

Updated: 10/07/2015, StevenHelmer
 
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