For the dead, all is forgotten. But all is not lost because they’re remembered by us. Some we think of fondly, others less so. A few are remembered by many and some by only a few.”
“The Art of Murder”, the forth episode of the Forever series, is a highly enjoyable one. Not only because of the case (which this time works in an Agatha Christie manner), but also because of the vibe it gives. The sweet taste of a nostalgia runs thoughout the episode, enriching it with something more than the usual cover of a mystery. The episode was written by Chris Fedak, co-creator of Chuck.
Gloria Carlyle, a 91 year old socialite and a patroness of the Arts, ruthless matriarch of one of the wealthiest families in New York is found dead in front of an old painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala. Our dear doctor Henry Morgan discovers that he knew Gloria from another time – from the time Abigail was still alive and strives to keep it a secret as always. The Gloria Henry knew is different from the woman everyone describes as bitter and mean and at least for that memory he must discover the truth.
The episode, as I said before, builds the mystery in a different manner, more unpredictable and definitely more organic for the development of the characters. It has a little bit of comedy, but it also has heart.
Henry’s past, his love to Abigail, losing her. The episode is better summed up by a simple question ” What would you do for love”? The answers are as numerous as the characters. In the present, Gloria, the victim, has tried for years to maintain on the gallery a paint which doesn’t tell much to anyone but herself, as it is the clue to her very cold and aged soul. In the past, Henry decides to marry his beloved Abigail even though their love is doomed. Sometimes, the chances you take are not meant to be. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up trying. As temporary as it may be, a love can still be immortal.
Ioan Gruffudd, as always, enchanting and spot on with the character of Henry Morgan, especially on the romance side, where he is best fitted. Oh, the Brits!