Amazon and Forever co-creators Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard have placed so many restrictions on what can be revealed about their September 14-launching dramedy that it is a straitjacket squeeze to say why you should or shouldn’t watch it. So, in a clear exercise in anti-marketing marketing, as I say in my video review above, let me tell you this: Watch Forever for Maya Rudolph and for the sixth episode, which truly goes to a special place in both television and maybe your heart.
On the other hand, the Fred Armisen co-starrer about a long-married Riverside, CA couple will try your patience. Honestly, even with the creative force of Master of None co-creator Yang and his fellow Parks and Recreation vet Hubbard, a lot of the eight-episode Forever is uneven. And while the Saturday Night Live alums have a minor chemistry that plays into the emerging wattage of their roles as highly stylized middle-age, middle-class June and Oscar, Portlandia vet Armisen really isn’t in Rudolph’s league in any sense of the term.
Yes, the show is a nice remembrance to a less populist-leaning Amazon, the almost always welcomed Catherine Keener is on board and there is a deftly done introduction that lays out the backstory of the couple from their meeting, courtship, rose-colored glasses days and the realities of married life. But otherwise, Forever takes forever to find its footing whatever that might be on love, life, the universe and everything, to throw some Douglas Adams in there. To put it another way, I’m still not sure what the show wants to say and I’ve seen the whole first season, but I do know Rudolph is great and when she belts out a tune, step back in wonder.
So, click on my Forever video review and see more of my restrained take on the series. Will you be watching tomorrow?