Steve Ralls

Forever Blue

Filed By Steve Ralls | August 17, 2007 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: CBS, kathryn morris, steve ralls, television


I have to admit that I've never seen the CBS drama Cold Case, but a little bird tells me that this Sunday's episode, a repeat from earlier in the season, is a 'must-see.' Having heard that it's one of "the most powerful, pro-gay hours ever on network TV," it seems like a 'must' for your weekend television viewing schedule.

According to the CBS site, the Cold Case team investigates the murder of a cop who is suspected to have been gay. And, to boot, the episode apparently features a star turn by a former TV heart throb.

Cold Case, the web site says, is "a drama about Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris), a dedicated female detective in the Philadelphia homicide squad, who finds her niche when she's assigned to "cold cases"--crimes that have never been solved. Previously, she used her instinctive understanding of the criminal mind on current murders. Now, she's interrogating witnesses whose lives and circumstances have since changed, making use of today's new science and finding fresh clues to solve cases that were previously unsolvable--all of which appeals to this smart, driven detective."

And apparently, Lilly runs into some steamy scenes on Sunday. (You can see photos from the episode online here.)

So tune in - or set your TiVO - on Sunday. The "Forever Blue" episode of Cold Case airs at 9pm EST this weekend.

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Leland Frances | August 17, 2007 7:45 PM

Thanks for posting about this, Steve!

"Cold Case" had an LGBT-friendly sensibility and story lines from its first season in 2003. Probably due in large part to out lesbian writer/producer/director Jan Oxenberg who I believe is no longer with the production. She wrote that season’s moving “A Time To Hate” about a gay college baseball player who had been killed in 1964. Whoever's still in charge is not content to leave LGBTs invisible as subsequent highly praised episodes focused on stories about an interracial lesbian couple and a transgender, as well as racism and sexism themselves.

Their use of music and alternating characters images as they looked at the time of the murders and how they look today is, IMHO, particularly effective. The latter visual effect is already being stolen by other series.

The events in “Forever Blue” begin a year before Stonewall but will have you forever believing that television can play a major role in raising viewers’ consciousness about the cost of denying who you are and who you love. Don't miss a minute.

I've been a fan of Cold Case for those reasons - interesting story lines [without being preachy] and the music which adds so much. Dang thing is so often a tear-jerker (or is that just me?).

Kevin Lahti | August 17, 2007 10:33 PM

I'm not going to lie, I cried the first time I saw that episode.. I agree that it was one of the most pro gay things on television

Hmm, yeah, I came to know of the episode through youtube. I think it's still up, so you don't have to Tivo it.

The approach in this episode was the most humane approach to LGBT issues that I have seen thus far.

I've never seen it, but I've set the ole TIVO...

Michael Bedwell | August 18, 2007 11:33 AM


Thanks, Lucrece, for the tip, BUT Anyone who has not yet seen this episode:

Unless you have an absolutely HUGE computer monitor connected to large, high quality speakers, PLEASE PLEASE do NOT watch this on your PC! Even if it's the full length version and not chopped in pieces on YouTube.

The post home video phenomenon saying, “It would have been much better on “the big screen” applies in spades here! Even if that screen is only 24 or 36 or whatever inches. You simply CANNOT appreciate something about such a serious topic, colored with all types of subtle facial expressions and other body language [that are as crucial to see as the dialogue is to hear] shrunk down to the size of the YouTube or Windows Media Player et al., windows on your PC.

One risks setting up everyone for disappointed expectations by continuing to praise “Forever Blue,” but I guarantee you will like it less than most of us did if you see it the first time that way.

That is unless you're the kind of person who likes eating chocolate through a Kleenex.

PS: Exception that is not really an exception. I’m only adding the following now because this topic will probably get lost among other threads soon. AFTER but only AFTER you’ve watched “Forever Blue” on your television Sunday night [because it will not make any sense to you otherwise] THEN rush to your PC and search YouTube for the amazing salute to it someone created setting a brilliantly edited montage of scenes to the music of the song “45” by a classic power rock group called Showdown. Whoever made it not only has some super video editing software and knows how to use it but is an ARTIST! But, again, you can ONLY appreciate this second creation and it’s fast moving juxtaposition of scenes and lyrics if you see the ENTIRE original full screen creation, particularly given that the montage has not a syllable of dialogue from the episode. AFTER you’ve heard the dialogue as you watch the original hour or so show, and if you were moved by it, you’ll be surprised at how that four minutes about the “young man’s heart swallowed by pain as he slowly fell apart” will tear you up as you wow the arena playing your air guitar.

Oooops. I had a Gay Alzheimer's Moment [you forget things but you still look FABULOUS!].

The group is called Shinedown not Showdown.

Excellent, Anyone know how to get a copy or view online the whole complete Cold Case Forever Blue episode? Thanks [email protected]