Whats it about? While making love to his girlfriend Taylor Wethersby,Eli Stone is startled to find George Michael crooning his chartbuster pop number Faith.
It snaps him out of the action,but Stone realises soon enough that only he can see the pop star.
This,and a series of similar hallucinations,make the successful corporate lawyer consult his neurologist brother,Nathan,who diagnoses it as a potentially fatal ailment,brain aneurysm. His acupuncturist,on the other hand,insists that the visions are evidence that he has been chosen,like Moses,as a prophet. Taking heed,Stone turns from a button-down shark lawyer into a do-gooder,using these visions as signs that point him to those in need. For instance,taking on the case of his ex-girlfriend whose sons autism might have been caused by one of his firms clients,seems to be the only way to stop the music.
Whos in it? British actor Jonny Lee Miller also Angelina Jolies ex-husband,who was a strong contender to Daniel Craig as James Bond plays the title role. The actor lends an affable charm to his character,with a balance of perplexity and comic timing,making Eli Stone more believable and engaging. Miller is supported by a talented cast,which includes Victor Garber as his sharp boss Jordan Wethersby,Natasha Henstridge as Wethersbys daughter and Stones girlfriend Taylor,American series Everwoods witty Tom Amandes as a law firm bigwig,and Loretta Devine as Stones bossy-but-supportive assistant and possible love interest after his breakup with Taylor.
Whats hot? The premise of the show is engaging and the characters avoid stereotyping. Taylor may be rich and blonde,but is shown as a sensible lawyer as opposed to a predictable brat or plain stupid. Stones change of heart does not make him philosophical and much of his charm lies in his witty lines.
For instance,he refers to Armani,accessories and ambition as his Holy Trinity. The visions are sometimes hilarious and often musical especially partial to George Michaels music and Stones reaction is entertaining. The pop star,in fact,makes several special appearances through the show. The drama,lent by the courtroom scenes,adds to the shows engagement.
Whats not? The courtroom drama,unfortunately,is as much a drawback. Since one of the producers,Marc Guggenheim,has prior experience in shows dealing with law Law & Order,The Practice and In
Justice Eli Stone seems to tend towards the genre as opposed to focusing on what could be the lead characters identity crisis. The episodes,thus,become repetitive,with a new case being fought in each. Also,it seems like a bad idea to connect with the youth using a yesteryear pop star. In the 90s,this ploy would have been excellent,but in the current context,Michael and his music are passé.
Should you be watching it? It does entertain with a mix of elements courtroom drama,comedy,emotion but it is uncertain if the show will sustain its pace and evolve.