Saturday, May 1, 2010

Eli Stone (2 seasons, 26 episodes, 2008-2009)

The premise of Eli Stone is that burnt-out mid-30s lawyer Eli starts having visions.  Of George Michael. Yes, THE George Michael of Wham.  These visions tell Eli what cases to take or how to win the ones assigned to him.

The visions also usually happen at very inconvenient moments and sometimes involve elaborate production numbers.  The gimmick might have gotten old had the show gone on longer, but it wasn't on long enough for me to get bored with it.  One episode had the real George Michael appear, which was funny for any number of reasons.

Eli was played by British actor Jonny Lee Miller, although I had no idea he was British until I saw him in a new version of Jane Austen's Emma a few weeks ago.  How is it that Brits can get American accents right, mostly, but American actors who do English accents usually sound ridiculous?

I highly recommend the first season and the second season with reservations.  At the beginning of the second season, they explained the why visions occur, which was inconsistent with the first season and in general, takes some of the fun out of it.


  1. I loved it when the co-worker was convinced that George was Bono from U2!

  2. p.s. I think Jonny's American accent has improved since his movie Hackers 15 years ago.